David Lynch



After more than 16 years of working and living in New York City, David Lynch decamped for the San Francisco Bay Area in 2009, joining the Michelin-starred Quince Restaurant as its Beverage Director. David is also an author whose book, Vino Italiano, is the Italian wine lover’s reference of choice.

Previous to becoming Beverage Director of Quince, David was the longtime Wine Director, then General Manager, of New York’s famed Babbo Ristorante. In addition to his restaurant work, David remains active as a writer, publishing articles on wine and food in publications such as Food & Wine and GQ and Wine & Spirits.

Before Babbo, David was a Senior Editor at Wine & Spirits, where he won a James Beard Journalism Award for his writing. In 2000, he left the magazine to travel throughout Italy, an experience which not only spawned the IACP award-winning Vino Italiano but launched a new career — that of a sommelier, working for Vino Italiano co-author Joseph Bastianich and chef Mario Batali. During his tenure, David grew Babbo’s wine program into one of the nation’s best, winning a 2004 James Beard Restaurant Award for Outstanding Wine Service. He and Bastianich published their second book, Vino Italiano Buying Guide, in 2004, and recently revised and updated that volume, releasing the new edition in August of 2008. David also co-authored the satirical Wine Snob’s Dictionary (Broadway Books; 2008) with Vanity Fair scribe David Kamp.

David and his wife, Josie, have a four-year-old son, Ellis. They live in San Anselmo, CA.

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    January 25, 2:30 pm - 4:30 pm

    What does it take to build a profitable Italian wine list? Whether the list is Italian-only, Italian focused, or new-to-Italian, there are many elements necessary to ensure your ‘Italian wine success’—including the selections themselves (which wines? what styles/types? what brands? what price points?) and the extent of your server training. Top on-premise professionals will give you their take on how to be successful with Italian wines in your establishment.
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