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A native of Mexico, Alvaro hails from Mendocino County where he attended Mendocino College and worked in the wine industry for 25 years prior to joining Rack & Riddle in 2008. One of Rack & Riddle’s original employees since the first year Rack & Riddle opened, Alvaro is an integral part of our team. As cellar master, Alvaro handles work orders to prep client wines for bottling.
Alvaro began his career at Fetzer Winery in the barrel room for two years, followed by quality control for four years before taking a position in production at Rodney Strong Vineyards, where he managed sanitation in production and moved on to oversee presses and cellar operations for five years. Most recently before joining Rack & Riddle, Alvaro was the cellar lead at Murphy Goode Winery (in the same building where Rack & Riddle’s Alexander Valley facility is today).
Alvaro very much enjoys his career in the wine industry. “I’m always interested in learning new things about wine – the flavors and aromas, and different ways of making sparkling and still wines,” he says.
When not at the winery, Alvaro enjoys playing soccer, basketball and taking his three children to baseball games.