MADE + RUN BY WOMEN.
CO-FOUNDER + WINEMAKER | CHAPTER BUILDER
Born and raised on Long Island, Alie studied engineering at Cornell University and spent a few postgraduate years in Silicon Valley where the rich and complex world of California wines beckoned her to the vineyards. She soon realized her passion for winemaking, returned to her New York roots, began working wine retail, hospitality and marketing while obtaining her Advanced Certificate from the Wine & Spirits Education Trust and then training in winemaking at Premium Wine Group (in the heart of Long Island’s North Fork AVA). Soon thereafter, she founded the wine label Brooklyn Oenology (‘BOE’) and its eponymous Williamsburg tasting room, which was heralded as the “first urban winery”, winning to win many accolades before shuttering in 2016 when Alie relocated to Long Island Wine Country. She independently founded two more labels: ‘As If’, and ‘Haywater Cove, runs her wine consulting and private label business Alie Shaper Fine Wines, and is the winemaker for Croteaux Vineyards.
CO-FOUNDER + WINEMAKER | EDITOR-AT-LARGE
While studying for her MCATs, Robin (a North Fork native) caught wind of a gig through her sailing circuit that would utilize her background in science and sounded interesting. Working long days at a wine lab during harvest launched her career in winemaking: she served as the lab director for Premium Wine Group for 6 years during which she worked harvests that took her to California, New Zealand, Tasmania, and Australia! Back on the North Fork, she served as the assistant winemaker at RGNY Vineyards and as Senior Sommelier and Director of Education at Roanoke Vineyards, and in 2014 founded her label Saltbird Cellars. Robin is also co-founder of the North Fork Wine Trail (a non-profit that promotes local wineries) consults on restaurant beverage program and boutique wine-making. Most recently, Robin won the prestigious Les Dames d’Escoffier International Legacy Award (LDEI), recognized for her work in wine & hospitality.
In 2017, these two longtime friends joined forces and opened a tasting room on the North Fork, a home to share their wines with their community. In 2019, Alie and Robin launched our Chronicle Wines, binding together their wine “stories”, tasting room, and community experiences within one collective. Most recently, they dreamt up VINette, our breezy dry canned spritzers made with local grapes + all-natural flavors.