Born and raised in Miami, Florida, of Cuban descent, my roots and culture shaped and influenced my appreciation for wine.
In 2005, I founded Vine Wine Shop & Tasting Loft. This neighborhood wine shop was a place that brought together those looking to discover fantastic, underrepresented and esoteric wines from around the world. I fell in love.
Soils, farming practices, winemaking philosophies, and patience would become my center. In 2013, West Coast bound and unsure of how my journey would unfold, the beauty of Northern California fueled my next chapter. Self- taught, self-motivated with focused intention, I jumped all in and found my rhythm. My first wine would be born in 2014, from organically sourced Sonoma Valley fruit, full of wide-eyed expression and hopeful of the many more vintages that follow.
A minimalist at heart, I believe in keeping it simple, with a focus on the fruit source, intentionally sticking to small lots and getting out of the wine’s way. This marks a distinction of place, climate and varietal. I like the idea and philosophy of working with unique vineyards that are conscientious and practice meticulous and organic farming. The soils are what I believe to be the start of the real story to a varietally expressive wine. I also believe in being fully hands-on by hand harvesting and hand sorting my fruit, being fully transparency throughout my winemaking process.
Throughout the year, my time is spent patiently watching, being sensorially vigilant, and witnessing the beautiful development of must to wine, and vineyard to bottle without intervening or adjusting its natural evolvement. For me, the most important part of this journey is finding that balance and always remembering the land and vines that brought us this wine.
Each harvest brings a new adventure with a glimpse of all that happened that year (and believe me, no one year is ever the same). I love its history, how sensorial wine can be, how it evokes memories and a sense of place. I also love the Grenache varietal for its beautiful ability to express both its feminine and masculine sides with such vibrancy.
I hope you come to find like I did – that one sip, one moment, one leap can change everything. I also hope you enjoy these wines as much as I enjoy making them.