Interview #92: Syma

I'll never forget the night I first met Syma.

We met at a bloggers meet-up at Pittsburgh Winery. From the moment I walked in the door, I was enamored with the ambiance. The dim lights, deep burgundy walls, and twinkling candles immediately put me at ease. 

And then of course, Syma's welcoming personality was a huge bonus. 

Syma is passionate about all things wine and wine making and can tell you all about the beverage and craft. She's also a fabulous event planner and event executor. I'm in awe of her knowledge skills! 

Ever since our first meeting, we've collaborated in many ways for hosting Propelle events, and I always look forward to hearing what she's been up to.

I'm so glad Syma is sharing her gifts with Pittsburgh, and if you haven't checked out the Pittsburgh Winery yet, be sure to stop by for a tasting or show. You won't regret it. 

Enjoy Syma's Q&A! 

Name: Syma  

Job title: Partner, Pittsburgh Winery

Twitter: @pghwinery

Neighborhood you live in: Strip District

Coffee Shop Drink of Choice: Soy Vanilla Latte

Current Shampoo Preference: Paul Mitchell Super Strong

Why do you choose Pittsburgh as your home?
I know it’s cliché, but for as long as I can remember my heart fluttered a little as soon as I popped out of the tunnels and I caught a glimpse of the skyline. I was captivated. My heart was always here.

Who do you spend your time with?
Primarily? My girls, my cat, and Tim.

What are your favorite aspects of your job?
Our set-up is intimate, so strangers become customers and customers become regulars and regulars become friends fairly quickly- and that’s pretty awesome.

I love creating unique experiences, making memories. Blurring genres and exposing people to amazing new musicians from around the world.

Do you have a soul food?
Birthday cake for breakfast always satisfies my soul. As does that pub burger at M&P. And anything my mom bakes.

What are some of your recent personal goals?
Studying for the sommelier exam. When I’m in the tasting room, it’s kind of like wine school so I want to learn everything about winemaking and the industry. Who doesn’t love a good wine fact-oid?

I’m also searching for a philanthropic endeavor. Not to sound pageant-y but I want to make a difference in the world. 

What are your favorite Pittsburgh restaurants?
Pusadee’s Garden, Meat & Potatoes, Gaucho, and Penn Ave Fish Co.

Describe your ideal day.
- Sleeping in, but not too late on a sunny 80 degree day.
- Taking a walk around the city with a perfect playlist playing in my ears (preferably with a dog if I had one/borrowed one).
- Lunch outside.
- New shoes arriving in the mail.
- Happy hour with my girls.
- Laughing til I cry.
- Go to a rock show with lots of dancing.
- End it all with a goodnight kiss.

What is the most memorable live show you have seen in Pittsburgh?
This is a tough one. I have experienced so much amazing music in Pittsburgh. And I’ve been equally moved by both iconic and underground acts. Seeing The Wailers at Mr. Smalls when I was 18 was pretty magical. My friend and I climbed out my bedroom window on a Sunday night and hit the road. It was one of those defining moments that solidified my love of this city and live music.

A few years ago I weasled my way to the front row of 311 at Stage AE and that was a really good time too.

What do you think Pittsburgh will be like in ten years? What do you love most about the city?
In ten years, I hope Pittsburgh will be even more of a destination than it already is. Word is spreading that there's always something (cool) to do — sports, art, music—even the Furries love us!

And I can only imagine how badass the food scene in Pittsburgh will be in the future. Our city is really keeping it fresh with amazing chefs in unique atmospheres, utilizing local products.

The people of Pittsburgh make it the amazing place it is. Pittsburgh loves and supports all things Pittsburgh.  I’m very lucky to be a part of our family of “makers”. We love cross promoting each other and are all very proud to be booze ambassadors of our city.