Luis grew up working in various restaurants in NYC. He started off back of the house as a dessert/salad prep cook and was eventually promoted to Sous Chef at the very young age of 18. He eventually decided to move to the front of the house where he was a server bartender and manager. Through this front of the house work he began to hone his passion and love for wine. He became the assistant GM and assistant wine buyer at age 21 at a prominent NY steakhouse in lower Manhattan. Eventually he decided to go back to school and earned his degree in business management while also earning the advanced certificate in Wine & Spirits from the WSET.
Through the years he was always interested in the import/distribution side of the business and in 2005 he decided to leave the restaurant scene behind and accept a sales position at Vintage Imports. He covered most of Northern New Jersey for the company and assisted in its tremendous growth over the years. He was promoted to New Jersey on premise manager early 2013 to assist other sales reps in cultivating and pursuing on premise business. He was then promoted to NJ State Manager in 2016. He is also part of the Vintage Imports management team that works together in finding new and exciting properties to bring to the market.
Luis’ love and passion for wine & spirits really shows in his work every day. He loves being part of such an amazing team at Vintage Imports and is always eager to work with customers, suppliers and reps alike.