Best Wine Geek

2010 WINNER

Cindy Carniecki

The Liquor Control Board isn’t exactly famed for its knowledgeable staff. Which is why we were so pleasantly surprised to find Cindy Carniecki at the new PLCB-run boutique wine store in the Garces Trading Company, skillfully recommending a $15 French ros to go with our meal. It’s nice doing business with a real wine enthusiast. (Cindy worked in the restaurant biz for 30 years before taking a job with the PLCB.) And apparently the feeling’s mutual: The best part about working at the new store, she says, is customers who are excited about wine.

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