David Shoemaker, an acclaimed sommelier and beverage director/sommelier for the Shanghai area for the Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts, is a judge in the Decanter Asia Wine Awards (DAWA).

David Shoemaker is an acclaimed sommelier with several certifications for both wine and spirits, he is an Advanced Sommelier by the Court of Master Sommeliers, International Sommelier Guild Level 2, Certified Specialist in wine by the Society of Wine Educators, Certified Spanish Wine Educator, possesses an Advanced certificate by the Bar Smarts program, and belongs to many industry organizations such as Ordre des Côteaux de Champagne, as well as being a former member of the United States Bartenders Guild.  He has more than 20 years’ experience and has organized beverage programs and written wine and beverage lists that have achieved accumulatively more than 65 different awards for wine or spirits from organizations such as Wine Spectator, Wine Enthusiast, China Wine List Awards, The World of Fine Wine and Santé magazine amongst others. David is known for an acute sense for the business and finance aspects of beverages. David Shoemaker has been a Decanter Asia Wine Awards judge since 2015.