David Yoshida first got started in the wine profession while in graduate school, finagling a position teaching Yale’s wine classes. After a brief time working in wine retail, he transitioned to a sommelier position with the AvroKO group in New York City. Curiosity led him to intern for the 2013 vintage with Gramercy Cellars in Walla Walla, and after catching the wine making bug Dave followed with stage years in Bierzo and Chinon, working with Ricardo Perez-Palacios and Domaine Charles Joguet. Having just finished the Master Sommelier examination, he is currently the wine director and 1/2 of the team building the online startup Pollux Wine, helping to promote up and coming California boutique wine producers. When is nose isn’t in a glass, he also makes time for a second career as a prison chaplain working with the California Department of Corrections, and plans to be ordained as a minister in the United Church of Christ.