An 8th generation Charlotte native, Conrad Hunter spent the better part of the 80s and 90s as a professional touring musician and recording studio owner. His serious love of wine began inn 1988 as a byproduct when helping a friend open Charlotte’s first open kitchen brasserie, The Artist’s Cafe. Growing disillusioned with the collapse of the music industry in the late 90s Hunter sold his studio and launched a new career in the wine business. His first Foxcroft Wine Co. opened in 2004 in the heart of Charlotte’s Foxcroft neighborhood. After 15 years, he’s still at it, leading the expansion of Foxcroft Wine Co. into multiple locations as well as it's sister business, the award-winning Dot Dot Dot, Charlotte’s classic cocktail lounge.
As a native of central Maine, Shawn studied Classics, Philosophy and French at Clark University as well as a year abroad in Dijon, France. Shawn has more than 15 years of experience in Food & Beverage management with 10 years in professional sommelier and beverage director positions in New York at Michelin starred restaurants. He is a Certified Sommelier with the Court of Master Sommeliers as well as holds a certification in Advanced Blind tasting from the American Sommelier Society.
As wine operations director at Foxcroft Wine Co, Shawn oversees purchasing, education and professional development.