Sommlight is an interview series that says, Wine is a human experience.

Too often, all we see is the serious suit-side of somms, but they also wear pajamas and have their own version of lazy Sundays. This series disrupts the average definition of “sommelier.” Hosted by Washington Wine’s Marketing Director David Flaherty, Sommlight is a conversation series that unveils the other side of somms and wine professionals. Join us as we pull apart the archetype and see what makes somms feel most alive. But also, how they like their eggs, their favorite 90s song, and their favorite guilty pleasure food and wine pairing.

Upcoming Guest

8/3/21 – Cara De Lavallade, Enchantment Resort, Sedona

Cara is an Advanced Sommelier through the Court of Master Sommeliers, and has over a decade of experience in the wine industry. She is currently living in Arizona, where she manages the beverage program for the Enchantment Resort in Sedona. She has worked on the sommelier team for Silversea Cruises, as well as extensively in Washington State, having managed the wine list for Terra Plata in Seattle, and serving as the Wine Director for the esteemed Willows Lodge in Woodinville. She’s currently studying for the Master Sommelier exam, and holds an Advanced certification from WSET, a French Wine Scholar Certificate, and is a Certified Sherry Specialist.
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Latest Episode

Ep. 31 – Jennifer Estevez

Jennifer Estevez is the founder and CEO of OMvino, a company which specializes in PR, marketing, brand development, and strategic consulting for a range of clients, including many esteemed wineries and restaurants. At the age of 20, she discovered her passion for wine and hospitality, when she was on the opening team at the Ritz-Carlton at Dove Mountain in Arizona. And from there, she moved to San Francisco, where she worked her way through top restaurants and wine bars such as Press Club, RN74, Epic Steak, Michael Mina, Keiko à Nob Hill and Sushi Hashiri. Additionally, she’s worked in wine sales, created award winning beverage lists, and is also an advanced yoga instructor, and a black belt in Tae Kwon Do.
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Sommlight: two ways.

If you’re new to our Sommlight series, welcome! We’re so glad you made it here. There are two ways to experience this series: our 15-minute video versions, which is the main channel (and what we post on our social media platforms), and our 45-minute podcast versions. So yes, this is both a video series, edited down to 15-minute episodes, as well as an in-depth podcast, with full-length, 45-minute conversations! You’ll even see 90-seconds teasers if you are following us on Instagram, like the one below featuring Erik Segelbaum, which was our very first episode back in May 2020.

It’s a “Choose Your Own Adventure” style of experience: pick an episode, choose a format, and enjoy! If you like what you hear in the 15-minute video version, give the full-length podcast a listen! You’ll see both versions far below, as well as on our Stories column.

We talk with some of the most inspiring personalities in wine.

Black and white image of five people over a dark background. From left to right, man with glasses and a tie and jacket, woman smiling wearing a white sweater, woman smiling with dark long hair in a jean jacket, man in a suite and bowtie with a short beard and wire-framed glasses, and a man with short cropped hair wearing a floral shirt, jacket, and plaid tie.
Nelson Daquip, Kim Cavoores, Annette Alvarez-Peters, Aaron Wood-Snyderman, and Arthur Hon

These are some of Washington Wine’s biggest advocates on the national stage. They work around the clock to make our hours happy, and this — showcasing their true natures, learning about their journeys into wine, and getting to hear about what they’ve learned and how they see the world — feels like the least we could do. It’s been such an incredible adventure interviewing these deeply talented humans, and we hope you’ll take the time to listen to these episodes, either the 15-minute video versions, or if you are a podcast person, then the whole 45-minute episodes. Either way, you won’t be disappointed: the humor, wit, grace, and humility is on full display here.