John's first harvest was in 1986 when he was attending the University of Washington. After graduating, John worked for a few high-tech companies
in the Seattle area, until he took a full-time position at the winery in June 2000. Initially his responsibilities were 50% National Sales Director
managing allocations and customer relations and 50% cellar worker. Over the years, John moved into the capacity as Vice President and General Manager
overseeing the financial efforts of the winery and its vineyard holdings. With his brother-in-laws, John and his wife Lisa, are part owners of
the Galitzine and Palengat Vineyards.
John married his college sweetheart Lisa (Alex and Jeannette's oldest daughter) in 1991. They have four children: Lindsay, Michaela, Caitlin and Jameson.