Welcome to episode 1185, in which host Polly Hammond interviews Pablo Fernandez, this week on Uncorked.
More about today’s guest:
Pablo is from Florianópolis, Brazil. His background is Engineering and Project Management, working for 15 years with greenfield projects in the energy sector. In 2019, however, he decided to take a sabbatical from his career and after driving 13,000 kilometers through Italy, he realized that his true love and his purpose in life were there. He decided to follow this vocation for the Bel Paese and to turn it into a profession, beginning his training in wine taking several certificates in a short time (Professional Sommelier, WSET Level 3, Italian Wine Scholar). In 2022 he began studying for the WSET Diploma certificate. Also in 2022, Pablo becomes the Italian Wine Ambassador of the Vinitaly International Academy – following the course in London, thus realizing the dream of working with his true passion: Italy and its food, wine, culture and history. Pablo is now working to bring Vinitaly International Academy basic and intermediate courses to the Brazilian public, as he strongly believes in the potential of this market for Italian wines.. He also writes about wine for the websites southamericawineguide.com and vinhosunica.com.br.
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More about the host:
Polly is Founder and CEO of 5forests. She splits her time between Barcelona, Auckland, and Napa, consulting, writing, and speaking about the trends that impact today’s wine businesses. She’s an advisor to New Zealand Trade & Enterprise, host of Uncorked with the Italian Wine Podcast, cohost of the Real Business of Wine with Robert Joseph, and, occasionally, a knitter.
Polly is a graduate of the University of Southern California, where she earned degrees in International Relations and French. Those studies led to a deep and abiding love affair with behavioral Economics, and her wine work is based on insights into all the crazy and irrational reasons consumers engage with brands. With over 20 years’ experience in growing successful companies, Polly knows first-hand the challenges faced by independent businesses. She approaches each client experience with empathy and understanding for what it takes to adapt and thrive in the real world.
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