Vice President/General Manager, John Ware is responsible for the management of restaurant and retail accounts, domestic and international distributorship relationships, direct to consumer sales, compliance and marketing. He also oversees business management of the winery’s estate vineyards including Galitzine Vineyard (Red Mountain AVA), Palengat Vineyard (Horse Heaven Hills AVA) and Champoux Vineyard (Horse Heaven Hills AVA). John first joined Quilceda Creek in the fall of 1986 as a cellar worker while at the University of Washington. At the time, he was dating Lisa Golitzin, daughter of Quilceda Creek founders Alex and Jeannette Golitzin. John and Lisa married in 1991; and in 2000, he left his position as vice president of a technology start-up to bring sales and business management expertise to the family business. He assumed general manager responsibilities in 2004. Wine Advocate awarded Quilceda Creek a six 100-point ratings in the last 13 vintages. Wine Spectator named Quilceda Creek to its prestigious annual “Top Ten Wines in the World” list three times, and Wine Advocate named Quilceda Creek “Best Washington State Winery 2017”. John holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Washington. He lives Woodway, WA with his wife Lisa and four children.