About Vinity Wine Company
DINO CAPRIOTTI – President and Owner
Vinity Wine Company’s intimate relationship with the world of Italian wine is rooted in the background of our company’s President and driving force: Dino Capriotti. It was in his family’s vineyard in the medieval, coastal town of Offida, Italy that Dino Capriotti first developed his love for wines that express unique regional qualities. He carried this passion from his native Marche region with him throughout his first career as a successful restaurateur in Europe and later in the United States, carefully selecting the finest wines for patrons at prices that delighted. In 1986, Dino fell in love with the San Francisco Bay Area and decided to begin a new career in the wholesale wine industry. His great knowledge of wines made him an immediate success. Dino brings to Vinity Wine Company more than 25 years of experience in the business and has successfully grown the company since he opened its doors in 1999. In Dino Capriotti, you will find one of our industry’s most dynamic personalities: a trusted and reliable businessman who understands the demanding, ever-changing California marketplace. His enthusiasm for sharing his knowledge of fine wines is infectious — only one of the reasons why many wine professionals consider Dino to be one of the best in the business.
EZIO CIOTTI – General Manager
Ezio Ciotti is a native of Italy and developed a passion for wines at a young age. Raised in the Marche region of Italy in Offida, the same village as Dino Capriotti, Ezio developed a sophisticated palate and appreciation for food and wine pairings. Since he arrived in America over 20 years ago, he has been working with importers to bring the fine wines of Italy to California. As the General Manager of Vinity Wine Company, Ezio is responsible for orchestrating the operations in Emeryville with the producers from Italy to the many valued customers of Vinity Wine Company. He is also known to have the best espresso in the East Bay and is a frequent chef for Vinity customers that share his passion for food and wine.
Originally from Canada, Angelino’s parents are from Venice and Alto Adige, Italy. After studying for his theater degree at Waterloo U. and a master’s degree from Long Beach State, Angelino spent 15 years living and working in Italy guiding bicycle, cooking and wine tasting tours. After marrying his beautiful wife he bought 4 Venetian Gondolas and started “Gondola Servizio” in Oakland, CA. Expanding his love for Italian theater and history, Angelino included Italian Wine in his life when he started selling wine for Vinity Wine Company. He now makes his home with his wife and two children in Oakland and enjoys rowing gondolas, bicicletta and futbol (the original Euro kind – Forza Juventus!) and can be spotted around town on his new Vespa!
SANTE DINO DELUCA – Sales Manager
Born in San Giovanni Rotondo in Puglia, Sante was raised in the summer resort town of Vieste in Gargano National Park. From the age of 15 he spent summers working in local restaurants. Growing up, Sante made wine with his dad from the grapes that grew on their land and in school specialized in the hospitality industry. In 2001 Sante moved to the U.S. and started working in the fine dining scene in Naples, Florida where he met and married his wife. Together they moved to California’s booming restaurant scene in 2004, became immersed in the world of California wine and rekindled a passion for wine. Sante joined Vinity in 2011 and was certified by the North American Sommelier Association as an Italian Wine Specialist. Watch for Sante as he zips around town on his Vespa, and on weekends you might find him surfing or kite surfing on the bay.
TIZIANA COSTAMAGNA – Wine Specialist – Peninsula
Tiziana was born in Fossano, in Italy’s Piemonte region. University-trained in photography and fine arts, she had a photo studio in Alba for many years. Being Piemontese, she was born with an appreciation for fine food and wine. Since her photography clients included many of the region’s famous wineries and restaurants, she had the good fortune to learn about wine from some of the best producers in the world. She came to the USA 13 years ago and shortly after started in the Italian wine business. She eventually moved to San Francisco where she continued her involvement with wine importing and sales. She is a Italian Wine Specialist certified by the North American Sommelier Association, and is highly respected in our wine community. On weekends, Tiziana can often be found cruising the hills of the Bay Area on her Wilier road bike, or walking through the City with Meditrina (the Roman goddess of Wine, good health and long life) her Bearded Collie.
ALEX WETTERSTEN – Wine Specialist – San Francisco and North Bay
A true San Francisco native, Alex has spent his entire life in the City by the Bay. While obtaining his Managerial Economics degree at UC Davis, he worked in restaurants and the “restaurant bug” was planted in him for future development. After working many years in both the mortgage and environmental commodity trading industries, Alex succumbed to his desire to return to restaurants wherein he developed a love and passion for Italian wines (most notably those provided by Vinity) and discovered the joy of introducing new and exciting tastes to his customers. In his spare time, Alex enjoys homebrewing and can be spotted on long runs from Ocean Beach to the Dogpatch.
CHRISTINE BUCKHOUT – Wine Specialist – Los Angeles (Greater Los Angeles Area)
Christine’s passion for wine was born while living in southwest France. After finishing her Anthropology degree at UCLA, she worked in music videos and commercials for many years before deciding to pursue her passion. She holds the prestigious WSET Diploma, and has experience working in many facets of the wine business – from wine shops, wine bars, and education, to sales. In her free time she’ll be blind tasting, fixing cars, or eating authentic Thai food in Hollywood. Her greatest weakness is any wine with bubbles.
WALTER MAZZARELLA – Wine Specialist – Los Angeles (Central)