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Meet IWC diploma graduate Kathryn Califano

IWC News & Press


Kathryn Califano’s love of wine started while studying abroad in Florence her sophomore year of college. But the choice to pursue a career in wine was set while taking a course in graduate school under the Master of Wine Sandy Block. The pull was so strong for Kathryn that she made the choice to leave school and pursue a career in the wine industry. She feels that wine is intertwined with culture and history, “I find it to be a very romantic beverage in that it is still alive and evolving.”

After her bold choice to leave Boston University Kathryn began at the bottom in the wine industry. She waited tables in a wine bar and did some at home wine sales events. She then volunteered for a harvest at Fattoria Ceretto Libri in Pontassieve in Tuscany, through the WorldWide Opportunities on Organic Farms (WWOOF). It was the best experience of her life she says. When she returned after her harvest season, she was next hired as a cashier in a liquor store and eventually promoted to manager in internet wine sales. It was this management position and the relationships she made there that led her to another opportunity this time with Fedway in New Jersey as an on premise wine specialist.

When asked about the diploma process and the classes she took at International Wine Center, Kathryn found the Diploma Level 3 particularly challenging, and proud of her accomplishment. “Remember,” she says, “Hard work will pay off.” Her future aspirations would be to work as a brand ambassador for an Italian portfolio.

When Kathryn isn’t at work she can be found traveling, cooking, dining at new restaurants, and enjoying numerous outdoor activities like hiking and biking.


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