Welcome to Episode 951 Cynthia Chaplin interviews Jordan Salcito, in this installment of Voices, on the Italian Wine Podcast.
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Jordan Salcito is a wine industry veteran with over a decade spent working as a sommelier and at some of the world’s most storied wineries including Domaines Comte Liger-Belair and Dujac. She began her wine career in New York as a cook at DANIEL, then sommelier at Eleven Madison Park, and eventually Wine & Beverage Director for David Chang’s Momofuku restaurants. An impassioned entrepreneur, Jordan is also the founder of Drink RAMONA, Inc., a beloved line of organic Italian wine & spritzes.
About Drink RAMONA, Inc.
Founded by Jordan Salcito in late 2016, Drink RAMONA, Inc. is responsible for RAMONA, a beloved portfolio of five spritzes and a dry sparkling rosé, all in 250ml recyclable aluminum cans that define wine without rules. A veteran of Eleven Madison Park and former Beverage Director for David Chang’s Momofuku restaurants, Salcito created RAMONA when she noticed a void in the market for premium quality, organic beverages meant for casual moments. Simply put, RAMONA is wine, but cooler. In 2018, RAMONA partnered with Whole Foods on national distribution. In 2019, RAMONA received multiple Double Gold Medals and a Gold Medal from the renowned San Francisco International Wine Competition, and in 2020, the brand launched direct-to-consumer.
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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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