Meet the Family

GLORIA GILBERT | General Manager & Partner

Gloria Gilbert 2016What brought Gloria to Yakima? Simply, love. Gloria met Charlie Gilbert when they were both studying at Le Cordon Bleu in Portland. After pursuing formative experiences in the culinary world–namely assisting on Food Network programs like Giada at Home and The Pioneer Woman–she firmly planted herself in our Yakima community. When Gloria isn’t busy manning the Tasting Room or packing up Wine Club shipments, she’s on her patio sipping Rosé and enjoying married life.

CHARLIE GILBERT | Sales & Partner
Charlie Gilbert 2016Charlie has worn many hats for the company: from making cheese-plates, doing punchdowns, inventory, and currently selling wine. Charlie joined our national sales team with a focus on the PNW. Culinary degree and all, his passion for food and has fostered relationships with restaurant owners and sommeliers all over the Northwest. Charlie enjoys skateboarding and consuming delicious food.
 JUSTIN NEUFELD | Head Winemaker & Partner
Justin Neufeld 2016Justin showcases the flavors of the vineyards through each step of the growing and production process. Our resident wine geek, Justin has a degree in molecular biology, but outdoor pursuits (backpacking, climbing)—and a serendipitous introduction to noted Washington winemaker Doug Gore—drove him out of the lab and into the vineyards. He finessed his skills at Chateau St. Michelle, Silver Lake, and Glen Fiona before joining Gilbert Cellars in 2007.

LAURA RANKIN SCHLECT | Marketing, Sales & Partner

Laura Schlect 2016As a partner and member of the extended Gilbert clan (daughter of Purna Rankin, nee Gilbert) Laura is a wellspring of family lore with deep connections to Yakima—and Yakima Valley wines. Laura joined the Gilbert Cellars team in 2009 and managed the tasting room from 2010 through 2014. She has a master’s degree from Sotheby’s Institute of Art in London, and has a perennial fondness for Malbec and Rosé. She is a co-founder of the nonprofit I Heart Yakima.

VIA HERSHOLT | Event Manager

A PNW native and lover of good food and live music, Via joined the Gilbert Cellars team in the Fall of 2016 after spending 10 years in Portland, Oregon. Via has a diverse background in event planning and venue management, and is thrilled to be running events at both our downtown tasting room and our winery at The Hackett Ranch. After following her heart with a leap of faith to Yakima, she’s looking forward to new adventures and proud to call this community her home.