Mariko comes to Gary’s Wine and Marketplace following a 20 year career in hospitality, with a focus on Food and Wine – most recently as the National Beverage Director for a fine dining group. She looks forward to continuing this journey with the team here in St Helena. Mariko has lived in the Napa Valley for the past 15 years, having grown up in the Midwest and attending school in New York. Being surrounded by icons of the wine world, she finds it impossible to not be excited to constantly learn about wines. When she’s not at the market, she can be found walking the vineyards with her husband, daughter, and our German shepherd.
Her first trip to Napa Valley is what motivated Deanna to leave the hustle and bustle of Washington, DC in 2010 and move to California. After working a fast-paced Wall Street career in San Francisco, she decided she needed a change and began to study wine. After achieving the Certified Specialist of Wine Qualification in 2015 she left the financial world behind and has been working in Napa ever since. A dream come true! Deanna is also a Certified Sommelier and is currently completing her WSET Diploma.
John is originally from Stockton, California and comes from an agricultural background. He moved to the Napa Valley to pursue his passion for food at the Culinary Institute of America Greystone. After graduation, he couldn’t imagine being anywhere else, and he stayed here in the valley. He leads the kitchen team with a focus on fresh and local ingredients and takes pride in all things being made in house – if you’re wondering who is here at 3am baking rolls, it’s probably him. When he’s not in our kitchen, he’s likely at home cooking with friends, and coming up with new ideas for the store.