Conference Registration

Save the date for SommCon 2018!
Washington D.C. July 22-24 | San Diego, CA November 14-16



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Email to receive information about group rates and pricing. Must have four or more attendees.

Registration Pricing - Washington, DC - July 22 - 24

($455 after June 15)
JULY 22 One Seminar
Opening Night Reception + Tasting
JULY 23 Coffee & Networking
Your Choice of Seminars
Two Tasting Breaks
JULY 24 Coffee & Networking
Your Choice of Seminars
Two Tasting Breaks
($325 after June 15)
July 23 -OR- July 24
Coffee & Networking
Your Choice of Seminars
Two Tasting Breaks


Washington, DC

Westin Georgetown
2350 M St. NW
Washington DC 20037

Room block rate:
$199 (does not include taxes)

To book:
Call 1-888-627-8406 or click here to book online.

San Diego, CA

Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina
333 W Harbor Dr
San Diego, CA 92101

Room block rate:
$209 Single/Double (one or two people) / $229 Triple / $249 Quad
Tax is currently 12.5% + .77 a night and subject to change

To book: Click here

Cancellations and Changes:
Prior to November 5, 2018
All hotel reservation date changes, name changes and cancellations must be submitted to Conference Housing.
Changes may be made using the link on your Confirmation or by contacting Conference Housing by email or phone.
Contact us at or fax your request to 877-385-9595.

On or After November 6, 2018
Please contact the hotels directly for all date changes, name changes and cancellations.
Your confirmation letter will include all contact information for the hotels.

For more information, please contact:
Toll Free 877-385-9595

Parking is available at the hotel as well as the San Diego Convention Center, which is a short walk to the Marriott Marquis and has a lower daily parking fee. Please contact hotel directly for hotel parking rates.

Justification Letter

Use this justification letter template to help make your case for attendance to this year's conference.

[Insert date]

Re: SommCon 2018 Proposal to Attend

Hello [Insert your manager's name],

I’d like to get your approval to attend (insert event) SommCon East 2018 (July 22 – 24, 2018, in Washington D.C.) / SommCon West 2018 (November 14-16, 2018). SommCon is a three-day educational conference for wine professionals and attendance will build my industry knowledge, allow me to network with peers, and sharpen my palate.

Additionally, I will have access to wine and beverage industry thought leaders from around the world and engage in tasting experiences that allow me to broaden my understanding of international and domestic wine growing regions. I believe this is a unique opportunity to improve my skills and knowledge and bring back those key learnings to increase our team’s productivity and sales.

SommCon offers three days of sessions presented by Master Sommeliers, Masters of Wine and other industry leaders. Registration launches in (insert date) April (DC) and July (SD) and I will put together a list of the sessions I plan to attend when that is available to me.

At a total cost of approximately ($XXXX - INSERT AMOUNT FROM CALCULATION BELOW) SommCon is a worthwhile investment to gain this knowledge in one location and learn from global leaders while they are concentrated in one location.

Specifically, I’d like to focus on sessions and workshops that will help me gain additional knowledge for my position and career goals. Here are a few sessions I am interested in attending.

[session name]
[session name]
[session name]

Here’s the approximate cost breakdown:
Airfare: [$xxx]
Transportation (round trip taxi from airport to hotel): [$xxx]
Hotel (3 nights at $199/night, the conference rate *does not include taxes): [$xxx]
Meals (breakfast and lunch included in full conference fee): [$xxx]
Conference Fee: [$xxx]
Workshop Fee: [$xxx]
Total: [$xxx - insert this amount above for approximate total cost]

If I register by (insert date) May 15 (DC) September 15 (SD) I will save $ (insert amount) by taking advantage of advance rates prior to the prices escalating. Following my return, I can debrief key personnel by sharing the major learning’s, key takeaways and action items I have learned.

For additional information on SommCon visit Thank you for considering this request. I look forward to your reply.

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