Oscar was recognized as a Magna Cum Laude after graduating with a specialization in Nutrition, Diet & Health Science. He attained multiple college degrees in Travel & Tourism, Meeting & Events Planning, Food & Beverage, and Hospitality Management; Oscar’s background in Food Service and Hospitality started as part of family-ran restaurants throughout his childhood, but it wasn’t until working at a Texas prime steakhouse in 2005, when he visited a local vineyard for the first time that he discovered a drive for lust of wine & vine – the rest is history in the making.
He has worked in four distinct Texas Hill Country wineries, and has been an essential staff component in wine festivals, seminars and conferences throughout the state involved with major community organizations, and additionally, Oscar is a core Panel Wine Judge member for the Texas Wine Journal since it’s conception in the Fall of 2013.
Oscar is a Certified Sommelier by the Court of Master Sommeliers, a Certified Specialist of Wine by the Society of Wine Educators, also certified as Fine Spirits Sommelier & Executive Chef of Wine Arts by the International Wine & Spirits Guild, where he is also a Certified Wine & Spirits Instructor and received the Title of Master Candidate.
Furthermore, he’s been granted a Sake Award by the Wine & Spirit Education Trust; a Distintivo “T” Award by the Consejo Regulador del Tequila; recognized as a Certified Sherry Wine Specialist by the Consejo Regulador de Jerez; as a Certified Beer Server by the Cicerone Program; as a Certified Mixologist and Liquor Specialist by the Professional Bartender School; and inaugural alumnus of the Certified Specialist of Texas Wine program by The Texas Wine School.
To sum up Oscar, he is a dedicated Texas Scholar, grape hunter and oenophile, foodie and avid ambassador for hospitality, and he takes great joy in sharing his passions with others.