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Wine Ambassador

Jimmy Cefalo is an American Journalist, news and sports broadcaster, radio talk show host, voice of the Miami Dolphins, businessman, wine enthusiast and former professional NFL wide receiver. As wine ambassador for iconic Italian wine brand, MARTINI, Cefalo combines his passion for wine and his Italian heritage to provide an approachable, yet knowledgeable perspective on the MARTINI portfolio.

In 1988, Jimmy Cefalo won an Emmy for his writing on the 24th Olympic Games. The National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association named him Florida Sportscaster of the Year five times (‘98, ‘01, ‘02, ‘03 and ‘04). In ’07, Cefalo was also awarded the Silver Circle Award, honoring those in broadcast for over 25 years. Jimmy received an Honorary Doctorate of Business Administration in Food and Beverage Management from Johnson & Wales University, the world’s largest foodservice and hospitality educator in ’07.

Jimmy Cefalo is best known as a football player and Emmy award winning broadcaster. But those who know him well think of Jimmy in terms of his passion for wine. The Cefalo family has been involved in the making and selling of wine for the past 150 years. Jimmy’s great grandfather was a wine maker and inn keeper in central Italy. His grandfather came to this country in 1908 carrying a wine press and a dream of building an American family. Michael Cefalo became a coal miner, land owner and wine maker in Northeastern Pennsylvania. One of his 7 sons, Charlie, continued the tradition with a bonded Pennsylvania winery producing Italian varietals until his passing. His brother has taken over the reins from his father. Now, Charlie’s son, Jimmy is keeping the dream alive with Cefalo’s International. Cefalo’s International is a marketing company that provides strategic planning for a select clientele with National/International initiatives.

Currently, Jimmy Cefalo and colleague Brenda Basset star in HCA’s East Florida’s Eat This Drink That Go! Presented by Whole Foods Market. Now in its third year, the show is dedicated to spreading the word about great food, wine, spirits, and travel. The show is owned, hosted, and produced by Jimmy and can be heard live on Clear Channel’s iHeartRadio and WIOD610 AM from 9-10 A.M. every Saturday morning. It also airs on The Beach Channel and now on AT&T U-Verse. Jimmy explains “Our overarching goal with our radio and television show is to provide our audience with interesting information on where to eat, drink and go – thus the name! Brenda and I enjoy finding that hidden gem – that special place, whether it is a locale, travel tips, a recipe, a restaurant, a vineyard, great beverage or spirit – we enjoy sharing that experience with our audience.”