VINUM 55 SCOTTSDALE
ABOUT THIS LOCATION
Located in Scottsdale Airport’s exclusive Hangar One, Vinum 55 Scottsdale unites wine aficionados in a dramatic setting. The venue attracts some of the world’s foremost winemakers for member events. The underground wine cellar is a member favorite, and the private lounge is an inviting space to enjoy your preferred pours.
Ron Jensen, WSET 2
Ron is the Assistant Cellar Manager in the Scottsdale location, focusing on providing the best conditions for our client’s wines from the moment it hits our doors. A former competitive road cyclist and a graduate of Arizona State University with a degree in Organizational Leadership, Ron’s love for wine was sparked over a decade ago while living in Europe, and from there it has been the experiences with people, vineyards and of course, the wine itself that has him hooked. As such, he has since committed himself to sharing his passion with others and becoming a student of wine. Having earned his Level 2 certification from the Wine and Spirits Education Trust, he continues to work toward earning WSET’s highest certification, the Level 4 Diploma.
Ron’s favorite wines include the rustic, earth driven wines of Italy such as Sangiovese and Aglianico, as well as the complex Merlot dominant offerings of the Right Bank. Though for him, the best thing about wine is how it is everchanging and how the experience can drive one’s taste, just as much as the wine itself. What he loves about Vinum 55 is not only the exposure to a wide breadth of wines, but the amazing depth of experience and passion found in the staff, as well as our members!
Jon Smith, WSET 2, CMS 1
Assistant Cellar Manager
Jon, originally from Southern CA, comes to us from Sonoma County wine country after recently relocating to Scottsdale. He has multiple certifications including WSET II, CMS I, and Cicerone Beer Server. He studied Earth Sciences and Oceanography at UC Santa Cruz, where he graduated with a BS in 1998.
Jon spent the following decade protecting and educating visitors and locals alike at the famed beaches of Santa Cruz, CA, as a Beach Lifeguard. He transitioned quickly into an EMT role, and shortly thereafter promoted to Marine Safety Lieutenant for the Santa Cruz City Fire Department. After a short stint as a paramedic, and later a Beach Lifeguard Manager in Orange County, CA, Jon decided to change course and work in a less stressful environment, and of course, he chose the wine business.
Jon’s wine experience began as a Wine Specialist for Whole Foods Market in various locations throughout Northern and Southern CA for several years, before making the leap to managing several tasting rooms in Sonoma County’s Carneros, Russian River Valley, and Sonoma Valley regions. Jon’s strength is in hospitality, where he enjoys educating customers and clients in an easy-going fashion and breaking down barriers that can make wine intimidating.
In his off time, you’ll find Jon hanging out with his girlfriend Sara, and their fur-babies, Rocky and Mikey, listening to Reggae records and watching the sun go down while sipping on his favorite Pinot Noir from the Santa Lucia Highlands. Jon is also an amateur photographer and an avid outdoorsman. He is thrilled to be a part of the Vinum 55 team.
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