Our Roots, Our Values, and Our Vision Moving Forward

Our beginnings trace back to Mike Temple’s Berkeley garage in 1975, where he and a group of self-professed “food and wine geeks” with a tasting club stored their wine and met regularly to drink it. Within months Mike and his friends went “deep” and began purchasing wine at auction in England. Such activity required an import license, and after several years and many bottles of Grand Cru Burgundy the group became official by incorporating in 1977. Players in the then-emerging Berkeley farm-to-table restaurant scene wanted “in,” as there were precious few quality-minded wine importers operating in California at this time. A company was born.

In 1987 President Alan Pricco joined Grape Expectations, providing the additional capital and energy to expand the company’s distribution into Oregon and Washington. By the late 1980s Mike and Alan had salespeople and trucks covering the coast from Los Angeles all the way to Seattle, establishing early leadership when it came to integrated multi-state wine importation and distribution. Netherlands-based Frank Poot, a long-time industry leader in Europe, joined Grape in 2015 after the untimely passing of Founder Mike Temple. Mike and Frank, always close friends, collaborated on many fronts over the years and Frank’s formal integration into the company now provides Grape with a stronger than ever foundation in Europe. Frank’s extensive relationships and logistics acumen are second to nobody in this business. Managing Director Jeff Miller started his career in sales at Grape Expectations and returned after a 12-year absence in 2018, igniting the beginning of a new era for the company in terms of growth and reach.

Our National Portfolio represents independent producers from all major wine regions with licensing and service in all 50 US states. Our West Coast Distribution arm directly services the Western states of California, Oregon, and Washington, selling both our own import selections, wines from partner importers, and wines from leading domestic producers. Our Premier division provides compressed margin and 3PL solutions to progressive retailers, wineries, and importers.

Here in the US market Grape is unique amongst peers of similar size and longevity in that the company has remained a family-oriented operation through and through. Most of the key members of our management team have been with us since the first time neon colors were in style, and the second generation of the family is now stepping into leadership roles.

More so than any of his Bay Area peers our late Founder Mike Temple placed tremendous emphasis on delivering value, and forty years later it goes without saying that most everyone in this industry thinks of “Grape” and “value” synonymously. Whether dealing in humble Touraine Sauvignon or Cru Barolo, Mike took heartfelt pride in providing unbeatable value to you, Grape’s clients.

Our industry is changing quickly these days, and we’ve doubled down on Mike’s legacy of value with the rollout of our Direct Import Portfolio and its “winery direct” pricing model – We don’t build a typical importer margin into our national prices because we don’t have to. We don’t employ the typical importer’s army of regional managers, you won’t see us spending money on in-store demos, we refuse to pay slotting fees, and we don’t shuffle our import employees across the country on time and dollar consuming “ride withs.” Instead we drive engagement through our creative online content channels and through personal visits from winery principals. A similar story can be told about our West Coast Distribution arm and the uniquely low-cost structure that now serves as its architecture – No uneeded layers of middle management, no army of merchandisers, and no fancy office spaces…Just hand-made wine sold at prices that induce eye-strain! Wine lovers everywhere seek out the “Grape” importer label because they’ve come to trust our company’s ability to consistently over-deliver. The continuation and expansion of this philosophy, Mike’s legacy, is our obsession.

Our Business Units


  • The Grape Expectations Direct Import Portfolio is composed of the wines that we purchase directly as the importer of record.
  • The focus of our Direct Import Portfolio efforts are with European wine, but we import directly from most other major regions in the world as well.
  • For most of these items we broker sales with distributors in the other 47 US states (most purchase out of our California warehouse, and some pick up directly from the winery cellar).
  • While most National Importers run on a 30-40% profit margin, we run much leaner (10%-15%), with the understanding being that a combination of engaging content and best in class pricing is superior to the “status quo” of ride withs and billback schemes.


  • We operate wholesale distribution companies in California, Oregon, and Washington, each with its own warehouse and office.
  • We pride ourselves in best-in-class customer service, commitment to teamwork, and a “growth-mindset” culture.
  • Our distribution portfolios are split between products sourced from the Grape Expectations Direct Import Portfolio, and those from US-based wineries and importers.


  • We’ve specialized in compressed-margin and 3PL solutions since our early days, where we’ve handled warehousing and logistics for firms looking to select and import their own wines.
  • This business unit is flexible, with the philosophy of creating custom solutions for retailers, wineries, importers, and agents looking for compressed-margin/communication-first fulfillment


Alan Pricco
Alan PriccoPresident
Jeff Miller
Jeff MillerManaging Director


Ken O'Hara
Ken O'HaraDirector of Sales, Washington Distribution
Angelo Simonetti
Angelo SimonettiDirector of Sales, Oregon Distribution
Cameron Russell
Cameron RussellDirector of Sales, Southern California Distribution
Alex Casella
Alex CasellaAccount Manager, National Distribution
Serena Santin Lewis
Serena Santin LewisAccount Manager, Washington
Jenell Glatzmaier
Jenell GlatzmaierAccount Manager, Spokane
John Griffin
John GriffinAccount Manager, Seattle Metro
Josh Silverman
Josh SilvermanAccount Manager, Whatcom/Skagit/Island Counties
Jeanette Nation
Jeanette NationAccount Manager, Seattle
Aynne Ingram
Aynne IngramAccount Manager, Seattle
Kris Blondin
Kris BlondinAccount Manager, Olympia
Peter Fritts
Peter FrittsAccount Manager, Seattle
Stephen Buffington
Stephen BuffingtonAccount Manager, Vashon/Seatac/Renton
Todd Roney
Todd RoneyAccount Manager, Kitsap Peninsula
Steve Heinzel
Steve HeinzelAccount Manager, North Seattle
Jerissa Fisch
Jerissa FischAccount Manager, Eastside
Josh Leonard
Josh LeonardAccount Manager, South King County/Pierce County
Drew Prazeau
Drew PrazeauAccount Manager, Portland
Jonathan Barbo
Jonathan BarboAccount Manager, Ashland
Jessica Costa
Jessica CostaAccount Manager, Oregon
Maio Martinez
Maio MartinezAccount Manager, Portland
Mark Garner
Mark GarnerAccount Manager, Portland
Nicholas Jaindil
Nicholas JaindilAccount Manager, Bend
Astryd deMichele Remati
Astryd deMichele RematiAccount Manager, Eugene
Ronald Michaud
Ronald MichaudAccount Manager, California
Bryan Pritchard
Bryan PritchardAccount Manager, California
Sherry Bjorkland-Smith
Sherry Bjorkland-SmithAccount Manager, California
Wesley Hagen
Wesley HagenAccount Manager, California
Brian Klassen
Brian KlassenAccount Manager, Sacramento
Mark Goldfarb
Mark GoldfarbAccount Manager, Beverly Hills
April Michaud
April MichaudAccount Manager, Los Angeles
Mike King
Mike KingAccount Manager, San Diego
Sean Best
Sean BestAccount Manager, Santa Barbara
Moin Rastegar
Moin RastegarAccount Manager, Southern California
Connor Clay
Connor ClayAccount Manager, Central Coast
Chase Doerr
Chase DoerrAccount Manager, Los Angeles
Janice Jones
Janice JonesAccount Manager, Tahoe
Blair Roche
Blair RocheAccount Manager, Palm Desert
Dominick Favuzzi
Dominick FavuzziAccount Manager, North County
Kevin Stuart
Kevin StuartAccount Manager, Los Angeles
Bryan Stanojev
Bryan StanojevAccount Manager, Orange County
Billy Cannon
Billy CannonAccount Manager, San Francisco/East Bay
Camille Hiner
Camille HinerAccount Manager, Peninsula and South Bay Area
James Martin Del Campo
James Martin Del CampoAccount Manager, Central Coast
Stephen Boyce
Stephen BoyceAccount Manager, San Francisco/North Bay
Max Lewis
Max LewisItalian Specialist


Peter Moore
Peter MooreDirector of Sales, National Distribution
Kathi Kankis
Kathi KankisMarketing Coordinator


Debbie Cooper
Debbie CooperOperations Manager, Accounting (Corporate)
Arsene Longuele
Arsene LongueleAccounting Supervisor
Cassandra Jefferson
Cassandra JeffersonStaff Accountant
Yukie Hasegawa
Yukie HasegawaOperations Coordinator, Accounting (Corporate)
Manson Marpaug
Manson MarpaugAR Staff Accountant
Wayne Phan
Wayne PhanAP Staff Accountant
Heather Bekaert
Heather BekaertAccounts Receivable (West Coast Distribution WA/OR, Premier WA/OR)


Jenny Skidmore
Jenny SkidmoreOperations Manager, Admin
Michelle Mowbray
Michelle MowbrayOperations Manager, Admin
Natalie Pricco
Natalie PriccoOperations Manager, Admin
Ginger White
Ginger WhiteOperations Coordinator, Admin
Logan Pricco
Logan PriccoOperations Manager, Admin
Caleb Leonard
Caleb LeonardOperations Manager, Admin
Casey White
Casey WhiteOperations Coordinator, Accounting (Corporate)
Allyson Bermillo
Allyson BermilloOperations Manager, Admin


Mike Lucia
Mike LuciaOperations Director, Warehousing/Delivery (WA/OR/CA)
Denny Bowden
Denny BowdenSenior Operations Manager, Warehousing and Delivery (WA); Receiver (WA)
Shawn Grant
Shawn GrantWarehousing/Delivery Lead (OR)
Francisco Gomez
Francisco GomezOperations Manager, Warehousing and Delivery (CA); Receiver (CA)
Alberto Romero
Alberto RomeroWarehousing/Delivery Specialist (CA)
Diego Hernandez
Diego HernandezWarehousing/Delivery Specialist (CA)
Jorge Gonzales
Jorge GonzalesWarehousing/Delivery Specialist (CA)
Jose Baeza
Jose BaezaWarehousing/Delivery Specialist (CA)
Jose Hernandez
Jose HernandezWarehousing/Delivery Specialist (CA)
Ruben Gaitan Cruz
Ruben Gaitan CruzWarehousing/Delivery Specialist (CA)
Kristian Martinez
Kristian MartinezWarehousing/Delivery Specialist (CA)
Luis Aguilar
Luis AguilarWarehousing/Delivery Specialist (CA)
Wayne Owen
Wayne OwenWarehousing/Delivery Specialist (CA)
Jessica Quackenbush
Jessica QuackenbushCustomer Success, Warehousing and Delivery (WA/OR)
David Stakston
David StakstonWarehousing/Delivery Specialist (WA)
Joe Soakai
Joe SoakaiWarehousing/Delivery Specialist (WA)
Calixto Uluan
Calixto UluanWarehousing/Delivery Specialist (OR)
Robert James Holt-Sawyer
Robert James Holt-SawyerWarehousing/Delivery Specialist (OR)
Fernando Aguirre
Fernando AguirreWarehousing/Delivery Specialist (OR)
Francisco Marquez
Francisco MarquezWarehousing/Delivery Specialist (OR)
Oscar Tepitzila
Oscar TepitzilaWarehousing/Delivery Specialist (OR)
Alex Littleboy
Alex LittleboyWarehousing/Delivery Specialist (OR)
Hunter Hughes
Hunter HughesWarehousing/Delivery Specialist (WA)
Michael Burr
Michael BurrWarehousing/Delivery Specialist (WA)
Heidi Bishop
Heidi BishopWarehousing/Delivery Specialist (OR)
Joe Whelan
Joe WhelanWarehousing/Delivery Specialist (WA)
Kendra Taylor
Kendra TaylorWarehousing/Delivery Specialist (WA)
Tyson Goodman
Tyson GoodmanWarehousing/Delivery Specialist (WA)