Our greatest achievement has been the building of an international, multidisciplinary, and professional team, and more importantly... a team whose great sense of humor and friendliness is overflowing!
It’s our pleasure to introduce you to The Wine Studio Team.
Nygil Murrell was born and raised in Northern California. In 2002 he moved to Barcelona to make his desire to live in Spain come true. His plans to remain abroad for only a year got disrupted when he discovered Madrid. The style of life, the culture and the affection of the people were some of the factors that encouraged him to make this his home.
His work as a tour guide in Spain fueled his passion for history, gastronomy and, in particular, the country’s exceptional wines. This experience prompted him to create his own guiding company in Madrid, with a special focus on wine tourism. Nygil continued feeding his passion for wine through the WSET program. He passed his Level 3 exams with Distinction and received an overall Merit grade for his Level 4 Diploma. He is also a WSET Certified Wine Educator.In January 2017, Nygil joined the team at The Wine Studio as School Coordinator and full-time teacher. Nygil was born a trainer and his positive and generous nature in class is infectious.
Yolanda is an essential pillar of The Wine Studio. She makes everything seem much easier: She takes care of all of the administrative tasks in The Wine Studio as well as assisting students with whatever their needs might be. Her days seem to be 40 hours long. From her company, La Secretaria Externa, she provides service to several clients and we all have the feeling that she works for us 24/7. She has infinite patience and uses her law studies to keep things orderly. She is a tireless walker, real and metaphorically speaking. If something has a solution, Yolanda will offer it to you, and if not, she’ll seek an alternative!
Javier takes good humor very seriously. Even though he has been working in the wine world for many years and he is a communication and training professional, we first met him when he was on stage, showing off one of his passions: Magic. Javier embodies the spirit of The Wine Studio: learning at the highest level while having fun. In addition to having passed Levels 1, 2 and 3 of the WSET, Javier is an authorized trainer of both Cava and The Wines of Jerez and Montilla-Moriles, and has also coordinated the Sommelier course of the Madrid Chamber of Commerce for many years. He also teaches classes on wine marketing at the Business Institute and at King Juan Carlos University. On a daily basis, he directs his own communication agency, CPC Cooking Ideas, considered a reference in our sector, and also writes in mass media specialized in wine and gastronomy.
Gloria es una gallega madrileña que viene del mundo del derecho, el comercio exterior y la logística; y consigue lo que nunca pensó que sería posible, trabajar en una de sus grandes pasiones: el vino.
Ese cambio tuvo que venir precedido de un gran viaje, y el destino elegido fue Nueva Zelanda y Australia, donde la naturaleza, sus estudios de inglés y los millones de experiencias vividas, le hicieron llenarse de energía. Y al volver a Madrid, tuvo claro el rumbo.
Lo primero, la formación; de ahí que obtuviese el título de sumiller y comenzase sus estudios en el WSET, y en todo curso y libro sobre vino que cayese en sus manos. Experta en desarrollo de negocios vitivinícolas por la UNIR, se especializó en vinos de Jerez y Oporto. Cada año colabora con la Asociación Gallega de Sumilleres, de la que es miembro, en la Guía de Vinos, Destilados y Bodegas de Galicia (Servino).
Con mucho esfuerzo y un golpe de suerte, comienza su andadura en una bodega gallega, Valmiñor, para incorporarse más tarde al Grupo LA RIOAJA ALTA, SA., donde trabaja actualmente.
Hoy en día, compagina su trabajo con la formación. Y cuando puede, se escapa cerca del mar: su lugar en el mundo.
If there is a teacher on our team who has strong ideas and a clear way of expressing them… it’s Tao! Tao graduated in Oenology at the University of Valladolid, receiving the Extraordinary Graduation Prize for Academic Merit. He has produced wines in regions such as Bordeaux, Ribera del Duero, New Zealand and Burgundy, and as a result of this experience, he defends a wine sector that is authentic, sustainable, and without unnecessary poetry. He is currently the oenologist of one of the most interesting wine teams in Spain: Peninsula Wines. Tao obtained his WSET Diploma and is currently a candidate in the Master of Wine program.
Andrés trained in Hotel Management and Tourism in Cartagena, and after his studies he gained experience in the field of restaurant management in Murcia. In 2008, he moved to Alsace where he had his first important contact with wine, and since then he has been connected to it permanently. After that first experience, he trained as Sommelier and moved to La Rioja to practice his new profession at several large wineries in the region. There he pursued a postgraduate degree in technical Oenology, as well as passing the WSET Level 3 Certificate in Wines and Spirits with Distinction. He currently directs La Diligente Compañía de Vinos, a charismatic 21st century distributor that operates in Murcia and along Spain’s Mediterranean coast. With Andrés, the wine is pure Rock and Roll and the courses taught by him are always fresh and dynamic.
Lynne is British and holds a degree in Applied Biology. For 13 years she pursued a career as a factory and operations manager in the refrigerated food sector in the United Kingdom.
But soon both wine and Spain would enter her life: She started with WSET Level 1 and since then her fascination has been supplemented with various wine tasting courses and the remaining WSET qualifications. She obtained a "Pass with Distinction" in Levels 2 and 3, and was granted the "Wine Trade Club Paten Scholarship" prize for her WSET Level 4 Diploma grades in 2016.
Nowadays she works as a trained and experienced English teacher for the British Council. In addition to being bilingual, she is a skillful, dynamic, and conscientious communicator. She brings to the classroom her wine passion and knowledge, along with her wonderful teaching experience.
Pablo directs The Wine Studio’s WSET Sake courses as our "Nominated Educator" of Sake. He is the drink’s greatest expert in Spain, and one could spend hours listening to him and tasting Sake with him. Japan is his second home, and from there he imports and distributes Sake brands through his company Salvioni-Alomar. Pablo is a Certified Sake Professional (CSP) and Advanced Sake Professional (ASP) for the Sake Education Council in Tokyo. Furthermore, he was one of the first people to obtain the WSET Level 3 in Sake, and to become a WSET Sake Certified Educator. He is a strong supporter of the versatility of Sake and is committed to shattering all the myths that surround it.