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Grand Velas Los Cabos Press Room

Oct 28

Sommelier, 50 Complimentary Wines, Tastings and Pairings, A Wine Lovers Over-the-Top Getaway & More on Tap For Grand Velas Los Cabos, Opening December 20th

Los Cabos, Mexico (October 28, 2016) - Grand Velas Los Cabos, opening on December 20, announces a new Sommelier to spearhead the development of the luxury resort's extensive wine program, inspired by its proximity to the Baja California wine region. Bringing a wealth of knowledge from decades of experience across many continents, Don Pedro Poncelis Brambila is responsible for developing the wine list comprised of 50 included wines of sparkling, white, rose and red from the best regions of several grape varieties in addition to a supplemental list of over 200 wines of the world from the very best and most prestigious domaines. Furthermore, he will implement various wine offerings for resort guests, such as food & wine pairings, wine tastings and even a wine lovers over the top getaway for millionaires.

With over 30 years of experience, Don Pedro Poncelis Brambila studied under the Catalan master Don Juan Muñoz Ramos, recognized as the third best sommelier in the world. During Poncelis' career as a sommelier, he has been honored as the "Best Sommelier in Mexican Wines and Spirits in France," a distinction that led to him being the Mexican representative in the "Grand Prix du Sommelier Sopexa '97" competition held in Paris. To add to his accolades, he has also won "Best Mexican Sommelier" from the Mexican Association of Sommeliers and is a founder of the Mexican Association of Sommeliers, where he was president in 2010-2013 and currently is an honorary member. For the last twenty years, he's served as the Sommelier of the Hotel Presidente Intercontinental, recognized internationally as the best in Latin America with a Wine Spectator "Award of Excellence."

Upon opening, Grand Velas Los Cabos will have among the top - largest and most valuable - selection of wines in the destination. A minimum of 50 wines will be part of the resort's nightly rate, including several Mexican fine wines from the north of Baja California and its valleys, including Casa Magoni, Casa Madero, La Carrodilla, and L.A. Cetto. An elite selection of around 200-250 very well-known and prestigious wines by the bottle will be able available at an additional charge, including the best of Baja - Baron Balche "0" from Mexico. In 2017, the resort will launch a wine lovers over the top getaway for millionaires that takes guests via private jet to the bodega in Ensenada where Velas Resorts buys its Mexican wines.

Rates start at $750 per person per night in double occupancy. Grand Velas' all-inclusive rate includes luxury suite accommodations, a la carte gourmet meals at a variety of specialty restaurants, premium branded beverages, 24-hour in-suite service, fitness center, nightly entertainment and more. For reservations or additional information, please call 1-888-407-4869 or visit http://loscabos.grandvelas.com.

About Grand Velas Los Cabos:

Opening December 20, Grand Velas Los Cabos on Mexico's Baja Peninsula is the fifth property of Velas Resorts. Located between Cabo San Lucas and San Jose del Cabo, the $150 million beachfront property will offer the next generation of all-inclusive amenities and facilities with dramatic ocean views and unique spaces infusing every area of the resort. All 304 ocean view suites are over 1,180 sq. ft. with private terraces and personal plunge pools while duplex wellness suites have designated wellness amenities and insuite juice bars. Grand Velas Los Cabos features five gourmet restaurants with an extensive beverage program and wine based features inspired by the proximity to the region producing Mexico's fine wines. A staff ratio of 3 to 1; 16,370 sq. ft. convention center with the capability for 20 breakout rooms; 35,000 sq. ft. Leading Spa with 20 treatment rooms and hydrotherapy facility; three pools, including one adults-only; and pool and beach concierges are available. Rounding out the list of amenities and services are a Life Fitness Center with personal trainers, exercise programs, yoga, Pilates and meditation; recreational activities program; separate teens' and kids' club facilities and activities program; 24-hour personalized butler concierge service; and 24-hour insuite service. A gallery of contemporary art will continue the company's commitment to bringing the art, fashion and culture of Mexico to guests. The curved, half-moon design of the hotel will catch eyes along the corridor with an iconic grand entrance that's open air, three stories high and over 300 ft. above sea level. All of this beachfront, just 35 minutes from the Los Cabos International Airport which directly services over 40 destinations in the United States, Canada and Latin America. Velas Resorts are operated by Eduardo Vela Ruiz, owner, founder and president of Velas Resorts, with brother Juan Vela by his side, vice president of Velas Resorts. For reservations or additional information, please call 1-888-407-4869 or visit http://loscabos.grandvelas.com.