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 how to cultivate and grow vines/vineyards.  I know what you’re thinking:  was this handsome young 16 year old man really all that interested in planting grapevines and fastening irrigation tubes?  Well, surprisingly…no, no I wasn’t.  But with an open mind, steadfast work ethic, and the looming fear that I would soon have to pay for my own car insurance I gave it my all.  Fast-forward 6 years and I got my first set of ‘tasting room’ wings pouring behind the bar at Laurel Lake Vineyards.  5 years after that, in 2010 (I swear, no more math after this), I got my feet wet (literally) working my very first winery harvest for winemaker Russell Hearn at Premium Wine Group, an experience that dramatically shifted my perspective and understanding of wine, and further sculpted my path in the wine industry.  I’ve been soaking up knowledge, and wine, ever since.

What’s your favorite part about working at LC?

Definitely the team. They’re all super knowledgeable and just plain awesome.  The customers are pretty fantastic as well.  And the ambiance, landscape, and those sunsets!  Oh, and let’s not forget the wines…

What are your favorite Lieb and non-Lieb wines?

Speaking of, I’d have to say the Lieb Cabernet Franc.  Soft, spicy, perfectly balanced.  I’m looking forward to the 2014 vintage!  Tied for 2nd:  The Meritage, Petit Verdot, and 2010 Blanc de Blancs.  I’m a big fan of brut sparkling wines (#growerschampagnefordays).  I also love French reds (Southern Rhone is my fav), Spanish Tempranillos (Rioja, Ribera del Duero), Pacific Northwest Pinot Noir, and Italian Amarones of Valpolicella.  And like a thousand more.

If someone gave you $100 and the day off, how would you spend it?

I’m a softie at heart so I’d probably pay it forward.  A day in the city spreading love to people that need it.  You’d be surprised how much a cup of coffee, sandwich, and a smile can really brighten someone’s day.