William Davis started in restaurants at the tender age of 15 in the Dallas-Ft. Worth area. A career in economics was not as fun as working the floor, so he stayed in the hospitality industry both in Texas and Denver, Colorado. He realized that wine and spirits was his passion, and when he sat for his Introductory Exam and Course with the Court of Master Sommeliers over 15 years ago, his ‘wine bug’ was set in stone. In 2004, he decided that a full-time career with Charmer-Sunbelt in Colorado was necessary to pursue a greater understanding of the grape, and received the Certified Specialist of Wine, the Certified Specialist of Spirits, and the highest certification from the Society of Wine Educators, the title of Certified Wine Educator (CWE). Restaurants were still ‘in his blood’, and the dedication that sommeliers give to their craft is a vital part of bringing wine to the consumer, so he passed the Certified and Advanced Sommelier exams in 2007 and 2008 (on his first try), and is working to achieve his MS with the Court of Master Sommeliers. The academic approach to wine and spirits also interests him, and he obtained the Advanced Certification with the Wine and Spirits Education Trust in 2010, and is studying for the WSET Diploma. If that isn’t enough, he is a member of the Guild of Sommeliers, and was the 2 time Regional Champion in the Central (2012) and Central-Great Lakes (2013) of TopSOMM, a competition to find the best sommelier in the United States. As a co-host of WineGuysRadioand TV from 2008 to 2012, he decided to focus on the consumer in late 2012 by introducing TerroirRadioto teach, educate, and mentor industry folk including retail buyers and sommeliers, and share the love of wine to all. Currently he is the Director of Education for Wilson Daniels, one of the leading importers and marketers of wines and spirits in the United States. He has led seminars and moderated events across the country, including Santa Fe Wine and Chile, Taste of Vail, the Denver International Wine Festival, the James Beard Foundations’ Cruise Series, and the Park City Food and Wine Classic. Sitting with winemakers and traveling the wine world is essential to his continued growth. After all, having a glass of vino with the most interesting people on earth doesn’t hurt!