Laura Williamson is one of 33 female Master Sommeliers in the world, achieving her accreditation when just 13 women had done so previously. Partially educated in Paris, France her first two years of college, she originally discovered her passion of wine as an au-pair for a French diplomat family, becoming enamored with the beverage that stopped heated political discussion at the dinner table. She has been the Chef Sommelier and Beverage Director for a Michelin 3 Star, New York Times 4 Star restaurant as well as a Wine Director for a Forbes 5 Star Hotel in Manhattan. She was also an adjunct faculty member at the International Culinary Center in NY for the Sommelier Intensive Program and a consultant to Wine Ring | RingIt, the most advanced and comprehensive wine software built to guide consumers to embrace their personal preference. Currently she consults, speaks, advises and educates under her umbrella company, Unlock Your Palate, Inc. She has shared her esteemed expertise through features on NBC, CBS, FOX, Forbes Magazine, Wine Spectator & Imbibe. To learn more, visit her website at www.lauramastersomm.com.