Helen & Daniel Ferrelli
Daniel, with Italian roots, and Helen, from Greek heritage, have long had a great appreciation for gathering with family and friends over food even before they married as high school sweethearts.
Daniel’s father, the original “Big Papa” faced many challenges living in Chicago during the Great Depression and prohibition. His family sold jug wine out of their brownstone basement just to get by. Over the years, even when Daniel and Helen were running their own business and raising three children, Daniel always maintained the yearly tradition of making wine with his grandfather’s old wine press. His winemaking partners included his son-in-law and EFESTĒ partner, Kevin Taylor.
In 2001, Daniel and Kevin started a new tradition of bottling and labeling their garage wine. With state of the art wine making equipment they imagined, “We could just make a couple of barrels.” Making a couple of barrels spiraled into EFESTĒ winery.
Back in Chicago, Daniel’s family cooked for the neighborhood every Sunday requesting that each guest bring his or her own fork since there weren’t enough to go around. Today Daniel and Helen carry on the tradition of cooking for gatherings by preparing amazing feasts for EFESTĒ wine club events. No fork required.
KEVIN & ANGELA TAYLOR
How did parents of two young boys get involved in a winery? When Kevin and Angela (daughter of Daniel and Helen Ferrelli) were sweethearts at Redmond High School, Kevin took part in the Ferrelli family tradition of winemaking.
At the tender age of 5, Kevin and Angela’s son, Joe, was diagnosed with leukemia. This adverse event became their inspiration for the wine Tough Guy as well as the Rockin’ Sips event hosted at the winery each year that helps raise money for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. Happily, Joe completed his treatment in March of 2011.
When Angela isn’t driving her two boys around to all of their sporting activities you can find her on the tennis court. Although work keeps him busy, from time to time Kevin can be spotted on the golf course, hunting, or trying to reel in the big one while fishing.
Married in 1996, Kevin and Angela see the winery as an opportunity to spend time together during harvest, crush, bottling, and various wine events throughout the year.
Mark Fiore’s winemaking career began in Walla Walla where he had relocated for work in 2008. At the time, he was a PGA Professional and had moved to help open a prodigious new golf course. During the summer of 2009, he spent much of his free time at local wineries and befriended a few winemakers who opened his eyes to the world of Washington wine. Mark became fascinated with the artistry, science, and marketing of the wine industry and this passion led him to a career change. Continue reading >
Michael started his wine adventure by tasting wines in Woodinville, eventually venturing out to Walla Walla, Oregon, California, and Chile. His passion for tasting wine eventually led him to start his winemaking career at K Vintners under the tutelage of Charles Smith and former EFESTĒ winemaker Brennon Leighton. Now, Michael works with Mark Fiore to create exceptional wine and brings his dedication and attention to detail with him. In his spare time, he loves to climb (rock faces, not barrels), create fantastic meals, and enjoys any sport or activity near the water.
SALES, MARKETING & OPERATIONS
Nick James leverages his 12+ years in the Washington wine industry to market EFESTĒ’s products to its national distribution network, local retailers, restaurants and strategic clients across the state. A veteran of several top-tier producers in Washington state, Nick works also works alongside EFESTĒ’s winemaking team to develop new products and continue to push the boundaries of excellence in Washington wine. He resides in Seattle’s Beacon Hill neighborhood with his beautiful wife, Erin and his chocolate Labrador, Josie.
Leslie joined EFESTĒ in 2010 and developed her passion for wine under the tutelage and guidance of the best winemakers in Washington. She's a proud mom to three boys and spends her free time exploring the great outdoors.
Marketing & Hospitality
A high-energy, creative perfectionist, Corey Westerhoff brings insight from nearly two decades of experience in a diverse range of industries including retail merchandising, design, recruiting, and management. Through six years of working for some of Washington’s leading wineries, Corey has developed a true passion for wine. Drawing on his unique background, he uses divergent thinking techniques to develop new strategies for growing the EFESTĒ brand. In his free time, Corey enjoys cooking, baking, spending time with friends, and putting up with the antics of his French Bulldog, Zoe.
Madrid born chef Jason McClure is embarking on a new journey leading and developing the food program with the team at Efeste. Chef Jason works with local vendors to create beautiful and responsible menus for our guests.