Gustavo Iniesta was born in La Mancha Region of Spain and grew up in a household that was passionate about food and wine. He became a sommelier in 2003 when he graduated from the Chamber of Commerce in Madrid.
Gustavo has an extensive background in fine dining and hospitality. While in Spain, he worked with the prestigious Grupo Lezama from Taberna del Alabardero in Madrid, as well as with the Michelin star Restaurant Sant Pau in Barcelona under the tutelage of renown Chef Carme Ruscalleda. He also held the position of Wine Director for a five star hotel in Barcelona.
In 2007, Gustavo crossed the Atlantic to rejoin the Grupo Lezama in Washington, DC, as Taberna del Alabardero’s Wine Director/Sommelier. In that post, his wine list was awarded “Best Wine Program in the DMV” from the Restaurant Association of Washington area in 2011.
Throughout Gustavo’s career, he has had the honor to work with well known personalities in the wine industry including Carlos Falco, Robert Parker, Pierre Lurton, Mariano Garcia, among others, as well with notables from the political and social world in Madrid, Barcelona, and Washington, DC. When Gustavo is not wining and dining Joselito's guests, he enjoys wining and dining with his friends and family.