Aaron - portrait Jan 30 2015

Aaron Turner is an American originally from Kansas who has made Taiwan his second home. He first came to Taiwan in the summer of 2005 to pursue his lifelong dream of learning Mandarin Chinese. For the next three years, Aaron studied Chinese at National Taiwan Normal University’s Mandarin Training Center. He financed his language studies by working as a Business English instructor for Berlitz International and later for Hess International Studies Institute.

After pursuing graduate studies in sunny San Diego, Aaron returned to Taiwan in 2010 to begin his career in the wine & spirits industry. Aaron first worked as an international sales and marketing specialist for the trade show organizer Kaigo, helping the company develop the nascent wine & spirits side of its business from the ground up. It was there that Aaron discovered his passion for wine as he led a team to conceptualize, plan, and execute the inaugural Wine & Gourmet Taipei exhibition.

Later, Aaron served as brand ambassador for global drinks giant Pernod Ricard where he represented and promoted a portfolio of fine wines, ultra-premium whiskies, Cognacs, and Champagnes. Aaron led Pernod Ricard Taiwan’s brand education events, tastings, wine & whisky pairing dinners, and staff training programs for three fruitful years with the company. Aaron developed comprehensive industry contacts spanning the whole of Taiwan, both on the commercial and media side of Taiwan’s wine & spirits sector.

Aaron has lived in Taiwan for a total of eight years and is fluent in Mandarin Chinese. He loves everything about Taiwan except the heat, which is to say the lifestyle, the language, the landscape, the culture, and especially the people. He has a strong understanding of Taiwanese business culture from years of hands-on experience, knows local market conditions well, and most importantly from a drinks standpoint – is familiar with the Taiwanese palate.

In the spring of 2015, Aaron decided to take his career in a new direction. After much prayer and discernment, Chalice was born. Chalice synergizes Aaron’s Catholic faith with his industry experience. It allows him to support the monks and nuns of the world’s great monastic orders by purchasing their products and importing them to Taiwan.  He donates a portion of the proceeds from the sales of these products to medical research and local charities. Aaron is dedicated to promoting high quality monastic products in Taiwan and spreading the story behind them. If you are interested in having Chalice represent your monastery’s products in Taiwan, feel free to contact us at any time. We look forward to working with you.

阿榮來自美國,他已經把台灣當成第二個家。他在23歲那年第一次來到台灣,他順利地完成把中文學到精通的夢想,而且第一次的旅程就讓他愛上了台灣。之後,在2010年完成了在美國的碩士學業後他又回到了台灣,投入了美酒推廣的行業。他先是在舉辦葡萄酒及烈酒展覽的Kaigo公司擔任國際行銷專員,接著成為世界知名烈酒類集團保樂利加的品牌大使。他在台灣已經長住超過了八年,他深深的熱愛台灣的一切:人文,風景,文化,生活方式,其中最愛的就是樂天知命的台灣人。

這些年來全台跑遍遍的他,以風趣親切的個性和對酒類豐厚的知識深入了台灣北中南甚至東部的每個角落。他深知台灣文化的多元性,以及台灣市場的行銷方式,他和他的每一個客戶都像朋友,最重要的是,他知道台灣人偏愛的口感,他知道什麼叫-台灣特色。

在2015年,阿榮決定將他的事業推向另一個新的里程。原本就想成立自己的事業的他,在經歷人生的轉折點後,他看見了他所信奉的上帝指引他一條明路。於是,結合了他的宗教信仰(天主教)以及他的專業知識的聖杯有限公司終於產生。聖杯致力於推廣由世界各地的修道院所製造的產品,這些產品都是由虔誠奉獻的修女和僧侶所手工製造,他們遵守嚴謹的紀律來製作這些產品,以其收入來自給自足然後不留任何盈餘的捐獻給需要幫助的人。在現今這個世風日下的世界,無良商人以黑心的產品破壞環境賺取暴利,聖杯更要以身作則,推廣這些助己助人的優良產品,而聖杯也將嚴守不可貪婪的紀律,將部分收益捐助給醫療研究機構和本地的公益團體。在您品嚐這些產品的同時,您和聖杯還有這些修道院的兄弟姐妹們都在不同的階段幫助到各個角落的弱勢團體。阿榮真心的希望能將這些美好的產品及它們背後的故事帶給大家,如果你持有相同理念,也希望阿榮在台灣推廣你的餐品,歡迎你主動聯繫阿榮。