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16 The Cru Artisan College Study Guide Excerpts taken from the Italian Wine Scholar Manual ROBERTO MAGNISI Quality Control Director, Florio As a chemistry graduate of the University of Messina, Roberto Magnisi's master's thesis, "Study of the Polyphenolic Components of Sicilian Wine rough High Performance Liquid Chromatography/Mass Spectrometry (HPLC/MS)" combined his two passions: wine and chemistry. In 2003 he began his career in wine with the historic Florio Marsala winery, and since then the team there has become his second family. In 2009 he was appointed Director of Research and Development for the Duca di Salaparuta Group (which encompases Florio, Corvo and Duca di Salaparuta). At Florio, Magnisi has been entrusted to establish a state of the art microbiologi- cal-chemical laboratory to support the winemak-ing team's professional know-how. LARS LEICHT National Director, Cru Artisan Wines, Banfi As the ultimate Banfi resource, Lars Leicht serves as Founder and Dean—and most impor- tantly, translator—of the Cru Artisan College. Leicht's background in political science and journalism eventually led him to become Director of Communications for Banfi Vintners after starting as a sales representative for Banfi in New York more than 30 years ago. Leicht is not only an expert on Banfi and Italian wine and food, but wine industry market trends in general. ALBERTO LAZZARINO Directing Winemaker, Banfi Piemonte Alberto Lazzarino has served as the Principal Winemaker at Banfi Piemonte since 2002 and is a graduate of the prestigious Agricultural University of Alba, one of Italy's—and the world's—leading enology schools. Lazzarino is also president of the Piedmont Region of Italy's Association of Winemakers and Enologists, where he also serves as the organization's national advisor. ENRICO CERULLI Family Proprietor, Cerulli Spinozzi With family roots in Abruzzi dating back gen- erations, Enrico Cerulli's passion lies in focus- ing on super-quality wines from the Colline Teramane subregion, Abruzzi's only DOCG. In particular, Cerulli strives to make exceptional wine from the Montepulciano grape, using 100% DOCG fruit. Cerulli was recently elected President of the Colline Teramane Consorzio. GABRIELE PAZZAGLIA Cellarmaster, Castello Banfi Armed with a degree in winemaking special- izing in viticulture, Montalcino native Gabriele Pazzaglia started at Banfi as a Technical Cellar Assistant in 1999. He also served as an analyst while continuing his studies at the University of Florence, where he specialized in agriculture (he also spent time at the French Institute for Enological Research in Montpellier). Upon completing his doctorate in enology in 2004, he became an assistant and, shortly thereafter, Cellar Master. With oak as one of his priorities, he oversees the estate seasoning of the wood staves and the crafting of the winery's custom barrels. Pazzaglia also manages Banfi's Horizon vinification winery, as well as winemaking for ASKA. MAURIZIO BROGGI Creator, Italian Wine Scholar Program, Wine Scholar Guild Originally a sommelier and wine consultant for various cosorzi in Italy, Maurizio Broggi also worked as a wine ambassador in Hong Kong. During this time, he earned the Diploma in Wine and Spirits (with Merit) from the Wine & Spirit Education Trust. He was also awarded the Decanter scholarship as the top Advanced Level graduate in Asia. His other wine credentials include recognition as a French Wine Scholar with Highest Honors, Certified Specialist of Wine from the Society of Wine Educators, and Certified Sommelier from the Court of Master Sommeliers. ANDREA SARTORI Family Proprietor, Sartori di Verona Andrea Sartori, the great-grandson of Pietro Sartori, is the Gounder of Sartori di Verona— now one of the Veneto's leading wine producers. e former President of Italy's producer trade group, the Unione Italinia Vini, Sartori currently serves as President of the Valpolicella Consorzio as well as the Consorzio Italia del Vino. MEET THE FACULTY

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