Michel R. Mincin
Owner & Winemonger
Michel is the co-founder of Allora Wine Group, and has been actively involved in its growth and development since October 2007. Michel graduated from the University of Pittsburgh in 1996 with a double major in Pre-Medicine and Psychology. In his last semester at the University of Pittsburgh, he began his career in the restaurant industry and discovered his love for food and wine. In 1997, Michel joined the premier speciality restaurant group, big Burrito, a catalyst for Pittsburgh’s dining transformation. During his 16-year tenure, he managed at all seven different culinary concepts, and currently is a limited partner in two of the group’s Mad Mex restaurants. While working for big Burrito, Michel received an M.A.T. in Elementary Education from Chatham University in 2001, and passed his Level One wine certification through the Court of Master Sommeliers in 2006. Michel, an avid world traveler, has seized the opportunity to explore numerous vineyards on four different continents, eating and drinking his way across the globe.
Brian M. Cubellis
Winemonger & Operations Manager
A native of New Castle, Pennsylvania, Brian grew up surrounded by Italian friends and family. After attending the University of Pittsburgh, Brian pursued a number of successful business ventures. Always the entrepreneur, he was one of the original Allora Wine Group team members, providing support in everything from sales, to logistics, to public relations. He is well-traveled and has been perfecting his spoken Italian, which certainly comes in handy when communicating with Allora’s clients.
Robert D. Mincin
Inventory Manager & Consigliere
Retired in 2015 from Bayer Corporation, Bob was a Senior Project Manager there, responsible for managing projects from initial scope and cost development to final construction completion and start-up at plant locations throughout the country. He graduated for the University of Pittsburgh with a B.S. in Civil Engineering in 1965. A native of Pittsburgh, and the son of Italian immigrants, Bob grew up surrounded by homemade food and wine. He brings this love of Italian flavors, coupled with his years of experience at Bayer Corporation, to his work at Allora Wine Group, embodying the work ethic and enthusiasm he inherited from his parents. There is no project too daunting for Bob to handle!
Alejandra V. Placci
Director of Social Media
The daughter of Argentine immigrants (and the granddaughter of Italian and Spanish immigrants), Alejandra grew up in an unconventional home in Pittsburgh. Spanish is her first language; she studied French for 7 years; and, has recently taken up Italian in the hopes of more effectively communicating with Allora Wine Group’s clients. She received her B.A. in Latin American Studies and Religion from Emory University, and her M.A.T. in Secondary Education from Brown University. Alejandra has lived in Spain, Mexico, and Argentina, as well as a number of cities across the United States. In addition to her role as Director of Social Media, Alejandra is a private Learning Specialist and Academic Coach. Fine food and wine have always been a central part of her upbringing, and she enjoys tasting new things throughout her travels. While her loyalty and affinity for all-things-Argentina is natural, her love for Spanish and Italian culture is deeply ingrained. Some would say you can’t have the former without the latter!
domenic A. Mantella
A Pittsburgh native, Domenic graduated from Arizona State University, where he worked with the Sun Devils’ Athletic Department for five seasons. After graduation, Domenic worked for two prominent sports agencies in Southern California. As a serial entrepreneur his ventures have included producing television shows and education programs, as well as consulting in sports business and importing food products from Italy. A proud first generation Italian-American, Domenic loves sharing his roots with friends and family, especially his love for Italian foods and wines. Fortunately for Allora’s portfolio, Domenic’s uncle is a wine master in Piedmont, Italy. In addition, Domenic’s understanding of Italian culture and language is certainly an asset to the Allora Family.