The 10th of 13 children, Lisa Suárez was born to Tomasita and Gerardo Suárez. Lisa loves her Latina food and culture, and feels their pull and influence on her craft, even far away in Niagara, Canada.
// LIFE BEFORE WINE //
After graduating from The University of Colorado-Boulder in Broadcast Journalism, Lisa worked as a television news producer at local and national stations across North America for 15 years, including 9News-Denver, CHCH-TV Hamilton, and the CTV National Newsroom in Toronto. It was during this time, Lisa met and married her husband Jacek Tadus, a mechatronics engineer, and fellow wine lover. After the Vancouver Olympic Games, Lisa was inspired to moved on to her next journey, pursuing her life’s passion.
// OENOPHILIA //
She’s worked in wine for the past eight years in Niagara and in Napa, honing her knowledge and craft. As Senior Wine Educator for Constellation Brands in California, Lisa worked with VIP clients and brand representatives at Robert Mondavi, Ravenswood, and Franciscan Estate Wineries in Napa, and Sonoma, ingesting the business side of her planned venture as a nomadic winemaker, and seeking the perfect partnership to launch her own expression into the market. During this same period, Lisa completed a diploma in Wine Business Management at Niagara College, and the OIV Wine Marketing Certificate from UC Davis in California. Currently, Lisa has transferred her biological science studies from Brock University to UC Davis to complete the Winemaking Certificate program.
// NIAGARA //
Lisa jumped into winemaking in Niagara-on-the-Lake, apprenticing under the tutelage of young winemakers and growers - Greg and Yannick Wertsch of Between The Lines Winery. She called it a perfect start. Yannick a new chief winemaker and Lisa a new cellar assistant - together they developed their wine skills and worked with Greg to take the winery to the next level. Today, she is the assistant winemaker at BTL and their Marketing Director. Lisa never rests, and she is also known as their resident foodie, crafting creative partnerships with Ontario chefs to produce unique pairings to showcase the art of the wines they produce and Lisa’s philosophy that wine belongs at a table shared by family and friends.
// SUÁREZ WINES //
Today, Lisa is introducing her third vintage of wines under her own virtual, nomadic label, Suárez Wines, produced through a custom-crush contract at Between The Lines Winery.
“I love wine. I love life. I love friends and family—but not always in that order. I love when it all comes together in true creative collaboration. That’s what wine should be—an artifact of a moment in time. I’m a life-long learner and I’m not afraid of what comes next, but of not evolving.”