David Glancy is a Master Sommelier and Certified Wine Educator, one of 12 people in the world to hold both credentials. He also obtained Certified Specialist of Spirits, Italian Wine Professional, and French Wine Scholar credentials. Glancy passed the CMS Intro in Portland, OR in 1996, the Advanced in 2000 in the UK, and the MS in San Francisco in 2004. He started in working restaurants in Washington, DC at age 15 and has worked all over the US and in China.


In 2006, while working for Professional Culinary Institute (now ICE), he created the only Certified Sommelier Program ever approved by the Court of Master Sommeliers. In 5 years, he helped more than 400 students to pass the Court of Master Sommelier’s rigorous mid-level exam. This was 10% of the world’s supply of Certified Sommeliers at that time.


In 2011, Glancy founded San Francisco Wine School to create the ideal educational setting from the ground up. David created San Francisco Wine School with the aim to open the wide world of wine to students everywhere and at any level, by offering all of the wine industry’s most relevant credentials under one roof. The school is also a hub for workshops and events for enthusiasts and professionals alike. Since the pandemic, classes are in a highly interactive Hybrid Format for Roomers & Zoomers and 2-ounce wine bottles are shipped all over the USA. They also launched the Glancy Wine Education Foundation to provide scholarships for low income and underrepresented communities.


Where are you working currently and how has being a MS supported you in your current role?

San Francisco Wine School


Where were you working when you passed?

California Culinary Academy 


What made you want to become an MS?

To be a better educator


What advice do you give those who are pursuing certification?

Work hard, follow your passions, but find balance for your health & your relationships


What is your desert island wine, or what wines/beverages are you currently excited about?”

Champagne is Never Wrong