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.