When I formed City Wine Merchant in 2009, I did it to discover great wines and to help create amazing experiences for our clients. What happened was far more than I hoped for.

Before 2009, I spent a decade as a lawyer in a law firm. I forgot to slow down, be present, and enjoy the beautiful things that life has to offer. And so I left and decided to make wine and travel my passion. Since that time, I've had profound life experiences with winemakers, grape growers, importers, and clients, who all find something special in wine. I continue to learn and grow from each of them, and there remains something very special about sharing a bottle of wine with someone you enjoy being around, no matter how many times you've done it before.

Wine and travel have been a part of just about every significant memory in my life. I was lucky to grow up with parents who recognized the joys of seeing the world and sharing wine with family and friends. And there were always stories. Stories about the places they went and the people they met along the way. I’m grateful for those stories and experiences.

I am also grateful for my own experiences. My first trip to Tuscany was as a teenager. A few years later I ate my way through with good friends. Another trip for a good friend’s wedding, and another marked the first trip to Europe with my wife. Tuscany, and now so many other incredible places, have shaped the person I am today.

I believe that life is an adventure and that all great wine has a sense of place. What makes wine special is the land it comes from and the people who create it. You can’t get that from a generic, big brand. Enjoying better wine and exploring the world has never been easier. I hope my stories help you to do both.

Eric Genau
City Wine Merchant