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.”
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.”
Ashley obtained formal training as a chef by attending culinary school in Buenos Aires, Argentina and apprenticing in multiple three Michelin-starred restaurants in San Sebastian, Spain. After working in the best kitchens in Birmingham, Ashley began her own catering business where she began pairing wine for clients. She also started an infused olive oil business which she grew from 1 to 200 stores across the country.
Having traveled to 29 countries and always ready for a new adventure, Ashley decided to pack her bags and move to Willamette Valley, Oregon. She spent two years giving wine tours, observing harvest and learning the ins and outs of Oregon Wine Country. Her personal slogan is "Bury Me in Burgundy" and she is well versed in wines from around the world. Most importantly, Ashley believes wine should never be intimidating!