I'm Paul Caputo, wine writer, critic and merchant.

I consider myself to be an outgoing, entrepreneurial wine professional with a passion for communication and building networks.

I have spent the last 10 years working with wine and am currenlty involved in the following activities....

Vinorandum - Founder

Vinorandum is a wine search engine designed to be a reference tool for consumers looking to learn more about the world's wines regions, grapes and producers. Along with other international wine critics, I store my own tasting notes here.

The Italian Job Podcast

The Italian Job is a podcast about Italian wine. Featuring interviews with producers, merchants and other key industry personalities it presents a picture of the Italian wine industry and celebrates the fascianting diversity on offer across Italy's 20 regions.

Judging

I've had the opportunity to judge in some international competitions around Europe.

2020

  • Mundus Vini, Deidesheim, Germany
  • Concorso di Vermentino, Sardinia, Italy

2019

  • Bucharest International Wine Competition, Bucharest, Romania (May)
  • Citadelles du Vin, Bordeaux, France
  • Mundus Vini, Deidesheim, Germany

2018

  • IWSC 'Georgia / Russia' (associate), Guildford, UK
  • Concours international des vins à Lyon, Lyon, France
  • Vinaria, Plovdiv, Bulgaria

2017

  • Citadelles du Vin, Bordeaux, France
  • IWSC 'Spain' (associate), Guildford, UK
  • Bucharest International Wine Competition, Bucharest, Romania
  • Concours international des vins à Lyon, Lyon, France
  • Vinaria, Plovdiv, Bulgaria

Awards

Publications

The Macedonian Wine Guide 2014/ co-authored with Ivana Simjanovska

Journalism projects

Tortoise Magazine - more

Past projects

Caputo Wines - 2008-2018 - online wine merchants - owner

Mistral Wine Bar and Shop - 2018-2019 - wine bar in Chester specialising in fine wines from small growers - investor

Personal

Qualifications:

  • WSET - Level 4
  • VinItaly International Academy - Italian Wine Ambassador

Education:

  • BA Degree - Politics and International Relations - Lancaster University
  • A Levels - Economics, History, English Literature

Languages

  • English (Mother)
  • Italian (Fluent)
  • French (Basic)

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