Jim Jiabia Southern Region Manager Disaronno International-Corvo Wines
Originally from Austin, TX, but relocating to Kansas City, MO when he was 12 years old, Jim Jiabia attended The University of Missouri-Columbia to play baseball and pursue his BA in Business Administration. After earning his BA in 1994, he planned to pursue his MBA shortly afterwards at the University of Colorado-Boulder.
The summer before his move to Colorado he moved up to northern California for the spring/summer to live with family and work at a friend’s winery as a cellar rat. Two years later and a lot of hard work Jim was the assistant cellar master at Guenoc/Langtry Winery located in Lake County, CA. At this point he was now ready to relocate to Colorado, get his MBA, and move from the production side of the wine industry to the sales/distribution side.
In 1997 he took as sales position in Summit County, CO with Grand Vin Distributing, covering the Central Rockies. In 2000, Jim completed his Masters in Business Administration at CU- Boulder, and decided that in order to advance his wine career he’d need to pursue the sommelier route, this would not only assist him in his knowledge of wine, but give him more credibility when selling and teaching about wine in markets such as Vail and Steamboat, CO. By early 2002 he had completed his level 2-Sommelier certification and was now had “CS” behind his name. Later this same year he accepted a position back in his hometown of Kansas City to work as the Key Account Manager and eventually the Import Director for Glazer’s Midwest Distributing. While working in KC with Glazer’s Jim earned his level 3-Advanced Sommelier certification in 2004, and by 2008, after over 11 years working on the wine distribution side he was ready to start working his way back to the winery/production side. In early 2009, he moved back to Austin, TX and was introduced by a mutual friend to John Harris- the owner and founder of a small family owned winery called Amici Cellars. They immediately hit it off and John hired Jim as their first national sales director with the agreement that he would spend half of his time living in Napa, working at the winery and taking classes at Napa College until he completed his Associates degree in Viticulture & Winery Technology, which he did in 2011. John was of the belief that in order to sell Amici wines, (or any wines for that matter) you have to understand the entire process that goes into the wines- from the vineyards to the bottle and everything in between. In 2016, Jim and his Amici sales team had grown this little winery from $350K in annual sales with distribution in 5 states to $12.5 Million in annual sales with distribution in 30 states, and he needed a new challenge. In 2016 Jim accepted position with Hundred Acre Wine Group as the Southeastern Division VP of Sales, selling simple $12 wines like Layer Cake, all the way up to $500 a bottle, highly allocated and limited Hundred Acre Cabernet Sauvignon, all made and produced by Jayson Woodbridge, considered by many as a winemaking “savant” as well as one of the most polarizing people in the California wine industry. Once Jayson sold
Hundred Acre Wine Group in early 2018, Jim was linked up with the good people of Disaronno International who were putting a renewed interest in growing and developing wine markets in the US that had never been tapped, as well as expanding their footprint in existing markets. Being the son of a Sicilian immigrant, visiting family in Sicily a handful of times, and being a former director of import wines with Southern-Glazer’s; Jim was very excited about the prospect of working for a company that only produced Sicilian wines. So, in March of 2018 he happily accepted his current position as Director of the Southern States, Corvo Wine Division.
Jim now resides in his wife’s cozy little hometown of Bentonville, AR with his wonderful wife Erin and their two baby boys, Benjamin (2yrs) and Luca (born April 2nd of 2018). When he’s not changing diapers, Jim is hiking, fly fishing or most likely playing in the back yard with his 2 year old son, Ben.... See MoreSee Less
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CORE (Children of Restaurant Employees) grants support to children of food and beverage service employees navigating life-altering circumstances.
Featuring Matt Diestler our special guest, single vineyards, from Italy 🇮🇹 to California
Special Guest, Italian Wine Specialist, Mauro will be joining us this evening. Here is a little info on him:
Mauro was born in Rome, Italy. He started his career at the age of twenty as entrepreneur of a bar in Rome. After his first experience, he decided to move to the United States to further increase his knowledge in the world of food and beverage. Mauro managed some of the finest Italian restaurants in Chicago. The last two experiences that shaped him professionally include working as manager and wine director in one of the major hotels in the world and also as restaurant proprietor.
Growing up, Mauro shared the same passion for wine like his father, a collector of the best Italian wines. Because of his enthusiasm and experience, he was given the opportunity to fulfill one of his dreams by becoming a representative of his country's finest wines.
Currently, Mauro is responsible for the entire Italian Portfolio for Southeast United States as Italian Wine Director and Brand Specialist with Kobrand Corporation. Now he works closely with the major Italian wine producers and directs wine seminars, staff training, wine tasting dinners, and introduces the knowledge and passion of his wines to distributors, customers, and prospective buyers throughout his territory.
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