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Paul Golitzin, President & Director of Winemaking, Quilceda Creek
Paul Golitzin
President & Director of Winemaking

Paul Golitzin is the creative force behind Quilceda Creek's vision to produce one of the world's greatest Cabernet Sauvignon wines. He is the President and Director of Winemaking, and son of the co-founder, Alex and Jeannette Golitzin. Paul has been instrumental in driving the quality of Quilceda Creek into the forefront of the wine world. His influence has led to six, 100-point rated Cabernet Sauvignon wines over a thirteen-year period. Paul's passion to make great wine started when he visited France at the age of 15 and fell in love with the industry. Mentored by his father Alex Golitzin and his great Uncle Andre Tchelistcheff, Paul took what he had learned and developed his own style utilizing the best the region has to offer. Rich, ripe, complex, balanced wines that taste great upon release yet can be cellared for 20+ years are hallmarks of a vintage Quilceda Creek Cabernet Sauvignon. "A great bottle of wine is one that keeps your interest from the first glass to the last, leaving you wanting more." Paul is married to Lori and together they have a daughter, Maya.

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Alex and Jeannette Golitzin
Co-founders

Alex and Jeannette Golitzin have relentlessly pursued their goal of crafting world-class Cabernet Sauvignon since founding Quilceda Creek in 1978 by dedicating themselves to quality every step of the way. What started as Washington State's 12th bonded winery after Prohibition has slowly grown to become one of America's most sought-after Cabernets. Since 2004 the wines have been made in a state-of-the-art winery next to the familys home in Snohomish, Washington.

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John Ware
Vice President & General Manager

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 in the cellar. Over the years, John moved into the capacity of Vice President and General Manager overseeing the financial efforts of the winery and its vineyard holdings. John and his wife Lisa, are part owners of the Galitzine and Palengat Vineyards. They have four children Lindsay, Michaela, Caitlin and Jameson.

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Bill Reith
Chief Financial Officer

Bill Reith came to Quilceda Creek in January 2016 in the capacity of Chief Financial Officer. Prior to that, Bill was the managing partner of a public accounting firm in Everett Washington. Bill and his wife Susan are very active in the local community. Bill is a Rotarian and long-time board member of Junior Achievement. Bill is a graduate of Central Washington University and is a Certified Public Accountant and Certified Valuation Analyst. Bill's interests are varied — when not enjoying a glass of wine from his home overlooking the Puget Sound - he is usually participating in one of his hobbies: flying, reading up on some interesting history, cooking a meal for friends, a round of golf, a bit of fishing time, or just playing some blues harp and making music.

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Lawrence Stewart
Assistant General Manager / Shipping Manager

Lawrence started working at Quilceda Creek in the summer of 2002 and was hired full-time as Office Manager and Assistant Winemaker in 2007. Although he spends most of his time in the office, he also oversees all packaging and direct-to-consumer wine shipments, delivers to restaurants and retail shops in the greater Seattle/Bellevue area, and even helps out in the cellar during bottling and crush. He has a Bachelor of Science in Aeronautics and Astronautics from the University of Washington and a Master of Science in the same from Stanford.

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Alex Stewart
Production Manager / Enologist

Alex initially came to the winery part-time at the age of 19, by way of his brother, to assist in bottling the 2002 vintage. The following harvest he worked intermittently during breaks from college. After two years at the University of Washington, he decide to break from his studies and work the duration of the 2005 harvest. His admiration of science brought him to discover that winemaking was the quintessential synthesis of science and art. The passion for this newly unveiled profession inspired him to leave home for California State University, Fresno to earn his B.S. in Enology. His studies took him to winemaking regions all over the west coast and Europe.

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Jesse Schmidt
Assistant Winemaker

Jesse was brought into the world of winemaking in the fall of 2007, at the age of 21, to work his first harvest. His true tenure would begin in the spring of 2009 when he was officially hired on as the 7th member of the team. Jesse has grown into many roles since and continues to learn the fine craft of making world-class wines under the tutelage of Paul Golitzin.

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Hal Iverson
Assistant Winemaker

Hal started working at Quilceda Creek by helping to bottle the 2008 vintage. He continued that year as a Harvest Intern in the Fall of 2010 and has enjoyed learning from the distinguished winemaking team at Quilceda ever since. Hal is a proud Washington State University Cougar and has received a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology and a B.S. in Sustainable Agriculture. He is also an alumnus of the WSU school of Viticulture and Enology holding a Viticulture Certificate and is currently completing his Enology Certificate. His stranger passions include fermenting foods, soap making, 4-season gardening, and Nordic Skiing.

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MacKenna Bean
Office Manager / Customer Relations

MacKenna joins us with degrees in both Business Administration and Spanish from the University of Washington. After graduating, she transitioned into the hospitality industry, where she spent six years working at Canlis restaurant. Her time at Canlis ignited her love of wine and inspired her to pursue becoming a Level II Certified Sommelier through the Court of Master Sommeliers.

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Owen Mayo
 

Owen, a native of Snohomish, WA, worked his first harvest season in the fall of 2015. Much like the others that have come before him, Owen had no idea his foray into the world of wine would eventually become a career. For his first two seasons, he balanced his college pursuits with part-time work. As he became more immersed in the wine-making process, he realized that a career in the field was quickly becoming a dream. After the 2018 harvest season, that dream became a reality. In addition to working at Quilceda Creek, Owen spends much of his free time playing and performing music.