Michael Snodgrass was born in Anaheim, California but moved to Las Vegas 21 years ago. He is currently the Vice President of Sales and Operations at West Coast Beverages, an Importer/Distributor here in Las Vegas. Prior to this, He has 15 years of experience on the Las Vegas Strip 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 up Eataly at Park MGM, 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 also 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. He recently went back to school where he is a senior at UNLV, finishing his Bachelor’s degree in Business Communications. In his free time, Michael enjoys traveling, riding Jet Skis, and hanging out with his 2 kitties, Leche and Coconuts.