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# An investment in knowledge pays the best interest. - Benjamin Franklin

A bit more about me...

 

I started working on the wine industry since I was very young back in Argentina. While I was in college (2008) I took a cuisine course to learn the basics about food and wine that eventually led to a one year wine course. Before I even finished it, I was already working for a local chain of supermarkets in my hometown as a wine buyer and sales coordinator.

After realizing that wine import to Argentina was "closed" I decided to travel the country giving wine courses to wineries, restaurants and wine stores staff. Education was the key at that time and I've always been good at communicating and speaking in front of people. But that wasn't enough for me... I wanted to do something else.

Taking advantage of the contacts I did during my travels, I decided to set a small business: a wine club. But it had a twist, instead of selling wine to our members, the focus was on wine tastings. Members had access to free wine tastings in their city, where they would discover new wines, learn more and ultimately, buy some. It was a good approach to introduce new brands to a "not mature" market yet and educate consumers about it. It was great! More than 120 members the first month.

Although that first entrepreneur adventure was going well, I always wanted to leave Argentina and see the world, reason why I ended up taking an offer to work as a Sommelier for Seabourn, the best and most luxurious cruise line company in the world. That opportunity gave me the chance to travel the world and see the most important wine growing regions such as Australia, NZ, Portugal, Spain, France, Italy, and of course, USA. It was thanks to Seabourn that I discovered Napa Valley.

 

I was sent in April 2016 to Napa to work on the Thomas Keller project and after only 2 weeks I was already in love and decided to move and work for a winery...not just a winery, but Inglenook, Francis Ford Coppola's premium wine estate in Rutherford, not only the 4th oldest winery of the valley but also home of the famous 1941 Inglenook Cask Cabernet Sauvignon and their flagship Rubicon.

 

Even though I've been successful in my hospitality career, I've realized the aspects of my work I find most rewarding are all in Sales, Public speaking, Events and Marketing related functions. In October 2018 I decided to take on a new adventure in Maldives, working for Cheval Blanc Randheli, a brand part of LVMH Hotel Managemet as a Head Sommelier.