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"I've been lucky enough to dedicate myself to something I really love, and I'm passionate about it. I have pure reverence for the world of wine, it's something magical"
I was born and grew up in a small town in Ávila; El Tiemblo, an area of Spain known for its old Garnacha vines.
I grew up with my grandfather's homemade wine, but it wasn't until I came to the United Kingdom in 2001 when I decided to start my career in wine.
The beginning was not easy for me, I worked in several restaurants and hotels in the UK. These included The Great Foster Hotel in Surrey, and Oxford hotel The Randolph, both five-star. At the latter I spent six years, joining the team of sommeliers as commi-sommelier and leaving as Head sommelier.
In 2009, I moved to the City of London to Andaz five-star hotel, as Head Sommelier.
I completed stages in world-renowned restaurants; The Fat Duck by Heston Blumenthal and El Celler de Can Roca, both with three Michelin stars.
At the end of 2012 I joined the luxurious Launceston Place restaurant in Chelsea, where I contributed to achieve its first ever Michelin star.
I won prestigious awards for my wine lists, Tatler Best Wine List Award and the Award of Excellence from Wine Spectator Magazine, thus rewarding my work.
In 2008 and 2009, I won the "New Zealand Winegrowers" & "California Wines" competitions respectively, by The UK Academy of Food & Wine.
In 2012 I finished the last level of WSET; Diploma, then year later, I also passed The Court Master Sommelier Advanced exam.
Nowadays, I am preparing for the Master Sommelier title, the highest qualification possible in my career.
I was driving the beverage programme at the Four Seasons Madrid, as well as consulting to other restaurants and hotels to develop their business.
I have also run master classes, round tables and presentations for wine congresses and wine events.
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