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Shane Finley is one of our favorite winemakers and just an all-around good guy that is a lot of fun to spend time with.  Remarkably, winemaker Shane Finley has not had any formal training in wine - he actually graduated from the Virginia Military Institute with an English degree. No longer excited about his post-college ‘safe’ career in the New York City insurance business, Shane read Wine for Dummies cover-to-cover and decided to move to California. He started at the bottom rung as a harvest intern for Sonoma’s Copain Winery back in 2001, which galvanized his desire for winemaking. He then followed his passion to Australia, working at Torbreck Vintners in the Barossa Valley, and working for cult Côte- Rôtie producer Domaine Pierre Gaillard in the northern Rhône Valley. Returning to the US in 2003, he came back to Copain to become the cellarmaster for their custom crush facility, working closely
with such esteemed Pinot Noir producers as DuMOL and Pisoni Estate. After about a year, Shane was recruited by worldly winemaker and consultant Paul Hobbs to take on the role of assistant winemaker at his Sebastopol-based winery. Shane accepted the assistant winemaker position at Kosta Browne in the spring of 2006. Over the next six years, Shane garnered numerous accolades, including having the Kosta Browne 2009 Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir named as the #1 Wine in the 2011 Wine Spectator Top 100! Building on this exceptional experience, Shane started making wine under his own label in 2007 while at Kosta Browne. Since leaving Kosta Browne in 2012 Shane was head winemaker at Lynmar until leaving earlier this year to focus on Shane and some consulting projects.  Shane has recently launched a new label - Constant Disruptions.  The name came from the comments his teacher made on his 6th grade report card.  Naturally, he forged his mother's signature on the card but the truth eventually came out.

Wines to be Tasted

Constant Disruptions 2017 Sauvignon Blanc, Russian River Valley

Shane 2017 'Ma Fille' Rose (100% Pinot Noir), Sonoma County

Shane 2016 Pinot Noir 'Soixante et Onze', Sonoma Coast

Constant Disruptions 2016 Zinfandel, Lodi

Shane 2014 Syrah, 'The Villan', Santa Lucia Highland

$20 Per Person

CWM Wine Club Members (plus one guest) FREE