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

Biography:

With more than 21 years of wine industry experience, David Shoemaker brings a unique combination of knowledge, enthusiasm, and passion of wine to his role as Brand Ambassador for American brands at Treasury Wine Estates. Covering the North Asia region including the Greater China, Japan and South Korea markets, David promotes and educates consumers and the trade community on TWE brands of revered American origins including Beringer, Sterling, Stags’ Leap, Beaulieu Vineyards, Etude, and more.

Named one of the “Top Ten Sommeliers in China” by The Drinks Business, David is an acclaimed sommelier with professional 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 and also possesses an Advanced certificate by the Bar Smarts program. He belongs to various industry organizations such as Ordre des Côteaux de Champagne, as well as being a former member of the United States Bartenders Guild. Since 2015, David has been a judge for the Decanter Asia Wine Awards.

Prior to joining TWE, David was an acclaimed sommelier and beverage director for the Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts in Shanghai in addition to spending more than 19 years managing the F&B operations at Talk of The Town Restaurant Group based in Orlando, Florida in the U.S.A.

With more than two decades in the drinks trade, David has established successful beverage programs, wine and beverage lists that have achieved more than 50 awards from international wine media and organizations including Wine Spectator, Wine Enthusiasts and the China Wine List Awards. David is known for an acute sense for the business and finance aspects of beverages.