Advanced Sommelier Vilma Mazaite’s passion for wine began at a very early age. She grew up in Lithuania, where no wine is made and beer is king, but her family was always fond of having a bottle of wine with dinner. When Vilma moved to the US, she began working in restaurants and as luck would have it, landed a position as an assistant for Rajat Paar, who at the time was Wine Director for Michael Mina in Las Vegas. Learning from one of the best in the industry, Vilma’s knowledge about and passion for wine continued to grow, setting her up for great success. Working with Rajat, she went on to help open the Wynn Resort, created a wine list for Steve Kalt at Corsa Cucina and worked with fames restaurateaur Paul Bartolotta. Her link to Bartolotta and his Mediterranean-inflected, modern Italian menu ignited Vilma’s own love for Italy which led her to Manhattan. There she landed a position working for renowned chef Mario Batali at his famous Babbo restaurant. In 2009 she moved to Aspen, taking a position as Assistant Food and Beverage Director at the Little Nell hotel. In 2012, Vilma packed her bags once again and headed to Austin, TX where she helped to open laV, which has had an incredible reception by local diners and media since debuting in March 2014. Vilma is currently studying and tasting her way to beome a Master Sommerlier.