About Us

Debbie and Chuck Lapmardo in the caves at Barnett Vineyards, Napa

Experience in the wine business — 21 years.

Experience drinking and enjoying wine and food — since age 21 (or so) and I’m not saying how many years that is.

I’m Debbie (The Wine Lady) and I’ve lived in Canada, the U.S and Argentina. I operate a wine retail operation in the Northeast U.S., and wear all the hats that go along with that, such as running wine tastings, wine and food pairing dinners, corporate wine events, wine classes, and doing regular segments on our NBC affiliate.

Chuck, my other half, has worked in wine retail and distribution when he isn’t flying an Airbus for an (un-named) airline. He’s my co-host and technical adviser for our wine activities.

We love finding new and interesting wines and wine regions, and sharing our hard-won knowledge of wine lovers’ palates and preferences. Cheers!

If you’d like to contact us with a question or suggestion, e-mail us at dlapmardo@yahoo.com.

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  2. Kenya Eatman:

    Intriguing Blog. Will be back


    A good, no make it GREAT time was had by all, including crazy Cuvee Eddy!
    Thanks for bringing these Ortman gems to Warren and the adoring crowd!

  4. The WineLady:

    It was a blast, Ron. One of my best customers said, “This was the best wine dinner EVER.” Thanks for making it so much fun — none of the usual blah, blah, blah.
    I posted an article, too. Did you see it? Here’s the link: Ortman Family Winery.
    You’ll hear from me again… Cheers!

  5. Jllian Levine:

    quite honestly this is now the 3rd time I am trying to contact you yet UR program keeps informing me that I am giving an invalid email address. No wonder the bottle of wine I bought was in no way comparable to what I sampled at Joseph’s Market in Boca Ratonj, FL

    Trust me. Not only will I NEVER recommend ur “stuff”…I refuse to call it wine!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    For some inane reason ur software program keeps telling me that I am entering an invalid email address.

    U really need to get ur act together.

    I KNOW that I dont have the time nor the patience for ineptitude

  6. The WineLady:

    Hello Jillian — I’m sorry you’ve had trouble contacting me. This is the first time I’ve seen your message.

    Can you explain to me what the problem is? Did you buy a wine that I recommended and didn’t enjoy it?

    I’d like to try to resolve your problem, once I understand what it is.

    Debbie at

  7. The WineLady:

    Hi Jillian — Sorry you’ve been frustrated. Can you tell me what problem you’ve had?

  8. Ryan Sherman:

    Ryan Sherman here, winemaker for Fields Family Wines. I’m glad that Stuart from the Lodi Winegrape Commish was able to resend our 2010 OVZ for you to taste. Thanks again. Cheers!

  9. The WineLady:

    Hi Ryan — Yes, we enjoyed your wine. Great job. I thought it showed really good balance between fruit and structure. I’ll look for more of your wines in the future.

    All the best in 2013,
    Deb Lapmardo

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