Rich is the winemaker and one of the two proprietors of Locus Wines. Rich's story is quite usual: Boy goes to University of Washington (a husky), gets a Finance degree and then a corporate job, and then grows up. Somewhere along the way, he finds his passion (wine). He starts making wine even before getting his Oenology certificate from Washington State University (a cougar, too), all this while maintaing his corporate job. Like we said, quite usual.
Ton is the co-proprietor, the general manager and the resident Chef at Locus. After a long career in product management, he eventually leaned into his passion for food. During one of his midlife crises, instead of buying an expensive car like any self-respecting burned out corporate hack would, he trained to become a Culinarian. He also serves the interim dean for the Seattle Culinary Academy at Seattle Central College and runs a small catering company, esca.
Chris is the tasting room manager for the Pioneer Square. (Ha. We say that as if there are other tasting room location. Maybe there will be???). He comes from years of wine service, most recently managing the tasting room for our friends over at The Tasting Room in Post Alley at Pike Place Market. Yes, he is a certified sommelier and he is very good at what he does but his heart belongs to plants. One day he will own a landscaping business and a farm. And literally a farm to table restaurant with Ton cooking in the fields. We can dream, right?
Sylvia is a tasting room associate at the Pioneer Square location. She is kind, gentle and understanding. As we said in many social media posts, she is the nicest person you know. And for real. Her many years of experience in the service industry shows. No one gets away without buying a bottle or two, or drink one or two more glasses than they intended. She won't serve you if you are already overserved and she will make it look like it was your idea.
She loves music. She plays 10,000 instruments and she is in count them, FOUR bands in Seattle area. FOUR.
Xavier (not pictured, guess he is camera shy) is a tasting room associate at the Pioneer Square location. He is quite but don't let that fool you. He knows what he is doing and he does it well. Once you get him to open up, you realize there is a wealth and well-rounded treasure trove of wine information there in his head. Oh and he has exquisite palate and he can articulate the flavors without a moment's hesitation. You wanna win his heart? Bring some black coffee with you. No need to bring wine, we got it here.