Wine Geek of the Week Alessandra Esteves

Welcome to the Wine Geek of the Week
Where I ask my favorite wine geeks shitty questions!
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This week's guest is Alessandra Esteves @aleesteves7
Tell us a bit about yourself. Why are you a wine geek? 
I teach about wine, have a wine shop, I am a permanent wine student and basically think about wine every single day. I am also a Master of Wine candidate, so wine geeking all day is what I do.
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Extraterrestrials just landed on earth. What wine do you pour them? 
I would pour the worst wine in the world, made with vitis labrusca with a foxy note, so they would think it was not worth staying here and would go back to their sad wine-less planet.
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What's your favorite scent you have ever smelled in a wine? 
The scent of happiness?? Can be only found in really good wine, just swirl the glass and smell it.
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Any favorite music or podcasts you like to listen to while you drink wine? 
Podcasts: I’ll Drink to That, Guildsomm Podcast, The Inside Winemaking Podcast, Wine Uncorked. I hosted a fun and educational Podcast years ago (in Portuguese) and love the media.
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If you could visit any wine region in the world right now what would it be any why? 
Tough question. Would board a plane to Frankfurt and start a month-long visit of European wine regions. I also want to visit regions that I haver never been to: Southern England, Sicily, Hungary.
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What do you think is the most exciting thing going in the world of wine right now? 
Diversity. The wine industry is finally showing some changes and I am happy to see more diverse people sharing their voices. Exciting times!
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What would you like to see in the future of wine? 
Transparency from producers, more diversity of people in all sides of the industry, and less market-driven labels (like the "less calories", "clean wine")
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What advice would you give yourself looking back to when you first started working in the wine industry? 
Be patient.
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Who are some people that inspire you in the world of wine? 
Mary Ewing-Mulligan MW, the first female American MW, Eric Hemer MS MW, Nick Jackson MW, Laura de Pasquale MS, and many others in the industry. 
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Anything in the works you'd like to mention or promote?
Yes, really happy to share that we open a new brick & mortar wine shop in South Miami, 305 Wines. So now people can take courses at Florida Wine Academy and shop wines at 305wines.com  @305wines @floridawineacademy
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Thank you Alessandra!

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