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I was born in Piacenza, northern Italy, where I lived for 38 years. Growing in the Emilia Romagna region, it was just natural to develop a passion for good food and especially good wine; after 13 years of “attorney life”, in 2009 I decided to turn my passion for wine into a possible new career, enrolling in the A.I.S. program (Association Italian Sommeliers) where I successfully achieved the Level 2. 

At the end of 2010 I ultimately decided to leave my well-established life in Italy and begin a new adventure in the wine and hospitality industry here in Temecula, California.

In the first few years here, I worked mostly as a Manager/Sommelier in the tasting rooms of local wineries (Europa Village, Miramonte) and local restaurants (Meritage at Callaway). In 2013 I started Sipiens in order to broker the portfolios of “The Organic Cellar LLC” first, “Fabulous Wines” after and “Vinity Wine Company” most recently in the San Diego county. I also teach classes about wine at MSJC and SDSU and do consulting for Europa Village winery.

Best Italian white of the year!

2016 Fiano di Avellino I Favati "Pietramara". has been awarded "Best White of the Year" by Gambero Rosso 2018. Available now!

Best Italian red of the year + 98 WE!

2007 Valtellina Superiore Sassella "Rocce Rosse" from ArPePe has been awarded "Best Red of the year" by Gambero Rosso 2018 and just recently 98 points from Wine Enthusiast! Available in May 2018, allocate your cases now

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