The Rudd Round Table was founded in 2009, through a collaboration with Leslie Rudd, the Rudd Foundation, and SommFoundation. The event is a two-day educational and mentorship program, featuring twelve Master Sommeliers and twelve aspiring Master Sommelier students in an intensive and intimate learning environment.
Each calendar year, the top scorers of the Court of Master Sommeliers Advanced Exams are named the Rudd Scholars for that year and attend the Rudd Round Table the following March. In addition to the Rudd Scholars, nine students will be selected to participate. We invite all eligible students to apply. All applicants are required to provide letters of recommendation. Our SommFoundation team will select the final participants through a rigorous vetting process. Receiving an invitation to this event is a recognition of both significant accomplishment and remarkable potential.
This event begins Sunday afternoon and runs through the late evening on Monday. The event kicks off with a private tour of Rudd Estate, followed by a blind tasting of benchmark wines from around the world (to be revealed later). Sunday reception and dinner will be hosted by Samantha Rudd at PRESS Restaurant in St. Helena, featuring wines from Rudd Estate. Monday is a full-day intensive series of working sessions focused on theory, tasting and service, and the business of wine, including one-on-one Master Sommelier coaching sessions. Monday night, SommFoundation will host a formal dinner and awards ceremony, where the Leslie Rudd Award will be presented to the top Advanced Sommelier Exam scorer among the Rudd Scholars. Old and rare wines from the SommFoundation cellar will be served. Airfare, transport, lodging and meals are included.
***All Master Sommeliers at Rudd Round Table are eligible to teach, examine and participate in Court of Master Sommeliers, Americas programming.
The Rudd Round Table is about honoring your commitments to your personal development, your community, and to the industry as a whole. Throughout the event, you will interact with leaders in the industry and fellow Master Sommelier Diploma students – we hope you will connect and develop lifelong friendships, as many others have done in the past. You will dine well and will taste some of the great wines of the world.
The Rudd family and the Rudd Foundation have been steadfast supporters of the sommelier community for decades. They believe in creating educational opportunities for wine professionals to expand knowledge and understanding.
Please see SommFoundation’s commitment to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion here.
“My experience at the Rudd Tound Table was pivotal to who I’ve become as a leader, mentor, and as a person. It solidified my ability to attain the title of Master Sommelier and opened many doors from the very first day. I am extremely grateful for every opportunity and friendship that has come from those two days and I am thankful that I was able to be a part of such a meaningful experience.”
-Justin Moore MS, Garagist Wine Room and Merchant, Las Vegas, NV.
“As one of those Rudd Roundtable Alumni who is fortunate enough to have been on both sides of the table as both a participant as well as an educator, I am forever thankful. The experience and insight gained as a candidate for the MS diploma was invaluable, and getting the opportunity to come back and share some of my ideas for others along the same path is something I will forever be thankful for and can’t wait to do it for another class of our industry’s bright stars.”
-Jeremiah Morehouse MS, Wine Director, Palette Hospitality Group
Deadline to apply, November 14th, 11pm Pacific
***Please note: This application will require significant time and effort, as well as multiple attachments. We recommend you read through its entirety before beginning.