Cynthia Chaplin is a professional sommelier, a member of Le Donne del Vino, and a professor of Italian wine and culture. Born in the USA, Cynthia moved to Europe in 1990 and she has lived in Spain, Belgium, France, England and Italy. Cynthia chose to center her career in Rome where she could immerse herself in the Italian wine sector, which is her passion. She teaches university students and works with embassies, corporations and private clients, creating and presenting tastings, events, seminars and in-depth courses. Cynthia is a wine writer and a judge at international wine competitions, and she consults with restaurants and enotecas assisting in the development of comprehensive wine lists and excellent food pairings. She is married to her British photographer husband, Will, and they have six children ranging from 19 to 27. They live on the shore of Lake Bracciano, north of Rome, where they share their beautiful garden with one massive grapevine and two border collies.