victor at mciVictor Passalacqua, a favorite feature in Miami’s culinary scene for over 20 years, has been appointed Managing partner at BY Wines, an importer and distributor of fine wines in Miami, Florida, under new management since January 2013.

Combining business expertise with a thorough working knowledge of wine and restaurants, the driving force behind the young company is the cutting edge team of Jan Boon, a Dutch entrepreneur, successful hotelier and savvy businessman with several  companies  in France, Dominican Republic and the Caribbean,  and President at BY Wines, Grupo las Ballenas, Las Terrenas Country Club, B & B Caraib investment Ltd, Ohtli Inc., Managing Partner Victor Passalacqua and  Vice President of Operations Melissa Boon .

BY Wines has restructured the company formerly known as Domaines Rollan de By and expanded the focus of its portfolio, elevating it from the existing stocks of high-end French wines to affordable great wines from unique boutique wineries across the world.   While BY Wines still carries the award-winning Crus Bourgeois Supérieurs of Domaines Rollan de BY in the Médoc, Bordeaux, France, the role of winemaker Jean Guyon has shifted from partner in the company to that of BY Wines preferred supplier.

“We are one of the few companies stocking iconic wines like Mouton-Rothschild, Pétrus, Château Ausone and Château Le Pin, among others, and that can deliver them immediately, on demand, ” explained  Mr. Passalacqua.  “But we’ve also made room for unique and wonderful boutique wines from France, Spain — i.e.  the famous Matarromera wineries in Ribera del Duero —, Italy, Chile, Argentina, the US and more.”

During his travels in different winemaking regions Victor Passalacqua formed solid relationships with winemakers and his aim as BY Wines’ Managing Partner is to raise the bar in restaurants’ and hotels’ wine lists.  Since he worked in all areas of hospitality and service industry around the world, his insight and knowledge are invaluable to restaurants, bars, resorts and hotels alike.   “Victor’s  a great guy, hard-working, very knowledgeable and because he worked in some of the best places in the world he takes his work to the next level,” said Peter Knezevic , then GM at Rusty Pelican and now owner of 94 Squadron Restaurant.

Mr. Passalacqua is now joining MDC’s  MCI, Miami Culinary Institute’s Wine Education program -  a required course in the curriculum to graduate in  Culinary Arts,  and as Culinary and wine director of the Miami Wine & Spirits Expo 2014 – a joint undertaking.   “We are very excited to get the By Wines team involved and to have someone like Victor who has over 20 years of experience not only in the wine but in the restaurant business that could instill that passion in the students,” said Chef Collen Engle and Chef Jose Casals of MCI’s curriculum. The spring semester classes start  on Feb 25, and will continue in the summer semester. MCI is looking forward to creating classes for Continuing Education (non credit classes) open to the public.
BY Wines ‘ 5000-square-feet, state-of-the-art temperature-controlled warehouse is headquartered in Miami, Florida (1305 NW 155th Drive,   Miami Gardens, FL 33169).  www.BY

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