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Diego Meraviglia

I believe the wine world is changing profoundly and a broader more upbeat approach to wine is essential. Culture is key...everything stems from culture, everything grows from culture and everything is understood, comprehended and taught through culture. Without "culture"...we have nothing.
EDUCATION & CERTIFICATIONS
Silvarte. Monza, Italy. Enology & Viticulture basics
AIS (Associazione Italiana Sommeliers). Milano, Italy. Sommelier (level 4 - Gold Pin)
North American Sommelier Association . American Wine Specialist
North American Sommelier Association . Italian Wine Specialist
North American Sommelier Association . Master of Terroir
North American Sommelier Association . Master of Service
North American Sommelier Association . Master Wine Taster
North American Sommelier Association . Sommelier Certification
Society of Wine Educators . Certified Specialist of Wine (CSW)
Court of Master Sommeliers . Level 2 Certified Sommelier
EXPERIENCE
Dom Perignon. United States. U.S. Brand Ambassador
Italian Cultural Institute. Los Angeles, CA. Freelance Educator
Winemonger. San Anselmo, CA. Italian Wine Director
Fourcade & Hecht Wine Selections. Huntington Beach, CA. Vice President
Italian Sommelier Consulting. Los Angeles, CA. President
North American Sommelier Association. Los Angeles, CA. Director Of Education
Il Moro Ristorante. Los Angeles, CA. Sommelier
La Piazza Ristorante. Los Angeles, CA. Head Sommelier
SKILLS & EXPERTISE
Auctions and Private Sales
Regional Expertise: Spain
Regional Expertise: France
Regional Expertise: Italy
Regional Expertise: Austria
Regional Expertise: California
Wine and Food Pairing
Wine Club/Direct to Consumer
Wine Educator
Wine Judge
Wine Service- Management
Wine Service- Restaurant
Wine Sourcing and Purchasing
Wine Writer
Regional Expertise: France
Private Cellar Consultation
Wine Sourcing and Purchasing
I believe the wine world is changing profoundly and a broader more upbeat approach to wine is essential. Culture is key...everything stems from culture, everything grows from culture and everything is understood, comprehended and taught through culture. Without "culture"...we have nothing.
MY LIGHT BULB MOMENT
When I was born in Piemonte...
GALLERY
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Diego Meraviglia
Diego Meraviglia
diego@nasommelier.com
Los Angeles, CA
United States

North American Sommelier Association
Vice President & Director Of Education



Diego Meraviglia was born and raised in Northern Piemonte, on the border with Switzerland and Lombardia, specifically on the shores of lake Maggiore. He has lived and travelled across a great portion of the world including Dubai.Surrounded by wine since birth, his professional studies began in 2003 when he attended the 3-Level certified Sommelier school in Milano with the Italian Sommelier Association.

Furthering his studies and training, he moved on to obtain the ‘Official Taster’ master qualification in early 2006 before relocating to Los Angeles (CA) that same year. He is one of the translators and re-writers of the AIS course-book ‘Food&Wine’, utilized throughout the world in Sommelier courses.In 2008, he obtained the 4th level ‘Gold pin’ certification with the AIS (Associazione Italiana Sommeliers) & WSA (Worldwide Sommelier Association) and began his training as teacher.

Between 2008 and 2011, Diego Meraviglia became Certified Specialist of Wine (CSW) with the Society of Wine Educators in the United States, as well as the certification with the Court of Master Sommeliers among other diplomas.

In 2009, he was awarded the prestigious international prize ‘AIS - Villa Sandi’, given to only 15 Sommeliers worldwide for “innovation in the profession of Sommelier”.

He is one of the founders of the North American Sommelier Association and has worked in numerous restaurants between Italy, Dubai and Los Angeles. Featured extensively in the industry and general press, he is now a freelance consultant for restaurants amongst which Trattoria Neapolis (Pasadena), teacher & VP & Director Of Education for NASA, professional freelance wine educator and Italian Imports Director for Winemonger, a boutique importer & distributor based in California.

In 2013 at the Worldwide Sommelier Association 'Best Sommelier in the world' competition, which took place in London (England), Diego Meraviglia ranked 5th. The competition involved 21 countries and 26 semi-finalists.

Aside from NASA and his freelance work, Meraviglia is also Italian Wine Director forWINEMONGER, a boutique wine importer & distributor based in California, for which he also manages sales in the Los Angeles area and can be seen regularly around America & Canada as a freelance consultant, speaker and educator.

Meraviglia is passionate about archeology and ancient European history, with a focus on his native land's Celtic (Gaulish) heritage. He is the developer of the signature seminar "The Celts and wine : an archeological research into the deepest roots of European wine", for which he is currently designing a website. He also cooperates with various wineries in Northern Italy on the recreation of the ancient Gaulish wine and the promotion of its culture.

In 2017 he proudly joined Strategic Group as U.S. Brand Ambassador for Dom P
érignon Champagne.