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Ryan Smith
Area Sales Manager, Pacific Northwest Region

I grew up in a rather small city about 15 miles northeast of Seattle, WA called Woodinville (now home to over 90 Wineries and Tasting Rooms). My love for wine and the industry started one summer in 1995 when I was on break from college and I worked at Chateau Ste Michelle Winery. I truly enjoyed learning about wine, the process involved in making wine, how wine was paired with food and the passion that all of the individuals shared.

In 1998, I took a leap of faith and moved to Southern CA where I worked for Southern Wine & Spirits. I hit the jackpot. I had the best portfolio and represented some of the best wineries in the world, including Robert Mondavi Winery. From 2000-2004, I worked with the Robert Mondavi Company and met a few of my colleagues here at Folio while managing Southern CA regional sales. I learned so much about wine and the industry, and how wine should be a part of family and friends. But one of the most important views of wine and the industry I learned was that "Wine is Passion".

After a few years of honing my skills and education in the industry, I have made my return back to working with the Michael Mondavi Family, Folio and the Pacific Northwest. The people, the culture and the family wineries we represent from around the globe are truly unbelievable and life changing.
 
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