Michael Snodgrass was born in Anaheim, California but moved to Las Vegas over 20 years ago. Prior to becoming a partner at West Coast Beverages, an Importer/Distributor based in Las Vegas, he has had 15 years of experience on the Las Vegas Strip. He worked in a variety of capacities in notable restaurants including RM Seafood, Border Grill, Lupo, Spago, Bouchon and opened Herringbone.

He managed the wine department as a sommelier at OTTO inside the Venetian before opening Eataly at Park MGM and training 250+ employees in beverage education, sales and operations. From there, he went into sales for the fine wine division of Breakthru Beverage selling wine, beer, spirits and sake to restaurants and casinos in Las Vegas.

Michael has achieved many certifications and teaches WSET Level 1 and 2 wine courses at the Wine Academy of Las Vegas. He is a Certified Sommelier through the Court of Master Sommeliers and a Cicerone Certified Beer Server.

He passed levels 1, 2 and 3 in wine from the Wine and Spirit Education Trust including levels 2 and 3 with distinction, the highest score you can achieve. He holds his level 2 in spirits with distinction, and recently passed the blind tasting portion of his level 3 in spirits. He is a Certified Sherry Wine Specialist and is a student at the prestigious Vinitaly International Academy in Verona, Italy.

Michael was awarded “Best Taster” for having the highest score on the blind tasting at VIA New York in 2019 and has been selected to be a judge at the Las Vegas Global Wine & Spirit Awards.  In his free time, Michael enjoys traveling, riding Jet Skis, and hanging out with his 2 kitties, Verona and Coconuts.

MICHAEL SNODGRASS

President / Partner