After a 15-year career in teaching and coaching, Chris Puppione transitioned to a life of wine in 2012, taking a position in hospitality with Robert Mondavi Winery. In the years since, he has diversified his experiences within the industry by way of education and working in the vineyard, cellar, visitor’s center, marketplace, and boardroom. He was honored to serve as Marketing Manager with world-renowned importer Martine’s Wines, sharing the stories of over 50+ brands from France, Italy, Portugal, as well as a few domestic wineries.
Today, Chris leads the team at Passalacqua Winery in the Dry Creek Valley as Director of Sales & Hospitality, writes for retailer K&L Wine Merchants, teaches WSET courses at Napa Valley Wine Academy, and coaches for WISE Academy. He has also been a featured speaker at wine industry events, such as the DTC Wine Symposium and Wine Business Monthly’s Innovation + Quality.
Believing that every person is an experiment of one, Chris guides his team members to be designers of moments who engage and transform each guest.
Chris currently resides in the Russian River Valley with his wife and two young children.