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Wine educator visits Avon as part of tasting series

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William Davis is a wine expert and educator, visits Vin48 for their Summer Tasting Series this Wednesday.

AVON — William Davis started in restaurants at the tender age of 15 in the Dallas-Ft. Worth area. He realized that wine and spirits was his passion when he sat for the introductory exam with the Court of Master Sommeliers over 15 years ago; his "wine bug" was set in stone.

Davis will be at vin48 in Avon today from 5 to 6:30 p.m. for the restaurant's Summer Tasting Series. The event costs $25 and includes light appetizers and wine tasting.

In 2004 while working at Charmer-Sunbelt in Colorado, Davis decided it 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 Certified Wine Educator title.

'IN HIS BLOOD'

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 currently working to achieve his MS with the Court of Master Sommeliers. In addition, Davis is a two time regional champion (2012 and 2013) and the Central and Great Lakes regional winner of TopSOMM, a competition to find the best sommelier in the United States. As a co-host of "WineGuysRadio and TV" from 2008 to 2012, he decided to focus on the consumer in late 2012 by introducing "TerroirRadio" to teach, educate and mentor industry folk including retail buyers and sommeliers, and share the love of wine to all. Currently, Davis is the trade ambassador-mountain states for Wilson Daniels.

ABOUT WILSON DANIELS

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Founded in 1978, Wilson Daniels is a fully integrated, family-owned marketing and sales company representing a highly selective portfolio of the world's most distinctive wines and spirits. Wilson Daniels continues to pursue and elevate the standards of excellence set by founders Win Wilson and Jack Daniels through developing long-term, strategic partnerships with luxury producers that possess profound respect for terroir, and are benchmarks in their region.

IF YOU GO …

What: Vin48 Summer Tasting Series with wine educator William Davis of Wilson Daniels

Where: Vin48 patio, Avon.

When: 5 to 6:30 p.m. Wednesday

Cost: $25 includes light appetizers and wine tasting.

More info: Call 970-748-WINE.