Vinity Wine Company’s intimate relationship with the world of Italian wine is rooted in the background of our company’s President and driving force: Dino Capriotti. It was in his family’s vineyard in the medieval, coastal town of Offida, Italy that Dino Capriotti first developed his love for wines that express unique regional qualities. He carried this passion from his native Marche region with him throughout his first career as a successful restaurateur in Europe and later in the United States, carefully selecting the finest wines for patrons at prices that delighted. In 1986, Dino fell in love with the San Francisco Bay Area and decided to begin a new career in the wholesale wine industry. His great knowledge of wines made him an immediate success. Dino brings to Vinity Wine Company more than 25 years of experience in the business and has successfully grown the company since he opened its doors in 1999. In Dino Capriotti, you will find one of our industry’s most dynamic personalities: a trusted and reliable businessman who understands the demanding, ever-changing California marketplace. His enthusiasm for sharing his knowledge of fine wines is infectious — only one of the reasons why many wine professionals consider Dino to be one of the best in the business.
JON BATES Wine Specialist – Santa Cruz/South Bay Area 831-332-3179
Not many people can say they got their start in the restaurant industry at Chez Panisse. Jon Bates recalls filling in for a busser one night only to be asked back a couple of weeks later. After six months, he was training bussers and working four nights a week in high school. Bates continued at Chez Panisse on and off for nearly ten years, working through high school, during college at UC Berkeley, and in between travels to Southeast Asia. He later joined the team at Oakland’s acclaimed Oliveto restaurant, first as a server and later as Wine and Spirits Director, focusing on wine education and hospitality management until moving to Santa Cruz.
He joined Vinity after seven years at Southern Wine & Spirits, focusing on imports and a stint as a wine consultant. He lives with his wife and two teenage sons in Santa Cruz. While his career has been mostly defined by wine, he still takes great joy in all things culinary. You might find him at the farmers market, working in his garden, cooking or foraging – closely followed by a glass of wine.
Stefano was born and raised in Piacenza, Italy. In 2009 he completed the Association of Italian Sommeliers Level 2 program. By the end of 2010 he moved to Temecula California and, after working for some local wineries and restaurants, he started his own wine brokerage business: Sipiens.com. He has represented Vinity Wine Company’s portfolio in the San Diego area since 2017.
In his spare time he teaches “Wine Hospitality” at Mount San Jacinto College where he also coordinates the wine education program. Since 2016 he’s been teaching the “Italian Wines” class at San Diego State University and he also teaches for the North American Sommelier Association through which he achieved the “Italian Wine Specialist” certification. He is also the founder of B.T.W. (Blind Taste Wine), a group of San Diego wine professionals that meets periodically to taste and evaluate wine.
Tiziana was born in the small town of Fossano, just outside the famed wine territory of the Langhe. As a young girl her curiosity and artistic vision led her to advanced studies of art and photography. She had a successful career as a professional photographer in Italy and moved to the USA to increase her opportunities.
After visiting San Francisco for projects such as photographing the Dalai Lama, she decided to move forward for an even more challenging career, studying to become a Sommelier. Her ability to see the art in everyday things allows her to better represent and promote the work of amazing winemakers and chefs directly to consumers.
If she is not in the field working, you can find her biking the hills of the Bay Area or hiking and sharing her life with Medi, her 15-year-old bearded collie. Her life’s slogan, “SEMPRE AVANTI.“ Always Forward.
CONRADO FIGUEROA – Director of Sales/Account Manager – East Bay/North Bay/Sacramento 925-964-5379
Conrado was born in Mexico City and came to California as a nine-year-old. Due to his “Buona Fortuna”, his parents chose the North Bay as their new home. This allowed Conrado to grow up in the center of the Russian River wine country. After graduating from U.C. Davis with a B.A. Degree in Economics, he returned to the Bay Area and embarked on a successful banking career with a strong emphasis on client advocacy and relationship management.
Not surprisingly, his time spent near the Sonoma and Napa Valley wine regions allowed him to develop a passion for food and wine that became a central focus of his worldwide travel experiences. Conrado is truly excited about the opportunity to bridge work and passion by joining the Vinity Wine Company team. He is also looking forward to representing the company’s impressive portfolio and to building on the tradition of sharing the best that “Bella Italia” has to offer, which has been a key focus for the company since it was established by Dino Capriotti in 1999.
Grace Gaboury was born and raised in Cleveland Heights, Ohio. She graduated from Ohio University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Education and a serious longing in her heart for her first love: food and wine. After moving west and working in restaurants in Colorado, she continued her travels to California. There, Grace began working at The Tasting Kitchen where she studied wine formally and certified as a Sommelier. She continued her career as wine buyer and Sommelier at Nancy Silverton’s popular eatery, Chi Spacca. Here she honed her skills and love for Italian wine, food and culture. Grace was excited to join the VINITY team in 2019 in a continued effort to search for growth and excellence in her career.
SANDRO MAZZETTI – Wine Specialist – South Bay/Orange County 714-624-4198
Sandro was born and raised in Rome but his family roots are in a little town north of Lazio region, half an hour from Tuscany and famous for olive oil production. He has a degree in Political Science from University of Rome and post graduation Business degree in Marketing at UCSD. His great passion for food & wine drove him to earn a Sommelier degree from the Association of Italian Sommeliers in Rome.
After working a few years in Catering and Banqueting events, in 2018, he decided to join Dino and represent the great profolio of producers that Vinity Wine Company represents.