Growing up as a French Moroccan in Casablanca Morocco, Matty was exposed to wine and vineyards at a very young age. Family weekends were mostly spent either at Plage David or the vineyards in the area of Benslimane where French traders have the longest history of winemaking in Casablanca region.
Matty began working for wine merchants both in the city and the northwest suburbs of Chicago. He found the need to further his education and received certifications from both Wine and Spirit Education Trust in London, UK, and Court of Master Sommeliers in the USA. He also received a certification from Wines of Portugal Academy Chicago | Academia do Vinho – Advanced Level hosted by Master Sommelier Doug Frost and Master Sommelier Evan Goldstein. Loving this part of the business Matty spent sometime in Louisville Kentucky with Michael R. Veach studying and getting certified by The Filson Bourbon Academy as an American Whiskey Enthusiast.
Anyone that knows Matty will tell you that he is an affable guy and a discerning businessman. It is with pleasure to see him talk about wine. As he speaks of wines, the vineyards and the winemakers his eyes light up and his passion fills the room.
With the enthusiasm from his French connections in Bordeaux, Loire, Bourgogne and Languedoc Roussillon he founded Vins & Vignobles, LLC an import and distribution company of selective French wines at first then expanded his portfolio to some Premier Cru Italian wines and Spanish wines also.
“I knew what was next for me in the Wine and Spirit industry. I went back to what I knew best of French culture and began discovering terroir driven wineries that have not been brought to the US before” stated Matty
With his natural discriminating palate for wine Matty is able to assess wines for the best of quality.
“All of the wines I select come from vineyards that have been sustainably grown respecting the vine and the nature. Everything is done manually from the harvest to the sorting table. Obtaining these wines and then sharing them with fellow wine enthusiasts is what I enjoy the most” explains Iqbal.
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