Meet Our Experts: Matt Citriglia, MS
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Matthew (Matt) Citriglia, MS – Director of Education
Matt became a member of the Court of Master Sommeliers in 2002.
Growing up in Mentor, OH, Citriglia got an early start in the beverage business by stocking the shelves of his father's small store with wine, beer and soda at age 14. By the time he reached 17, he had read his first book about wine – Alexis Lichine's Guide to the Wines and Vineyards of France. "I found it fascinating to read and then find all these celebrated wines on the shelf of my dad's store," he says. By 22 he had opened his own wine shop and later gained more knowledge and experience by working in both restaurants and wholesale.
Currently, Matt is responsible for the Company's Florida market. His primary role is to increase the employee's knowledge on the world of wine and sake and provide them with opportunities to be certified by a number of accreditation organizations.
At home, Matt can be found on his yoga mat or riding around the city on his mountain bike. Matt calls Prosecco his version of beer – but, be careful – don't assume he wants his sparkling wine in a white wine glass!