Silvina G Palacio, DipWSET, CWS
Hi, my name is Silvina but most people know me as La Wina, I'm a Wine Blogger and Wine Educator. Those that are familiar with me, subscribe to my blog called "Thoughts of La Wina" published twice a month in Blogger. I started this blog in February 2019, to teach my students at the NSSR/Economics about wine. But my journey began, when I was a very young girl, my father loved Malbec and used to put some in my seltzer water, a practice very common in Argentina.
True knowledge about wine came much later though, when I started working at Wines from Spain/ Embassy of Spain, our focus was to promote the importing and selling of Spanish brands to the US. There I became an expert on all the different Spanish grape varieties and appellations. Later on, I thought it was important to learn about what the other countries were doing (Spain’s competition) and started to take wine classes and courses to learn about other wine producing countries. I got the Wine and Education Spirit Trust Diploma in Wines and Spirits in 2006 and the American Society of Wine Educators Certified Wine Specialist Diploma later that year. During that time I had the opportunity of meeting some of the most important wine experts in the US, including Master of Wine Mary Ewing Mulligan (my instructor at the WSET), Master Sommelier Andrea Robinson who taught courses about how to match wine and foods. Master of Wine and Master Sommelier Doug Frost with whom I collaborated to create two guides to Spanish wines called “Wines far from Ordinary”, among many others.
After 5 years at Wines from Spain I went to work for two wine Public Relations Agencies, for them I organized wine events, in-store tastings and I also continued teaching about wines to consumers. In 2008, I started working for Frederick Wildman and Sons, a wine importer company that sells wines from all around the world. This gave me an opportunity to familiarize myself with Italian and French wines and discovered that my favorite region is Burgundy and Pol Roger, my favorite NV champagne. I worked in the Public Relations Department, also organizing events, promoting brands and making sure the Wine Press sampled Frederick Wildman’s brands, to get great reviews.
After 12 long years, I decided to stop working in the wine business, but wine continued to be my passion, now materialized in my blog. Who knew writing was going to be my thing ? Well it is, I hope you enjoy reading my blog, and mostly I hope after reading it you will know a bit more about wine, and especially what you like and what you don't like. In which case I will be super proud of you!
Salud, a votre Santé, Cheers ☺
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