UNIVERSAL WINE ALLIANCE

An innovator in the development and management of custom artisan wine clubs.

Extend your brand, enhance its image, and enjoy a passive revenue stream with a Universal Wine Alliance wine club partnership.

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UWA has brought together an international team of top wine professionals to source exquisite wines that are impossible to obtain without insider access. UWA wines are hidden gems sourced from small producers and boutique estates around the world — not repackaged bulk wines like so many other clubs offer.

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UWA has developed an enterprise system that is turnkey throughout. From design and development to marketing and fulfillment, it includes a state-of-the-art web platform featuring a secure ecommerce channel with regulatory compliance and reporting; a bi-coastal delivery network; and world-class customer service.

UWA WINE EXPERTS

Master Sommeliers.  Award-winning Winemakers.  World-class Wine Professionals.

Whether educated within the strict environment of the Court of Master Sommeliers, the world’s finest culinary institutions, or out among the vines, UWA Wine Experts have unrivaled experience, unparalleled knowledge, and an unquenchable passion for wine. They have done much more than secure global business contacts: they’ve made deep relationships — and lasting friendships — with the most talented winemakers in the world. They truly are the Rock Stars and Rocket Scientists of Wine.

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Two-time James Beard award winner: 2015 Outstanding Wine Professional; 2011 Beverage Book award. His profound knowledge of wine and acclaimed tasting abilities have made Raj a legend in the industry.

RAJAT PARR

Sommelier. Winemaker. Author. Legend.
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Known as the grape goddess® at Planet Grape®, she is the fifth female “Master Sommelier” — and the only person ever to hold that title AND the Advanced Certified Wine Professional credential.

Catherine Fallis

Master Sommelier. Author. Speaker. Master Sabreuse.
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Brian makes wine, sells wine, writes about wine and teaches about wine. He is a published author with the Guild of Sommeliers and teacher for the Court of Master Sommeliers.

BRIAN McCLINTIC

Master Sommelier. Educator. Winemaker. Author. Star of the 2013 cult wine film SOMM.
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Some say that Doug single-handedly launched the vibrant Santa Barbara wine scene. Others say he’s had more influence than anyone on the Central Coast.

DOUG MARGERUM

Winemaker. Restaurateur. Négociant. Winery Consultant.
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Marco has made a name for himself at two prestigious Paris restaurants when — aged only 34 — he took the position of Chief Sommelier at the city’s legendary Hôtel Le Bristol. He now co-owns a small Bordeaux winery and operates the Vantre “wine embassy” in Paris.

MARCO PELLETIER

Winemaker. Longtime Chief Sommelier at Michelin 3-star properties in Paris.
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As his country’s only Master Sommelier and as South Pacific Director for the Guild of Sommeliers worldwide, Cameron is known as the Unofficial Ambassador of New Zealand Wines. He heads up the Wine & Beverage Program at Auckland University of Technology.

CAMERON DOUGLAS

Master Sommelier. Educator. Wine Judge. Writer.
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With a strong passion for wine and food and a yellow belt in Tae Kwon Do, Andrew oversees wines at two of the hottest places in Washington D.C.: James Beard Award-winning Rose’s Luxury, and the critically praised Pineapple and Pearls.

ANDREW LIMBERG

Sommelier. Restaurateur. Extreme Amateur Winemaker.
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Descended from a long line of winemakers, Paz is the first Argentinian to receive the Court of Master Sommeliers’ Advanced certification AND the first Argentinean to be named Best Sommelier of the Americas.

PAZ LEVINSON

ASI 4th Best Sommelier in the World, 2016; Best Sommelier of the Americas, 2015.
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An arbiter of Italian wine, Jeffrey is the Beverage Director of the Batali & Bastianich Hospitality Group. An expert on Champagne, he is a holder of the Chevalier Ordre des Coteaux de Champagne.

JEFFREY PORTER

Advanced Sommelier. Writer. 2015 Wine Enthusiast “Top 40 under 40 Tastemaker.”

UWA EXECUTIVE TEAM

It’s simple. We absolutely love wine and want to share the love.

ANTONY HIRSCH, Co-Founder
Passionate about helping companies reach new levels of success, Tony has overseen the development of numerous successful businesses and brands in diverse categories, ranging from music to cosmetics to beverages. In his native Britain he was responsible for building a national brand presence for companies such as Sony and Toyota. Tony was then selected to become president of HMV, the world’s largest music retailer in North America, after which he helped establish the Virgin Retail brand in the United States. tony@universalwinealliance.com

STEVE LIPP, Co-Founder
Steve has spent over a quarter of a century building successful and innovative brands in the beverage industry. Along with this experience he brings an educated palate and a serious love of wine to Universal Wine Alliance. A Scotsman who now makes his home in Los Angeles, Steve invariably brings part of the old country with him wherever he goes. steve@universalwinealliance.com

DOUGLAS MARGERUM, Co-Founder

Yes, he’s one of the UWA Wine Experts curating our amazing collection of wines and the man often credited with single-handedly launching the Santa Barbara wine scene. Doug opened the Wine Cask wine store in 1981 and soon expanded the business to include a restaurant. Immediate critical success included praise from Gourmet and Bon Appetit magazines. Doug began Margerum Wine Company in 2001. In addition, he is the winemaker for Happy Canyon Vineyards and consulting wine maker for several other prestigious labels. doug@universalwinealliance.com

CINDI DIETRICH, CMO
A  job at a cooking school in her youth, followed by work in top L.A. restaurants led Cindi to Alive Culinary Resources in 1991, where she was immersed in food and wine — promoting experiences and developing brands for world renowned chefs. Later, she provided marketing strategies, graphic design and event coordination with her own Fruitious Company. Favorite gigs have been developing a whiskey for Willie Nelson and a stint with Julia Child. Oh, and cooking for the Dalai Lama. cindi@universalwinealliance.com

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Curating innovative wine experiences that

delight, educate and unite people and brands.

CARE TO LEARN MORE?

If you are interested in extending your brand in to the wonderful world of wine,

please email us at inquiries@universalwinealliance.com.

One of our team members will contact you to start the conversation.