Ian D’Agata has been speaking and writing about wine for over twenty-five years. An award winning writer, his Native Wine Grapes of Italy (Ed. University of California Press) was recently named 2015 Louis Roederer International Wine Awards Book of the Year, the first time an Italian wine writer has ever won the award.
He is the Scientific Director of the Vinitaly International Academy and Scientific Advisor to Vinitaly International and lectures on wine culture and history in NYU’s Master’s Program in Food Sciences.
Ian is the Senior Editor and Head of Development of Europe and Asia of Vinous (USA), the Creative director of Collisioni, Italy’s largest music, literature and enogastronomy festival, and is the italian correspondent for China’s Taste Spirit lifestyle and wine web magazine. He is actively involved in resurrecting forgotten old native wine grapes and having wine made from them again.
An award winning wine writer, he has been named numerous times Italy’s best wine writer and was most recently (2016) nominated one of the world’s eight best international wine writers by Les Plumes d’Or, as voted upon by French wine estate owners and winemakers.
Charlie Arturaola has been writing and teaching about wine for nearly three decades. Now President of his own wine consulting and appraising firm, based in Miami Beach, Florida, he has been a sommelier, corporate wine director, wine instructor, wine judge, mentor, wine blogger, and acclaimed actor—he starred in the 2012 film, El Camino del Vino (The Ways of Wine). His second wine film with director Nicolas Carreras, The Duel of Wine, was released in late 2014. Arturaola was named Communicator of the Year in 2012 by the International Wine and Spirits Competition.
Lyn Farmer is a James Beard Award-winning wine and food writer, broadcaster and arts educator. He is the author of the Engaging the Senses blog on this site, as well as director of VeritageMiami, one of Florida’s most successful charity wine events.
Lyn is also the arts ambassador of the Broward Center for the Performing Arts in Fort Lauderdale, developing signature experiences that combine visual and performing arts with food and wine. In addition to his behind the scenes work, Lyn leads pre-concert talks for the public before classical, jazz and Broadway programs. He also conducts a series of seminars on the hidden synergies of wine and the arts and how to engage all your senses to better experience art in every form, including daily life. Lyn is a popular public speaker on how to use an appreciation of wine, food and art to better understand and enjoy the endeavors and experiences of daily life.
Lyn is a popular writer on food and wine, and is a regular contributor to the Miami Herald’s Indulge Magazine. Lyn also teaches WSET Certification courses for Fine Vintage, Ltd, North America’s leading presenter of Wine and Spirit Education Trust classes.
Formerly director of entertainment at Regent Seven Seas Cruises, and wine and spirits ambassador for Silversea Cruises, Lyn has consulted for the hospitality industry, museums, and performing arts organizations. In the process, he has led dozens of tours to the world’s major wine regions and given hundreds of presentations, not only on food and wine but also on the visual and performing arts, international communication and cultural exchange.
For a decade Lyn Farmer was restaurant critic of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel newspaper and is the author of the Louis Vuitton City Guide Miami. He has been a judge at numerous international wine competitions, including the Argentine Wine Awards and Catad’Or Santiago de Chile, and conducts seminars for the Italian Trade Commission, VinItaly, the French trade organization Sopexa and I.E.E.M.
Lyn is certified by the Wine and Spirits Education Trust (WSET), the Society of Wine Educators and the Sake Education Council in Tokyo, as well as the governing bodies of the Champagne Region (CIVC) and the Portuguese wine industry (IVDP). A widely recognized authority on the wines of Champagne, Lyn was elected a Chevalier and then Officer of the Ordre des Coteaux de Champagne, an association of the great houses of Champagne.
An avid traveler and photographer, Lyn began his professional career in the United States Foreign Service with the U.S. Information Agency specializing in cultural affairs, finally serving as director of cultural programming for Voice of America. He has worked with National Public Radio (where he was host of the Peabody Award-winning program Music from Washington), and created many audio guides and tours for prominent American museums including the National Gallery of Art, The Philadelphia Museum of Art and the Smithsonian Institution. He has taught courses in music and art history at the University of Miami and Florida International University and was the program annotator of the Florida Philharmonic Orchestra and Symphony of the Americas. For a dozen years Lyn was program director and morning host of South Florida classical music and jazz radio station WTMI-FM.
Riccardo Ricci Curbastro was born in Rome on July 3, 1959. University degree in agricultural science and technology, winemaker, married with three children, from 1978 starts dealing with his father in the family wine cellar (Az. Agr. Gualberto Ricci Curbastro and Sons) in Capriolo (BS ) in Franciacorta in which he holds positions as director and head of marketing and from 2013 owner and CEO, and wine cellar Rontana, created in 2000 on the hills of Romagna in Brisighella (RA). From 1989 to 1995 he was President dell’ANGA National Association of Young Farmers of which had previously held the positions of Vice President and National Secretary. From 1984 to 1990 he held various positions in Confagricoltura, National Farmers Union: Vice Chairman of the National Economic Section Wine, Vice President of the National Federation Arboreal Cultivation, Member of the Committee on Environment and Hunting. From 1985 to 1986 he served in Rome and Turin as S.Tenente of Carabinieri, discharged with the rank of lieutenant.
From 1993 to 1999 he was President of the Consortium of Wines with Designation of Origin Franciacorta, a member of the Council of the same from 1990 till today. Since May 1998 he has been President of the National Confederation of FEDERDOC Consortium of Wines with Designation of Origin. From June 1998 to June 2007 he was President of AGRITURIST National Association for Farm Holidays, Environment and Territory. From 2009 to 2011 he was President of Valoritalia, Company for the certification of quality and of Italian wine production Ltd., body for control and certification of Italian DO wines created by Federdoc and CSQA Certifications. Valoritalia begins under your presidency the certification activities (1 August 2010) In 2011 it operates 183 checks Designations (44 DOCG and 139 DOC ) representing approximately 75% of production at DO Italian. 163,000 hectares of vineyards, 12.5 million tons of grapes and more than a billion bottles of 0.75 l are the numbers that characterize the activity of certification Valoritalia when he leaves office at the end of three years. Since 1999 Academic Correspondent of the Academy of the Vine and Wine. Since 2000 Academic Correspondent of the Academy Georgofili was appointed Academic Professor in 2007.
Since 2001 Academic Corresponding of the National Academy of Agriculture. Since 2001 Member of the Committee for the enhancement of Italian food set up by the Minister of Agriculture Hon Alfonso Pecoraro Scanio (DM 28 March 2001 and 11 May 2001 DM). From June to December 2008 he is one of three members of the Guarantee Committee established by Decree MIPAAF June 9, 2008 with the task of coordinating and supervising the activity of control on the production of Brunello di Montalcino DOCG, DOC Rosso di Montalcino, Moscatello di Montalcino , Sant’Antimo.
On Dec. 27, 2009, he was appointed by the President of the Italian Republic Giorgio Napolitano Knight of the Order of Merit of the Italian Republic, 27 December 2013 the President Giorgio Napolitano named him Officer of the Order of Merit of the Italian Republic. From March 2010 to January 2016, the President of EFOW, European Federation of Origin Wines, held in Bruxelles.
In 2012 he participated, representing producers of wines with Designation of Origin in Europe, the work of the HLG High Level Group set up by the European Commission to discuss the future of the management of planting rights.
April 2014, appointment as Sommelier of Honor Foundation FIS Italian Sommelier.
In December 2015, becoming President of Equalitas Srl, company that intends to develop a standard of environmental and social best practices for Italian wineries. Ornithologist and nature photographer by passion, has worked in field research, the implementation of some projects of WWF Italy and a number of his photographs have been published in leading Italian magazines and newspapers . TerraFuocoAriaAcqua June 2002, his first photo exhibition at the Arsenal of Iseo (Brescia).