NAME: Sundi Olson
Owner

HOMETOWN: Los Angeles, CA

BEST WINE MEMORY:
Meeting my fiancee, James, at The Wine Encounter.

FAV MENU ITEM:
Salmon Caprese

FAV BOTTLE RIGHT NOW:
Dutton Goldfield Chardonnay

NAME: Rich Tomasello
Manager and Wine Buyer

HOMETOWN: Milwaukee
 
BEST WINE MEMORY: Being in Florence, Italy with my dad and grandfather in a little wine bar and trying the most fantastic wines from a local family producer that has been making wine for five generations. It was really special to share that experience with my grandfather and dad (3 generations).
 
FAV MENU ITEM:
Super Tuscan Pizza ~ with peppers!

FAV BOTTLE RIGHT NOW:
Groth Reserve Cabernet

NAME: Vince Tomasello
Manager

HOMETOWN: Milwaukee
 
BEST WINE MEMORY: The week my wife, Virginia, her sister-in-law, Amiee and my brother, Rich drank a case of wine from the best wine regions in the world while on vacation in Hawaii.
 
FAV MENU ITEM:
Wine

FAV BOTTLE RIGHT NOW:
Caymus

NAME: Ashley Hassler
Marketing and Events Director

HOMETOWN: Omaha & Scottsbluff
 
FIRST WINE MEMORY:

  • In the womb... hey, things were different in the '70's
  • Sitting at the "adult table" at Christmastime and enjoying a tiny bit of the good stuff
  • Graduating from college & from Boone’s Farm Strawberry Hill (the early $2 buck chuck) to actual wine with a cork! 
  • Spending time with family in the ol’ Midwest - sipping Kathryn Kennedy’s Lateral. Oh so yummy. 
  • Learning so darn much at The Wine Encounter - where I spend my time not only behind the bar, but as a patron as well. New grape varietals & wines I never thought I'd like (aka. dessert wines & ports) and new friends I’d otherwise never have met. Thanks TWE!

FAV MENU ITEM:
Milano Pizza

FAV BOTTLE RIGHT NOW: 
Sunshine Cabernet


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