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Len's Bio

Len's Background in Wine

The Wine Tutor, Len Gulino, has been an avid wine taster, traveler, and collector since 1982.   After several years of intensive self-education and formal training, he began to teach other people about wine, and to contribute wine articles to various publications and websites.

For several years in the mid-eighties he regularly attended wine classes in New Haven, CT, with Mannie Berk, current owner of The Rare Wine Company of Sonoma, CA. www.rarewineco.com/ .  The small classes taught by this wine expert gave Len an extensive and comprehensive understanding of the great wine regions of the world.

Also during the mid-to-late eighties Len was an active member of The Society of Wine Educators www.societyofwineeducators.org and attended a wide variety of seminars and formal classes offered by them.

In the late-1990's Len took another series of formal wine classes at the Culinary Institute of America at Greystone in Napa Valley, CA. https://enthusiasts.ciachef.edu/cooking-baking-and-wine-classes/.  He received certification there that included several classes taught by Karen McNeil, nationally-known author of "The Wine Bible"  http://www.karenmacneil.com/ .

His education continues well into the 21st century with recent Certification from The Spain Wine School for completing their wide-ranging and intensive Spanish Wine Education Program  http://www.spainwineschool.com/en/ , attaining the title of Certified Spanish Wine Educator. 

He has also completed a course of instruction from the Foods and Wines of France https://www.frenchwineadventures.com/

Since 1990 Len has traveled world-wide with Vin Marottoli of Wine Lovers of CT as he leads small groups of consumers and wine professionals on tours of major wine regions www.wineloverstours.com.  These travels have allowed Len to see and learn about the vineyards and winemaking practices directly from some of the world's most highly regarded winemakers.  He also finds these trips to be the most challenging to his "gently" expanding waist-line!

When his corporate career as an Information Technology Manager ended via layoff in 2002, he decided to pursue wine full-time and took a retail position at one of the top wine stores in Connecticut, Harry's Wine & Liquor Market in Fairfield, CT.  www.harryswine.com  In addition to helping customers on the sales floor, he also designed and implemented the bi-monthly newsletter, wrote all the newspaper advertising, managed the initial website and designed the improved current one, and developed the wine school as primary instructor.

Len's experience has qualified him as a member of The Wine Century Club www.winecentury.com which means that he has tasted wines made from over 100 different grapes  His personal grape count now exceeds 250!

Since the mid 80's his love and enjoyment of wine have led him to share his knowledge and passion with several thousand beginner and experienced wine lovers.  He has taught classes and conducted wine tastings in adult education programs, numerous restaurants and wine stores, several CT wineries, various importer/distributor promotional programs, and a host of private and business wine tasting events.