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- NEIL RODRIGUEZ, The Wine List of Summit
Neil Rodriguez

Appearances at The Summit Wine & Food 2013:

A Passion for Spices, A Passion for Life (Saturday, 11:00 am - 12:00 pm) A bit of interesting culinary history: In the middle of the third century BC, Alexander the Great invaded India. As a consequence, the Greeks (and the rest of Mediterranean Europe shortly afterwards) became acquainted with the great spices of India.
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Cheese and Dessert Wines, The Classic... (Sunday, 11:00 am - 12:00 pm) For many, the subject of Cheese makes for an entertaining and delicious seminar on one of the most fascinating aspects of the culinary world.
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Biography

Neil Rodriguez is a veteran of more than 25 years in the wine business. It all started with a bottle of 1976 Chateau Latour, Neil says. I was captivated by just how much better that wine was than what I normally drank and wanted to learn more, so I took a part-time job at my local wine shop and never looked back. He has worked in all aspects of the industry at the producer, distribution, marketing, and retail levels. Neil has traveled extensively throughout the worlds major wine producing regions, always seeking to enhance his knowledge and to search out the best wines available in terms of quality and value.

Neil is also an authority on whiskey and beer, his other passions, and frequently lectures on the appreciation of the worlds classic wines, spirits, and beers. He is also a prolific writer and has numerous articles to his credit.

Neil sees his role as our General Manager and Buyer as an opportunity to communicate his passion and knowledge to our customers. My greatest satisfaction in this business comes from introducing consumers to new and interesting wines they might not be familiar with, says Neil. For a customer to thank me for recommending a wine they liked is a tremendously rewarding experience to me, and something I hope to continue to do for a long time.

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