Lucas is an independent consultant and ambassador working in collaboration with several world-class firms dedicated to wine, beverage and culinary culture. Early in his professional career, Lucas worked for legendary chef Alain Ducasse in London and held the lead sommelier position within 6 months of being hired. A year later, Lucas joined elBulli restaurant in 2002 to become the head of their sommelier team, working for 5 years under the direction and leadership of acclaimed chef Ferran Adrià and partner Juli Soler, who dramatically shaped his understanding of the artistry in gastronomy, wine and service. His experience at elBulli was the perfect segway into his time as wine & beverage director for José Andrés' ThinkFoodGroup (TFG), where he oversaw the wine and beverage programs for all TFG restaurants in the US and internationally. Over the two years following the end of his work with chef Andrés, Lucas spearheaded the launch of Coravin in Spain as well as in some other European countries. In 2016, Lucas was appointed House of Lustau Global Brand Educator to create the Certified Sherry Wine Specialist program (CSWS®) in conjunction with the Regulatory Council of Jerez. Lucas holds a Diploma from the Wine & Spirit Education Trust and is a Spanish Wine Scholar. He is also a member of the prestigious L’Ordre des Coteaux de Champagne and a Certified Sherry Educator.
Provide expert advice on wine and beverage selection for restaurants, hotels, and events. Develop customized beverage programs to enhance the overall dining experience.
Offer sommelier services like private cellar management, special events, private dinners, and functions. Pairing food and beverages to create unique and memorable experiences.
Facilitate collaborations between wine and beverage brands, restaurants, and other relevant businesses. Foster partnerships to create exclusive wine and culinary events.
Develop and deliver training programs for restaurant staff on wine and beverage service. Conduct wine tastings and educational sessions for individuals or groups.
Represent and promote wine, beverage, and culinary brands at events, tastings, and promotional activities. Create brand awareness and build relationships with key stakeholders in the industry.
Develop and conduct certification programs in collaboration with industry bodies. Offer specialized certifications such as the Certified Sherry Wine Specialist (CSWS®) program.
Assist in the launch of new beverage products, leveraging experience in spearheading the launch of Coravin in Spain. Develop marketing and educational campaigns to introduce and promote new products.
Create engaging content, including articles, blog posts, or videos, on topics related to wine, beverage, and culinary arts. Contribute to industry publications or collaborate with media outlets.
Develop and lead wine-focused tours, guiding enthusiasts through vineyards, wineries, and culinary hotspots. Offer consulting for businesses looking to enhance their wine tourism offerings.