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Intro


Importing the best under the Italian sun

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Intro


Importing the best under the Italian sun

 
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Story


Our Story

 

Girasole Imports LLC focuses specifically on Italian wines.

We pride ourselves on respecting the regional traditions of our producers, which, whether a small family run winery or a larger cooperative, are based upon personal relationships.

Story


Our Story

 

Girasole Imports LLC focuses specifically on Italian wines.

We pride ourselves on respecting the regional traditions of our producers, which, whether a small family run winery or a larger cooperative, are based upon personal relationships.

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About


Every producer in our portfolio has been meticulously vetted by a panel of experts, each of whom respects the distinct native varietals. 

Understanding the local people, history, terrain, customs and food of a region allows us to appreciate the subtle, yet critical elements vital to truly appreciating the wine of any region. 

 

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About


Every producer in our portfolio has been meticulously vetted by a panel of experts, each of whom respects the distinct native varietals. 

Understanding the local people, history, terrain, customs and food of a region allows us to appreciate the subtle, yet critical elements vital to truly appreciating the wine of any region. 

 

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We are committed to providing personal service and education to our clients in order to best represent the philosophy of our artisanal wine makers. 

Girasole Imports acts as both an importer and distributor for Italian wines, thereby offering the best possible value at every price point. 

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Paula + Marc


Meet

Paula + Marc

Paula + Marc


Meet

Paula + Marc

Paula Barbarito Levitt

Paula hails from an Italian food and wine background. The author of the popular food and travel blog La Bella Sorella, Paula’s training in regional Italian cuisine has been shared passionately with friends, family and students over the years. As a dual citizen of the United States and Italy, she has explored every region on the peninsula to experience Italy's history, culture, food and wine.  

Paula is the heart and soul of Girasole, focusing on building and maintaining successful and meaningful  relationships with producers and clients alike, organizing educational events and seizing any opportunity to teach the consumer about the indigenous Italian varietals.

 

Marc E. Levitt

Marc’s impressive career in high tech and finance provide an excellent background to serve as the guiding force for Girasole Imports.  

His experience in international business, along with extensive knowledge of operations, are indispensable to Girasole’s internal workings.  

Marc’s passion and knowledge of Italian wine grew out of the many family trips to Italy over the years, driving up and down the peninsula untold times, feeding his love affair with the Italian people, food, culture and wine. 

 

 


Recently featured in 65/57 Degrees Magazine


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Our Team


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Our Team


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Eric Fountain

 

Eric joined Girasole Imports having spent more than two decades in the wine industry. 

He began his career selling wine for companies including Estate Wines Limited and Northwest Wines. It was at Estate Wines that he discovered a passion for Italian wines. 

When an opportunity to work on the supply side of the business arose, he took a position at Kathryn Kennedy Winery, where he served as the Director of Sales for 14 years. 

While at Kathryn Kennedy, Eric worked on harvests, marketing projects, and direct wholesale sales. He was also a part of the marketing committee for the Santa Cruz Mountains Winegrowers Association, working on trade events and education. 

Eric was the original sales person to join Girasole Imports. He has helped to tailor the portfolio and introduce it to the Northern California market. Eric is passionate about sharing the stories and wines of our producers.

{ San Francisco & Bay Area Specialist }

 

Joe Chiodo

 

Joe Chiodo is a graduate of the prestigious French Culinary Institute's Intensive Sommelier program where he studied under the direct guidance of several Master Sommeliers.  

Joe has also earned his California Wine Appellation Specialist credential through a course of study at the San Francisco Wine School.

Joe's passion for Italian wines began in 2011 when he began working at a classic Italian wine bar located in Los Gatos, California.  

Joe has served as a manager and as a wine buyer at Enoteca La Storia, playing a key role in helping the Enoteca garner much critical praise.  Enoteca La Storia has received the distinction of being named "Best Wine Bar in the Bay Area" in a contest by KGO-TV/ABC7, and has also been named "Best Wine Bar in Silicon Valley" four times by the readers of the San Jose Mercury News.

Joe’s expertise has been instrumental in expanding and growing the business to a second location in San Jose’s Little Italy.

{ South Bay Specialist }

Brant Ozanich

 

Born and raised in the Sierra Foothills, Brant has enjoyed an exposure to wine throughout his entire life. 

It wasn’t until he spent a year living and studying in Southern France, that he developed the curiosity to pursue the wine industry professionally.

Upon returning home he started working in restaurants around San Francisco, where he quickly earned his Certified Sommelier pin. During his time working as a sommelier with the James Beard-winning wine program at A16 Restaurant in San Francisco, 

Brant has gained a specific expertise in Italian wines from all corners of Italy.

He loves wines from small producers off the beaten path, and he can usually be found drinking something fun and funky from the South of Italy, Austria, or even the Balkans!

In addition to representing Girasole Imports, Brant owns a wine club, manages restaurant wine lists, and is working towards his WSET Diploma.

{ San Francisco & East Bay Specialist }


We proudly service the state of California.