Who’s Who at Lieb Cellars

Who’s Who at Lieb Cellars: John Orgass

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Name and Position: John Orgass, Accounting Assistant

What do you do at Lieb Cellars?

I record and report financial transactions for summarization and I sneak in graphics when possible.

How did you come to work in the wine industry?

I knew a guy who knew a guy.  It's tough to "break into" the industry out here so it's all about who you know!

What's your favorite part about working at LC?

Never a dull moment here - it's fast paced, fun and exciting.  Also I'm surrounded by women...

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Who’s Who at Lieb Cellars: Melanie McKay

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Name and Position: Melanie McKay, Tasting Room Associate

What do you do at Lieb Cellars?

I work in the tasting room pouring wine for our guests on the weekends!

How did you come to work in the wine industry?

Through friends that also work in the industry and also because of my slight love for vino culture.

What's your favorite part about working at LC?

I like that there always was a positive vibe walking through the doors at Lieb. And so I'm happy I get to be a part of a simply...

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Who’s Who at Lieb Cellars – Jersey

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Name and Position: Jersey, Winery Dog (represented by her owner, our GM, Ami Opisso)

What do you do at Lieb Cellars?

Jersey comes to work with me every Friday.  She poses for photos, greets guests, goes for walks in the vineyard, sleeps under my desk and accepts treats from all of the deliverymen who know and love her. Her tail starts wagging before the FedEx truck even pulls in the driveway.

How did you come to work in the wine industry?

Jersey was born in Michigan, and I adopted...

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Who’s Who at Lieb Cellars: Derek Lustig

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Name and Position: Derek Lustig, Tasting Room Associate

What do you do at Lieb Cellars?

Currently: crafting a Pandora station filled with break-beat, eclectic, urban Jazz. Norally: making guests smile.

How did you come to work in the wine industry?

I have to thank Soraya from Roanoke for the initial opportunity. She hired me on a whim so I could begin my journey in the wine world.

What's your favorite part about working at LC?

The people. We have a great team here, so work rarely...

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Who’s Who at Lieb Cellars: Dan Sondgeroth

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Name and Position: Daniel C. Sondgeroth, Tasting Room Associate at Bridge Lane Tasting Room

What do you do at Lieb Cellars? Try to organize everything I come across as well as talk to guests about traveling the world and life in general.

How did you come to work in the wine industry? When I got out of the army in 2012 I needed some sort of employment and knew people at another vineyard. Four years and two vineyards later I think I'm starting to like it.

What’s your favorite...

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Who’s Who at Lieb Cellars: Kristin Durkot

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Name and Position: Kristin Durkot, Tasting Room Associate at the Bridge Lane Tasting Room

What do you do at Lieb Cellars?

Hang out at Bridge Lane, pour wine, and make friends with our guests!

How did you come to work in the wine industry?

I had a friend help me land a job at another vineyard on the North Fork prior to joining the Lieb team this season.

What’s your favorite part about working at LC?

The classy staff and cool customers.

What are your favorite Lieb and non-Lieb...

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Who’s Who at Lieb Cellars: Becca Rock

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Name and Position: Becca Rock, NYC Brand Ambassador

What do you do at Lieb Cellars?

Mostly I bounce around NYC introducing everyone in my path to the awesomeness of Lieb and Bridge Lane!

How did you come to work in the wine industry?

I've worked in the food and beverage industry since I was 16, in every position from waiting tables to managing the beverage program for a restaurant group in Manhattan. When I took my first class in viticulture and realized immediately that if I won...

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Who’s Who at Lieb Cellars: Robin Sidor

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Name and Position: Robin Sidor, Tasting Room Associate

What do you do at Lieb Cellars?

Defining my role at Lieb Cellars using physical words is like trying to describe the beauty of a rose only by how it sounds.  Confusing, right? I think so.  I work part-time in the tasting room, and occasionally sing to customers.

How did you come to work in the wine industry?

Well, one of my earlier jobs, when I was a wee 16 year old lad, was working in the fields for Mudd’s Vineyard learning...

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Who’s Who at Lieb Cellars: Ami Opisso

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Name and Position: Ami Opisso, General Manager

1. What do you do at Lieb Cellars?

I oversee all aspects of Lieb’s business including production, wholesale, tasting rooms, wine club, and marketing.  I also taste and collaborate with Russell on new wines.

2. How did you come to work in the wine industry?

I grew up on the North Fork.  After graduating college, I worked in advertising and marketing for several wine & spirits brands in NYC and Chicago.  I came home over a holiday...

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Who’s Who at Lieb Cellars: Dave Sanatore

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Name and position: Dave Sanatore, CFO

1. What do you do at Lieb Cellars? 

I am the Chief Financial Officer for Lieb Cellars, Lieb Vineyard & Premium Wine Group. My responsibilities include financial, tax & human resources oversight for all of our entities. I know…I know…sounds fun doesn’t it!

2. How did you come to work in the wine industry?

Back in 2003 I worked for a local South Fork bank & was hired by a winery to take over the AP/AR functions there. If you can...

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