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Our Team

Lauren Hokin

Owner

Lauren’s grandmother, Connie Barnum, started Glen Liquors, the predecessor to The Town Cellar nearly, 50 years ago. Since a very early age, Lauren’s been hanging out behind the counter at the store, swiping lollipops and trying to figure out how the cash register works. As a bigger kid, she developed a keen interest in all things fermented, going so far as to dabble in the cheesemaking biz and spending a year living in France, eating and drinking her way through the country.

Michelle DeWyngaert

General Manager

Michelle’s last name literally translates to “Of the Vineyard” which tells you they inherited both their passion for wine and their fascination for how it’s made. They are committed to connecting people to incredible vineyards and winemakers from around the world and believe that quality farming leads to quality wines. Over the last decade, Michelle has worked their way from bartender to fine dining server, to bar manager, to wine & spirits retailer, honing their knowledge base on the job before refining and expanding it at the International Culinary Center’s intensive sommelier training program. They became certified by the Court of Master Sommeliers and went on to work as the buyer of spirits and new world wines at Chambers Street Wines in Manhattan. After living in NYC for more than a decade, they have decided to move out to CT to be closer to family and fresh air.

Zoe Shyn

Certified Sommelier

Zoe has worked in several different fields through out her career, but her great love is the wine industry. After signing up for a few casual wine classes 15+ years ago, she decided to pursue her Certified Sommelier certification from the Court of Master Sommeliers. This was an eye opening experience and confirmed what she thought- Zoe loves studying and learning about the entire wine making process, from vineyard management to labels and wine marketing. Zoe lives in Rowayton with her three kids and a husband who loves wine as much as she does!

Claire Stein

Claire Stein

Certified Sommelier

With French-Italian roots (French mom, Italian dad), the culture of wine was always present in Claire’s upbringing. Traveling, discovering different cultures, people, and cuisines has always been part of her DNA as she grew up changing countries frequently, immersing herself in multilingual and multi-cultural environments.