Like so many students, Ed Finch began his wine journey at the grocer’s shelves. His palate soon progressed in sophistication with the help of a special wine merchant he discovered while practicing law in in New York City. While searching for the best shop in NYC with knowledgeable friends, he found a small storefront run by the man who would become his decades-long wine mentor, Bernie Fradin. Bernie served, among others, Buckingham Palace and was widely acclaimed for his palate and knowledge.
Returning home to practice law, and later to establish FHL Capital, Ed found a growing wine community. He had the good fortune to join several tasting groups which furthered his wine education and passion. As Ed says, nothing so humbles one as blind tastings with knowledgeable experts. “Sharing wine with friends and family is one of life’s great blessings.”
The passion for wine led to a passion, shared by his lovely wife Mary, for travel. Together they have visited vineyards all over Europe, South America, and California.
Saddened by the loss of the Western Wine Stores, Ed seeks to fill a void and expand the opportunities for Birmingham residents to purchase and enjoy great wine at Finch Fine Wines. Through the shop, both novice and connoisseur will be able to find the widest selection of wines available today in our area and learn why Thomas Jefferson said, “Good wine is a necessity of life for me.”
General Manager (Sommelier)
Nate’s addition to our staff as general manager is a welcome addition to Finch Fine Wines, and he brings a truly unique insight into wine with him.
As a certified level 1 sommelier with the Court of Master Sommeliers and past manager of Café Dupont, one of Birmingham’s finest restaurants, Nate’s experience has proven to be helpful in all aspects of our operation.
His background and education in biomedical and environmental engineering hasn’t stopped him from pursuing his love for wine, high level wine education, and wine collecting. We feel lucky to have Nate here at Finch Fine Wines, and we know you will find him to be a great resource for you with your wine purchases.
To truly understand Nate’s passion for wine, here is a favorite quote from him, “Wine is humble in its origins, yet complex in nature. It is a beautiful expression of both culture and terroir that brings people closer together to create memories that last forever.”
Shop Manager (Sommelier)
David Manning has long been a familiar face in the food and wine scene in Birmingham, and he is our new Store Manager at Finch Fine Wines.
David landed his first “fancy” restaurant job and began his pursuit of wine knowledge almost thirty years ago at Rossi’s on Highway 280, on the very site where Finch Fine Wines now stands. He has worked the dining rooms of culinary destinations such as Hot and Hot Fish Club, Arman’s at Park Lane and Cayo Coco, he curated and managed the beverage programs for Sakura Japanese Restaurant, “The View” at The Club, Satterfield’s Restaurant, Bistro 218, and Jinsei Sushi.
His broadest foray in the world of wine was his years as a sales consultant for Western Supermarket in Mountain Brook Village. He returns to wine sales at Finch Fine Wines with vast experience and a Level 2 Certified Sommelier accreditation from the Court of Master Sommeliers he achieved in 2013.
David looks forward to reconnecting with his regular clients, forging new relationships, revisiting favorite wines and tasting new ones, and taking care of the Finch Fine Wines day-to-day operations.
Saturday Shop Manager (Sommelier)
Sam graduated from Auburn University with a degree in Hospitality Management. While in school he worked as a manager for the award winning restaurant Acre where he found a love for wine and passed his level 1 sommelier exam with the Court of Master Sommeliers.
Sam's experience also includes having helped open the popular restaurant Ovenbird in Birmingham. While he is no longer in the restaurant industry, wine continues to influence him, and he is happy to continue that journey with us, and share his knowledge with you. Currently Sam is working as our Shop Manager on Saturdays.