When I was at the ‘Wines of Northern Italy’ tasting held a few weeks ago at the Biltmore Hotel in Coral Gables, Fl, I attended a panel of winemakers chaired by Charlie Arturaola. I had never heard of him before but in the weeks that followed I learned quite a bit.
Charlie as it turns out is the star of El Camino del Vino, a film by Nicolas Carreras released in 2010 and also starring Michel Rolland. It’s the story of a famous sommelier who suffers from a rare disease, loses his palate and how it gets it back. It takes place in Mendoza and by no coincidence Charlie is one of the founders of the Masters of Food and Wine held each year in March at the Hyatt Mendoza. There are guest appearances of Michel Rolland and Donato DeSantis, Argentina’s outstanding chef.
And thanks to a contact of my son, aka Miami Vin, I was able to meet Charlie and his wife Pandora (also in the film) at their home in Miami Beach. Charlie is a fascinating person with a multidimensional background in the food and wine industry. He is currently on a cruise ship conducting wine seminars and in April will be in Verona and Vinitaly.
So I got up to speed pretty fast on Charlie and I encourage you to try to see the movie.