Welcome to Episode 1485, in which Cynthia Chaplin interviews Robert Maggi in this installment of Voices, on the Italian Wine Podcast.
More about Robert Maggi:
Half Welsh, half Italian. Born and bred in Puglia I’m now settled in Cardiff where I’ve been for the past 4 years. After graduating in 2012 from Aberystwyth University in Business and Management with Spanish, It was a simple wine course back in 2013 that sparked my passion for wine and I now hold the AIS certification as a Sommelier, level 3 WSET, and recently qualified as an Italian Wine Ambassador with the VIA Accademy. I have extensive experience in the sector including time with the award winning Australian winery ‘Jim Barry Wines’ as well as dedicating the last 5 years to the promotion of wines from Puglia around the globe.
My passion is now my job, and I now run my own company, WinesnVines, with the aim to import and distribute wines from Italy in the UK market, focusing on smaller producers and native varieties from Italy.
I recently founded and organised the 1st edition of the Cardiff Wine Festival.
I’m a real wine enthusiast and always on the hunt for new varieties!
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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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