Silviano “Sal” Medina is a business owner, educator, volunteer, and husband. Sal is dedicated to serving, growing, and supporting our local economy. Through mentorship, Sal is invested in educating and guiding our youth. A naturalized citizen, Sal was born in Jalisco, Mexico and raised in Azusa, California. After transferring with an Associate’s degree from Citrus College, Sal earned a Bachelor’s in Political Science and Master’s degrees in Education from University of La Verne.
Post college, Sal worked with Martin Gallegos in the 57th Assembly District. He was later called to educate and coach for 7 years at Monrovia High School. His next adventure was in wine and hospitality. Sal, along with his wife EV, have owned and operated Packing House Wines since 2007, a restaurant and wine shop in Claremont, California. As a lifelong educator and learner, Sal continues to study wine and mentors his staff to grow and develop their wine knowledge, expanding their professional opportunities.
With great pride, Packing House Wines was named the Claremont Chamber of Commerce Business of the Year in 2007, and in 2014, was a finalist for the 41st Assembly District Business of the Year by Assemblyman Chris Holden’s office. In 2017, Congresswoman Judy Chu presented Sal with a Congressional Recognition as the Business Person of the Year (East) for the 27th District. Most recently, Sal was recognized as a Distinguished Alumni by Citrus College in 2019.
Sal is deeply rooted in the community and involved in numerous organizations, serving as a Claremont Chamber of Commerce Board Member from 2010-2017 and Chairman from 2015-2016. Sal has been active with the University of La Verne Alumni Association, Assemblyman Chris Holden’s Small Business Advisory Committee (SBA), and California SBA Advisory Committee.
When Sal is not working or studying, he and EV enjoy traveling and spending time with family and friends. Sal is most at ease and happiest when he is either learning something new or teaching someone about the beauty that is the world of wine, food, or travel. As Sal is often quoted saying, “Good food, good drink, and good company make for a great life.”