Ms. Moldovanyi’s chosen vocation was in geology, earning BA and MS degrees before adding a Ph.D. in geochemistry. These impressive credentials led to a notable career in the oil and gas industry in Houston, TX.
In parallel with her career in geology, Eva began serious studies of wines from around the world. It was on that path that she earned level 1 and 2 certifications in wine fundamentals from the International Sommelier Guild and even attended an introduction to wine and wine making through UC Davis — a school well known for its leadership in oenology.
This allowed Eva to further explore her passion for wine as she undertook to shift her personal and professional life to Santa Fe, where she joined the staff at Susan’s as the New Mexico wine buyer and assistant store manager. Her enthusiasm, expertise, and delightful energy have led her to become a highly valued staff member who has grown into the position of General Manager.
Wine Department Manager
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). Plus, after extensive study, in summer 2019, Barbara passed the WSET Level 3 Wine exam with an overall score of “Pass with Merit” while earning a “Pass with Distinction” for the theory portion. These are indeed significant accomplishments and put Ms. Bjorn into a small class of oenophiles who’ve achieved such industry recognition.
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.
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 Sauvignon.