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Here at Vino! we love wine. Ask any of us!

John Allen - Co-founder, Sales Manager

I remember in December of 1984, I was absolutely struck by a wine served to my friends and I at Rossilini's Other Place in Seattle, when my interest in wine was more casual. The wine was so etherial and completely beautiful to taste I could hardly believe it. It "rocked my world" and truly set me on the course of my future carreer. It was a Chardonnay, a white Burgundy from Mersault, I'll never forget it!

John is a deep well of wine knowledge. Considered one the of the leading wine authorities and educators in the Inland Northwest, John has been in the retail wine business for over 20 years. He loves to share his knowledge and has designed and conducted over 1000 wine-related presentations, seminars, tastings, dinners, and educational classes.

Nancy Sazama - Co-founder, Business Manager

I always thought I only liked white wine, until I had the rare opportunity to taste a 30 year old Bordeaux.  What a revelation for me.  Not only did I discover that I could love red wine as much as white wine but I began to understand what time in a bottle can do for wine.  Young red wines are still not my favorite but add a few years and voilà, heaven in a glass.

Nancy not only has a passion for wine, but for managing her own business as well. After working in the business world for 20 years, it was natural that she bring that knowledge to the Vino! table. Most days you can find her in the office doing what she loves, making sure all the background details that keep Vino! running smoothly are handled.

Terry Knight - Lead Sales, Operations Manager

I appreciate all wine, just some more than others.  Ridge 1978 Montebello will forever hold a place in my memory!  Lush, rich and seductive, an ‘OMG’ moment.  Not that others aren’t equally so, but this was one of my first ‘big time’ wine experiences, most unforgettable.

Terry joined Vino in 2004 and has been helping customers, whether on the phone or in person, find exactly what they are looking for ever since. Her background as a teacher (20 years!) makes her the excellent person to not only answer questions but also continue learning about wine with the customers. She loves the challenge of helping a customer find the 'perfect' wine for any occasion.

Rhett humphrey - Sales Associate

I can't tell you every label or producer that I have tasted, but I'll always remember the friends and family smiling and laughing with me over the glug of wine being poured and the clink of toasting wine glasses. I think of the time sitting on the steps of the Sacre Couer Cathedral in northern Paris drinking an inexpensive table wine with good friends.  I think of walking the streets of Pamplona enjoying some traditional sangria and celebrating the San Fermin Festival.  I think of the time of celebrating Independence Day with a magnificent bottle and watching fireworks from the deck on Lake Chelan with family.

Having a deep passion for wine and a thirst for knowledge in the industry, Rhett returned to school and recently obtained his Global Wine Studies degree from Central Washington University.  Being new to the wine scene and the newest member of the Vino! family, he brings a youthful perspective to the business as well as knowledge from his experiences working in different tasting rooms and wine shops.