SHANE FINLEY, in the summer of 2001, left New York City and his job with an insurance company to begin his winemaking career as a harvest intern. Without any formal training in wine (Shane holds a BA in English from the Virginia Military Institute) he started at the bottom and began to work his way up.
Shane's first harvest was in Santa Rosa, CA at Copain Wines. He was given the opportunity to participate in all facets of winemaking and the experience galvanized his desire to continue his winemaking career. In 2002, Shane worked for Torbreck Vintners in South Australia's Barossa Valley as a harvest intern. After completing the vintage at Torbreck, Shane moved to the Northern Rhône to take a year internship at Domaine Pierre Gaillard.
Unlike his previous posts, Shane worked in the vineyards as well as the cellar. Living in the small town of Malleval, Shane spent much of his time with Pierre and his family. It was at the Gaillard's dinner table where he built the foundation of his winemaking philosophy.
Upon his return to California in July of 2003, Shane became the Cellar Master at Copain Custom Crush. He began working closely with clients such as Dumol, Carlisle, and Pisoni Estate as well as Copain Wines' winemaker Wells Guthrie.
After the 2004 vintage Shane moved to Paul Hobbs Winery and took the position of Assistant Winemaker, where he became versed in Paul Hobbs' small-lot, micro-winemaking style for Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, and Cabernet Sauvignon.
In the spring of 2006, Shane accepted the position of Associate Winemaker at Kosta Browne Wines. Over the next six years Shane worked diligently crafting Kosta Browne's renowned Pinot noirs until in March of 2012 he became the winemaker at Lynmar Estate.
In his spare time, Shane is the owner and winemaker of Shane Wine Cellars.