Ikavina Wine and Spirits, LLC is a Delaware based company founded in 2014.
If you ever watched the series "Entourage" and saw the scene after the credits in the series finale where Ari is in Italy and
receives a call to step up and replace someone else, now having ownership [and not just a say] in movies, merchandising, etc.,
well that's what I am envisioning in the long term. If you haven't seen that episode and that scene, definitely look at it.
Quintessentially, IkaVina is a wine and spirits company that is focused on wine [and spirits of course], but that will also
incorporate other elements and industries through strategic partnerships and cross collaborations. This will not only build brand awareness directly, but also through product placement in a variety
of mediums. We are looking to also be into film and video, music, art, fashion, web and whatever else might come our way that we can do.
But we are all about the wine!
We are not looking to get rich overnight, nor are we looking to act and move like so many other wine labels, wine producers,
wine importers or wine distributors. We will be small and nimble and have a bevy of in-house and affiliated talent who is not
above putting in the work and getting dirty where necessary (the latter refers to actually not being above mopping the floors
or taking out the garbage).
Zachary Marcus Cesare Harris
When you think of wine professionals, does the image which immediately comes to your mind resemble someone somewhat stuffy, who
wants to prattle on and on about things like terroire with a haughty attitude? Well, I'm definitely not like that, and I can't
stand those folks either.
The basics are that I graduated from the G.W. Carver High School for Engineering in Science -- go Engineers!! -- did a brief stint in the Navy,
and then went on and studied at Penn State. Now, let's go a little bit further. This means that I will tell you the how, and then tell you me.
One could say that I would one day be involved in wine and spirits because my father used to put bourbon, scotch or whiskey on his
finger and let me suck on it as an infant. In college, I had an affinity for microbrews and imported beers, and by that I am not
talking Heineken. After college, I got more into imported and specialty beers [long before the whole American craft brew movement
started] but it was at a wine tasting fundraiser where I was moved by both a Madeira and a Chenin Blanc. I will admit that for awhile
I used to rock Sutter Home Chenin Blanc and their Moscato, but I also used to love Allegro Moscato. Slowly, I started to move from being a novice wine drinker to
really starting to get to know wines, not just the sweet stuff that is consumed in mass quantities by some US drinkers.
Now on to me; I am not a wine expert. Truly there are no wine experts at all. I would consider myself a wine vivant. I have read some of the
course work for several different certifications, but I think that to really understand wine, you have to drink it... a lot of it. Some say that if you were to
have a different type of wine every day from the time you were born and you made it to one hundred years old, you would still have only had maybe thirty four percent
of just the types of wines that exist.