Welcome to Episode 1036 Cynthia Chaplin interviews Amanda Gunville of Wander + Ivy, in this installment of Voices, on the Italian Wine Podcast.
More about today’s guest:
Dana Spaulding founded the brand Wander + Ivy in 2017, and Amanda Gunville joined in 2020. Wander + Ivy is proud to offer an elevated single-serve wine experience that combines the exquisite taste and terroir of organic wines from award-winning producers with convenient, premium packaging and a deep-seated commitment to helping charitable organizations feed those in need.
Each bottle of Wander + Ivy is a convenient 6.3oz serving (1/4 of a traditional bottle of wine) of premium wine made with certified organic grapes and packaged in an elegant, easy-to-open glass bottle.
Wander + Ivy’s varietals include a California Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay, a French Rosé, a Spanish Red Blend, and an Italian White Wine.
Amanda Gunville is a seasoned entrepreneur and business consultant focused on businesses that have developed proprietary and innovative technologies/products. Following her Venture Capital-focused MBA at Notre Dame, Amanda worked in Private Equity. The opportunity to work with several of the portfolio companies led to a consulting practice where she has consulted for companies in oil & gas, medical software, FX trading, hospitality, manufacturing, banking and sports management.
Throughout the past 10 years, Amanda has started and run several businesses including Prime Athletes (Sports Management & Marketing), Prime Experiences (Event Management) and Impact Beverage (Beverage Manufacturing). Amanda has always been passionate about wine and obtained her Sommelier Certification Level II. When the opportunity to invest in Wander + Ivy was presented, she was very excited about the company. She and her family not only invested in the company, but she also joined as COO + CMO of the company. The opportunity to take all of her previous experience and couple it with her passion has been a dream come true.
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About today’s Host:
Cynthia Chaplin is a VIA certified Italian Wine Ambassador, a professional sommelier with FIS and the WSA, a member of Le Donne del Vino, and a Professor of Italian wine and culture. Born in the USA, she’s lived in Europe since 1990. Italian wine, in particular rosé, is her passion. She works with embassies, corporations and private clients, creating and presenting tastings, events, seminars and in-depth courses. Cynthia is a wine writer, a judge at international wine and sake competitions, she consults with restaurants and enotecas developing comprehensive wine lists and food pairings, and she advises clients who want to curate an Italian wine collection. She currently works for Vinitaly International in Verona as a Project Manager, Educator, and the host of VOICES Series on The Italian Wine Podcast, focusing on diversity and inclusion in the global wine industry.
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