Lisa Rhorer - Proprieter - Cin Cin Wine Bar

03/12/2008 14:57

Lisa is the co-proprietor, general manager, and wine director of the Cin-Cin Wine Bar, which focuses on sustainability.

What was the first memory you have of wine?

My Dad was taking wine appreciation courses when I was a pre-teen.
He became a huge fan of Cabernet Sauvignon and took us on a family trip
to the wine countrywhere we toured the Robert Mondavi winery.  I've always
thought of food and wine as bringing loved ones together and sharing a
sense of conviviality. I hope our new wine bar, Cin-Cin fosters that among our

What was the first wine that you considered to be good wine?

Most likely a Cabernet Sauvignon from Cardinale in Napa.

How big is your cellar?

About 250 bottles.

What is your favorite varietal (i.e. Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot)? Why?

Riesling and Pinot Noir, they produce very versatile, sophisticated
and food-friendly wines.

What is your favorite region for wine (i.e. Napa Valley, Margaret
River, Montelcino)

Favorite regions include: Burgundy, Alsace,
Austria, Oregon and more locally, Anderson Valley.

What is your favorite vineyard or brand?

The Burgundian style Pinot Noirs that Josh Chandler of Lazy Creek
Vineyards produces, as well as the Grüner Veltliners and Rieslings
from Austrian winemaker Willi Bründlmayer.
Do you have a favorite bottle? (varietal, region, year)

I have a luscious aged Grüner Veltliner from Austrian winemaker Willi
What wine are you saving for a special day?

Several, in the burgundy and champagne category. Just waiting for the
right occasion/person to share with.
Where do you buy the majority of your wine? (Retailer, Direct, etc.
Feel free to name the store you shop at or the site you buy from)

I tend to buy from local/boutique type wine shops rather than big
chains. Vin, Vino, Wine in Palo Alto is great for French wines.
Robert's Market in Woodside has some good finds as does Vintage in
Have you ever had an organic wine?  Did you like it?  

I've had the opportunity to try many organic wines when I was wine buyer for Whole
Foods. My favorites are Sobon Estates Zinfandel and Amity Pinot Noir. 

What is the most you've ever spent on a bottle of wine?

Before I was in the wine industry I spent $145, 3 years ago for a
great Napa Cabernet.

What was your favorite wine experience (or one of your top experiences)?

My favorite wine experiences are those where I am with a close friend
or loved one experiencing the delicious nuances of a wine. Enjoying
wine is so much about the context in which you are drinking.
What one wine do you recommend for our readers to try?

Try Hexamer Riesling Meddersheimer Rheingrafenberg "Quarzit" from the
Nahe region in Germany. It will go great with Indian Curry or spicy
asian-influenced dishes.
Why are you passionate about sustainable, organic and biodynamic
produced wine?

Sustainable, organic and biodynamic wine production is
very challenging, yet the result is undisputed, producing wines that
not only represent the grower's dedication and commitment to his/her
land but also offer pure flavor and great fruit intensity. I am happy
that people are getting better educated about the fact that pesticides
are poisons designed to kill living organisms and can be harmful to
humans as well as the earth.  Since these methods are just emerging in
the wine industry, it is not realistic to only serve wines made with
these methods, but by offering the best wines from the best producers
I hope that Cin-Cin will be a place that people can explore more than
just flavor and types of wine, but ones that are grown differently as

About Lisa Rhorer -

Lisa Rhorer, Co-Proprietor, General Manager and Wine Director, Cin-Cin Wine Bar
Lisa Rhorer is a former senior high-tech marketing professional,
working for such Silicon Valley giants as Google, Oracle and Creative
Labs. Lisa left Google to pursue her passion for wine, going on to
graduate from the prestigious Professional Wine Studies Program at the
Culinary Institute of America in St. Helena and earning membership in
the Court of Master Sommeliers Program.  At CIA, she studied under
such wine industry luminaries as Karen McNeil (author of The Wine
Bible), Christie Dufault (former Sommelier at Gary Danko) and Robert
Bath (Master Sommelier).  Lisa has further built on that knowledge as
Wine Buyer for Whole Foods; sales manager for Spanish wine
distributor, Vinos and Gourmet and behind the counter at two popular
Bay Area wine bars.  Her love of travel and wine has brought her to
visit top wine producers in Austria, Italy, France and Spain and
attend the Toscana Saporita Cooking School in Italy.


The team at Got Tannins would like to thank Lisa for her time. You can learn more about her new venture at



Lisa Rhorer
Proprietor/Wine Director, Cin-Cin Winebar

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