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.
Born and raised in the boundless beauty of Northern California, Sean knew he had a passion for wine and food from a young age. Eventually, attending Cal Poly – San Luis Obispo, one of the United States premier agricultural universities, he majored in Wine and Viticulture. After graduating, he entered the world of wine, working with vineyards and wineries from Mendocino through Napa and Sonoma all the way to Santa Barbara County and nearly every varietal imaginable. Eventually, he decided that he wanted to help people find wines from undiscovered, under-the-radar gems around California and the world. He became the wine buyer for some of the most respected wine shops and collectives in Napa Valley and is now sourcing the best wines of the world for Gary’s Napa Valley. In 2020, he earned his MBA from Sonoma State University in Wine Business and Marketing. Sean lives in Santa Rosa with his wife, two daughters, and a fish named Puppy.