Wine's Communicators Program
Wines of Argentina has a training program for three ambassadors of Argentine wine. Currently Paz Levinson, Alejandro Iglesias and Joaquin Hidalgo are the three chosen to support WofA in its communication activities.
Paz Levinson works between Argentina and France as a sommelier, consultant and educator.
Levinson began her career in wine in her native Argentina, where she worked as head Sommelier for a large number of high-end restaurants, including Restó and Nectarine. She worked as a teacher at the Argentine Center of Wines and Spirits (CAVE) for five years and got her diploma of professional sommelier (CAVE) in 2006. At the same time she completed a degree in literature at the UBA, and recently became the first Argentine to pass the Court of Master Sommeliers' Advanced Sommelier Certificate.
In 2010 she was named Best Sommelier of Argentina by the Argentina Association of Sommeliers. In 2012 she came 4th in the Best Sommelier of the Americas in Bento Goncalves, and went on to be Argentina's candidate for the Best Sommelier in the World Contest 2013 in Tokyo where she was a semi-finalist, putting Argentina in the semifinals for the first time. In 2014, she won the Best Sommelier of Argentina contest 2014 organisedby the SAA. In 2015 she won the competition A.S.I. & APAS as Best Sommelier of the Americas 2015 in Chile. In April 2016 she came 4th in the Contest of Best Sommelier of the World 2016.
Alejandro Iglesias (40), has been passionate about food and drink for as long as he can remember, in 2005 he was received at the Escuela Argentina de Sommeliers (EAS) and since then has worked as a specialised writer in different local and international media (Bacchanal, Glamout .com, BeGlam, Magna, Wine +, Joy Magazine, Business Class and Sommeliers Magazine of Peru, Uruguay and pleasure magazine Decanter UK). As a teacher for EAS, he gives classes in Buenos Aires, Panama and Costa Rica. In 2013 he was appointed Academic Director of Professional Sommelier course at the Faculty of Chemistry of Montevideo located at the University of the Oriental Republic of Uruguay.
Joaquin Hidalgo (36) is a native of Mendoza, where he graduated as an Oenologist from the Liceo Agrícola. He graduated as a journalist from the National University of La Plata and since 2003 has lived in Buenos Aires where he writes about food and wine in major national media: wine writer of magazine JOY and Playboy, he has a Sunday column in La Mañana de Neuquén and La Nación Revista (2014). He co-edited the Wine Spectator Austral guide between 2011 and 2013, when Vinómanos launched the first mobile guide of Argentine wines. He waxes lyrical on his blog Bien Jugoso (planetajoy.com/bienjugoso).