Adjunct Wine Faculty
Laura Williamson achieved the Master Sommelier Diploma in 2005 when just 78 Americans had previously tackled this feat. Born and raised in a dry county of Arkansas, she coincidentally stumbled upon wine after working as an ‘au pair’ in Paris for a French diplomat. Her journey continued through work in fine restaurants while completing her degrees in Economics and Business. In addition to having traveled six continents for wine, she is an avid mountaineer (summiting Mt Kenya and Mt Kilimanjaro) and an accomplished yoga practitioner (RYT). She has worked in numerous fine restaurants over the past 20 years from Boulder and Vail, CO to Maui and San Diego prior to opening two of her own in Tucson, AZ.
In addition to assisting with special events and monthly winemaker dinners at her restaurant, Dove Mountain Grill in Tucson, she consults for various importers and independent collectors, speaks at private functions and public events, teaches at annual wine festivals, guides private clients on custom wine excursions and creates annual wine and yoga retreats.
She is an active member of the Court of Master Sommeliers, American Chapter and is also a Certified Wine Educator (CWE), achieving this degree from the Society of Wine Educators in 2001.