Where Personality
& Knowledge Meet

The Wine Cellar staff has more than 6 decades of wine expertise packed into one small space.
Erin has been teaching wine classes since 2003.
Rob’s been selling high end domestic wines for two decades.
Ocean and Cristina have been making wine for more than a decade combined.
Ben and Laurie have been with the shop for years, too.
How can we help?


The team that plays together…
stays together

For almost 20 years The Wine Cellar staff has grown into a team of knowledgeable and friendly wine experts who each has a different specialty. Call ahead to be sure the best person for your needs will be onsite to help delight you. How can we help?


Isn’t this the kind of team you want to work with?

I mean, seriously; look how happy we are together! We’re the friendliest, most fun, most down to earth wine geeks you’ll ever meet.
Back row: Ben ( graphic designer by day, food service genius by night), JP (guest chef), Cristina (owner/winemaker of Gonzales Wine Co., & wine specialist), Laura (Ocean’s partner- but it was such a cute picture!), Rob (hospitality manager). Front row: Erin (owner), & Ocean (paused winemaker & wine specialist). Plus, yes, we are drinking Coors Light. No shame in that game.


Erin Palmer
Owner/ instructor/ chef/ janitor

Erin has been teaching wine classes privately and through Portland Community College since 2002. Her knowledge of history, flavor profiles, food pairing, and overall making sure you’re delighted with your selection is unparalleled. She’s not a snob; but that doesn’t mean she doesn’t know her business. She does. When she’s not at the shop she can be found paddling her S’up, with her dragon boat team, running a race, hanging out in a yoga class, walking her dog, chatting with her adult children, or adventuring with her husband, Big. She’s busy; which is just the way she likes it.


Rob messick
Hospitality Manager

Rob joined our team in 2013 when he relocated to Portland with his husband. Rob has worked in the high-end wine game for more than 20 years and has an exceptional palate! His knowledge of domestic wines, specifically California, is really impressive. When Rob’s not at the shop he’s typically gardening, walking his dog, hosting a dinner party, or antiquing. Rob is a treasure and we recommend you get to know him.