Office: 5950 Doyle Street Ste. #4 • Emeryville, CA 94608 • 510-601-6010
Mailing Address: PO Box 99695; Emeryville, CA 94662 – Accounts Payable/Business Correspondence
DINO CAPRIOTTI – President and Owner 510-601-6010
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.
ADAM ARMSTRONG – Wine Specialist – North Bay Sacramento 510-326-4099
With roots in the deep south, many years spent in the California wine industry, and time spent in vineyards abroad, Adam’s knowledge of wine spans the globe. He first developed an appreciation for wine while working at the famous Brennan’s restaurant in New Orleans’ French Quarter. He then studied for his Sommelier’s certificate while working for a New Orleans’ wine merchant and importer, Wines Unlimited. After two years as the Sommelier at San Antonio’s historic Argyle Club, his curiosity for winemaking led him into production, making wine in California, South Africa, Australia, and back in his home state of Texas. He returned to California in 2010, settling down in Alameda with his beautiful wife and son. He joined Vinity Wine Company after spending the last decade as a wine buyer for a chain of retail wine shops in the east bay.
JON BATES Wine Specialist – Santa Cruz/South Bay Area 831-332-3179
Not many people can say they got their start in the restaurant industry at Chez Panisse. Jon Bates recalls filling in for a busser one night only to be asked back a couple of weeks later. After six months, he was training bussers and working four nights a week in high school. Bates continued at Chez Panisse on and off for nearly ten years, working through high school, during college at UC Berkeley, and in between travels to Southeast Asia. He later joined the team at Oakland’s acclaimed Oliveto restaurant, first as a server and later as Wine and Spirits Director, focusing on wine education and hospitality management until moving to Santa Cruz.
He joined Vinity after seven years at Southern Wine & Spirits, focusing on imports and a stint as a wine consultant. He lives with his wife and two teenage sons in Santa Cruz. While his career has been mostly defined by wine, he still takes great joy in all things culinary. You might find him at the farmers market, working in his garden, cooking or foraging – closely followed by a glass of wine.
KIMBERLY BELMONTE – Operations Manager
Born in San Francisco, CA and raised in West Sonoma County. Growing up in the small town of Camp Meeker, where her dad was the fire chief for the volunteer department for 40 years, was the foundation for all of the volunteer work that she does today. She is the VP of the Board of Directors for the same volunteer department and; she is also an active member of the 20-30 club of Napa where the goal is to provide school supplies and holiday cheer for at risk youth within the community. Kimberly has over 16 years of industry experience from beer where it all started at Newcastle Brown Ale, some spirits and wine. She has done a bit of everything from inventory control, customer orders, customs paperwork, new label approvals and at one point, had to learn to drive a forklift. The part that she enjoys the most is the fast pace energy of the industry and the people she has met along the way. She lives in Vallejo with her husband, 2 cats, and 1 very large dog. She is also a step mom to 2 great kids, one grand baby.
CHRISTINE BUCKHOUT – Wine Specialist – Los Angeles/Pasadena 310-428-1540
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.
STEFANO BUTTO – Wine Specialist – San Diego 951-326-6961
Stefano was born and raised in Piacenza, Italy. In 2009 he completed the Association of Italian Sommeliers Level 2 program. By the end of 2010 he moved to Temecula California and, after working for some local wineries and restaurants, he started his own wine brokerage business: Sipiens.com. He has represented Vinity Wine Company’s portfolio in the San Diego area since 2017.
In his spare time he teaches “Wine Hospitality” at Mount San Jacinto College where he also coordinates the wine education program. Since 2016 he’s been teaching the “Italian Wines” class at San Diego State University and he also teaches for the North American Sommelier Association through which he achieved the “Italian Wine Specialist” certification. He is also the founder of B.T.W. (Blind Taste Wine), a group of San Diego wine professionals that meets periodically to taste and evaluate wine.
TIZIANA COSTAMAGNA – Wine Specialist – San Francisco 415-728-2355
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.
GRACE GABOURY – Wine Specialist – West Los Angeles 216-337-9826
SANDRO MAZZETTI – Wine Specialist – South Bay/Orange County 714-624-4198
Sandro was born and raised in Rome but his family roots are in a little town north of Lazio region, half an hour from Tuscany and famous for olive oil production. He has a degree in Political Science from University of Rome and post graduation Business degree in Marketing at UCSD. His great passion for food & wine drove him to earn a Sommelier degree from the Association of Italian Sommeliers in Rome.
After working a few years in Catering and Banqueting events, in 2018, he decided to join Dino and represent the great profolio of producers that Vinity Wine Company represents.
TARA McDONALD – Wine Specialist – San Francisco/Napa/Sonoma 503-853-429
A seasoned wine professional, Tara has been a buyer in white cloth restaurants for the past nine years, most recently as the Wine Director at Prospect Restaurant. Prior to that, she was the General Manager and Wine Director at Michelin starred Aziza, Mourad’s first project. Inspired by her Italian side she developed an adult obsession with the food, wine, and the warmth and hospitality that she always found in the presence of Italians – especially her tiny Sicilian grandmother – making her a perfect fit for Vinity Wine Company.
In her free time you’ll find her leveraging multiple wine degrees (from N.A.S.A Italian Wine Specialist, WSET Advanced, CSW, CMS Certified, etc) to share her passion for wine by teaching, or enjoying the outdoors with her French bulldog Matilda McDonald.
ANGELINO SANDRI – Wine Specialist – East Bay 510-388-1343
Angelino Sandri has called home to many a place; Cambridge, Ontario??, Vienna, Venezia, Firenze and Perugia and most recently on the back of a Venetian gondola. He studied and performed italian Renaissance theatre ? specializing in the Commedia dell’Arte and Shakespeare. He worked with a tour agency leading bicycle and walking / culinary tours in Italia for 12 years. In 1999 Partnering with April Quinn imported 4 Venetian gondola boats to Oakland to create a historical and romantic boat charter business. Happy and honoured to father two amazing bambini, Beatrice and Orlando. Has had the privilege to work with Vinity for over 10 years sharing the wonderful italian wines of Dino Capriotti.
STEPHEN STRUMZA – Wine Specialist – San Fernando Valley 646-322-4333
After retiring at age 33 from Goldman Sachs, Stephen decided to take a break. He took a trip to France to explore most of the regions mainly Burgundy, Alsace, and Jura among others where his love affair with wine had already begun. After almost a year, Stephen came to a conclusion to pursue his ultimate dream; a career in the Culinary Arts. For 12 years Stephen had the honor and privilege to work on the line for some of the greatest Chefs in the country. It was hard but worth it.
Stephen’s passion for wine got stronger as his cooking career took off. He received his diploma from WSET. This had turned a new page in his life and took him back to the corporate world to work for Starwood Hotels & Resorts Corp. Stephen was the Wine Director at the Westin Hotels and the SLS Hotel in LA.
Stephen enjoys playing Ice Hockey on the 50+ Men’s club & deep sea scuba diving.
Martini’s are always his choice.
VICTOR VACANTI – Wine Specialist – San Luis Obispo 805-215-8960
After 31 years slinging cases at Young’s Market, Victor Vacanti is our resident wine expert on the central coast. He’ll tell you Piedmont and Tuscany are his favorite regions but we secretly know Sicily has stolen his heart. When he’s not captivating everyone in spandex, he’s swimming, collecting vinyl, traveling, eating, and sometimes selling wine.
Born and raised in Oakland, CA, Devona has always excelled under pressure. From navigating the delicate playground politics at Chabot Elementary to spearheading cross functional initiatives as an adult, Devona thrives in situations which require focus and multitasking. For 15 years she wore a myriad of hats as an Accounting Manager and HR Specialist for a multimillion dollar grossing Public Safety Company. During that time, she managed a team of five with roles ranging from audit and inventory specialists, full cycle accounting, and tax reporting. Thankfully, she bumped into Dino just after that company sold in 2017 and Vinity has never been more ‘accountable’ since!
She considers herself very fortunate to be a part of the Vinity team and truly blessed to work with such talented people and amazing customers. In her spare time, she is a dedicated wife and mother of two. She enjoys time off with family and friends, entertaining at home and bringing amazing Italian wine to her girls at the salon.