Mike turned his passion for wine and curiosity about life into a second career by building The Walls. As a technology executive, he once focused on building great businesses. Now, his focus rests solely on bringing distinctive wines and great people together. He is committed to our team and supporting our efforts to produce wines that are true expressions of time and place.
Carrie joined The Walls with a background in managing and building several different luxury retail brands in a variety of capacities. She spent years in the Napa Valley in restaurant management and winery marketing positions. She relocated to the Pacific Northwest several years ago when her husband Todd assumed the role as winemaker at Force Majeure Vineyards. She is committed to our ongoing efforts to craft excellent wines, provide unique and thoughtful experiences, all with an eye toward preserving our precious resources and helping those in need.
Katherine is from sunny southern California where she acquired a degree in Business Management. She traveled north to pursue her passion for wine and got her start at Spring Valley Vineyard before joining us at The Walls. She is super fond of all sorts of animals, but especially dogs. Katherine excels at ensuring exceptional guest experiences.
Hope Nastri recently joined the team as our Enologist. Hope contributes a knowledge of science, math and years of experience in the cellar to elevate the team as a whole. Hope has multiple degrees and even used to teach Math to high school students. She is responsible for running our lab, but can often be found among the barrels.
Juliann Bethke has held many positions in the wine industry, but in 2011 she realized her desire to return to school to finish an Enology degree. She spent 5 years in Walla Walla, Washington and Fresno, California where she completed her education. During those 5 years she was able to work with many different grape varieties in several regions. She also spent 3 years in the heart of Napa Valley gaining valuable experience and honing her skills. Juliann has now returned to the wine region that captured her heart, the Walla Walla Valley.
Roman is our Facilities Manager and our Cellar Master, which means he keeps everything working at The Walls. With over 20 years in the wine industry under his belt and a degree in Viticulture from Walla Walla Community College, he is truly a knowledgeable professional.
Tasting Room Lead
Mara is from Park City, Utah, is currently a senior at Whitman College and is on the college swim team. Working at The Walls has sparked an interest in wine production for Mara and we can't wait to see where her career takes her! For now, you'll find her in the tasting room on the weekends, pouring wine and sharing her budding wine knowledge.
Tony is not only a pro in the cellar, he also has his own graphics company where he designs and prints tshirts, stickers and more! Tony keeps things cleaned and organized in the cellar and is always willing to lend a hand wherever needed.