Texas born and raised, I am coming from a restaurant background in Dallas, TX. After moving to Colorado in February 2018, I decided to pursue my passion with wine and started working with Veraison Beverage Distributors.
Favorite wine/region: Northern Rhône
Favorite place traveled: Paris, the food is too good to pass up.
Ryan Harlan • Denver Southwest Sales • email@example.com
Stephanie Mitro • DTC/South Denver Sales • firstname.lastname@example.org
I was bitten by the restaurant bug in 1994 which lead me to the New England Culinary Institute in 1997. After that, I moved to Napa, CA in 1999, worked for various & sundry restaurants, retail food & wine shops, Robert Sinskey Vineyards. I returned home to Colorado in 2006 to become a chef-instructor for Work Options for Women in 2008, started a family in 2012, joined Veraison 2014!
How did you first fall in love with wine? Moving to Napa after culinary school & learning how food and wine can create magic
Outer Territory Team
Matthew Cohen • Vail Sales • email@example.com
I have grown up in the wine and restaurant industry with a lot of family influence. Colorado born & raised.
What was the last great wine you enjoyed? -I have recently had some seriously lucky encounters in the past few weeks. I got to do a vertical of Shafer Hillside '91-'04 ('92 & '94 were amazing). '82 BV Cab in the same evening. At a recent wine party titled "Bring that Bottle" I was lucky enough to taste a '98 Guigal Rotie Brune et Blonde as well as an '01 Grand Cru Gevry-Chambertin.
Shanna Malachin • Denver Northeast Sales • firstname.lastname@example.org
Meet Bob Cohen
Born and raised in Wisconsin, I have been out in Colorado since 2010. I love a small community with a small family vibe, which is why I am excited to join the Veraison team. I have always enjoyed wine and am looking forward to expanding my knowledge and travelling to the places of which we get our incredible wines from. I am also excited about our small spirits portfolio, and the creativity that it will bring to our awesome spread. When I am not working, I am spending time with my dog, Budo, outside rafting, camping, hiking, cross country skiing, and exploring the beautiful state we live in!
Lawrence Moller • Denver South Sales • email@example.com
Patricia Hudson • Sales Manager • firstname.lastname@example.org
What is your favorite place you’ve traveled? Italy
What wines/regions/varietals are you most excited to talk to your buyers about? Everything, there's a world of wine to enjoy!
Where were you born/raised? Proudly, Ontario, Canada.
What activities do you enjoy in your free time? Buck Hunter & wings
How did you first fall in love with wine? I've had the opportunity to travel to different parts of the world and that's how the love affair began.
Holly Jurecko • Aspen/Roaring Fork Sales • email@example.com
I studied Fashion Buying and Merchandising at FIT in New York City and Fine Arts at Western State College in Gunnison, Colorado. I then managed and eventually owned a gourmet kitchen store in Crested Butte, Colorado. That's where I really developed a passion for cooking and wine. In 2009 I moved to Paonia to grow and process food. I also hosted many gatherings on my farm, catered private parties and worked as a baker. I especially enjoyed frequenting the wineries of the West Elk AVA and occasionally pouring in the tasting rooms. I started to sell wine for 2 small distributors and covered a large area circling Paonia. I loved driving around the state to the beautiful towns of Crested Butte, Telluride and Aspen. I moved to Aspen in 2014 and began selling wine for Veraison in the fall of 2015.
What is the most interesting wine you ever tasted? Zyme from black to white
Erin Collins • Mountain Sales Manager • firstname.lastname@example.org
I first fell in love with wine after I bought my wine store! I love the passion involved in wine, growers, enologist, and consumers. When people get excited and share their passion at all levels in the process of wine!
What is the most interesting wine you ever tasted? My "wine epipheny" was Clape Cornas. It all clicked after that...stunning wine!
Cheryl Hintz • Colorado Springs E./Pueblo Sales • email@example.com
After 20 years as a sales professional, I found my passion in wine. I was fortunate to live and work in Germany for several years giving me the opportunity to travel and experience many amazing places and fine wines from its source. When I isn’t planning their next trip, I love to study politics, camp, play golf, ski and cook great meals for my family.
What is the most interesting wine you ever tasted? Amazing vintage ports one afternoon while going from port house to port house in Vila Nova de Gaia
Front Range Team
Jessie Ransom • Central Mountains/ Gunnison/ Crested Butte Sales • firstname.lastname@example.org
After working as a consulting geologist, I found my way back to restaurants and eventually to wine. While working at the Denver restaurant Acorn, an interest in wine blossomed into a passion and I began focus a great deal of my attention on everything wine, from the production, to the history, to the regional differences, to the winemakers. I think the greatest thing about wine is that it is so much more than a beverage; it is a story of history and geology with many layers. The wine world is dynamic, and its constant evolution intrigues and excites me. Every day with wine is an opportunity for learning, and I find that aspect both enjoyable and humbling. It also helps to live and work in Colorado where I can balance my work life and my personal life. If I'm not working, you may find me out enjoying one of the myriad activities offered in our backyard, including: mountain biking, snowboarding, hiking, trail running and/or backpacking.
I discovered my love for food and wine while eating Moroccan Tajine paired with white Saint Joseph. The meal is the most magical moment of the day, I enjoy it with as many friends as can fit around my table.
I spent almost ten years in the Denver fine dining scene, before I decided to commit to the study of wine. I read every book available, got involved with a woman’s tasting group, trained with the Guild of Sommeliers, and completed the advanced level through the WSET. I love the geeky history and geology of wine regions. My favorite book on the topic is “The Widow Clicquot – The Story of a Champagne Empire.”
What is your favorite wine region? Alsace. The wines from this region are as complex as the history. Cremant always puts a smile on my face.
Where is your favorite place that you’ve traveled to? India. There wasn’t much wine, but it changed my life.
What do you do in your free time? Laugh as much as possible!
Staci Blair • Colorado Springs Sales • email@example.com
I have been selling wine since 1993, my formative years in the business as a toddler. Working as a broker in San Diego and selling iconic brands, from Matanzas Creek, Trefethen, and Merryvale to Domaine Leroy. From there, I joined Regal Wine Company in it’s early days building new territories and learning the wine business from a new perspective all in the San Diego market. After a ten year break to spend time at home with my son, I dove back into the wine business head first joining a small wine distributor. After this foray into the Colorado Springs market, in August of 2011, I then chose to work with Bob Cohen of Veraison Beverage Distributors and has been proudly representing our brands since.
What wines/regions/varietals are you most excited to talk to your buyers about? Just like my children, I love them all and simply cannot choose (this should confuse my only child)!
I have been a foodie and a lover of wine since before I can remember. My appreciation for food grew while working in the restaurant industry. It wasn’t until I worked in fine dining that my deep passion for wine grew. Like most, over time my wine palate expanded. I truly feel it’s ever expanding. I was lucky enough to get into the distribution industry about 2 years ago. With a combination of nearly 20 years of experience in sales and restaurants, this position was a match made in heaven. I can honestly say I have never felt so connected to a career in my life. Someone once told me learning about wine is not about the destination, it’s about the journey. That is so incredibly true. I tell myself this everyday, and embrace expanding my knowledge any chance I can. I’m looking forward to what the next 20 years has in store for me!
Favorite type of wine?
My Gemini personality drives me to be adaptive. I choose my wine based on how I feel in that moment, and usually look for something I have have never tried. To limit it to just one varietal or region would go against everything I believe in.
Peggy Sue Sandell • Denver Central Sales • firstname.lastname@example.org
Matt Nuss • Durango, Grand Junction, Telluride Sales • email@example.com
Jenn Mena-Wenstrom • Boulder Sales • firstname.lastname@example.org
I was extremely lucky to have been raised in beautiful Evergreen, Colorado and then moved to Lakewood to attend college at the University of Colorado at Denver, graduating in 2003 with a B.A. in International Relations. During my college years, and a few beyond, I worked as a server in a fine dining restaurant which is where I first cut my teeth on what wine. I spent 13 years as a successful fine dining restaurant professional, wine director, General Manager, and Sommelier in the Denver Metro and received my Level 2 Sommelier certification from the Court of Master Sommeliers in 2009.
I have two boys, 7 and 11, and, along with my husband we try to experience active adventures as often as possible. In my spare time, I am an active Yoga-goer, passionate about traveling, experiencing new places and cultures, and in our beautiful Colorado summers, I love to take my boys and dogs hiking, camping, and on adventurous road trips.
What wines/regions/varietals are you most excited to talk to your buyers about? 1) I really love the versatility of Northern Italian Whites, i.e Cortese, Soave, and Arneis. 2) Provencal rosé will always take up a big spot in my heart. 3) Bubbles of all sorts. They are food friendly, go well with any celebration, and generally make a person happy.
MoJeaux, DMS • Company Canine • Vail, Colorado
MoJeaux is a Libra who enjoys long walks and Champagne. He's also Veraisons top Canine Wine Critic, bringing such noted credentials as DMS and the highest ranking recognition from the C of CC, Court of Canine Critics. Mojeaux has gained wide acclaim for his renowned Tail Wag Rating System
What was the last great wine you enjoyed? Whatever spilled on the floor
What is the most interesting wine and food pairing you've ever had? Yamhill Pinot Noir with Iams grain-fed dog niblets for small to medium-size dogs
What do you like to do in your free time? Relax, hang out with my friends Art, Boone & Missy
I'm born and raised in Colorado. I grew up in the liquor business, started at Applejacks when I turned 21. Quickly went into wine sales and never looked back. I've covered almost every area in Colorado, been in wine sales for 23 years. I recently moved to western slope and absolutely love it out here. I love the outdoors and love to fish and hunt. I've been to Italy, France, and Spain on various wine trips
Kerry Krekich • Fort Collins Sales • email@example.com
Trevor Martin • Denver Central Sales • firstname.lastname@example.org
I'm a proud Colorado native with a passion for food and wine. After graduating high school I attended culinary school and refined my skills in the kitchen. It was through food that I discovered my absolute passion for wine. In search of more knowledge I attended the International Sommelier Guild where I received my Sommelier diploma in 2005. I decided to turn my passion into a career and began working in various facets in the wine industry starting in retail and moving over into wholesale. Over the course of my career I've been lucky enough to be able to travel extensively throughout some of the best wine regions of the world. These experiences have only expanded and deepened my love and knowledge of wine and food. But one can't sustain on wine alone, so enter whiskey. Much like wine, whiskey is a product of its environment and understanding those differences is fascinating to me. Sharing my knowledge of wine, whiskey, and food with my friends and family is one of life's great pleasures. If I'm not working hard in the industry or playing hard in the beautiful Colorado Mountains I'm likely planning my next dinner party
What wines/regions/varietals are you most excited to talk to your buyers about? My passion is European wine in general because they showcase a sense of place unlike most New World wines
Bob Cohen • email@example.com
What is your favorite place you’ve traveled? South Africa
What is your favorite wine to enjoy with friends? Something most people have not tried in the past. A wine that will open their eyes to how great and diverse the world of wine can be..
What wines/regions/varietals are you most excited to talk to your buyers about?Piedmont/Tuscany/Rhone
Where were you born/raised? St. Paul, Minnesota
What activities do you enjoy in your free time? Living
What was the last great wine you enjoyed? Recently a friend of mine brought a 1990 La Tache, it was spectacular!
What is the most interesting wine you ever tasted? 1896 Chateau d’Yquem. It was, obviously, a rare experience. It was not showing an abundance of fruit but the wine was sound and to just have the opportunity was a memorable day in the life of a wine lover.
How did you first fall in love with wine? In college I was curious about wine. I purchased some books on wine and studied.. I then went to Kick’s Liquors in Minneapolis and asked questions. The owner was amazing. Patient, guiding and full of information to learn. I would then buy a bottle and enjoy it with friends. That may have been with dinner or with some cheese and a baguette on the banks of the Mississippi River. Then it was time to go back to Kick’s for my next class.
I started my first real job when I was 15 in the restaurant industry in Ohio. In 2000 I moved to Colorado where I continued working in restaurants, from the ground up. I studied at Metro State in Denver but found myself growing into the management scene at some of Denver’s finest restaurants. I love wine, love learning about wine, and decided to take the plunge into retail, and then onto the distribution side. I really enjoy the relationships, the travel and the bubbles!
My family moved up to Fort Collins in 2015 and fell in love with this area! When I’m not selling wine I’m playing with my 2 daughters, practicing yoga, cooking, reading or enjoying the outdoors.
I look forward to my adventures with Veraison!