UNI Bertrand Ambroise Quote 

Bertrand Ambroise first came to Beaune when his father was transferred to work there on the French railways. He then enlisted in the Lycée Viticole to study winemaking. Whilst at the school, he met his future wife Martine. After they married, Bertrand worked alongside Martine’s dad until his death in 1988 when the couple took over the 8 hectares. A wine lover who was passionate about the work of the vineyard, he continued to develop the estate which today reaches 21 hectares and focuses on two grape varieties, Pinot Noir & Chardonnay. A family run business, Bertrand is now joined by his son, François, in the winemaking and his daughter, Ludivine, in the running of the Domaine. Together they produce boutique wines in the traditional Burgundy way. They are a family passionate about the vineyard and their wines, with one goal: "your pleasure.”


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UNI Mary Joli Quote
 

Mary Joli is a Key Accounts Specialist with Willamette Valley Vineyards in Oregon’s verdant Willamette Valley. Mary brings with her a wealth of wine knowledge and experience from over 15 years in the Oregon wine Industry. Having worked in wine shops specializing in Oregon Pinots, she then went on to several small wineries where she managed tasting rooms, wine clubs, special events and having a hand in harvest/production, before landing at WVV. It was during the early time in her career as an International Flight Attendant with TWA that she traveled extensively throughout Europe and she first came across the elegant old world wines. Tasting her way across Europe for 4 years, she developed a palate and a passion for wine. After settling down and raising a family, Mary returned to the work force to pursue her passion for wines, traveling and meeting new people. Working with Willamette Valley Vineyards in National Sales has enabled her to continue to live her dreams.


 

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UNI Lorenzo Gatteschi Quote
 

Lorenzo Gatteschi’s career in wine began at his family estate, Podere Ciona. Enthused at the prospect of making his own wine and aided by the estate’s consultant œnologist, Dr. Stefano Chioccioli – at the time a rising star in the Italian winemaking world and today an internationally renowned expert – Lorenzo began working in all aspects of winemaking. In 2000, he achieved a Higher Certificate Level at the Wine & Spirits Education Trust in London and took courses at Enoteca Italiana wine school in Siena. In 2004, he became manager of the wine cellar at Podere Ciona; 2018 represented his fifteenth vintage as principal winemaker of the estate.

Lorenzo's wine-industry career took yet another turn when he began a new venture: Small Vineyards, arguably the first U.S. importer of Italian wines to represent exclusively small, family-owned estates that hand harvest their grapes and follow sustainable/organic farming methods of production in these markets. Currently, he helps as liaison between Small Vineyards (today, August Wine Group) and its small producers and helps represent the most exclusive wines in the AWG portfolio nationwide. He happily spends about five months in Italy every year, including over two every autumn spent organizing the harvest and directing the winemaking process at Podere Ciona. When not in Italy, Lorenzo lives with his wife Jennifer in Brooklyn, NY, and travels all over the United States for business.


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UNI Bill Wolf Quote

Bill Wolf is the owner of Eagle Eye Winery, along with his wife Roxanne. They live on their 13 acre ranch, named AlphaWOLF Vineyard & Olive Ranch, in Napa Valley where they grow Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. Bill’s career began in the food service industry, where he worked as a chef in his early years and progressed to Vice President of Operations for ARAmark Corp. Upon meeting Roxanne, the decision was made to enter into the wine industry and in 1999 they purchased property with 5 acres of walnut trees and grapes. They began studying at UC Davis, completing over 75 classes in Oenology, and traveling to key international wine producing regions to learn how other countries grow their grapes and olives. In October of 2004 they released their first wine under the Eagle Eye label. Bill has been a Board Member for the Napa County Farm Bureau, the California Olive Oil Council and the Suisun Creek Alliance. In 2007, Bill was recognized by the Governor for his role in passing Assembly Bill #323 to the California Alcoholic Beverage Control Act.


 

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UNI Steve Reynolds Quote 
 

Reynolds Family Winery, located on the acclaimed Silverado Trail in Napa Valley, is the classic “American Dream” tale. Steve and Suzie Reynolds gave up everything to take an old run down farm and try their luck at making wine. Steve left a career in Dentistry and Suzie, Insurance, to dive feet (and purple stained hands) first into the vintner life style. After 24 years of working the land and 21 years of perfecting their craft, they now make some of world’s top rated wines. The focus is on small batch, hand crafted wines. This passion for perfection and attention to detail is evident right when you pick up their bottle and see the handmade flower label – and then you open it! Their slogan “Drink American” is a tribute to all things Napa and the pride they put in each bottle.


 

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