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Fred Dame

Fred Dame

Master Sommelier

Frederick L. Dame, Master Sommelier brings an impressive blend of experience, expertise and enthusiasm to the world of wine and cuisine. He is the first American to have served as President of the Court of Master Sommeliers Worldwide and assists restaurateurs and hoteliers in developing their wine programs in his role as Vice-President of Prestige Accounts, American Wine & Spirits of California. He is currently the President of the Guild of Sommeliers Education Foundation. He holds Honorary Professorships at Purdue University and The University of South Carolina.

Dame’s ability to transmit his passionate interest in wine makes him a natural teacher. Dame was the first to successfully pass all three parts of the Master Sommelier program in a single year. This feat and his high score won him the coveted Krug Cup of the British Guild of Sommeliers in 1984. Dame founded the American Branch of The Court of Master Sommeliers in 1986 and has played an active role in the expansion of the Master Sommelier program through-out America since that time.

A sixth generation Californian, Dame graduated from Washington and Lee University with a degree in journalism and communications.

In 2010 Dame was elected to the American Academy of Chef’s Hall of Fame.