Born and raised in Las Vegas, Nevada, Lindsey Geddes grew up with two passions: Swimming and hospitality. Her achievements in both fields are inspiring. Geddes was a NCAA Division I swimmer for UNLV (University of Nevada Las Vegas) and is an accomplished triathlete. At UNLV she earned degrees in both Beverage Management and Hospitality Administration and studied abroad at three renowned Swiss hospitality schools: Lausanne, Montreux, and Neachâtel.
Following graduation, Lindsey accepted her first sommelier position in Las Vegas at Marc’s World Cuisine. A year later, she moved to Los Angeles to gain a broader perspective on food and wine where she worked for Mark Peel at his acclaimed restaurant Campanile. She also spent time learning the retail side of wine at Bill Knight’s wine ship, The Wine House, where she expanded her knowledge of futures and online wine sales. Living in Los Angeles also fulfilled a life-long dream for Geddes of living by the ocean and swimming outdoors.
Returning to Las Vegas, Lindsey worked alongside Ron Mumford, MS and Ira Harmon, MS at J&P Wholesale, a fine wine division of Southern Wines & Spirits of Nevada. This allowed her to gain insights into the distribution side of the wine industry and adopt successful sales techniques. In 2008 Geddes signed on to the team at Wolfgang Puck Fine Dining Group as Lead Sommelier and Wine Director at the award-winning CUT in the Palazzo. There she oversaw staff education and catered to an elite group of Vegas diners, including once serving wine to Leonardo DiCaprio.
In 2009, Lindsey was voted by a council of her peers to be honored as one of the top five best new sommeliers in Wines & Spirits magazine and passed her Court of Master Sommeliers Level I exam on the first attempt. Since then she has been featured in Wine Spectator and Food & Wine, and she is a regular contributor to Vegas Seven with a column called “Ask A Somm.”
Geddes left the Wolfgang Puck Fine Dining Group in 2012 to form her own wine and beverage consulting company, Vegas Vine. With Vegas Vine, Lindsey has consulted for Honey Salt restaurant and Rose.Rabbit.Lie and is currently doing work with the Charlie Palmer Group. On May 21, 2014 Lindsey Geddes passed the MS exam and became the world’s 21st female Master Sommelier in Aspen, Colorado. She is now married to one of her mentors in the wine world, Steven Geddes MS, and the two recently welcomed their first child, Laird Geddes, in 2015.