Together with fellow Master Sommelier Drew Hendricks, the two founded TEXSOM in 2005. The conference has become the premiere professional beverage education event in the country, attracting a prominent list of attendees, presenters, and sponsors from around the world. Tidwell is also Co-Owner and Producer of the TEXSOM International Wine Awards, formerly the Dallas Morning News and TEXSOM Wine Competition, one of the largest and most recognized wine competitions in the country. In addition to his work with TEXSOM, Tidwell is the Master Sommelier at the Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts. Thanks in large part to Tidwell’s management, the hotel has been nominated five times for a James Beard Foundation Award for Outstanding Beverage Program.