I moved to Defreestville in 1987 when I bought a home just a stone’s throw from Grapes & Grains. I raised my daughter here and have gotten to know many of you and your families over the years.
I caught the “wine bug” just about the same time I moved into our new home, and started learning everything I could about wines from around the world. I started keeping a little wine cellar, and, well, things just sort of snowballed from there! Having enjoyed fifteen years serving your needs here at Grapes & Grains, I look forward to another fifteen years to come.
I am a Wine and Single Malt enthusiast with an appreciation for Small Batch Bourbons, Tequilas, and Craft Spirits.
Affectionately known as the Wine Doctor, Ron came to Grapes & Grains upon his retirement from a distinguished career working for the State of NY.
Our chief wine and whiskey geek, Ron has been serving Grapes & Grains customers for more than 13 years. He brings an encyclopedic knowledge of wine from around the world, and he is our go-to-guy for all things bourbon and tequila-related. Many of you know him from his years of providing you sage advice on fine wine, but Ron brings a lifetime of interest and a wealth and breadth of knowledge about wine, bourbon, tequila and gin as well.
Jen joined Grapes & Grains two years ago after several years at Harry Doakmajian’s Wine-Skill Wine and Liquor. Known as our Staff Mom, she brings many years of experience in wine and liquor sales, and customer service to Grapes & Grains.
You will find her here most weekdays; if you do, you’ll leave with a smile. Jen is an enthusiast of New York State Wines, gins, and cordials and draws upon years of helping Rensselaer County customers with their wine and liquor purchases.