Sommelier - Shaw
Jaime Smith is a recent transplant from Las Vegas, NV where he previously enjoyed basking in the desert heat and slinging wines. He moved to Las Vegas in 1993 from NY and has enjoyed a terrific, and according to him, very lucky wine career.
He is a self-described nerd and had been in school from two and half years old until 28 with a few degrees. He then went into higher education instruction and was a distance professor for UC Davis and an adjunct professor for UNLV for a dozen or so years.
He was happy to be part of the wine scene that had exploded in the U.S. and particularly Las Vegas during the late 1990’s and 2000’s. He has held various positions along the way. He opened Bellagio restaurants for the Maccioni family as a sommelier, almost at the same time he opened Aureole at Mandalay Bay, where he stayed on as the wine buyer for five years and was a co-developer of the world’s first digital wine list. While there, he was also named best sommelier in the U.S., two years in a row. He left Aureole to become the first wine director for the MGM Grand and afterwards became the Director of Communication and Education for Southern Wine and Spirits. He has since been a Food and Beverage Operations Director for a casino and a beverage director for another. He ended his Las Vegas career with both the Mandarin Oriental and a long pull at the Four Seasons.
He has dedicated a great amount of time to the non-profit world in the past few years and to ensuring his son was set for the life journey; he is most proud of him. His favorite pairing is milk and cookies, and as far as music is concerned, he loves it all--you will never know what is playing until you pop by for a glass. The old man is very happy the young kids wanted him to join their clubhouse.