"You can't be the best at what you do unless you can provide the service to better everyone else." - Eddie Osterland
This quote was articulated to Mario Luna by Eddie Osterland, the first American Master Sommelier, back in 2007. That night, Mario witnessed one of Eddie’s captivating wine education tastings called “Power Entertainment.“ It was this event that galvanized Mario’s incredible journey towards becoming a Master Sommelier himself.
Mario Luna attended ITT Technical Institute and Purdue University in Indianapolis, Indiana and graduated with an Associate’s Degree in Electrical Engineering in 2004. In May 2011, Mario passed the Level 1 Introductory Course & Exam administered by the prestigious Court of Master Sommeliers; a mere four months later he became a Certified Sommelier through the same institution. He is currently preparing for the Advanced Level Exam which will bring him one step closer to his goal of achieving the coveted title of Master Sommelier, the highest position a Sommelier can obtain.
Spurred on by the quote above, Mario Luna holds himself perpetually to a higher standard of serving others. His passion for educating industry professionals and casual wine lovers alike about the intricacies of wine led him to start his own video blog and wine education company in 2013. Mario’s mantra is, “Developing the Sommelier in You!“ the process of which is simple: Watch the videos, learn the content, and then inspire others.
Mario currently lives in Las Vegas, Nevada, where he runs his own business and works on the famous Las Vegas Strip. He also frequently conducts tastings in private homes, for business functions, and as part of corporate team-building exercises. In addition to his ever-increasing library of online wine education courses, Mario also tutors budding sommeliers in both one-on-one and group settings.