Former Canlis Sommelier Nabs Lofty Status, to Launch Wine Education Company

Fremont's Nick Davis achieves Advanced Sommelier status
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On April 7, Nick Davis and 17 other individuals passed the grueling Advanced Sommelier examination at the Hotel Monaco in Portland. At 27, Davis is one of the youngest wine stewards in the nation to achieve the Advanced Sommelier status, the precursor to taking the Master Sommelier exam. Currently, there are seven master sommeliers in Washington; 118 in the United States.

We caught up with Davis to talk about his favorite Seattle bar and plans for his new wine education and consulting company, Archetype, launching this summer.

What his palate can do for you: “I plan to partner with local chefs to do special dinners pairing their cuisine with live jazz.”

Chefs he wants to work with again: “Garrett Doherty of Kraken Congee. I worked with Garrett at The Ruins. Also Chris Medina from Bell + Whete. We worked together at Canlis.

Next cocktail trend: “Non-traditional ingredients, like beer and wine, in cocktails. One of my favorite bartenders right now is Amanda Reed at Oliver Twist and the other night she made me a rum-based cocktail with stout in it. It was awesome.”

Favorite Seattle bar:Liberty on Capitol Hill because there’s just this sense of community there. When I walk in it feels like family.”

Hot Washington grape: “Grenache. I love what Kerloo Cellars (SoDo) is doing with it. For white, definitely gruner veltliner. W.T. Vintners (Woodinville) is doing a great gruner right now.”