Team Fidelitas is all in. We're a group of roll-up our sleeves, help each other out, do-it-all individuals. We pour wine, throw parties, pack boxes, track packages, schlepp cases from here to there and back, make hotel reservations, make dinner reservations, make tasting appointments, mop floors, polish glasses, go to events, host events, and much, much more. Above all else, we work hard to provide relentless customer service to every Fidelitas Fan out there. Meet a few members of our team...
JESS ZANDER, FIDELITAS GM
My background is in education, but I soon found a passion for wine (and food!) that I couldn’t ignore. When I realized that I couldn’t bring wine in to the classroom, I decided to attempt a major career switch. After completing my certification with the International Sommelier Guild and a brief stint in fine dining, I was lucky enough to connect with Charlie and Fidelitas. I began working with our Wine Club in 2008 and took the position as General Manager in early 2014. The fast paced environment, lively industry, wonderful coworkers, and of course, awesome wines are what keep me going.
When I’m away from work, I’m usually on an adventure with my husband and daughter: finding new parks (for her), wineries (for me), or places to fly fish (for him). All three of us enjoy traveling, entertaining friends, and dance parties in the living room. I love Semillon on my front porch, Optu White with halibut, and Red Mountain Cabernet with lasagna.
MICHELLE MARSH, WINE CLUB CONCIERGE
Being a Tri-Cities native, I grew up in the heart and soul of Washington Wine Country. Of course, growing up I didn't realize that the vineyards that surrounded our small town were going to be such a factor in my dream job. Lucky for me, as soon as I was old enough to drink wine I found my way to Red Mountain, and was breath taken. I've taken my past experience in customer service and time working on Red Mountain, and paired it simultaneously in my role as Wine Club Concierge where I get to connect with our club members on a regular basis. Now, I live in Seattle and get to spend time with our many members who live on the west side of the mountains at our Woodinville tasting room, although I sneak back to the vineyards at every chance I get. When I’m not busy traveling from one event to another, I’m usually planning dinners with our neighbors who double as best friends, day tripping to Bellingham to visit a brewery or two, or hosting brunch at our place for the Seahawks games. My annual trip to the Gorge to see Dave Matthews wouldn't be complete without Optu White but as far as reds go, I’m a sucker for Charlie’s Merlot.
CHELSEA BROPHY, FIDELITAS RED MOUNTAIN MANAGER
My background is in Business Administration, and I have a strong passion for customer service. I have always had a love for food, wine, and entertaining so I knew this was the industry I wanted to be in. Growing up in the area gave me the motivation to join the wine industry and become a part of it. I wanted to learn all I could from the ground up and working with Fidelitas has helped make that happen. I truly enjoy the people and sense of family that Fidelitas provides their guests as well as their staff.
When I am not working I am usually cooking and entertaining for family and friends, as well as exploring new restaurants, wineries, and breweries in my local area. I also love traveling and taking quick day trips with my boyfriend Brian and exploring the area we call home. Our newest adventure involves remodeling our new home, chasing down our two dogs and enjoying a glass (or bottle) of the Ciel du Cheval Red Wine.
SKYE WARREN, EVENTS COORDINATOR + CLUB ASSISTANT
I'm an East Coast native but have always had strong ties to Washington state. I received my degree in Wine Business and got some hands on experience working with a winery in Yakima. After moving down to Florida I had the opportunity to run a small wine shop and share the uniqueness of Washington wines. Wanting to get back in the action of it all, I moved back up to the great North West and landed myself a position with Fidelitas. The people I work with, the people I meet, and the wine I get to experience are the reasons why I love what I do. Aside from my passion of vino, I am quite the city rat. You might find me exploring different parts of Seattle with my amazing guy friend and our adorable pooch, though we are making a big effort to take more hikes! Give me a bottle (or two) of 2011 Ciel du Cheval Cabernet, Chipotle, a scenic view, and a candle and you will see that I am one happy camper.
AMY GRAHAM, FIDELITAS WOODINVILLE MANAGER
My journey with Washington Wine began when I lived in the Tri-Cities after graduating from WSU with a degree in Agribusiness. After working for a corporate company for 10 years and raising my two boys, I decided to make a career change. I got my feet wet working events and in the tasting room for a large estate winery in Woodinville. I’ve always loved Red Mountain wines and feel so blessed that I was able to connect with Charlie Hoppes and Fidelitas. I am also a Personal Chef and love pairing food with wine. I live in the Cascade foothills with a husband, two crazy boys, a black lab and a bearded dragon. I love red wine, especially the Quintessence Cabernet but anything that's a Bordeaux will make me happy.
STACEY HILL, KEEPER OF THE BOOKS + IMPORTANT THINGS
Growing up in a small town in Eastern Washington has given me a lot of exposure to the agricultural environment. Watching the growth of the wine industry in the past decade has been intriguing to me, it’s hard to ignore the orchards turning to vineyards everywhere you drive in Washington. My bookkeeping experience has given me the opportunity to work behind the scenes for Charlie Hoppes and his staff. It’s fascinating to see the complexities and the day to day operations in the wine making world. It’s exciting to work with such a wonderful team, and see the amount of effort that goes into making such great wines!
MITCH VENOHR, ASSOCIATE WINEMAKER
Mitch Venohr is the Associate Winemaker under Charlie Hoppes at Fidelitas. He started his winemaking career on Red Mountain in 2002 as an apprentice at Blackwood Canyon where he worked in the vineyard and cellar while he was persuing his degree at WSU in the Viticulture and Enology program, which he graduated from in 2006. From there he moved on to work the vineyard, cellar, and tasting room at Gamache Cellars which eventually led him to Fidelitas in 2010, where is has used his Red Mountain history.
HILLARY SJOLUND, ASSOCIATE WINEMAKER
I fell in love with the culture of wine while attending U.C. Davis, and found that winemaking is a perfect balance of science and art. My background includes working as the Assistant Winemaker at Pine Ridge in Napa, Head Winemaker at DiStefano in Woodinville, and my own label, Sonoris Wines. I love football, fishing, making sausage with my dad, cooking with my Mom, giving my nieces piggy back rides, travelling to places I’ve never been and discovering their food and culture. I buy a ridiculous amount of spices, and am a fermentation nerd…