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Dexter West

Sommelier

"Wine is one of the most civilized things ... & one of the most natural things of the world that has been brought to the greatest perfection. It offers a greater range for enjoyment & appreciation than possibly any other purely sensory thing." –Hemingway

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A native of Chicago’s Southside, Dexter has never strayed far from wine, plunging into the world of food & wine any chance he gets.

Dexter West graduated from Southern Illinois University Carbondale with his B.S in Hospitality and Tourism Administration. After graduation, Dexter plunged into the world of food and wine working at establishments like Coopershawk Winery and Restaurant, the Promontory and JW Marriott Chicago.

Dexter holds an introductory course pin from the Court of Master Sommeliers. Never straying far from wine, Dexter is currently employed with Binny’s Beverage Depot while pursuing the WSET (Wine and Spirits Education Trust) course.

Dexter’s favorite music to listen to now includes John Legend, Nas, Drake, and anything Dancehall. 

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On Wine + Reading
Nerello Mascallese + "The Way of the Superior Man" by David Deida
On Wine + Music
Lauryn Hill's The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill Album + Shiraz or Wiz Khalifa's Kush & Orange Juice Album + Franciacorta Brut

Dexter's Expert Tip

Wine pairings dont have to be fancy wine should be enjoyed with family favorites too! Riesling/Gewürztraminer and Chinese food are a match made in heaven I read it in a fortune cookie.
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