Episode #59: This week I am so excited to be joined by Elie Bou-Issa. Elie has more than 17 years of experience in the IT consulting field. He has delivered projects in private and public sectors to large customers in over 20 countries including countries in the Middle East, Africa, Europe, Canada and USA.
He has been working with Microsoft for the past 12 years and is currently based in Texas.
In 2020, Elie took his passion for wine to a higher level. He completed a 6-weeks program with University of Adelaide on “World of Wine: From Grape To Glass”.
And following the Beirut Port explosion in August 2020, Elie registered “Ana Beirut” (meaning “I am Beirut”) wine trademark under the U.S. trademarks and started his professional journey in wine.
A wine tasting in May 2021 in Texas enabled Elie to select six wine blends to be part of the Ana Beirut collection and they reaped an array of rewards, including three silver medals at the 2021 Lone Star International Wine Competition.
In addition, Ana Beirut Rosé wine was awarded 90 points by Wine & Spirits and listed as a Best Buy, while Ana Beirut Assyrtiko won the bronze medal at the 2021 Lone Star International Wine Competition.
The first shipment of wine made its way to Texas in December 2021 and launched this month.
Elie is so inspiring and gives so many great tips for anyone wanting to pursue a passion project. I can’t wait for you to listen.