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Frankie Villar - Cellar Ninja


“Growing up in Kansas I was lucky enough to work in my family's restaurants alongside a very special woman, my grandmother. At the time I didn't see it that way, giving up my free time after school, my weekends, and there was no such thing as summer vacation. She taught me the days work was never done until it was tomorrow. When I moved to Chicago over a decade ago I stayed in the hospitality industry doing much of the same I did back in Kansas. At a point I became bored. When I found wine, I found a work and a passion that made me want to devote all my free time to. After some time I traveled to New Zealand and worked with the Weaver family at Churton vineyards for the harvest season, and it felt like home to me, working 12-15 hour days doing, making something that meant as much to them as working for my family when I was growing up. For me wine is that days work that will never be done until it is tomorrow and I am happy to have it that way. So cheers grandma, and thank you for helping me find my way!”