Charlie fell from grace after starring in the film The Ways of Wine (El camino del vino). The character he played, a “sommelier that has lost his sense of taste,” become stuck to his image and brought his career to ruin. His wife, Pandora, gets him a way back into the wine tasting world working for some important European bodegas, but he must work behind the scenes as a “ghost taster” for a young and ambitious sommelier, Antonio Poncelis.
The plan goes into action. Thanks to Charlie’s palate Antonio quickly becomes one of the most promising young sommeliers in the world of wine. The professional couple
of Antonio and Pandora are a hit in the big leagues, and they are called to participate in The Great Wine Duel, a kind of world cup of wine tasters. But still Charlie
feels frustrated and he doesn’t want to participate. After a fight with his wife, he goes to tour the small towns of Europe. On his way, he realizes that his sense of
taste has become sharper than ever. and is so incredible that it seems to verge on the fantastic. After meeting with important personalities in the field of wine of the
Old World, he devises a plan to win back his wife and his lost fame. He signs up for The Great Duel under the pseudonym “The Mysterious Count” and he starts training
In a tasting competition among the greatest sommeliers in the world, Charlie beats everyone, doing blind and simultaneous tasting from 200 bottles of wine. In the end, Charlie and Pandora meet again in the final round of the duel. Charlie reveals his true identity before the public. The tasting has been a success. Charlie is back!
Graduate in film direction from the Universidad del Cine (FUC) where he is currently teaching, Carreras works as a director, photographer and editor. A number of his short films won various international awards such as: First Prize at the International Film Festival of Havana, Official Selection at the Munich Bunter Hund Short Film Festival, the International Festival of Guadalajara, Mexico and the Sehsüchte Film Festival, Germany.
At his production company, CACTUS CINE, he produces works for cinema as well as television, including the reality showWorld Football Idol filed in Spain, Germany, Italy and England, and the program Club de Fans broadcast by ESPN (2008). In 2010, he directed the feature length documentary El camino del vino (The Ways of Wine), winner of the FIPRESCI Award at the Mar del Plata Film Festival and the award for best script and direction at the Oeno Video Festival, France.
Charlie Arturaola, the IWSC Wine Communicator of 2012, is legendary in culinary and oenological circles. A remarkably charismatic wine expert, Charlie approaches his life's passion with expert knowledge and contagious enthusiasm. His unique presentations are in constant demand around the world. Arturaola is the president of the Miami based Grappolo Blu Inc. He lectures, conducts educational tastings, acts as an expert appraiser for insurance
companies, consults with foreign importers and mentors new members of the wine community.
His fluency in five languages has taken him from Brazil to Bordeaux and from Montefalco to Mexico, allowing him to deliver his passion in Italian, French, Spanish, Portuguese and English.
In 2010, Arturaola starred in “El Camino del Vino,” a fictionalized documentary. During the Masters of Food and Wine in Mendoza, he loses his palate, and seeks counsel from various people in the Mendoza wine business. He begins with Michel Rolland and proceeds on a funny and touching journey to 6 wineries in Mendoza, eventually returning to his birthplace, Montevideo, Uruguay. “El Camino del Vino” won the FIPRESCI award at the Mar del Plata Film Festival. The film was selected for the prestigious Kino Kulinarische program at Berlinale, at the newly established Transatlantyk Film Fest as well as at Enologica 32 in Montefalco,Umbria and film festivals in Copenhagen, Moscow, and San Sebastian. The US premiere was at the Napa Valley Film Festival. Arturaola is currently working on his second movie, a comedy, The Duel of Wine.
As a portfolio consultant, Charlie travels endlessly in search of great values. Hwrites all the tasting notes, presents the wines to the buyers and does short educational videos to support the brands.
Charlie has been a featured sommelier and educator at many of the greatest wine festivals: Food & Wine Magazine's Aspen Food & Wine Classic, The New York Wine Spectator Weekend, Boston Wine Expo, Masters of Food and Wine in São Paulo, Mendoza and Buenos Aires and Carmel, CA. Gourmet & Golf in Punta Mita, Mexico, the Jackson Hole Wine Auction and the Telluride Wine and Food Festival. He is also in demand for trade events and has conducted seminars at Vinitaly, VinExpo, Fenavin, Albacete University, Spain, the Ecole du Vin de Bordeaux in Brazil, and Enologia 32,Umbria,Italy.
Arturola also speaks on behalf of regional consorzios and institutions, including the Consorzio del Brunello di Montalcino, the Tutela del Morellino di Scansano,
the Consorzio del Chianti Classico, the Vino Italia Tour, the Denominacao de Origen do Vinho Verde,Portugal. Internationally Charlie has been named
Chevalier by the Ordre des Coteaux des Champagnes, and has represented L'Ecole du Vin de Bordeaux as an Formateur in Latin America.
As an educator, Arturaola has been honored as a "Distinguish Visiting Sommelier" at Johnson & Wales University in Miami and also taught at Lynn University. Charlie serves as a judge for the American Fine Wine Competition, the Golden Glass Awards and the International Wine and Spirit Challenge.
Before founding Grappolo Blu, Arturaola was the wine director at the legendary Boca Raton Resort & Club, the boutique Marco Beach Resort and the Myriad Restaurant Group from NYC. Before coming to South Florida, Charlie worked for Cunard Cruise Lines and in restaurants in the Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico.
A member of the Worldwide and the Italian Sommelier Associations, Society of Wine Educators. Arturaola is certified sommelier and has an advanced degree from the L’Ecole du Vin a Bordeaux.
As a producer and director, his films have captured international attention, notably: Tango Eterno and the documentary film San Cayetano: El Santo del Pueblo, whichwas acquired by EWTN. His first narrative film, La Muestra, was selected by festivals of Montreal, Cleveland and Valladolid, and received public and critical acclaim. He filmed the feature length Primary needs in Tuscany and his project Tango a Milano was selected for the co-production
forum of San Sebastian.
Pujia has produced television programs and directed concerts, operas and ballets for Canal ‘Arte’ which we broadcast in Latin America, the United States and Spain. In the field of publicity he has worked for the producers Azur and Art Up in France, and De Luca and REAL of Argentina, representing the REAL as International Manager at Cannes Lyon. He has directed political campaign spots, as well as institutional pieces for Italian companies Berkel and Tecno Tech.
In Opera, Pujia worked as assistant scenery director to LilianaCavani, Jerome Savary, Pier Luigi Pizzi and Harold Prince the Colon Theater in Argentina and the Operas of Bonn, Germany and Zurich, Switzerland among others.
He received a grant from the government of France to manage cultural programs in Paris, Nice, Lyon, Strabourg, Marseille and Bordeaux.