Founder and President
Hailing from Bergamo, Italy, Laura Donadoni was born and bred on classic Italian wine and creative cuisine. Her career started as a columnist and wine and food reporter for several prestigious Italian magazines such as Gambero Rosso and anchorwoman on the radio news for local and national radio networks; she also had her own food and wine show on the Italian broadcasting network Mediapason (second largest private tv network in Italy).
Upon moving to the U.S., she translated her passion into The Italian Wine Girl blog, Instagram and Youtube channel, spreading wine education and wine culture.
She founded LA COM Wine Agency, a licensed wine importing company and a strategic P.R. and communications firm focused on wine and food industry.
Laura is a certified professional journalist and editor with a summa cum laude PhD in Communication Sciences, a professional speaker, a certified Sommelier with merit with the North American Sommelier Association and the World Sommelier Association, a Wset level 3 advanced wine taster; she is one of the few Vinitaly International Italian Wine Ambassadors and a certified wine educator; she is an Italian and Spanish Wine Specialist; an official wine judge for the San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition and many others international wine competitions, a member of the Los Angeles Wine Writers Association and an official Zipkick influencer.
She is Director of the Wine Education Program at the Pacific National Food and Beverage Museum in L.A.
Most recently Laura Donadoni is U.S. Brand Ambassador for Franciacorta, Italy's most prestigious sparkling wine region and an honorable Knight of the Order of the Truffle and the Wines of Alba, a prestigious historic order of ambassadors of authentic Piedmont typical products and wines in the world.
A Kansas native, Kate Armbruster moved to Southern California to pursue a career in advertising. Across 7 years working in marketing agencies, Kate led the production of digital ecosystems for Fortune 500 clients (such as Bank of America, GM, CBRE) and honed her skills on multi-million-dollar business transformations, global platforms, brand redesigns, content strategies, social media engagements and live events. Today, Kate is the founder and President of KA Consulting, a firm rooted in strategy, production and program leadership; Kate partners with clients to define and drive high-profile, sophisticated programs of work. Most recently she has joined forces with Laura Donadoni and LA COM Wine Agency to provide strategic counsel and execute communications strategies within the complex world of wine.