John G. - Founder / Master WineMaker
John Giacomucci founded Vino Bambino LLC in 2017 and is a serial entrepreneur having run other successful small businesses in the Greater Philadelphia Area. John has been making wine his entire life and has become a truly skilled winemaker. John has a BS in Mechanical Engineering from Villanova University.
His family has been making and blending wine since he was a kid and plans to grow Vino Bambino substantially. There are potential plans for a wine blending bar on the Main Line. One of John's favorite things about Vino Bambino is turning a lifelong passion into a business that allows other wine enthusiasts to truly experience the art and science behind wine blending.
Larry Graham - Marketing Director & Wine Enthusiast
Larry Graham has over 10 years of experience in the digital marketing space in various markets. Having worked with multiple startups in the eCommerce space, Larry is now focused on helping to grow small businesses.
At present, he focuses on Vino Bambino's marketing efforts, hiring new talent, web development, and as an IT specialist. Larry graduated from Villanova University with a BA.
Serena Zelezny - Principal Wine Educator
Serena is a professional wine educator and the founder of What Am I Drinking?!, a professional and consumer wine school in the Philadelphia suburbs. Hailing from California, Serena started moonlighting weekends in Santa Barbara-area tasting rooms in 2005, where she developed a keen interest in learning about wine history, wine-making techniques, and winemakers’ stories, eventually leading her to a full-time career in the wine industry. She specializes in working with consumers to hone their unique palates and advance their knowledge of grape varieties and styles.
MEET THE TEAM
My parents were immigrants from Italy and for many immigrants like my parents in Italy, they would blend a few grape varietals together. This was out of necessity since the grapes weren't very high quality so in order to have a palatable and tasty wine, they had to blend it.
My family would tweak the blend every year, typically using a mix of 3 grapes. One day, I thought to myself, "If blending is a necessity for poor quality grapes in order to make it taste good, what happens when you blend only the finest quality grapes together?"
So, does blending make better wine?
After setting up a winery and tasting these blends for myself and having wine tastings for literally hundreds of people - I can answer that question with an emphatic YES.
Vino Bambino has since been on a mission to produce the best tasting wine based on YOUR tastes and we continue to run many blind taste tests to improve our special blends. In fact, in our blind taste tests when comparing a single varietal wine like Merlot or Cabernet Sauvignon and then comparing it to our Vino Bambino blends - in 100% of our tastings, the wine enthusiasts preferred our blend every time.
Through all of our experience and that of wine enthusiasts, we know that it adds more complexity and characteristics. Everybody at Vino Bambino is a wine enthusiast like myself and we look forward to providing you with the best wine blends and a new experience to treasure.
- John Giacomucci
We're all wine enthusiasts at Vino Bambino. We wanted to design a company for the wine enthusiast and by the wine enthusiast to draw more people into the fun experience of making and blending their own wines.