Wine Buyer and Event Planner
Barbara’s first love was art. However, at age 19 she discovered her passion for food and wine. With her parents’ blessing and assistance, at that age she began her serious studies of wine, always with an eye on the artistry of food. With a degree in fine art and a career in contemporary arts in L.A., Barbara chose to pursue professional study in both wine and culinary fields after moving back east.
Ms. Bjorn was awarded certification from the Sommelier Society of America (Wine Captain), Peter Kump’s NY Cooking School, and the Court of Master Sommeliers (Levels I and II).
Over the course of 20 years, Barbara has successfully managed kitchens and wine stores in Cleveland, OH and Nevada County, CA, accompanied by extensive travel throughout wine regions in the U.S. and Europe. After relocating to Santa Fe, she now oversees the wine inventory at Susan’s Fine Wine and Spirits.
Sales Team Leader
Mr. White is a noted wine sommelier with over 20 years’ experience in the wine and spirits industry. He has worked with well-known companies such as Morrell & Co, Sherry Lehman, and Discovery Wines. His expertise lies in aggressively launching boutique brands, strategic distribution and organizing high-profile events.
Having traveled extensively to the vineyards of France, Spain and throughout the U.S., Tony’s discerning palette and skill in recognizing burgeoning trends and leveraging these to best meet his customers’ wishes is unparalleled. He has a passion for wine and a gusto for a full life in general, which he summarizes with the simple question , “Why be ordinary when life gives you so much to be great?”
Susan’s Fine Wine and Spirits is very pleased that Mr. White’s choice to relocate to Santa Fe allowed him to join our staff. We’ve found that Tony loves working with customers and our customers universally sing his praises, both for his overall knowledge, but most notably his ability to easily identify and meet their needs.
Beer Buyer and Event Planner
An ardent love of the outdoors led Steven to pursue an education in the natural sciences. This took him on extensive travels throughout the American West working as a wildlife biologist. A passion for great beer led him back home to New Mexico in 2012, where he has worked in various roles in breweries and restaurants.
A Certified Cicerone®, Steven has a vast knowledge of beer, but he is quick to admit that there is always more to learn. We are pleased to have Steven as our beer specialist.
Owner, Special Orders and Special Events Coordinator
Prabha, one of the owners, has an extensive corporate business background working in marketing and customer service. Although initially a “silent partner” living in the San Francisco Bay Area, she has now taken a critical role in the daily business of the store.
Prabha oversees our Special Orders, working with customers who have special requests, and with our vendors to acquire for our customers those unique products they want that are not normally available in the store. In that role, she also coordinates our outside events sales, working with caterers and individuals planning parties, weddings and other events.
Nirmala Ganapathy, one of the owners of the store, has an extensive background in business and consumer products. Nirmala is responsible for the overall operations of the store, although she prefers to leave many of the day-to-day activities to the store’s many capable employees, instead taking more of a behind-the-scenes approach.
Her insatiable thirst for knowledge has led her to become quite knowledgeable about all the store’s products and she’s as comfortable helping a customer select an inexpensive bottle of whiskey as an exquisite Cabernet Savignon.