Ben de Alvarez, WSET 2

Wine Scout

Wine Scout Since: 2023
Favorite Wines:

Napa Cabernet Sauvignon, Super Tuscans, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, & Chenin Blanc

Rarest Wine Tasted:

1999 Chateau Margaux

Official Bio:

I have always enjoyed the finer things in life. One of my mom’s favorite stories to tell is the time I asked my dad as an 8-year-old why he bought the “cheap stuff” when I caught a whiff of his Charles Shaw “Two Buck Chuck”. My family’s taste developed as we were exposed to high quality wines on vacations to Italy, France, Spain, South Africa, and Napa Valley. Traveling with my family as a kid, I developed a keen interest in history and geography. I pursued this interest at the University of Texas at Austin, where I graduated with a B.A. in History.

After touring several wineries in Tuscany in 2019, my dad and I decided to take our wine knowledge to the next level and signed up for the WSET II, an industry certification. While studying for the WSET II exam, I realized that I much preferred learning about the world of wine than my job as a commercial insurance broker. After passing the exam with merit, I switched industries and spent the next two years working for Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits in Austin, TX. My passion for high-end wine and spirits led me to Napa Valley and I could not be happier to join Bounty Hunter, a powerhouse in the luxury wine and spirits industry. Cheers!