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Manuel Bronson

Proprietor of Demijohn

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Manuel Bronson

I was lucky to be raised in three distinctly beautiful places, California's Bay Area, Guatemala's highlands and Italy's Tuscany. At an early age l found myself falling more and more in love with the olfactory experience of food and wine (thanks in big part to my mother's cooking!). In my teens, I realized I was captivated, not only by the experience of wine, but also by its history and cultural symbolism.

The beginning of my "official" career began in 2001 where I worked as a wine educator and brand ambassador at Domaine Chandon winery in Yountville, CA. In 2004, I was given the incredible opportunity to work at Domaine de la Romanee-Conti, in Vosne- Romanee, Burgundy, France, working in the vineyards and cellars to develop technical knowledge of wine making and grape growing. I remember one day tasting wines from Domaine Jacob-Girard, which belongs to the parents of my good friend Nicolas Jacob (Vineyard Manager at DRC), and thinking to myself...I wish I could get these wines in the US!! It was there in Burgundy that a little light went off in my head.

Upon my return to the US in 2005, I was chomping at the bit to not only plant a vineyard, but also import wines.. Obviously something easier said than done. Luckily, after many long basketball games with Steve Lagier of Lagier-Meredith, he allowed me to assist him in his vineyards, continuing my "green" education, allowing me time to form a plan.

It wasn't until my great friend and now business partner Jason Holman returned from South Africa in 2009 did the idea of Demijohn Imports really start to take shape. And now our dream has finally come true.

Apart from Demijohn, I am also the Italian Wines Buyer at the famous 'Wally’s Wine & Spirits' in Westwood, CA. I reside in nearby Venice with my beautiful fiance/ expecting mother Wendi Ferreira and our faithful hound Maya. I hold bachelor’s degrees in International Relations and Spanish Literature from the University of California, San Diego.

I am an aspiring chef and gardener, quasi- obsessive sports fan, and an under-funded book, wine and art collector.

I love nothing more than enjoying food and wine with my family and friends.

Manuel Bronson

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