Age: 29. Claim-to-fame: Region Manager in Illinois for the Lake Bluff-based Terlato Wine International’s Premier portfolio. Lives in: Gold Coast. All in the family: We’re a fourth-generation company. Today, we represent over 80 brands from over 18 different countries around the world. Branching out: I didn’t go right into the industry when I graduated college. I joined Teach for America [and] taught fourth grade in Gary, Indiana. While I loved teaching and it was something I was really passionate about, I also felt that this was really where home was. I worked at Southern Wine & Spirits [to] learn the foundation of the business, and then started working for Terlato in July 2013. Setting the bar: We have more 90+ rated wines than any other wine company in the world; 90+ is the benchmark of excellency. In good spirits: We just launched our artisanal spirit line — we have a tequila called Riazul, Langley’s No. 8 gin from London, Tigre Blanc Vodka, Nonino Amaro & Grappas, as well as Don Pancho rum. Going viral: The younger generation is starting to taste finer wine at a younger age [and] they are talking about the wine they taste. With social media today, there is an opportunity to communicate and learn more about what’s out there. It’s all about that discovery factor. What’s trending: There are a lot of wine-based cocktails that are becoming popular. Prosecco and sparkling wine are really on fire right now. People are really embracing bubbles. Baby news: I’m due in August. It’s going too fast! This is the first grandchild on my side of the family. My husband [Alexi Giannoulias] is over the moon excited, since this is our first. We’re really excited to start a family; we’re ready for the next generation.
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