Mario Pena

Mario Pena

Wine Education Coordinator and Wine Associate, Premium Wine & Spirits

Hailing from Texas, Mario came to Western New York after a few years in the south thanks to his wife, a Buffalo native. First learning about wine in fine dinning restaurants in New Orleans and Houston, Mario's journey began then and he has not lost his love for talking about wine and getting the right wine for every person he meets. You will often find Mario passionately spreading the word about the quality, generosity and value of Spanish wine whenever he is on the sales floor or in the classroom where he has led a successful Spanish Wine Series class program in his first year with the Premier Group.

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Joined us in: 2016

Favorite Varietals: Pinot Noir, Cabernet Sauvignon, Sauvignon Blanc, Chenin Blanc, Syrah, Nebbiolo, Tempranillo, Garnacha and Palomino

Favorite Regions: Burgundy, Bordeaux, Rhone Valley, Champagne, Piedmont, Sicily, Rioja, Ribera Del Duero, Penedes, Andalucia and Jerez

Wine Regions Visited: Santa Cruz Mountains, Niagara Escarpment, Texas Hill Country

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