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Rosemary Gray, CS

I grew up in Sun Valley, Idaho - always on the mountain and if not, was nose-in-book, playing the piano or dancing ballet and modern. I was hooked on philosophy...


I grew up in Sun Valley, Idaho - always on the mountain and if not, was nose-in-book, playing the piano or ballet dancing. I was hooked on philosophy... ...and debate at probably a far too early age (Hegel, Spinoza) and went on to earn a bachelors in Philosophy and Creative Writing. What to do next?

I have worked in wine for over twelve years: with leading retailers, wholesalers, restaurants and wineries in New York, California and Idaho. I specialize in the wines of Champagne, Germany, Austria and Sherry. I am the Co-Founder of Sherryfest with writer Peter Liem, author of Sherry, Manzanilla and Montilla and You can find my own wine stories at (subscribe here!).

I lived in New York City for nine years and now reside wherever my suitcase is open.

Rosemary’s Lists:

Wines that Transcend Vintage

  • Krug Grand Cuvée
  • Ulysse Collin Les Roises
  • Bodegas Tradición Oloroso
  • Hirsch Riesling Heiligenstein
  • Maximum Grünhaus Von Schubert Riesling Abtsberg Spatlese

Bars that feel like Home

  • The Bar of Eleven Madison Park (New York)
  • 11th Street Bar (East Village)
  • The Neurolux (Boise, Idaho)
  • Outta the Way Cafe (Derwood, Maryland)
  • Redfish Lake Lounge (Stanley, Idaho)

Places I have Lived

  • Boise, Idaho
  • Salt Lake City, Utah
  • Cumberland, Maryland
  • Santa Barbara, California
  • New York, New York
  • Portland, Oregon

Idyllic Childhood

  • Sunday Morning Jazz
  • Mom’s Garden and her Dinner Table every night
  • Dining out with Dad (how I learned to be a regular)
  • Weekends skiing Mt. Baldy with Step-Dad
  • The Stanley Basin: Redfish Lake, Alturas Lake, Perkins Lake

When Not Wine/Dining other Obsessions

  • Tea and Blending Herbal Teas
  • Permaculture/Gardening
  • Poetry & Writing
  • Walking/Hiking
  • Scenic Drives

Why I Left New York

  • Being at the source of wine
  • Family, family, family
  • It’s just an island
  • Eventually… Home with Garden

Some Most Memorable Wines

  • Krug Grand Cuvée 158th Edition
  • Ridge 1980 Montebello
  • Ulysse Collin 2008 Les Roises (Magnum)
  • Clos des Lambrays 1947 (Magnum)
  • Deutz 150th Anniversaire Cuvée
  • Von Schubert 1988 Abtsberg Fuder 67