Congratulations Rob!

Rob Guimaraes

As a friend, fellow wine lover and member of the Court of Master Sommeliers, CONGRATULATIONS to you, Rob!  I have known Rob Guimaraes as a friend and wine education mentor during my wine studies for the Court of Master Sommelier certifications.

Wine Spectator Award of  Excellence

I am pleased to announce Nashville’s rustic Italian eatery, Trattoria IL Mulino has earned the 2016 Wine Spectator’s Award of Excellence and has named Rob Guimaraes beverage manager and sommelier.

Wine Spectator, the world’s leading authority on wine, released the winners of the 2016 Restaurant Awards earlier this month, which recognize outstanding wine programs.

The Award of Excellence, presented to 2,414 winners, honors restaurant’s wine lists, which typically offer at least 90 selections:

(1) Featuring a well-chosen assortment of quality producers, along with a thematic match to the menu in both price and style

(2) Wine lists deliver sufficient choice to satisfy discerning wine lovers, according to Wine Spectator.

(3) Selections feature a well-chosen assortment of quality producers, along with a thematic match to the menu in both price and style.

(4) These lists deliver sufficient choice to satisfy discerning wine lover.

General Manager Rinaldo Mataj says “The timing is perfect to announce our new beverage manager and sommelier Rob Guimaraes. We know that our customers will benefit from his understanding of the restaurant’s curated selection of more than 190 wines from around the world and how they complement of Abruzzese-inspired Italian dishes.”

About Rob

Guimaraes is founder of, a collaborative, community-based site aimed at exploring the mutual affinity for all things wine-related and for the sharing of knowledge and enjoyment of this vinous beverage.

Previously, Guimaraes served as sommelier and wine director at the Bound’ry in Nashville from 2012 to 2015. He is a Certified Sommelier from the Court of Master Sommeliers as well as a Certified Specialist of Wine from the Society of Wine Educators.

About Trattoria IL Mulino
Trattoria IL Mulino is a spinoff of New York City’s famous Il Mulino restaurant with cuisine modeled off the original restaurant menu created by New York’s Executive Chef Michele Mazza. Nashville’s Trattoria IL Mulino’s Executive Chef Thomas Cook draws upon his experience and adds local flair, resulting in an exceptional and delectable experience unique to the Music City. Trattoria IL Mulino is located in the Hilton Nashville Downtown at 121 4th Ave. S. Nashville, Tenn., 37203, with a separate entrance to the restaurant with complimentary valet at 144 5th Avenue S., Nashville, Tenn., 37203. The restaurant is open for lunch daily 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., and dinner Sunday through Wednesday, 5 to 10 p.m., and Thursday through and Saturday, 5 to 11 p.m. For more information please visit or connect on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

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