Welcome to Episode 1607 Stevie Kim moderates Clubhouse’s Ambassadors’ Corner – In this episode, McKenna Cassidy interviews Gabriella Favara. These sessions are recorded from Clubhouse and replayed here on the Italian Wine Podcast!
Listen in on this series as Italian Wine Ambassadors all over the world chat with Stevie and their chosen wine producer. Which producer would you interview if you had your pick?
Co-Moderator – McKenna Cassidy
McKenna found her love of wine while serving in a Napa Valley tasting room. She later graduated from the University of Notre Dame and pursued wine on the East Coast with E. & J. Gallo Winery. She has worked in wine distribution for restaurants and luxury retail stores for the past three years.
Originally from Phoenix, Arizona, McKenna is a Certified Specialist of Wine (2021), Certified Sommelier (2022), and Italian Wine Ambassador (2023).
She loves country swing dancing, hosting brunch parties, and sipping Italian Wine.
Guest Bio – Gabriella Favara
Gabriella was born and raised among the scents of the harvests and the stories of her grandparents Giacomo and Gabriella, the founders of Donnafugata.
After completing her studies in economics and business management, in Italy and abroad, she worked in marketing for two Italian family companies that are leaders in their sectors.
Gabriella represents the 6th generation involved in quality wine – this gives her a strong bond with Sicily and her family, and brings her back to her homeland to join Donnafugata in October 2022.
At Donnafugata she is part of the wine tourism team – dedicated to hospitality, guiding visits and tastings around Donnafugata’s estates.
Hospitality cultivates her passion for relationships, and to share the love for Sicily and for important family traditions. In her free time she loves traveling to discover new cultures; she has a passion for classical dance, photography and music.
Guest Moderator: McKenna Cassidy
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Guest Speaker: Gabriella Favara
More about the moderator Stevie Kim:
Stevie hosts Clubhouse sessions each week (visit Italian Wine Club & Wine Business on Clubhouse), these recorded sessions are then released on the podcast to immortalize them! She often also joins Professor Scienza in his shows to lend a hand keeping our Professor in check! You can also find her taking a hit for the team when she goes “On the Road”, all over the Italian countryside, visiting wineries and interviewing producers, enjoying their best food and wine – all in the name of bringing us great Pods!
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