Meet the Family

GLORIA GILBERT | Wine Club & Consumer Sales Manager

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. 

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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.
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JESSICA HAWKINS |  Events Manager
Jessica Hawkins 2016Jessica moved west from Ohio in 2005 after getting her MBA from Ohio University. The the spell cast by Yakima’s enchanting “rurban” lifestyle has kept her in Washington’s high-desert wine country ever since. She is now developing GC’s events programming, including weddings, Music in the Vines and parties of every size and shape. In her past lives, she was winery general manager from 2011-2015, and was the executive director of Allied Arts of Yakima Valley from 2008-2011. Jessica summited the 8,200-foot Gilbert Peak in 2013 for the first time. She is a co-founder of the nonprofit I Heart Yakima

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GEOFF HOWELL | Assistant Winemaker
Geoff Howell 2016Geoff has been an essential part of the Gilbert Cellars production team since 2010. With a background in fine dining, Geoff has been honing his wine and winemaking knowledge through various courses within the trade, including a Sommelier Certification with the Court of Master Sommeliers and an 18-month Viticulture program with WSU. Geoff made the last three vintages of Pinot Noir and continues to pursue interests in business management.

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JUSTIN NEUFELD | Head Winemaker & Partner
Justin Neufeld 2016

Justin 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.

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LAURA SCHLECT | 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.

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