David first was bitten by the grape in Toronto, where he grew up and began his career in top restaurants at the Metropolitan Hotel. Understanding that following your passions is one of the best ways to live, he passed the Canadian Guild of Sommeliers in the top ten percent of his class in 1997. From there he moved to New York to work at the Grand Award winning Felidia Restaurant. Other positions in Manhattan included the Grand Award winning Le Cirque 2000 and Vertias. From there the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel recruited him to be the Sommelier d’Hotel for where he oversaw all the outlets including the New York Times three star restaurant, Peacock Alley.
The Five Diamond Windsor Court Hotel in New Orleans then beckoned, again overseeing all the outlets including the award winning Five Diamond Restaurant, the Grill Room. A Best Award of Excellence was awarded during his tenure.
Boston was David’s next city and is where he still resides. In Boston, he was a Sommelier at the Grand Award winning Federalist Restaurant, Assistant General Manager at Mantra and the Director of Beverage for the Mandarin Oriental Boston. David also spent 18 months in Switzerland, where he taught at Business & Hotel Management School and travelled throughout Europe.
The constant pursuit of learning and teaching is a passion for David. In 2002, he passed the Advanced Sommelier level with the Court of Master Sommeliers and in 2007 became a Certified Wine Educator with the Society of Wine Educators.
The constant pursuit of learning and teaching is a passion for David. In 2002, he passed the Advanced Sommelier level with the Court of Master Sommeliers, and though the Society of Wine Educators he has passed Certified Wine Educator (‘07) and Certified Spirits Examination (’14).
Currently, David’s has his own consulting business, Libation Education, and spends his happiest moments watching his beautiful daughter grow up.