Laura Williamson, MS

Laura Williamson

Adjunct Wine Faculty, Intensive Sommelier Training
New York City
Mandarin Oriental
New York City


Laura Williamson loves wine, and that passion has driven her to become an expert on the subject and to earn one of the toughest wine credentials in the world — the Master Sommelier Diploma, which she received in 2005.

That quest for excellence has also sustained her ability to support executives and guide teams to success, achieving record-breaking goals repeatedly across all of her past positions. 

A member of the Board of the Court of Master Sommeliers, Americas, Ms. Williamson has an impressive resumé, working as a consultant for Small Vineyards Imports and co-owning VinTabla Restaurant and Wine Shop in Tucson, Arizona. In New York city, Ms. Williamson has worked at some of the city's most notable establishments including Jean-Georges Vongerichten's eponymous restaurant and the Mandarin Oriental hotel.

Currently, she is a partner at RingIT, Inc. by PreferabliSM by Wine Ring, an AI software platform based on individual customer preference for the wine and spirits industry. She has also authored a book, “Unlock Your Palate: How to Taste Wine, Impress Your Friends and Become a Wine Pro;" Unlock Your Palate is also the name of her consulting business.