Vino&Food Project




It's been four years since Collisioni decided to enrich its art, literature and music festival program with a project dedicated to Italian enogastronomic culture. Collisioni Wine Project brings a number of great wine experts in Barolo during the festival days for a series of tastings, winery visits, tour, walk-around tastings, lunches and dinners with producers and Consortia making journalists, sommeliers and importers live Piedmontese and Italian wines, territory and culture. Collisioni Wine Projet, created and directed by wine expert and writer Ian D'Agata, aims at giving voice to the regionality, territoriality and richness of the great treasure being Italian wine&food patrimoine. 

For the 2016 edition, Collisioni Wine Project welcomed more than 70 selected experts from 11 Countries around the world for more than 60 events: tastings, speeches, meeting with producers and winery visits. 



Ian D'Agata is the Creative director of Collisioni's Wine&Food project. He is also the Senior Editor at VINOUS and director of Indigena Festival and its Indigena World Tour and founder and director of 3iC for Italian Wine&Food studies.
 Ian is the winner of 2015 Louis Roederer International Wine Awards Book of the Year with his Native Wine Grapes of Italy, the first time an Italian wine writer has ever been so honoured, and is winner of 2017 Cuvée Aawrd of Excellence, a Canadian wine award. He lectures on Italian wines and wine culture at NYU Master’s Program in Food Sciences (US) Italy campus in Florence. 


«I am really glad I joined forces with Collisioni for the development of a cultural project about wine culture that aims to become a pool of prestige and international appeal. Collisioni is an outstanding festival, that succeeds in gathering together important international artists such as Sting, Mark Knopfler and Nobel Prizes as Herta Muller or Vidia Naipaul as no other in Italy. Here, culture and art support Regional traditional food and wine all around Italy and abroad. In thinking about and building up the program – made possible by the collaboration of the many wine producers and Regional realities, who are long-run partners of the festival – I tried to respond to a double interest: on the one hand, the purpose was to bring to the festival some of the most important wine critics and journalists from all over the world, in order to develop a relationship between international experts and producers and products from all over Italy. On the other hand, I was willing to offer a panel of didactic tastings and meetings to a wider public. A series of dynamic and appealing events to meet the expectations of those who come to Collisioni every year to discover the finest wines and learn how to appreciate them as well››.



Alexander Jason Powell Canada (Toronto) Head Sommelier for Don Alfonso Toronto, an Advanced Sommelier and a Master Sommelier candidate this year.

Angela Joyce Wall  Canada (Vancouver) Angela is the Restaurant Manager and Sommelier of La Quercia Restaurant and L’Ufficio Wine Bar.

Anne Martin Canada (Toronto) Head Sommelier and Senior Manager of Beverage MLSE, Canada's most influencial brand of management of sport events

Anne Sofie Tellerup Denmark Key account manager for Erik Sørensen wine, a very respected wine importer firm in DK

Anton Moiseenko 
Russia With 12+ years experience in wine writing and wine communications, Anton is paving his way through the debris of unconventional wine writing — both in Russian and English. Anton is a contributor to Meininger’s Wine Business International and holds WSET Level 3 Advanced Certificate in Wines and Spirits. He writes for Wine Spectator, Wine Report Russia as well as other international magazines.

Arlene Oliveros Philippines Founder/CEO,World of Wines Canada,World of Wines Philippines
Founder/CEO,Fraiche Vinotherapy and Enocosmetics

Artur Buss Latvia Owner, manger of restaurants Tinto, Cafe Film Noir, Prospekts55. In 2019 Tinto was awarded as best value wine list in Latvia by Riga wine & champagne.

Ben Oram USA (Boston) Wine director at Boston Harbor Hotel, luxury hotel with Restaurant Meritage Restaurant and Wine Bar, restaurant with one of the most important wine lists of Boston, at L'Espalier.

Cedric Henrik Kragh Denmark Partner in Catching wines – a very dynamic wine importing company in Denmark

Cesar Basurto USA Sales Manager per tutto il Sud-est USA per l'importatore The Sorting Table

Christopher Lecoufle UK - london Head Sommelier of Les 110 de Taillevent in London

Colin Davidson Ireland - Dublin Current Beverage Manager at Bastible in Dublin, Ireland, Colin previously worked as Manager & Head Sommelierat Nightingale in Vancouver and in New Zeland before that

Colin Wee Singapore Founder and Consultant of Importer Fermenter Connection

Corinne Keddie Canada (Calgary) Referent Alberta for Opiam WIne Club: canadian sommelier association and Wine Club, and wine school and education institution

Dave Burlton UK - Scotland Sommelier at Hotel Du Vin in Aberdeen, Scotland

Elizabeth-Rose Mandalou USA (Sacramento) First Sommelier of the area to reach the level of Advanced Sommelier from Court of Master Sommelier, co-owner of restaurants Woodlake Tavern and Uptown Pizza Kitchen. Last opened: sea-food restaurant Allora, opened in early 2018, already on wine guides for its 250 labels-wine list, among which mostly Italian

Emily Huang Taiwan Taiwan Italian Wine Forum, Admin :Promotion of Italian wine culture, Social Media Communication, Co- Founder of Sammarinese Wine/Vino: PM in Italian wine products,Market Analysis, Marketing communication, Product Planning, Social Media Communication

Fernando D. Lopez London Head Sommelier at Gilbert Scott in London

Fiona Kohler London Sommelier of Restaurant 34 in London – part of the prestigious Caprice Holdings group

Francesco Marzola Norvegia Best sommelier of the Nordics 2018, Wine Director
Restaurant Elysee at Park Hotel Vossevangen Voss – Norway (Norway’s best Wine List 2019
Norway’s best Wine List 2018)

Frederik Ørbeck Danimarca Owner of L’Esprit du Vin, a very high reputed wine importer in Denmark

Haixia Xu Cina (Chengdu - Beijing) Owner Educator Company Wine o’Clock - Chengdu and Beijing based

Hans Wejnefalk Larsson Svezia Hans has recently moved back to Sweden where he is the Head Sommelier at Restaurant Arnolds

Henrik Dahl Jahnsen Norvegia Head Sommelier of the Britannia Hotel in Trondheim Norway and the current Norwegian Sommelier Champion

Irina Rakevica Lituania She works for wine importing company Noble Wine as Private Wine Sommelier and Trade representative. The company offers wines from small producers of Old Europe who differ in terms of style and philosophy: small producers with different style, special terroir and a deep approach to their work. The role includes finding the correct strategies for communication and selling of the wines: Wine tastings, staff training, specials wine orders, wine magazine etc. Clients are restaurants and wine bars all around Latvia.

Jess Kildetoft Sorensen Denmark Wine Director MASH Steakhouses (about 12 restaurants in Denmark, Germany and UK)

Jessica Tan Singapore Founder Singapoured, company of wine consultancy, media and communication and Wine Journalist

Joshua Raymond Copeland USA (NY) Sommelier Sushi Noz 1 Michelin starred restaurant in the Upper East Side of New York

Juulia Eloranta Finland one of the most influential Sommeliers in Finland, he works for Ravintola restaurant in Tampere

Katarzyna Olszewska  Polonia head sommelier of the 1 Michelin starred Atelier Amaro in Warsaw, Poland.

Kezia Prajitna USA - Kansas City (Missouri) Server and Team Leader at Tannin Wine Bar & Kitchen - Kansas City, starting from 2019 she is as well Server at The Antler Room

Kirk Peterson USA (Las Vegas) Import Wine Specialist of group Southern Glazers Wine and Spiritz, Nevada, wine writer for magazines in Las Vegas: : The Tasting Panel, Vegas Seven, and David Magazine and appears on FOX5 Las Vegas's talk-show KNPR Nevada Public Radio

Laura DePasquale USA (Miami) Presidentessa di ARTisanal, azienda di import Fine Wines sotto il cappello di Southern

Louis Bleau Canada (Montréal) Head Sommelier at the Bistro-Wine Bar called Les Cavistes in Montreal. The restaurant hosts workshop dedicated to wine and it is authorized for wine import

Lucia Groswind USA (San Francisco) San Francisco Sales Representative, Villa Italia Wines importer. From 2016 she is as well Wine Director at Seven Hills Restaurant, Italian Resturant where she leads the wine list and takes care of staff education.

Martynas Pravilonis Lituania Head Sommelier at Kempinski Hotel - Best Sommelier Lituania 2017. For the second year in a row, the sommelier of the Atelier Wine Boutique & Tasting Bar, situated at Kempinski Hotel Cathedral Square, proved to be the best of the best wine experts in Lithuania.

Matteo Bernardi Italy Sommelier of 3-Michelin-starred restaurant Le Calandre, at Rubano (Padova) , of Alajmo Group

Matthew George Landry Canada - Vancouver General Manager/Beverage Director at the Stable House Bistro in Vancouver, BC, Canada.

Maurice Duarte Danimarca Sommelier at Restaurant Kanalen and also buying wines for the Sovino group with 12 restaurants in Copenhagen.

Mayank Arora UK (Londra) Sommelier at Texture Restaurant Limited, Michelin starred restaurant with Scandinavian influeences, opened by Agnar Sverrisson and Xavier Rousset. Mayank Arora previously worked in Dubai at JW Marriott Hotel Dubai, he is Certified Sommelier at Court of Master Sommelier

Melania Battiston  UK - London Assistant Head Sommelier at the Medlar restaurant in London

Noemie Favrat UK - London Sommelier at Dorchester Hotel

Nina Højgaard Jensen Denmark Sommelier at the Copenhagen classic Kong Hans Kælder. A sharp competitor, Nina Jensen has won the Danish Sommelier Championship, the Nordic Sommelier Championship, and the Castel young sommelier championship. During the 2019 Best Sommelier of the World, Nina did a huge impression and walked away with the silver.

Oliver Carr Denmark Coming from New Zeland, he is now Head Sommelier and manager of wine list frror MASH Stakhouse Frederiksberg with a rich wine list in a historic location

Priscilla Van Der Voort Netherlands Head Sommelier of Waterproef: restaurant aiming at Michelin star, on the harbour of The Hague, with international fish and meat cuisine and local products

Robbin Gheesling
Kansas Wine Director at the Ambassador Hotel in Wichita, KS., founder and owner of The Vineyard Adventures, online publication and consultancy company

Rose JohnsonUSA (Las Vegas) Sommelier at NoMad, prestigious hotel, restaurant and Casino in Las Vegas

Ruben Sanz Ramiro Sweden Head Sommelier at PM & Vänner, who won Star Wine List of the Year Grand Prix.

Sally Kim USA - San Francisco Wine and Beverage director Delfina restaurant Group

Samuele Calistri Germania International Sales & Marketing Manager Weingut Clemens Busch, Mosel, Germany, wine & management consultant 2 Miichelin stars Shanz Restaurant Hotel in Piesport (Mosel). Former Head Sommelier & F&B supervisor for restaurant Il Lago, Four Seasons in Geneva (1 Michelin star), Assistant Sommelier & Assistant Manager at 3 Michelin starred WaldHotel Sonnora, Dreis

Sarah Drake UK - London Starting her career with Gordon Ramsay, then moving on to open the multi-award winning 2850 wine bars and restaurants with Xavier Rousset MS. Soon after, moving to 1 * Pollen Street Social and 1* Social Eating House. Taking a break from managing Michelin Star restaurants, I moved to join the team at Flint Wines to work as London-based On-Trade Sales Representative, focusing on our Burgundy, American, & Italian portfolio

Scott Anthony Zebarth  Canada (Toronto) Senior Sommelier - ICON LEGACY HOSPITALITY is a full-service hospitality company with a focus on the design and operation of hotels and restaurants. Icon currently owns and operates a wide range of signature restaurants, cocktail lounges, bars and special event facilities.Previously, Head Sommelier at Oliver & Bonacini Hospitality

Sharon LvChina (Shanghai) Sales director of Lelane, an importer in Shanghai which import 400 kinds of wines from 14 countries including 13 wineries of Italy. Lelane also open WSET2&3 and Sharon is teacher for level 2

Steffen Villadsen Denmark General Manager,Head Chef and proprietor of Molskroen, one of the best restaurants in Jutland, DK

Steven McDonald MS USA (Texas) Master Sommelier, he is Head Sommelier and Wine Director for Pappas Bros Steakhouse Houston Galleria. Pappas Bros Steakhouse - Galleria has won the Wine Spectator Grand Award every year since 2010. Previously in New York, working at Ai Fiori and other relevant restaurants in the City.

Tania Fugere Canada (Montréal) Works at the SAQ, in the downtown store of Montréal. Sheehas collaborated with the likes of the late David Pelletier (sommfou), as well as with the association of agencies; the RASPIPAV

Vanessa Green Australia Managing Director of Crimson Wine and the Apples + Pears Restaurant Group in Australia. She works as a commercial wine buyer and importer, wine director for the restaurant group and judges at wines shows in Australia, New Zealand and Europe. Vanessa is also a Director of Cliftons Venues and manages their wine program across Asia Pacific. Current key projects she is working on include sourcing and importing wines from around the world to Australia and New Zealand, developing the cellars and wine lists for a selection of award winning restaurants across Asia Pacific and running wine and beverage education and appreciation programs for consumers and trade in the same region.

William Macmaster Predhomme Canada Owner of, firm specialized in consultancy: he organizes events, consults for restaurants and hospitality chains.