Welcome to Episode 1333 on Italian Wine Podcast, today on Masterclass US Wine Market With Juliana Colangelo she will be interviewing Shelley Lindgren.
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Over the past 30 years, Shelley Lindgren has channeled her deep-seated
appreciation for Italy into an award-winning career in wine.
Introduced to the hospitality industry as a young student putting
herself through college, Shelley’s attention soon turned to wine. She
earned her sommelier’s certificate while working at San Francisco’s
iconic restaurant, Fleur de Lys, and went on to earn a culinary
certificate at the Tante Marie Cooking School, and became a wine
instructor for 12 years.
In 2004 A16 opened, a neighborhood restaurant inspired by the cooking
of Campania with an emphasis on certified VPN Neapolitan pizza. When
she curated the wine list for A16, Shelley sought to showcase Italian
wine beyond the well-known Barolos and Brunellos. A research trip that
began in Naples quickly evolved into an exploration of southern
Italy’s rural, family-run wineries that had remained otherwise unknown
outside of the country. Driving from village to village while relying
on paper maps, Shelley unearthed lesser-known grapes, such as Fiano di
Avellino and Nerello Mascalese, which she returned with enthusiasm to
share stateside. In 2015, Shelley received the James Beard Award for
“Outstanding Wine Program” at A16. A member of Les Dames d’ Escoffier,
Shelley’s involvement in the local community extends beyond the walls
of her restaurants, and she serves as a board member of Guild of Sommeliers and
Marin’s Slide Ranch. A16 Food + Wine, won “Cookbook of the Year” and
“First Book/The Julia Child Award” at the 2009 IACP Cookbook Awards.
In 2012, she co-authored her second book, SPQR: Modern Italian Food &
Wine. Her third book, ‘The New Italian Wine’, will be released Spring 2021.
Shelley’s reputation as an industry pioneer and advocate for the wines
of Italy was recognized in 2019, as she was recently knighted by the
Consulate General of Italy in San Francisco receiving the “Cavaliere
dell’Ordine Della Stella Italia” recognition.
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More about Juliana Colangelo:
Juliana Colangelo is a Vice President at Colangelo & Partners, the leading wine and spirits communications agency in the U.S. Juliana joined Colangelo & Partners in 2013 with previous experience in events, hospitality, and nonprofit development. During her tenure at C&P, Juliana has led the development of the California office, growing the agency’s domestic presence to a dedicated office of 13 people with representation of leading wine companies such as Jackson Family Wines, Far Niente, Charles Krug Winery, Foley Family Wines and more. Juliana has completed her WSET Level 3 and her eMBA in Wine Business with Sonoma State University, allowing her to bring a strategic and sales-oriented approach to communications strategy for the agency. In 2021, Juliana was named one of PR News’ Top Women in PR in the “Rising Stars” category. In 2022 Juliana became a Vinitaly International Academy Italian Wine Ambassador.
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