David Lynch is a sommelier, writer, restaurateur and educator. He is the co-author of the seminal book Vino Italiano (Clarkson-Potter; 2002), which remains one of most authoritative looks at the world of Italian wine.

David was most recently the owner and wine director of San Francisco’s acclaimed St. Vincent Tavern & Wine Merchant. Prior to venturing out on his own, he ran the wine programs at San Francisco’s Michelin-starred Quince and New York City’s iconic Babbo Ristorante. While at Babbo, he was honored with a James Beard Award for Outstanding Wine Service (2004).

David didn’t start out in restaurants: He was previously a James Beard Award-winning writer at Wine & Spirits Magazine, and his writing has appeared in publications including GQ and Food & Wine. He also co-authored The Wine Snob’s Dictionary (with David Kamp). Still active as a writer, David is a contributor to Bon Appetit, GQ and numerous other publications. He lives in San Anselmo, CA with his wife, Josie, and son, Ellis.