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Sommelier Press Shanghai Interview of David Glancy

Sommelier Press Shanghai Interview of David Glancy

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Original Vinci Sommelier Pictorial December 6, 2018

David Glancy MS is the founder of the San Francisco Wine School, which was founded in 2011 and is one of the largest educational programs in the nation to teach wine courses. 

In this year's California Wine Tour, David came to China as a special guest to carry out the master class. He also accepted an interview with this newspaper and talked about his wine career and the idea of ​​this trip to China.

David Glancy MS

David grew up in the small town of Bethesda on the outskirts of Washington, DC, living with his mother. In memory, life at a young age seems to be a bit overwhelmed. Mothers have to work long hours, and they have to take care of their children's food and drink. It is not uncommon to burn the dishes.

David, who loves food, is not willing to take care of his mother's "dark cuisine". At the age of fifteen, he took the initiative to undertake daily cooking at home, and at the same time, he worked as a part-time dishwasher and assembly line chef in the restaurant.

David Glancy MS

Traveling to France during the 16-year-old summer vacation, this is the first time David has traveled. He not only learned how to order beer on the train, but also the charm of wine. It is a Vouvray semi-dry white poetry, unique minerality, refreshing acidity, different from the American wine that David used to be familiar with, really intoxicating him.

 


Wu Frei is the legal production area of ​​Bai Shinan

Just as a bottle of superior Wufrey can withstand the years of tempering, David was fully engaged in the wine field a few years after his first encounter. Before that, he was more willing to classify himself as a “restaurant manager”. - 

After graduating from Michigan State University's Catering Management Program, David became a staff member at the Westin San Francisco. In a chat, the manager told him that the food and beverage department is the fastest promotion channel to the general manager of the hotel, especially the experience of training in the Asian region.

At that time, the English-style barbecue restaurant at Mandarin Oriental Macau was undergoing a transition to an Italian restaurant. A manager was hired. The general manager happened to be in California. Due to his excellent work performance, David was recommended to go to the interview and receive the offer.

 


David Glancy MS

There is no shortage of money-losing tycoons in the casinos, especially in terms of wine consumption.

David recalled: "They only order the most expensive wine, but they never finish it. Therefore, we have a good fortune, which we can't afford." David took this opportunity to learn the basics of wine tasting. Kevin Zraly's Windows on the World Complete Wine Course is his daily must-read.

Macao, a combination of Chinese and Western, has also given David an unprecedented life experience. Working leisurely, David enjoys exploring the local streets and alleys. Portuguese, pork chop, and various restaurants are all waiting for him to stop. However, due to work visas and family reasons, after only one year in Macau, David had to bid farewell to the United States.

 


David Glancy MS

The position in the Asian region has greatly improved the service skills of David Restaurant. He realized that financial management, staff training, wine selection and service improvement are closely linked. A qualified sommelier and even a restaurant manager need to balance. A leak is a failure.

When teaching wine courses to employees and clients, David summed up an industry rule: many alcoholics can talk about the characteristics of wine, the story of winemakers, but the way wines get profit; on the other hand, budget-conscious businessmen He is good at running wine projects, but he has no intention of directing the soul of wine.

Therefore, David's professional role is intended to transform into an educator, aiming to let people at all levels find the right point, and the idea of ​​starting a wine school is sprouting at this time.

 


David Glancy MS

In order to achieve good results, David must first sharpen his tools. In order to realize his ideas, David has unswervingly attacked the Master of Wine (MS) and resigned from the restaurant to focus on MS preparation. At the same time, David warmed up with the certification exam of the Society of Wine Educators, an important educational organization in the United States, to help the MS exam pass.

Now, in addition to MS, if you want to add David's other titles to the name suffix, we should introduce it when it is introduced - David Glancy MS, CSS, CSW, CWE, FWS. Only 12 people in the world hold both MS and CWE certification, and David is one of them. David said that he still has to take the exam to obtain qualifications. After all, they correspond to different fields. One is self-challenge and the other is to satisfy curiosity.Founded in 1977, the association promotes and regulates wine education through different certification courses. Currently has the following certification levels: certified wine expert CSW, certified wine educator CWE, certified spirits expert CSS, certified service industry / beverage expert HBSC

 

David Glancy MS 

Since the founding of the School of Wine in 2011, David has devoted himself to teaching and educating people. 

He enjoyed the immediate feedback from the students during the course and liked to teach all the producing areas and grape varieties, especially in California, because many educators or teaching organizations did not pay enough attention or oversimplify the diversity of the area.

 


San Francisco Wine School

In addition, blind products are also areas of focus for David, which has huge demand in the professional and consumer groups. To date, more than 400 of David's students have passed the Certified Sommelier (Certified Sommelier, the second in the CMS series).

Students can participate in David's teaching through field and network, and can also follow the cruise!

The 2017 route runs from Hungary to Germany along the Danube; from Rome to Venice this summer, it passes through two stops in Croatia. In July next year, I plan to go from Barcelona to Rome, and call the French Riviera and Monaco. David welcomes everyone to join us!

 


David Glancy MS's teaching team

At the end of October, David and the California Wine Tour Exhibition came to China for more than 20 years. He used "Amazing" to describe the event: the tickets for the master class were sold out, and the audience raised high-level questions. The wine tasting area was even more crowded. I can't get through. 

For the development of California wine in the Chinese market, despite the influence of international policies, David is still optimistic, and Chinese wine has a lot of room for development in the United States. In the future, David hopes to come to China frequently to provide consumers with wine shopping advice.

 


David Glancy MS lectures at the California Wine Tour




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