BACk TO TEAM PAGE Stephanie Skiptunis Regional Sales Manager - North East

Short bio

I grew up in Sonoma, doing all things wine until I left. When I was 12, my dad asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up, and I answered “A New Yorker”. Before making it to New York, I worked for the National Science Foundation in Antarctica & New Zealand and studied art history & economics in Italy. I finally settled in New York and within 4 years, I was again working in the wine industry. I guess you can take a girl out of Sonoma, but you can’t take Sonoma out of a girl…

Where have you lived?

Sonoma, Antarctica, Firenze, New York

First Car

An old yellow Mercedes 240d – it was a tank & you could hear the diesel engine coming from down the block

How did you start in the wine business?

I grew up doing random harvests (but really I was just in it for the post-harvest feasts). When I moved to NY, the lure of travel, home and access to wine above my United Nations intern’s paygrade called. I started in Education & Training.

Best concerts of your life

I am partial to any concert where you can pack a picnic & a bottle of wine. That goes for big Central Park events, but also local Sunday night gigs.

After tasting wine all day I want to drink a…

Sometimes beer, sometimes espresso, but really, I want to drink more wine – preferably white and high-acid

After staring at a computer all day I want to drink a…

Rosé

What puts the biggest smiles on your face?

Driving (or walking) over a bridge – the Bear Mountain, Ponte Alexandre, Brooklyn, Golden Gate, Ponte Vecchio. Basically, I love to be anywhere I can soak in a beautiful vista.

Fantastic wine experience

Drinking a 1980 Heitz Martha’s Vineyard with my Dad in the backyard when I was 19. It was the moment I realized that wine is an art form.

Last bottle of wine of wine you ever want to drink

White burgundy, preferably Beaune, mid-slope

While on the wine route I love to…

Get my second wind

Favorite vacation spot

Truckee, Ca

Favorite cheese

It’s a close run between Humbolt Fog & Epoisses

Great food & wine pairing

Where do I begin? There are so many epic pairings – all beginning with good company.

If you won the lottery…

Hire a private chef (mostly for mise en place), build a bigger wine cellar & spend more time skiing