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

11/2/21 – Chris Horn, Heavy Restaurant Group, Seattle

Chris has spent more than 30 years in the restaurant business and is currently the beverage director for the Heavy Restaurant Group based here in Seattle, WA. He fell in love with wine while bussing tables at an Italian restaurant shortly after college, and never looked back. In 2006, he opened Purple Café & Wine Bar as wine director, and now in his current role, he writes the wine lists for nine restaurants. Chris received the Walter Clore Award in 2019, is a former Washington State Sommelier of the Year, Seattle Magazine Sommelier of the Year, and co-author of Cook + Cork: A Chef and a Sommelier Spill the Secrets of Food and Wine Pairing.
Latest Episode

Ep. 34 – Kaitlyn Duke, Beverage Director, Bascom’s Chop House, Clearwater

The restaurant business often attracts a special kind of talent. At the top of the field, these harbingers of hospitality are often free-spirited, driven in their ambitions, multi-faceted and multi-talented – and Kaitlyn Duke simply embodies the archetype. Join us for this episode as we discuss: what treat do you put in a Halloween bag to ensure every kid on the block will love you? What’s the most crucial part of a beverage program that ensures the restaurant is profitable? And how the jump to fine dining may forever hook you in the restaurant biz.

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.


The Sommlight Archive

We’ve sat down with over 34 of the world’s top wine pros. Who were those early somms that helped us launch this brand new kind of conversation? To see the full Sommlight archive, click the below link, tap the “Watch” tab, and then select “Sommlight” from the drop down. You”ll have access to all 34 (and counting) episodes! We can’t wait for you to get to know these voices.