Tastings Panelist - David Soto
Spirits Specialist
Binny’s - Lincoln Park
Spirits Judge
David's first job in the beverage/hospitality industry was as a wine buyer in Ann Arbor, Michigan in the early '90s. For over fifteen years since, he has worked primarily in the retail sector at places like Sam's Wine and Spirits and Binny's Beverage Depot. He is currently a Spirits Specialist at Binny's. His passion for the industry is derived from the rich history of each spirit. "I love traveling and exploring the many cultures and traditions associated with each category," he says. "The best resource of each spirit is the people involved in producing it. Many of the great spirits have multiple generations involved in its history and development."

For over 10 years, David has served as a panelist with BTI/Tastings.com, specializing in spirits. When he tastes he looks for a story with a clear beginning, middle and end. "The nose is the beginning. It should make you want to continue forward with the spirit. The taste is the middle--it should have a solid foundation whatever path it takes. The finish is the end. It should be memorable, in a good way," David says. His most memorable experience tasting on a blind panel was discovering one of the best rye whiskies he'd ever encountered from the Skip Rock Distillers in Washington.
For more about David visit his website at www.binnys.com.