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As a native of Ecuador, I landed in NYC at 18 looking for adventure and a new beginning. After marriage, we settled in Florida. After enrolling in college for pre-med, I started working part-time in an exclusive country club in Ponte Vedra, FL as a server and eventually fate put me in front of a glass of 2004 Opus One and my view of wine transformed into a passion. Eventually the interest in hospitality and wine pulled me out of my chosen college interests and I’ve not looked back. Working at prestigious fine dining establishments such as Matthew’s Restaurant and Orsay in Jacksonville, Florida, allowed me to go deeper into the Euro-centric wine lists and learn the trade as a sommelier. The Navy took our family across the US in 2019 and are now settled in San Diego, where I have transitioned into the retail side of the wine industry, currently working as a bartender and Assistant Manager at Vino Carta Wine Shop and Bar. I also work part-time as a sommelier for private events, dinners and guided tastings. I have had the opportunity to participate thru invitation, in La Paulee and La Fete Du Champaigne (Los Angeles and NewYork). When not in the shop or at an event, you’ll find me at one of the many San Diego trails, or reading a book at a local coffee shop.