Tom Kobylarz, DW
Apex Wine Solutions (Owner)
Wine Solutions (Owner)
dipWSET: Diploma in Wines - WSET
(Wine & Spirits Education Trust)
While I have my particular tastes, it is yours that matters the most. The goal is to learn from each other so that I can bring you wines I know you will love. A collector at heart, I have been a consumer 20+ years so I know what it’s like on the other side of the transaction.
The wine bug bit me back when I was living in San Francisco in the early 2000s. I started to take notice of how unique and special wine was culturally. Napa and Sonoma are an hours drive north, wine was very common in the social fabric as it was so accessible - I immersed myself as much as I could. After migrating back to NYC, I missed my easy trips to wine country so I threw myself into reading about wine and attending tastings to keep learning which lead me to the old world. I started a successful tasting group, the Hoboken Wine Group. I partnered, organized and executed successful wine events with producers and retailers. I also have visited many of the great wine regions around the world in Europe, Africa, and the US – there is no better way to understand a wine than to visit the source of its creation.
WSET Level 3 certification with Distinction and recently passed a few parts of the WSET Diploma which will conclude my professional wine studies with a “DW” Diploma in Wines.
My specialties are wines from the old world that are classics and the new cutting edge producers pushing the envelope of classicism and terroir further, sought after and hard to find wines from Burgundy, the Rhone, the Loire, Champagne, Piemonte, Tuscany, Sicily, Corsica, Portugal, Germany, Austria, and Spain. I also dabble in the best of the best from Napa, Sonoma, and Oregon.
Eric Stokes, Apex Fine Wine Owner and professional sommelier, has worked in the wine trade for over 25 years. A graduate of Pennsylvania State University with a degree in Philosophy, he combines his love for wine with his deep passion for how wine has been a part of culture. Eric draws on his experience to be able to offer an unrivaled access to some of the world’s most sought after wines from Napa and Sonoma; legendary Rhones, such as Guigal La Las, Chave Hermitage, Beaucastel; First Growth Bordeaux; and Grand Cru Burgundy, to name a few. Not to mention creating one of the best selections of Champagne in the state of North Carolina.