Learn from San Diego’s next big wave of wine makers, artisans, and local craft beers! Meet the makers that are shaping this growing movement.
Fine tune your palate. Learn from master sommelier, Maurice DiMarino, who will guide you through a blind tasting and help you discern the nuances in a wine.
Maurice DiMarino has seen just about everything in his 26 years in the service industry. From his early days as a host for a local San Diego Mexican Restaurant to his current position as wine and beverage manager for the Cohn Restaurant Group, the journey has been a varied and exciting one. However, it was not until he moved to San Francisco in early 1994 that he became passionate about the industry. While in San Francisco he had the opportunity to open several landmark restaurants, including Lou’s Pier 47, Foreign Cinema, Alma and Chez Spencer.
During this time, Maurice was able to work closely with sommeliers and renowned chefs. It was their mentorship and extensive experience that fostered Maurice’s passion for epicurean pursuits. Beyond anything else though, it was travel that inspired the love for wine and viticulture that guides Maurice to this day. More than a home, San Francisco became a hub for Maurice to travel. His free spirit took him to Europe, Canada, Central and South America, Southeast Asia and Australia. It was in these travels that Maurice discovered the varied and sometimes sacred place that wine holds in so many cultures around the world and now brings them to San Diego.
Learn the basics of viticulture, the science, production, and study of grapes, with Luke Bramon, a specialist in vineyard management.
Luke is founder of the international wine brand Luke’s Leap Wines, a premium boutique winery, where wines are hand made, from hand-picked grapes from small batches, and from old vines – some of which are over 45 years old. He is also a member of the Wilson Creek winemaking team, and lecturer at San Diego State University’s Business of Wine program. With more than 15 years of experience in the wine industry, Luke has a broad understanding of all aspects of the trade and has worked as a winemaker, director of wine production, a wine and champagne public relations and marketing manager, as well as a winery and vineyard manager.
His educational background includes a BA in Communications from the University of Southern California, a Master’s degree in Media and Public Relations from the University of Sydney, with an emphasis on wine promotion, and an MBA in Wine Business. He also holds a Level 2 Intermediate Certificate in Wine and Spirits from the International Wine and Spirits Education Trust (WSET); as well as a Level 1 Certificate from the International Circle of Masters of Sommeliers. Luke loves wine, enjoys a cold beer, and adheres to the advice: “it takes a lot of beer to make great wine”.
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