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Vinfolio is the leading source for fine wine, serving the needs of wine enthusiasts and collectors worldwide. Through its online wine store and Marketplace, the company offers access to thousands of unique wines. Vinfolio's mission is to bring simplicity and transparency to the fine wine market and provide exceptional service to its wine buying, selling and storage customers. Launched in 2010, the company is headquartered in San Francisco.

Leah Hammer

Senior Cellar Acquisitions Manager

Leah is thrilled to bring her fifteen years of extensive experience in the fine and rare wine business to the dynamic Vinfolio team. Her professional experience has focused on cultivating relationships and helping collectors achieve exceptional results, most recently at Hart Davis Hart Wine Company, where she led the retail sales team and was Senior Consignment Advisor.

A post-college auction house internship first sparked Leah's passion for fine wine, and while she continues to enjoy wine from all regions, she has a special appreciation for red and white Burgundy. Her enthusiasm for working with collectors is built on many years of meeting and advising the wonderful people she's met who love to collect, drink, and share wine from all over the world.

Leah holds the WSET Advanced certificate with Distinction, is a member of Les Dames d'Escoffier International, and holds a B.A. in Sociology from Northwestern University. In her spare time she also volunteers as an auctioneer for charities around the U.S.

Mabel Ho

Executive Wine Specialist, Vinfolio Hong Kong

Mabel came to Vinfolio with 20 years of experience in the wine and spirits industry. She was born in Hong Kong, but emigrated to Canada during childhood. Later, while in school, she developed a passion for wine and in 1989 decided to return to Hong Kong to pursue a career in the wine and spirits industry. She joined Seagram as a Sales Executive and was quickly promoted to Assistant Sales Manager. Mabel's 10 years with Seagram provided her with the opportunity to taste a tremendous variety of wines and to visit a number of great vineyards, including Mumm Champagne, Perrier Jouet Champagne, Chateau Latour, Chateau Magnol and B&G in France, as well as Sterling Vineyards, Shafer, Far Niente and Schramsberg Vineyards in California.

In 2000, she joined Foster's Hong Kong as Key Account Manager to deal with their HORECA accounts. Since then, she has been working in a sales capacity with increasing responsibilities for different wine and spirits companies such as Maxxium and Golden Gate Fine Wine.

Christina Pate

Director of Cellar Acquisitions

Christina first fell in love with wine at a tasting with Danny Schuster in her first year at Canterbury University in New Zealand in 1987, and never got over it. After graduating with a BA and First Class Honors in Russian and Business Administration, her professional life started in the New Zealand Foreign Service, where she worked for almost ten years in a variety of positions, including postings to the New Zealand Embassies in Moscow and Bonn. In Bonn her responsibilities included work with the NZ Wine Institute on trade access and industry relations. She is fluent in German, and remembers speaking Russian. While living in Bonn she visited as many European wine regions as possible in her free time, and spent many weekends along the Mosel and the Rhine, developing a serious addiction to Riesling. When Christina left New Zealand for America, she decided to focus her professional life on what she loved - wine.

She set out on an apprenticeship, which took her from the shop floor at K&L Wine Merchants, to the Fine Wine Department at Bonhams & Butterfields, to establishing a new sales territory for a small distributor of French wines in the East Bay, and to Solano Cellars, a wine bar and retail store in Albany, California. Christina then went home to New Zealand and worked in a variety of roles at Forrest Estate Winery in Marlborough - out in the vineyards, in the tasting room, on the road with accounts, and in the lab over harvest, experiencing first hand how wine gets into a bottle. In parallel with this practical apprenticeship Christina has completed the WSET Advanced Certificate, UC Davis Introduction to Winemaking, and the NMIT Certificate in Vineyard Practice in New Zealand.

On returning to the US she continued to work for Forrest Estate as their Brand Manager, and started part-time at Vinfolio in the warehouse. Christina is now full-time on the Cellar Acquisition Team. In her spare time she enjoys trail running, reading widely, roaming second hand book stores, listening to any and all music, trying to figure out America, and after all these years, loves wine more than ever.

Catherine Stefani

Executive Wine Specialist

Catherine comes to Vinfolio with 15 years in the wine business. She developed a passion for wine while attending Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, where she received a B.S. in Food Science with a Wine Marketing concentration.

While in school, Catherine's first job was in the tasting room at a local Central Coast Winery. After finishing her degree, she moved to San Francisco to intern at the Wine Institute of CA. A couple of years at the Wine Club San Francisco, launched her into a sales role, selling Washington and Oregon wines, where she found her calling. From there she moved to Los Angeles as the Southern California Regional Sales Manager for Laurent-Perrier. After her time in Southern California, she returned to San Francisco as a broker for the Australian Premium Wine Collection, then as a Sales Manager at Vinifera Italian Imports.

Catherine has travelled and tasted extensively both domestically and internationally throughout France, Italy and Australia. Continuing her education, she passed Level II and became a "Certified Sommelier" through the Court of Master Sommeliers. She is currently in the WSET certificate program, finishing Level III Advanced course, and passed the test with merit.

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