Grape to Glass, The Folks at Tertulia
Ryan Raber, Head Winemaker
Ryan’s winemaking philosophy is to treat wine as art. “It is an intuitive process from the vine to the bottle each step determines the next. Science and winemaking technology are great tools but nothing can replace experience and your palate. The best wines have a sense of place or exhibit terroir. Terroir is the summation of the geology, geography, climate, and to a large extent the culture of the people who work the land and influence the wines.”
Ryan Driver, Vineyard Manager
Ryan Driver has lived the majority of his life in the Walla Walla Valley. Born in Iowa, Ryan moved with his family to Walla Walla at the age of two. He has always had a love for the outdoors and has worked with the land from a very young age. This passion came from his grandfather whose farm in Iowa has been in the family for over 100 years. Ryan started working for Klicker Strawberry farms at age 12. Over the next twelve years he dedicated his time to learning many aspects of the operation - from picking and delivering, to maintaining and operating equipment.
Kristine Bono, Direct to Consumer Manager
Raised in the hospitality capital of the US, Las Vegas, Nevada, left a great impression about service and the culinary possibilities out in the world. A lifetime of world travel and exploration finally led to a calling from the growing Washington Wine Industry in 2005. Over the past 13 years she has worked exclusively with Estate wineries, celebrating their unique niche in the industry, building iconic and memorable experiences and developing some of the best wine clubs in Washington State. When she am not enjoying a day at the winery, out in the market, judging one of our many regional wine competitions or sharing our beautiful vineyards with our guests, she enjoys being a mom to two incredible young men, Jeffrey & Zachary.