It was a National Merit Scholarship that brought sommelier Dan Davis to the University of New Orleans to study history, but it was his brief stint at the Brennan family's Palace Café—a casual sister restaurant to the historic Commander's Palace—that left him eager to pursue a career in the restaurant business. After holding positions at Emeril's New Orleans and Emeril's Miami, Davis returned to New Orleans to work with the Brennans at Commander's Palace, where, in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, he began building a wine list that would earn a Grand Award in 2012. Davis spoke with Wine Spectator assistant editor Lizzie Munro about his education as a sommelier, creating exceptional wine lists and guiding customers to unfamiliar bottles.
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