Meet the Team
Behind each and every bottle, there is a friendly face. Let’s see what they’re all about!
Mike turned his passion for wine and curiosity about life into a second career by building The Walls. As a technology executive, he once focused on building great businesses. Now, his focus rests solely on bringing distinctive wines and great people together. He is committed to our team and supporting our efforts to produce wines that are true expressions of time and place.
Carrie joined The Walls with a background in managing and building several different luxury retail brands in a variety of capacities. She spent years in the Napa Valley in restaurant management and winery marketing positions. She relocated to the Pacific Northwest several years ago when her husband, Todd, assumed the role as winemaker at Force Majeure Vineyards. She is committed to our ongoing efforts to craft excellent wines, provide unique and thoughtful experiences, all with an eye toward preserving our precious resources and helping those in need.
HOSPITALITY & MEMBERSHIP
Kathryn was a professional dancer in NYC, Chicago and Seattle before discovering her love of wine and hospitality. Upon moving to Walla Walla, she has earned multiple wine certifications with distinction. When not hosting guests or creating memorable experiences for our members, Kathryn can be found gardening, baking bread or cuddling with her two dogs. She is passionate about sharing the wine, food and beauty of the Walla Walla Valley with you.
Todd Alexander is one of a select few 100-point winemakers in Washington State, who began his winemaking career in the Napa Valley at such esteemed wineries as Cade and PlumpJack, later becoming the winemaker at cult cabernet producer Bryant Family Vineyard. Todd has been in the Pacific Northwest for the past six vintages, crafting highly-rated and regarded wines at Force Majeure Vineyards, from estate fruit grown on Red Mountain. His involvement with The Walls allows him to take the lead in crafting wines from a variety of Pacific Northwest AVAs, further showcasing his talent.
Hope contributes a knowledge of science, math and years of experience in the cellar to elevate the team as a whole. Hope has multiple degrees and even used to teach Math to high school students. She is responsible for running our lab, but can often be found among the barrels.
Serafin spent the past 15 years managing vineyards at Cayuse. His extensive knowledge of the viticulture in the Rocks District of Milton Freewater in particular is an enormous asset in the farming of our estate properties Clos Petros and Rockgarden Vineyards.
TASTING ROOM ASSOCIATE
To say that Cara is passionate about wine is an understatement. Cara has spent the past 10 years in the wine business in a variety of roles that includes cellar work, wholesale, tasting room and wine club sales. She has an incredible sense of humor and makes others feel immediately comfortable and welcome. We are excited to have someone with her fantastic energy and contagious enthusiasm join our hospitality team!