Champagne in Epernay, France
Champagne in Epernay, France

Welcome to The Syndicate Wine Shop! I’m a wine lover who has visited many, many vineyards and tried countless wines. I’m always on the lookout for delicious, affordable wine. Whether you’re looking to learn more about my favorite beverage or just looking for a deal on a great bottle, you’ve come to the right place.

My long-term dream is to open a brick-and-mortar wine shop where I can offer a carefully-curated selection of affordable, delicious wines and talk about wine ALL DAY. I’ll have a small room in back where I will make my own experimental sparkling wines and hopefully not blow anything up in the process. I seem to have a problem settling down in one place, though, so until I find a place that I love enough to call home, The Syndicate Wine Shop will be a virtual creature.

Here are my wine stats:

Current job: Tasting Room Sales Associate at a winery on Seneca Lake in New York State

Favorite types of wine: Zinfandel, Riesling, Champagne (and all sparkling wines)

Least favorite/most misunderstood types of wine: Pinot Gris/Grigio and Pinot Noir

Favorite US wines: Ridge for Zinfandel, Gruet for sparkling wine, and too many wineries for Riesling to list. OK, here are a few: Hermann J. Wiemer, Chateau Lafayette Reneau, Lamoreaux LandingThirsty Owl, Brotherhood, Hazlitt, and Dr. Konstantin Frank.

Oldest wine ever tasted: a 1978 Ridge California Zinfandel Paso Robles (in 2012)

Wine regions visited:

  • California (Napa, Sonoma, Paso Robles, Temecula)
  • Indiana (Brown County)
  • Massachusetts (Cape Cod)
  • Michigan (Leelanau Peninsula, Old Mission Peninsula)
  • New Mexico
  • New York (Finger Lakes, Tug Hill, Long Island)
  • Oregon (Willamette Valley)
  • Vermont
  • Washington (Walla Walla)
  • Wisconsin
  • France (Champagne)

Wine regions next on my list to visit: Kelowna in British Columbia, Virginia, North Carolina, Hudson Valley…all of them…

Last wine I made at home: a “country-style” sparkling wine made from Finger Lakes Chardonnay grape juice from Fall Bright Winery. I separated the base wine into three different batches and used three unusual sugars for the secondary fermentation. The wines just wrapped up their first month of a three-month aging process.

Wine education: I love to try wines from around the world, visit wineries, and read about wine. Two classes contributed to my love and understanding of wine: an Intro to Wine class from Cornell that came at a critical time in my drinking life: when I’d just turned 21 and was starting to drink cocktails with names like Sex on the Beach and Fuzzy Navel. Later, a distance learning Intro to Wine and Winemaking class from UC Davis further contributed to my understanding of wine and winemaking. But two classes does not an expert make. Opinions, though…you’ll find plenty of those here.

Favorite books about wine: Wine For Dummies is a great general introduction to all things wine. The Billionaire’s Vinegar is a cautionary tale against buying old wines — and a great mystery story. The Widow Clicquot provides interesting insight into the origins of the largest Champagne houses in France.

Favorite wine shops: Binnys in Chicago, Red Feet Wine Market and Northside Wine & Spirits in Ithaca, NY


Disclaimer: The opinions expressed on this site are all my own — my opinions are simply priceless. If you purchase a wine after clicking on a link on this site and that link is from an affiliate vendor (typically Amazon), I will receive a percentage of the purchase price from that vendor. This in no way affects the amount that you pay to the vendor. All links aren’t affiliate links, though, because all sites don’t offer affiliate deals. I do not let the availability of affiliate deals influence my commentary, though, as you know, Amazon does sell just about everything that can be sold. All photos used on this site are my own, unless otherwise noted, and are copyrighted, or whatever.

Good wine for all!