OWNERS

 

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.


 

WINEMAKERS

MARK FIORÉ
Principal Winemaker

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 FRANK
Assistant Winemaker

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

 
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NICK JAMES
Sales

nick@efeste.com

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.

 
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LESLIE RHOADES
Business Operations

leslie@efeste.com

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.

 
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COREY WESTERHOF
Marketing & Hospitality

corey@efeste.com

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.

 

 
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Jason Mcclure
chef

jason@efeste.com

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.

 
 

TASTING ROOM & SALES

 
 
 
 

ANNIE YOUNG

Annie Young was first introduced to EFESTĒ in 2010. She started as a volunteer at fundraising events and harvest. Annie officially joined the team in 2016. She combines her passion for wine and her love of art as our graphic designer and hospitality associate. Away from the winery, Annie enjoys spending time with her two awesome children.

ALICIA ROMANO

Alicia was introduced to wine at an early age. Being from an Italian family, she learned to appreciate wine while drinking and eating with her dad and brothers. Throughout collage she worked in fine dining restaurants in Ohio and expanded her knowledge and love of old world wines. In 2013, Alicia moved to Washington and joined the EFESTE family. Being close to wine was one of the reasons Washington appealed to her. After 5 years at EFESTE, Alicia found her Washington home at the tasting room and love of new world wine, especially Syrah.

RYAN HEFFERNAN

Ryan joined the EFESTE team in 2019 bringing with him strong interest in wine developed over several years. After working a grape harvest in Walla Walla, WA as a cellar intern, he realized wine would be an exciting industry to work in for the long term and it became a focal career interest. Alongside his work doing sales and logistics, he is a part-time student, an outdoorsman, and a loving brother. In his spare time he likes to drink wine, read fiction, and spend time with his friends. The Final Final blend is a particular favorite of his.

ASHLEY JOHNSON

A graduate of Washington State University’s Viticulture and Enology program, she was drawn to the family nature and minimalist winemaking style of Efeste. Over the last 3 years Ashley has traveled internationally gaining experience in all aspect of the wine world. She brings her unique experience to the tasting room and manages the day to day of the Efeste Wine Club. In her free time Ashley enjoys getting out on the golf course, riding motorcycles and tending to her vegetable garden.

NICKI STORY

Nicki enjoys all aspects of hosting a good party, from the food and beverages to the table décor. Her early love of cooking and baking taught her to experiment with flavors. Those early experiments grew into the joy of adding wine to the various sweet and savory parts of meals she has served. Nicki says, “Working at family run EFESTĒ winery is not just a weekend job. It’s a chance to enjoy the company of great people and drink some outstanding wine.”