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David Stevens-Castro

David has a passion for educating about wine to a general audience as well as those already in-the-know.David intends to share and express his passion for food, beverages and particularly pairing the two with people all over the world.David's understanding of social media makes him very approachable. He believes that social media is the best way to interact with the wine world as a whole and enjoys regular dialogue and on-the-ground updates from all corners of the globe.
EDUCATION & CERTIFICATIONS
Wine and Spirit Education Trust. Level 2 Award in Wines and Spirits
Pontifical Catholic University. Santiago, Chile. Bachelor of Agronomy, Fruit and Wine Production
EXPERIENCE
InterContinental Sanctuary Cove Resort. Hope Island, Australia. Resort Sommelier
Hilton Surfers Paradise. Surfers Paradise, Australia. Sommelier
Peppers Coorabell Retreat. Byron Bay, Australia. Sommelier
WOCA. Brisbane, Australia. Wine Sales Representative
Blueberry Fields. Newrybar, New South Wales, Australia. Orchard Technical Officer
SKILLS & EXPERTISE
Regional Expertise: Australia
Regional Expertise: Chile
Collectibles and Rare Wine
Inventory Management
Viticulture
Wine and Food Pairing
Wine Judge
Wine List Creation
Wine Retail
Wine Service- Bar or Wine Bar
Wine Service- Management
Wine Service- Restaurant
Wine Sourcing and Purchasing
Wine Writer
Winemaking
David has a passion for educating about wine to a general audience as well as those already in-the-know.David intends to share and express his passion for food, beverages and particularly pairing the two with people all over the world.David's understanding of social media makes him very approachable. He believes that social media is the best way to interact with the wine world as a whole and enjoys regular dialogue and on-the-ground updates from all corners of the globe.
MY LIGHT BULB MOMENT
Growing up witnessing the fast development of Chile's most prominent wine laboratory, VINOLAB, which is owned and operated by his Uncle & Aunt who are also winemakers. They lead a team that analyses & certifies more than 70% of the Chilean wine export industry as well as agrochemicals, fertilizers and food.
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David Stevens-Castro
David Stevens-Castro
david@paired-media.com
Gold Coast
Australia

Crowne Plaza Surfers Paradise
Wine & Beverage Manager


David Stevens-Castro is a Chilean Agricultural Scientist who has worked extensively as a Sommelier in Australia. He's currently the Wine & Beverage Manager at IHG's Crowne Plaza Surfers Paradise. 

David completed a Honours degree in Agricultural Science, majoring from the Department of Fruticulture and Enology in the Faculty of Agronomy & Forestry of the prestigious Pontifical Catholic University of Santiago, Chile, in 2005 before he left Chile to follow his dream of becoming a flying winemaker. He has lived in Australia since 2007. Nowadays he is a stage 2 student in the Institute of Masters of Wine programme, currently based on the Gold Coast.

Through PAIRED Media — a business he founded with his wife, photographer/designer Fran Flynn — David intends to share and express his passion for food, beverages and particularly pairing the two with people all over the world.

David's natural ability with social media platforms make him an influencer, with his posts gaining high visibility on LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook & Instagram.