Sommelier Charlie is legendary in culinary and oenological circles. Charlie is the president of the Miami based Grappolo Blu Inc. where he lectures, conducts educational tastings, acts as an expert appraiser for insurance companies, consults with foreign importers, and mentors new members of the wine community.
A member of the American, the Worldwide, and the Italian Sommelier Associations, he is a certified sommelier with an advanced degree from the L’Ecole du Vin a Bordeaux.
Influencing young oenophiles is an important part of Charlie’s life and he has been teaching and mentoring young people since 1998. As well as this accomplishment, his film “El Camino del Vino” won the FIPRESCI award at the Mar del Plata Film Festival in 2010.Charlie serves as a judge for the IWSC, the American Fine Wine Competition, the Golden Glass Awards and the International Wine and Spirit Challenge.