Sommelier David Singer of Libation Education - Biography

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April 2005

David Singer is the founder of Libation Education, a Massachusetts-based education and consulting business serving oenophiles and restaurateurs. He offers classes for corporations, private groups and restaurant staff. In addition David offers restaurant consulting services for proprietors seeking to optimize their wine program.

Prior to launching Libation Education, Singer served as the wine director of Mantra in Boston. Despite having worked his way up at a number of prestigious restaurants, such as Veritas and Le Cirque 2000 in New York, and the Windsor Court Hotel in New Orleans, he remains down-to-earth and unpretentious about his passion. At Mantra, for example, he developed an exciting beer list alongside his wine program. David felt beer particularly suited to the restaurant’s French-Indian cuisine – especially the spicier dishes – so he didn’t let it remain just a down-market afterthought.

In his 20s David abandoned his political science and psychology studies to enroll in the sommelier program at George Brown College, a Canadian hospitality school. He graduated with honors and aimed high for his first job, sending out inquiries to every restaurant on the Wine Spectator’s Grand Award list. Dan Perlman at Felidia in Manhattan took him under his wing as Assistant Sommelier, and Dan’s mentorship was invaluable to David in learning the practical side of the trade. Now he has taken up the mantle of educator himself, devoted to training restaurant staff as well as educating the public.

Having achieved one major goal of launching his own company, David still has one other goal on the horizon: the MS. He’s already passed the Advanced Exam, so the final exam looms. He also just returned from his honeymoon, so he has a lot on his plate – but he seems ready to pair it all together very well.