Who’s Who at Lieb Cellars

Who’s Who at Lieb Cellars: Robin Sidor

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

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: Mike Cook

 

Name and position: Mike Cook, Director of Sales

1. What do you do at Lieb Cellars? I’m the Director of Sales, so I work with our wholesale partners in our different markets (NY, NJ, CT, PA, MA, RI) as well as selling our wines to local accounts in NY…I spend a lot of time in my car traveling the northeast with Lieb wines as my co-pilot.

2. How did you come to work in the wine industry? For anyone in the industry—you ever notice that there are a lot of musicians in our business?...

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Who’s Who at Lieb Cellars: Allissa Goodale

 

Name and position: Allissa Goodale, Cellarhand

1. What do you do at Lieb Cellars?
I spent a bit of time working in the tasting room on weekends, but now I work behind the scenes in our wine-making facility at Premium Wine Group! I'm a cellarhand and currently I am being trained in the laboratory. So interesting and exciting!!
2. How did you come to work in the wine industry?
Four years ago I needed a job after college, and in the fall of 2011 I started in the tasting room at Martha...

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Who’s Who at Lieb Cellars: Dana Kowalsick

 

Name and position: Dana Kowalsick, Marketing & Wine Club Manager

1. What do you do at Lieb Cellars?
I have two roles at Lieb. I work with our GM and Digital Marketing Manager on our yearly advertising plan and coordinate/work a bunch of really cool offsite wine and food events all over NYC and LI. I also manage our wine club. Our club had just been restructured when I first began this position, so in the beginning it wasn’t so fun. Sifting through all the inactive members,...

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Who’s Who at Lieb Cellars: Julia King

Name and position: Julia King, Tasting Room Sommelier

1. What do you do at Lieb Cellars?

I am the nerd. I am responsible for making sure everyone knows about obscure Turkish grapes like Öküzgözü and up-and-coming wine regions, like Tasmania and China.

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

Well, haphazardly, after a Bachelors Degree in Human Science wasn’t thrilling me in the career sector. I forfeited my career with Equinox Fitness, moved home to pursue a music career...

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Who’s Who at Lieb Cellars: Alicia Ekeler-Valle

 

1. What do you do at Lieb Cellars?
I am the tasting room director & devout food enthusiast. Also, as of recent, the office DJ.

2. How did you come to work in the wine industry?
My interest in wine grew after culinary school when I was managing the bar at a high end restaurant with an extensive and smartly-arranged wine list. There is a science and a craft in assembling a great wine list- I found a lot of joy in that work. The North Fork was a natural next step, and as it turns...

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Who’s Who at Lieb Cellars: Anthony Mattis

 

Name and position: Anthony Mattis, Team Captain Oregon Road Tasting Room

1. What do you do at Lieb Cellars?
I obsess over all the little details that help keep the Oregon Road tasting room in tip top shape. You see how that one candle is slightly off center? ...No? Exactly.

2. How did you come to work in the wine industry?
I grew up in Nassau County, but moved out to Southold to live with my father for a little while after graduating college. We came into Lieb one day to chat...

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Who’s Who at Lieb Cellars: Melissa Cannady

 

Name and position: Melissa Cannady, Operations Manager

1. What do you do at Lieb Cellars?

Behind-the-scenes logistics for daily operations at Lieb.  In other words, "keep the peace"!

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

When I moved to the NOFO in '97 I was still in the horse industry and commuting to St.James. I did not know anyone out here so I decided to get a second job and ended up working at Lenz Winery. However, the Pelligrini’s got wind of that and...

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Who’s Who at Lieb Cellars: Madison Fender

Name and position: Madison Fender, Brand Ambassador

1. What do you do at Lieb Cellars?
I am the “Brand ambassador” - regal sounding I know. I’m pretty much the Lieb cheerleader and sales support out on the field.

2. How did you come to work in the wine industry?
About two and a half years ago, I ended up on the North Fork from Southern California where I was born and raised. I didn’t have any experience working with wine, but landed a job in the tasting room the second day I was...

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