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ben

Ben Feldman was born in Washington, DC and grew up in and around the city. Ever since he was too young to remember, Ben wanted to be an artist of some kind and his childhood was filled with sketching, writing, music, and eventually, acting. He attended Ithaca College, (in Ithaca, New York, where some great wine is also made) and received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in acting. Immediately, he moved to Manhattan and after a two day stint, working at a popular bbq and jazz restaurant, he got a job acting in the Broadway play, The Graduate. Shortly after the play closed, he moved to Los Angeles and continued his career in front of cameras.

Since then, the films and television shows he has acted in have funded his love for food, wine, and travel. In fact, Ben is quite sure that that is where all of his money has gone. But in his opinion, it is just those indulgences that fuel the best times in life.

Furthering his understanding and love for the world of wine and the good stuff you eat with it, Ben’s mother moved to the Luberon region in the south of France, where it is imperative that you know and love what you eat and drink. Visiting her in this medieval village, surrounded by olive trees and lavender fields and less than an hour's drive from the Chateauneuf-du-Pape region where some of his favorite wine in the world is born, Ben continued to develop his passion and love for wine. He even told Eduardo to go visit. He did and it is there, in an ancient cave, below Ben’s mother’s building, that he and Eduardo have begun a small collection of wines, to be kept there until they're ready to be enjoyed.

Wine has become a great passion of Ben's and he will forever be commited as a student of its culture and creation. Now that he has the opportunity not only to enjoy great wine but to help craft it as well, Ben couldn’t be happier with angelica cellars. And as a special thanks to his friends and family on the other side of the Atlantic Ocean, the flower you see on the angelica cellars label is a rendering of one of the many poppy flowers that coat the fields of provence in brilliant puddles of scarlet and orange.

eduardo

Eduardo Porto Carreiro was born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. By the age of six, he had already found a favorite bottle of wine. It was a Spanish Value Red that came adorned with a delightful little plastic bull hanging around its neck. Not only did the toy make a fond impression, but the wine appealed to his novice palate as well. Growing up in Brazil and Austria, where he moved when he was very young, Eduardo was allowed a lot of travel and exposure to incredible cultures, food, and wine. When he finally settled in Maryland, just outside of Washington, DC he unconsciously continued to incorporate components of the good life in his quotidian affairs.

A humbly aspiring renaissance man, in his own right, Eduardo sought a university that would afford him a great education and would allow him to pursue his passion for the stage. He landed in Ithaca, New York where he ended up receiving a Bachelor’s Degree in Applied Economics and Management from Cornell University. There, he was able to parallel his business studies with classes in their renowned Hospitality Program, much time spent with great friends, as well as a cappella, and theatre. The synergy of his final year in Ithaca teased Eduardo with a taste of what balanced life is like and made him want nothing less than to always put balance and creative fulfillment at the top of his priorities.

Upon graduation, he found himself in Southern California with the goal of creating that elusive equilibrium. After a short stint of working as a wine clerk at the venerable Greenblatt’s Deli and Fine Wine Shop, he moved on to the restaurant industry. Utilizing his knowledge from college wine classes and intensive independent studies, Eduardo quickly rose to the level of Wine Director and sommelier of Amy and Neal Fraser’s acclaimed GRACE Restaurant in Los Angeles. After over six years in that position, the restaurant shuttered, and Eduardo moved on to helm the wine program at Sang Yoon's LUKSHON Restaurant as well as, on occasion, conducting wine lectures and seminars in addition to freelancing as a Wine Consultant for private collectors and other restaurants.

With the reality of angelica cellars, Eduardo is thrilled to be intimately involved with the entire path of a great wine's journey from vineyard to bottle.  His goals of balance and fulfillment seem to be quickly falling into place.

contact

Ben Feldman (owner): ben@angelicacellars.com                 

Eduardo Porto Carreiro (owner):    eduardo@angelicacellars.com