Vintners 2017

Chris Silva: St. Francis Winery & Vineyards – Sonoma, CA

 

As St. Francis’ President & CEO, Christopher Silva has a specific focus: producing world class Sonoma wine. He believes that the best wines can be grown in Sonoma County and his daily efforts are centered on continuing the awareness and enjoyment of St. Francis’ award-winning wines. As a result, St. Francis uses hand picked, 100% Sonoma County grapes in all its wines. “Our Winery was built on a reputation of consistently high wine quality, and our passion is to exceed high expectations by constantly elevating that quality.”

Chris is a fifth generation Sonoma County native and member of the well-known Zucchetti and Cassina dairy farming families, who came to Petaluma from Switzerland in the late 1800s. He grew up in Santa Rosa and graduated from Cardinal Newman High School in 1982. Moving to Los Angeles, Chris continued his education and graduated cum laude from Loyola Marymount University in 1986 (he spent his senior year at Loyola University Rome, Italy), followed by Loyola Law School in 1989. Chris was elected Student Body President of both his high school and of his college. He is fluent in both Spanish and Italian.

He worked in Los Angeles as a litigation attorney for three years before returning to Santa Rosa in 1992. At Santa Rosa's Lanahan & Reilley LLP, he retired from the practice of law in 1998 to begin employment at St. Francis Winery. Brought on to St. Francis in management and marketing in 1998, Chris became its Chief Operating Officer in 1999, traveling extensively in the U.S. and internationally as the Winery's spokesman. At the age of 38, he became St. Francis’ President & CEO on January 1, 2003. Widely recognized as a wine quality leader, St. Francis is committed to being the premier producer of Sonoma wines in each of its target categories.

Miles MacDonnell: Round Pond Estate Winery – Napa, CA

 

Miles assumed leadership of Round Pond Estate after a career in auditing with Deloitte. Originally a graduate of Southern Methodist University in psychology and economics, he returned to school in 2005, maintaining his responsibilities at the winery while pursuing his MBA at Boston College. His current role as Round Pond Estate CEO includes heading up viticulture, production, wholesale sales and finance.

“Ryan and I are incredibly lucky to live and work with our family on family land,” says Miles. “Basically, we grew up camping out in these vineyards, exploring the river, and riding four-wheelers up and down the valley. As a family, we enjoyed the farm-to-table lifestyle before it was fashionable. The philosophy is a perfect fit for our company, with its estate winery and olive mill.”

Claudio Andreani: Ambrogio e Giovanni Folonari – Italy

 

Claudio worked in the Food and Beverage industry for 20 years. At the young age he worked for many prestigious restaurants in his hometown Bergamo where he learned and lived the essentials of the hospitality industry.

Wine lover and collector in constant research to educate himself, he was able to go deeper in what it will become his passion and love. He moved in the US in 2005 and with hard work and dedication within few years he received his WSET certifications and worked for a Wine Distributor Company in Massachusetts where he resides.

While working as Italian Wine Specialist during his career he had the pleasure to meet and work with some of the greatest Italian Producers until he was able to reach the most important opportunity in his career and life.

Luciano Castiello: Banfi Vintners – Italy

 

An industry veteran of over 30 years, Mr. Castiello is a sales leader for Cru Artisan, agent to luxury selections of the Banfi portfolio, focusing his efforts on sommeliers and buyers of luxury wines in the leading metropolitan areas of the United States. As ambassador, Mr. Castiello is a passionate and inspiring spokesperson for these family wineries. The multi-lingual Mr. Castiello (he has fluent command of English, Italian, French, Spanish, German, Portuguese, Dutch, Punjabi, and Creole) concentrates on building brands through personal contact with sommeliers and wine professionals, acting as a liaison between grower and consumer.

The consummate professional, Mr. Castiello possesses the unique ability to reach wine enthusiasts of all levels. His passion for international cuisine combined with his vastly extensive wine knowledge allows him to make wine approachable to any consumer.

Mr. Castiello attributes his passion for food and wine to his experiences growing up on the Italian Riviera, the son of a winemaker and a chef. Born on a small farm in Liguria, just nine hundred feet from the sea, Mr. Castiello worked in the fields harvesting olives for oil and grapes for wine with his father, and cooking in his family’s restaurant-like kitchen with his mother and grandmother. These small family businesses inspired him to continue working with family wineries where the soul of the brand is always present.

 

Schooled in Italy and France, Mr. Castiello has worked in the UK and on the Caribbean Island of St. Maarten and has represented prestige champagne houses, as well as artisan Burgundy producers. His breadth of international wine experience allows Mr. Castiello to bring a unique perspective to his role, and his passion brings this experience to life. He is a graduate of the Armenise Business School, London, England, and L ‘Istituto Italiano Alberghiero Hotel School, Alassio, Italy. Mr. Castiello is also a member of the Society of Wine Educators.

Tanna Massar: Cuvaison Estate Wine and Brandlin Vineyards - Napa, CA

 

Tanna Massar is a Colorado native, relocating to South Florida in 2008, after visiting Florida for many years personally and in the wine and beverage industry. She absolutely fell in love with Delray Beach and the area. After attending, Colorado State University, Tanna started several entrepreneurial endeavors in Crested Butte, Colorado while savoring the mountains, fresh air and family.

Tanna began her career in the wine and beverage industry in 1995 representing such brands as Shiner Bock, Paulaner, Corona and Pete’s Wicked Ale. Tanna relocated in 2000 to Denver and began a 15 year representation and collaboration with Parducci Wine Estates, Thoma Family Vineyards and Van Duzer Vineyards covering the United States.

During this time in Denver metro, Tanna started a construction company in Denver from 2003-2008, installing low voltage voice and cabling in large commercial applications, such as Einstein Bagels and Encana Gas & Oil, to name a few. Tanna sold Wire to Wire Cabling, Inc upon her decision to relocate to sunny Florida!

Tanna now represents the entire east coast for Cuvaison Estate Wine and Brandlin Vineyards, a Napa Valley Carneros estate grown and family owned winery. Tanna enjoys skiing, golfing, fabulous food and wine with her husband Terry and their 2 four legged children!

Tanna’s parents and family remain in Colorado and she makes many deliberate trips “home” for visiting, skiing and sharing Cuvaison with her friends in Vail and Denver.

David Ortiz, Mixologist: Republic National Distributing Company - Miami, FL

 

David Ortiz, a Miami native and “well-shaken” Bartender/Mixologist, Spirit Specialist and Educator. David’s mission statement in the spirits industry is Education, Empowerment and Ownership. Having come on board as Republic National Distributing Company’s Mixologist over 2 years ago David brings with him many years of bar management/education experience. Some of David’s accolades include being the founding president of the United States Bartenders’ Guild (USBG), Miami Chapter in 2009. He is also the founder of the Craft Bar Fight #CBF, Miami edition. He was the Key Note Speaker at Tales of the Cocktail in 2014 and most recently has been the Host Mixologist on the Beach Channel’s, Eat This. Drink That. Go., a food and wine show on the channel. His goal is to relay his knowledge and know-how to young bartenders and front line staff members to help them provide a better over-all guest experience- one cocktail at a time.

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