BIONDI-SANTI AND VOLPAIA – OH MY A

Two of the most renowned producers in Tuscany pair up to bring you this fantastic Tuscan Feast hosted by decorated sommelier William Davies. Bill will expertly guide you through the ethereal wines that have become known as benchmark wines for the Tuscan region. Under the watchful direction of Executive Chef John Reis and Anthony Bianco, the culinary team from 1700 Degrees steakhouse will surprise and delight with their own rendition of authentic Tuscan cuisine with a modern twist.

William Davis started in restaurants at the tender age of 15 in the Dallas – Ft. Worth area. A career in economics was not as fun as working the floor, so he stayed in the hospitality industry both in Texas and Denver, Colorado. He realized that wine and spirits was his passion, and when he sat for his Introductory Exam and Course with the Court of Master Sommeliers over 15 years ago, his ‘wine bug’ was set in stone. In 2004, he decided that a full-time career with Charmer-Sunbelt in Colorado 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 title of Certified Wine Educator (CWE). 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 working to achieve his MS with the Court of Master Sommeliers. The academic approach to wine and spirits also interests him, and he obtained the Advanced Certification with the Wine and Spirits Education Trust in 2010, and is studying for the WSET Diploma. If that isn’t enough, he is a member of the Guild of Sommeliers, and was the 2 time Regional Champion in the Central (2012) and Central-Great Lakes (2013) of Top SOMM, a competition to find the best sommelier in the United States. As a co-host of Wine Guys Radio and TV from 2008 to 2012, he decided to focus on the consumer in late 2012 by introducing Terroir Radio to teach, educate, and mentor industry folk including retail buyers and sommeliers, and share the love of wine to all. Currently he is the Director of Education for Wilson Daniels, one of the leading importers and marketers of wines and spirits in the United States. He has led seminars and moderated events across the country, including Santa Fe Wine and Chile, Taste of Vail, the Denver International Wine Festival, the James Beard Foundations’ Cruise Series, and the Park City Food and Wine Classic. Sitting with winemakers and traveling the wine world is essential to his continued growth. After all, having a glass of vino with the most interesting people on earth doesn’t hurt!

Includes:
• Multi-course dinner featuring the legendary wines of Biondi-Santi and Volpaia hosted by noteworthy sommelier William Davis
• May not be redeemed for cash

Insider’s Notes:
• This lot is date specific and will be held on June 13, 2020.
• This lot is to be bid as a Dutch auction. You will be bidding for two seats. All interested bidders will stand and will remain standing until the price is more than they care to bid. The last twelve bidders standing will win. The bid price called will be the price for one seat. Winning bidders will pay for two seats.
• Maximum of twelve winning bidders
• May not be redeemed for cash.

Donated by:
Wilson-Daniels
Greenwood Hospitality Group / Hilton Harrisburg, 1700 Degrees