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Ed Schwarz, New England Cooks Wine Consultant
Ed brings his love of wine to work with him every day at Fine Wine Cellars, a retail wine shop he runs with his father in Stowe, Vermont. Having grown up in New Orleans, where love of food is instilled at an early age, Ed moved to Sonoma, California wine country in 1994 to work in the wineries. Thirteen years later, to be running a retail wine business is a dream come true for Ed. His obsession is making the enjoyment of wine fun for everyone, from novice to collector. Whether $10 a bottle or $100-plus, he loves to introduce his friends and customers to new and exciting wines. With his wife Laura, daughter Gabrielle and son William, Ed enjoys nothing more than cooking a great meal and sharing a bottle of wine with family and friends.
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Harrison Lebowitz, New England Cooks Wine Consultant
After years of research, Harrison and his wife Molly started Snow Farm Vineyard, Vermont’s first commercial vineyard and grape winery, in 1996 as a way to keep land in Vermont open and working. Harrison received his B.A. from Franklin & Marshall College in 1980 with a major in Chemistry. He received his J.D. from the University of Baltimore Law School in 1984. In his three years of research into the feasibility of starting a vineyard in Vermont, Harrison consulted extensively with leading experts in cold climate growing of grapes, including those from Michigan State University, Southwest Michigan Research Center, New York State Agricultural Experiment Station (Cornell University Extension) and University of Minnesota, traveled to Minnesota at the invitation of the Minnesota Grape Growers Association, and studied at the University of California, Davis. Through his research, he met Patrick Barrelet, Snow Farm’s winemaker and vineyard manager. Patrick, an international award-winning winemaker, received his education in France, with a degree in viticulture from CFPPA de Beaune and a Diplome Technicien Oenolgue from the Universite de Dijon and studied under Michel Roucher-Sarrazin of Puligny-Montrachet, considered one of the top five winemakers in Burgundy. Harrison and Molly, a partner in the law firm of Dinse, Knapp and McAndrew, live with their two children, Tess and Jared, and their two semi-worthless dogs in South Hero.