Wine Rooster is more than just a website – it’s a community of people who are passionate about wine, both professionally and personally. Our goal is to share that passion by educating others about wines from all over the world while also continually exploring new wines and expanding our own knowledge. Join us on this journey of discovery and appreciation for one of life’s greatest pleasures!

About Stan Kushkin, founder of Wine Rooster

Stan Kushkin

My name is Stan, and I am the founder of Wine Rooster. I was born in Macedonia, a small country in Europe, which is also the place where my wine career started. When I was a child, my grandfather used to produce his own wine, and he was the one who taught me how to take care of the family vineyards. He showed me how to age wine in our family’s oak barrels that had already been used for generations.

When I grew up, I became a certified sommelier and started working at one of the most prestigious wineries in my country. Later on, I continued my wine career overseas, where I worked as a wine steward for Celebrity Cruises. Traveling the world and exploring the terroirs of many regions, as well as comparing wines, helped me to further my knowledge.

After exploring the high seas, I decided to settle in the United States, where I now run various wine courses and tastings.

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About Helen Ruiz, co-founder of Wine Rooster

Helen Ruiz

Helen Ruiz is the second person behind Wine Rooster. Born in San Diego, California, she has a tremendous passion for wines. Helen graduated from the University of New England where she studied Agronomy. Due to her love for wine and the techniques used to produce it, she decided to learn all there is to know about wine. She has worked for some of the best wineries in California and knows how to produce any wine – from the lightest Pinot Noir to the heaviest Cabernet and Zinfandel.

Besides blogging and maintaining the Wine Rooster, Helen runs a wine bar in San Diego where she continues to expand her knowledge by tasting and comparing new wines from all around the world.

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