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Eric C. Genau
Founder / Wine Director

From a family of wine enthusiasts, Eric developed a passion for wine early in life.  A business attorney by trade, he recognized an exciting opportunity to bring a new kind of wine shop to New York State - one with an absolute focus on quality and value - and he remains committed to seeking out exciting new producers and regions and bringing them to City Wine Merchant's customers.  He enjoys wine and travel with his wife, Sarah, and they both particularly enjoy the reds and whites of Bordeaux, Burgundy, Piedmont and Tuscany. He serves as Vice Echanson in the Chaîne des Rôtisseurs, the oldest and largest food and wine society in the world. 

For more on Eric's passion, read his blog post, Do Something You Love

Traci Donaldson Lee
Finance & Planning

As a seasoned luxury goods planner and executive, Traci spreads the word about our commitment to customer service and high quality hand-picked wines to oenophiles everywhere. Her curiosity for cheese naturally transcended to wine studies, and she regularly writes about exciting wine and cheese pairings.  Traci led CWM Direct for more than a year, creating a personal online shopping experience that recalls our successful brick and mortar experience, with an emphasis on buildng personal relationships and offering value to our customers nationwide.

Jill Muenzner
Store & Client Services

Improbably, a background in English Literature and a 12-year career with large book retailer helped to clarify Jill’s passion for wine. Surrounded by books, she found that her love of reading paired flawlessly with a thirst for discovering renown wine dynasties and regions. Beginning her studies with Kevin Zraly’s Windows on the World Complete Wine Course, and leading up to a recent devouring of Maximillian Potter’s Shadows in the Vineyard, Jill has embraced the history and romanticism of the wine trade.  Jill joins City Wine Merchant as Director of Store and Client Services in order to help create a world-class shopping experience (and if you need the perfect wine & book pairing, she’s got you covered).

Sarah Collins
Wine Consultant