Shayne said that if he weren’t in the wine business, he’d probably be a fly fishing guide. Or kayaking leader. Or camping expert. “I grew up in the Adirondacks and all that outdoorsy stuff is part of the package.”
Shayne is the wine supervisor for Southwest Orlando. He likes wines that “speak of a place—they’re authentic.” He specifically enjoys French and Italian reds and French whites, especially those that can be traced back to a certain region based on taste. Unsurprisingly, the wines he doesn’t enjoy as much are those that are missing the uniqueness of place. Fine wine is all about place, that is, what distinguishes it from generic wines, and it is those nuances/differences that make the search so exciting and the find even better!
Of course, wine is made for the table, and Shayne admits to spending most of his free time in the kitchen, finding what works and why…and more frequently, what doesn’t work and why not! You can’t have one without the other, wine and food are the perfect pairing, and since we all have to eat, we might as well have fun with it. It is this aspect of wine that keeps him passionate about both.
A world without wine? How awful! He would have to surround himself with huge quantities of fresh air, thousands of trees and the peaceful sound of a river. “I would fall off the face of the earth, either in the north Georgia mountains or the Adirondacks, with fly rod in hand and never be heard from again!”
Shayne has been in the wine business for over 30 years, 21 of which have been with ABC. During this time, he has traveled to many different wine regions and has met countless winemakers. But if he had to choose one winemaker to sit down to dinner with, he wouldn’t. He would choose two: Olivier Humbrecht and Francois Raveneau, both white wine specialists, both masters of their trade—wine making on the edge in France.