Our People

At Pacific Rim, we’re a family. We come from many different backgrounds, but we share a common vi- sion (a vision beyond our desire to make world-class Riesling) — we want to do great, meaningful work (from winemaking to marketing to sales to finance)...and we want to have fun doing it. We value the environment we’ve fostered where candid, open communication is the foundation of every interaction, and creative, innovative thinking is expected in everything we do.

Interestingly, many of us are refugees from larger (even multi-national corporate) companies. Though we learned an enormous amount from our experiences at these larger companies, we all felt a call- ing to do something more sincere and entrepreneurial. We feel strongly that the best thinking comes from accessing all the brain power available — so we encourage the cross pollination of ideas from team members of different backgrounds and skill sets. We also believe in making hard choices and we strive to integrate environmentally conscious practices across the winery (you can read more in the SUSTAINABILITY section of the website).

Like a family, we share many passions: food, wine, personal time with family and friends, the beauty of the Northwest... and, of course, Riesling. We hope you feel that our passion — and our joy — shows in the quality of our wines. To learn more about the Pacific Rim family, you can contact any one of us at info@rieslingrules.com. We’ll make sure that your email gets forwarded to the appropriate person.

Nicolas was born in Lyon, France, to a family with three generations in the wine business. Nicolas holds a Master degree in Winemaking from the University of Dijon, Burgundy and a Masters in Sparkling Wine Business from the University of Reims, Champagne. Prior to coming to the United States, Nicolas worked in Burgundy and the Rhone Valley as a winemaker. Read More

Steven was born in Georgia (USA) to an Air Force father and German mother. At the age of five, the family was stationed to Wiesbaden, Germany. Shortly thereafter he had his first taste of wine, as is the German custom to serve watered down wine to children on special occasions. After spending five years in Germany and a five year assignment in Kansas City, Missouri, the family finally laid down roots in Seattle, WA where Steven received his undergraduate degree in Accounting from the University of Washington. Read More