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Francesco Vigorito

Francesco 2014Having grown up in an Italian family in New Jersey, Francesco Vigorito has understood that food and wine are an integral part of his life since childhood.  Francesco became really interested in wine when he tasted one of Italy’s most iconic wines, a 1998 Ornellaia, at the family celebration for his high school graduation, and he was amazed at how one bottle of wine can have such an effect on a life. From that point on, Francesco has devoted much of his time to the science and enjoyment of wine. After graduating from Rutgers University with a Bachelor of Science, Francesco enrolled in the Wine Expertise program at Apicius Hospitality School in Florence Italy.  There, he primarily studied Italian wine and viticulture, while soaking up every bit of Italian culture.  In Italy, Francesco wrote for “Mutineer Magazine,” a fine beverage magazine, and he also wrote two chapters in a Tuscan wine book as a joint student/teacher project for his school. After a year of study, Francesco obtained his Sommelier Certification in the U.K and is now very happily employed with IWM.

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