The ever effervescent Vilma Mazaite

Vilma M Sparkling Wine“My goal is to be successful enough to enjoy rosé Champagne every day at lunch,” says Vilma Mazaite, director of wine at laV. The bubbly Advanced Sommelier introduced 2015 Austin Food & Wine Festival attendees to a lovely selection of interesting sparkling wines in her session, “Surprising Sparklers.” Her recommendations included Prosecco from Italy, sparkling Gruener Veltliner from Austria, California sparkling wine, Cremant de Loire from France and slightly sweet sparkling Brachetto from Italy.

With the grace and elegance of the finest Champagne she quipped, “A magnum is the perfect size bottle for two people; especially when your partner is not drinking.”

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Matt McGinnis

As a marketing strategist for Pen & Tell Us, Matt McGinnis provides marketing, branding and communications counsel to food and beverage as well as other clients globally. He is also an avid beverage enthusiast, chronicling his interests as a Food & Drink contributing writer for CultureMap, as the Food & Drink columnist for Austin Man Magazine, and as a blogger for What Are You Drinking?. He is passionate about the wine industry having previously worked at a winery in Oregon and in wine sales. He has served as Guest Host of Sommelier Cinema at the Alamo Drafthouse, and is a Certified Sommelier in the Court of Master Sommeliers. His writing has been recognized as a Top 10 Food Blog by the Austin Chronicle in 2013 and 2014, with a 2011 Texas Social Media Award from the Austin American-Statesman.

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