Rising Star Sommelier Luis de Santos of Southern Wine & Spirits of Nevada - Biography

Las Vegas, NV

November 2011

Luis de Santos, the wine director for Southern Wine & Spirits of Nevada, has held the prestigious title of Master Sommelier since 2002. De Santos was the first Master Sommelier of Filipino descent. Previously, as Wine Director of the Wolfgang Puck Fine Dining Group, de Santos created and developed the unique wine lists for many of Wolfgang Puck’s restaurants and provided their staffs with a thorough working knowledge of wine. A certified sommelier in 1997, de Santos’ goal in life is to be part of the ongoing trends in the wine and food industry, especially the Las Vegas market. Before joining Wolfgang Puck at his restaurants in December 2001, de Santos was a Wine Director and Sommelier for Charlie Palmer Steak in Las Vegas and at Hotel Healdsburg’s Dry Creek Kitchen in Sonoma, California. Prior to that, he was the Beverage Manager and Sommelier for Pinot Brasserie in Las Vegas and the hotel sommelier for Gatsby’s Restaurant and seven outlets at MGM Grand in Las Vegas.

De Santos uses his unique training to develop wine lists for Wolfgang Puck’s restaurants, including Spago Las Vegas, Spago Maui, Spago Palo Alto-California, Spago Chicago, Postrio Las Vegas, Chinois Las Vegas and Trattoria del Lupo Las Vegas. De Santos’ extensive wine lists feature a virtual tour of the greatest wineries, estates and domains throughout the world, including selections from smaller wineries difficult to find at other restaurants.

He is currently the Asian Portfolio Director at Southern Wine & Spirit of Nevada.