Devon became a Master Sommelier in 2011. He has spent tens of thousands of hours studying, tasting, and selling wine. He is intimately familiar with the wine regions of the world, the grapes that they grow, and the laws that govern them, as well as what factors influence the look, smell, taste, and ultimately the value of a wine. As he puts it: Being a Master Sommelier doesn’t define who I am as a person or a professional but I hope it validates the passion and dedication I have for assessing and selecting incredible wines to offer our customers.
His interest in hospitality, food and wine blossomed at Duke University where, while earning a double degree in Psychology and Economics, he worked his first restaurant job and was hooked. After many years in the restaurant industry, Devon started his career with Whole Foods Market in the wine department of the Durham, North Carolina store. Several years and moves later, he settled into his current position as Global Beverage Buyer at the company’s headquarters in Austin, Texas where he now coordinates beverage programming for more than 470 stores. In addition, he currently serves as the Chairman of the Board of the Court of Master Sommeliers, Americas. He is a frequent conference speaker and panelist and has been featured in numerous print and online articles including Food & Wine, Somm Journal, SevenFifty Daily and others.