My passion of wine affords me to speak with the coolest people in the wine industry.  My latest interview was with David Glancy.  David has wine credentials galore; so many in fact that he is only 1 of 12 wine specialists in the world with a CWE (Certified Wine Educator) from the Society of Wine Educators, and a MS (Master Sommelier) from the Court of Master Sommeliers.  He also is a French Wine Scholar, which was of much interest to me, because I love all things French.  This certification is from the French Wine Academy made up of French winegrowers’ associations and backed by the French government located in Washington, D.C.  Often the academy takes its instructors on wine trips where lodging, meals, and tours are paid for (airfare additional).

 Many may disagree, but to me, I think the blind wine tastings are the hardest part of the wine certifications – David has tasted 1000’s of wines for training and education.  I am working on my first 100! 

A day in the life of David could include:  directing the Certified Sommelier Program at the Professional Culinary Institute (PCI), teaching at the San Francisco Wine School (SF Bay Area provider of the French Wine Society programs), developing award winning beverage programs, implementing effective beverage cost controls and providing in-depth restaurant staff training – done through his firm – SFsommelier Consulting , running wine tastings and corporate events, being the contributing editor of the Sommelier Journal , performing charity work, and of course, being a sommelier!

If you would like to see this guy in action, please visit PCI’s channel on YouTube.

David GlancyKudos to David on all his triumphs.  I’m just happy that I passed my blind tasting portion of the final exam for the Wine Fundamentals II course of the International Sommelier Guild (ISG)!