By Margaret MacDonald
Thomas Grouard Lillelund, a native of France with a passion for wine, has opened French Corner, a small wine importation and distribution company in Saratoga Springs.
The company is small but encompasses what Lillelund terms the “art form” of what he does.
It brings French wines to the U.S. market, focusing on vineyards from well-known and new wine regions
Having left France 20 years ago, Lillelund and his wife moved from London to settle in Saratoga five years ago to begin the company.
A passion for wine began to express itself around 15 years of age. He said he traveled often and loved visiting the scenic vineyards. Upon moving to the U.S., he sought to establish a smaller production company like those abundant in Europe.
As the only link between customer and winemaker, the French Corner serves primarily restaurants and retail from New York City to Lake Placid—the Hudson River corridor—no further west than Schenectady.