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Director of Happiness

Andrés Carlos Martell

Certified Sommelier, Veteran Sergeant of Marines, Lover of Life

Joining the United States Marines Corps in 2001, Andrés was decorated for his service in Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom before receiving an honorable discharge and co-founding Vin Ambassador with his father Nico in 2006. In 2008 Andrés passed the Court of Master Sommeliers’ Level 2 Certified Sommelier Exam at the age of twenty-four.  Currently he is focused on establishing Vin Ambassador as a global resource for luxury wine travel as well as …

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Music Director + Outside Sales

Nico Martell

Photographer, Historian, Musician

The Martell family fled the civil war in Catalan Spain to the Upper West Side of Manhattan in the 1930′s. Spending years as a musician, DJ and photographer, Nico found his way to the west coast in the 1970’s. Here he experienced the beauty of Napa Valley as well as San Francisco and chose to raise his son Andrés in Northern California. As a retired founder, Nico inspires the Vin Ambassador Team with enthusiasm and an unrelenting passion for wine and all the best lif…

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Lead Sommelier & Director of Communication

Ginevra Altomara

Certified Sommelier, Fine dining San Francisco and Manhattan, World Traveler

Ginevra Altomara fell in love with wine at a young age; her father’s homemade pasta and trips to Italy as a child introduced her to the love of cooking and wine was an integral part of her family’s daily life growing up. After studying ballet and opera and attending New York University, Tisch School of the Arts, Ms Altomara found herself across the street from Lincoln Center, at Café Fiorello. She quickly fell in love with the bustle of the restaurant and discussing wine…

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Hospitality + Education

Andy Butler

Viticulturalist, Cellar Master, Winemaker

  Hailing from Bloomington, IN, Andrew was born into the world of wine. His family owns and operates Butler Winery and Vineyards, and some of Andrew’s earliest memories are of the taste of freshly pressed grape juice during harvest and the smell of active fermentation.  He spent his early years learning the craft of winemaking before graduating from Indiana University with a BA in English in 2008. 2009 saw the opening of Andrew’s own bar, HouseBar, and in 2010 he ma…

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Charles Hardy
Hospitality + Education

Charles Hardy

Fine Dining in San Francisco,

  When it came to his passion for wine, Charles was first drawn to the contents inside the bottle, and from there it didn’t take long for Charles to be romanced by the mystique of terroir and the beauty of a vineyard. Charles found his home in San Francisco 20 years ago when as a young man he made the decision to trade his styling scissors for a corkscrew and a waiter’s apron. Having trained under the infamous James Beard award winning Chef and Proprietors of Bouleva…

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Hospitality + Education

Rachel Bassignani

Certified Sommelier, Yoga Instructor, World Traveler

Growing up in Northern California Wine Country, Rachel Bassignani began her career working with the best boutique wine producers within Napa and Sonoma Valley. In 2007, Rachel was invited to open the Michelin Starred Spruce Restaurant in San Francisco. As Sommelier, Rachel oversaw an epic selection of 3,000 international wines valued at over half a million dollars and lead the program to more than two million in sales annually. Identifying and recommending world-class vintage…

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Hospitality + Education

Rachel Dorcy

Certified Sommelier, French Wine Scholar, Wine Auctions, Fine dining San Francisco

Leaving her hometown in Washington in 2008, Rachel has been constantly moving towards her goals of being in the wine industry. Discovering her passion at 17, Rachel began trading hours of free labor in the wine cellar of a high end French restaurant for ounces of wine. “I was underage, it was the only way they would let me drive home! Plus who would turn down free wine?” Favoring Chateaunuf du Pape – “Have to love the musty, peppery complexity” – and Borde…

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