Email Susan Hearn
Before I met my husband Russell, who is a winemaker, I was not much of a wine drinker. Russell introduced me to fine wines and explained the nuances of taste and aroma as my palate became more discerning. Over the years, attending many wine events with Russell sparked my interest in the wine business.
During harvest, I have spent many hours at the wineries where Russell worked, which exposed me to all aspects of the wine industry. In the early years of our marriage, I pitched in at the lab doing some testing when he was in a pinch. As a physical therapist, I was able to use my science background and knowledge acquired from chemistry classes.
To enhance my knowledge of wines and winemaking, I have toured the wine regions of France, Germany, Italy, Portugal, Australia, New Zealand, California, Virginia and New York, bringing me to the next step, making my own wines.
My favorite wines are not the mainstream wines that dominate the U.S. market such as, Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon. I am attracted to fresh, vibrant wines, including aromatic crisp whites and more fruit-forward red wines. My goal for Suhru™ is to make excellent wines that are a little different from the mainstream.
I have two beautiful daughters who are almost grown and no longer require or desire my undivided attention. While I’ve enjoyed being a physical therapist for three decades, I have reached a point in my life where it is the time to branch out and pursue my other passion —wine.
Long Island Wine Council
New York Wine and Grape Foundation