Manny Gonzales started his path in wine studies in the late 1990s when his passion for classical guitar led him to Boston to continue his independent studies. Here he worked in the restaurant scene and first fell in love with the wines of Sancerre whose citric aromas reminded him of the lime trees that grew in his grandmother’s home of Hermosillo, Mexico. From here his career lead him deeper into restaurant culture where he cultivated several award-winning beverage programs always with a leaning towards the wines of Classical Europe, Asian spirits, and cocktail creation.
Manny has accreditations as a Certified Sommelier, WSET Level 3 in Wine, WSET level 1 in Sake, a French and Spanish Wine Scholar, Certified Sherry Specialist and is working towards a diploma with the WSE.
Today Manny spearheads the international wine and sake programs at Horizon Beverage Company.