As a youth growing up in the seaside city of Viña del Mar, Chile, Jorge Mendoza learned the beauty of pairing a delicious wine with the perfect culinary accompaniment at the family dinner table. The Chilean appreciation of lingering at a bountiful table filled with food and wine chosen specifically for their compatible qualities sparked an interest in enology for Mendoza that would lead him through extensive and rigorous training on the subject.
After graduating from the National School of Hotel Management (INACAP) in Santiago with a major in food and beverage, Mendoza moved to Miami to begin a career in the hospitality industry with Marriott. He then went on to continue his education at Florida International University, earning a Bachelor of Science and a Master of Science degree in hospitality management. While studying enology, he found himself gaining a new perspective for analyzing and tasting wines critically and decided to place a more specific focus on training himself as a sommelier. Learning more about the trade at various gourmet restaurants and fine hotels in the area, he began his career at The Ritz-Carlton, Key Biscayne in 2001.
“I believe all wine deserves great respect—each one expresses a different story from its particular region,” says Mendoza. “Through the pairing of wine and food, an even more complete story is told through scent and taste.” LRegular travels through renowned wine regions from Burgundy to Tuscany serve as continued inspiration for Mendoza in his love of enology. In addition, he holds a Foundation Level Sommelier Certificate, Court of Master Sommeliers Certificate, Advanced Certificate Program for the Wines of France and Italy (with honors) and an Advanced Level Sommelier Certificate.
An award-winning oceanfront resort and spa, The Ritz-Carlton, Key Biscayne is just minutes from the Miami International Airport, South Beach, Coconut Grove and Brickell, yet feels like a remote destination with its lush tropical gardens, pristine beach and infinity views. It opened in July 2001 and remains a premier destination for luxurious service in a serene paradise. The luxury resort has received numerous accolades including spots on the coveted 2005 editions of the Travel + Leisure “World’s Best” list and the Condé Nast Traveler “Gold List.”