Welcome to Episode 881 Cynthia Chaplin interviews Alicia Towns Franken, in this new installment of Voices, on the Italian Wine Podcast.
More about today’s guest:
Alicia Towns Franken, with over 25 years in the hospitality industry, is VP Wine Portfolio at Archer Roose, one of the leading canned wine companies in the U.S.. She is responsible for growing the wine portfolio of Archer Roose and for creating an industry-focused program to helped strengthen category awareness of alternative packaging, by developing stronger ties with the winemakers, thinkers, critics, distributors, movers and shakers that are the gatekeepers in this industry in order to raise Archer Roose’s profile.
In addition, Alicia serves on the board and also heads mentorship at Wine Unify, an organization who’s mission is to welcome, elevate, and amplify the voices of underrepresented minorities in the wine industry. She believes that elevating the experience and influence of diverse members of the wine community is but one of many valuable pieces of todays complicated puzzle.
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About today’s Host:
Cynthia Chaplin is a Vinitaly International Academy certified Italian Wine Ambassador, a professional sommelier with Fondazione Italiana Sommelier, a member of Le Donne del Vino, and a Professor of Italian wine and culture. Born in the USA, Cynthia moved to Europe in 1990 where she has lived in Spain, Belgium, England and Italy. She chose to center her career in Rome and immerse herself in the Italian wine sector, which is her passion. She has taught university students and expats, works with embassies, corporations and private clients, creating and presenting tastings, events, seminars and in-depth courses. Cynthia is a wine writer, translator, and a judge at international wine and sake competitions. She consults with restaurants and enotecas assisting in the development of comprehensive wine lists and excellent food pairings, as well as advising private clients who want to develop a comprehensive Italian wine collection. She lives with her British photographer husband on the shore of Lake Bracciano, north of Rome, where they share their beautiful garden with one massive grapevine, two border collies and an arrogant diva cat.
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