A first generation Mexican American, Lalo began his career in the wine industry after graduating with top honors from the Le Cordon Bleu School of Culinary Arts. Soon after he moved to Portland, Oregon where he landed his first wine gig working with Teutonic Wine Company, a boutique family owned winery producing artisanal, small production wines. There he spent time in the vineyards and the cellar growing his love, knowledge and thirst for all things wine. Since then he has gone on to earn three different sommelier certifications and work harvest in several different wine regions, stateside and abroad. Throughout the course of his relatively short career in the world of wine he has also worked for notable Sonoma wineries such as Patz and Hall and Arista. As part of the Private Client Division of iconic retailer Dean & Deluca, he conducted private customized wine tastings and consulted on the cultivation and inventory management of privately-owned cellars. Prior to settling in Northern California, Lalo has been fortunate enough to live in Los Angeles, New York, Buenos Aires and London. In 2016 he joined the prominent team of Oxbow Cheese & Wine Merchant and Ferry Plaza Wine Merchant.
Born in San Diego, CA and raised in Napa Valley, Allyson has worked in hospitality and the wine industry for several years. Prior to Oxbow Cheese & Wine Merchant Allyson assisted travelers and wine lovers alike at the Napa Tourist Information Center planning excursions and visits to many of the great wineries in the Napa Valley. Allyson also spent time with the Hess Collection where she served as a wine educator, tour guide and assisted in their Wine Club. In addition, she has worked for Sonoma wineries Baciagalupi Vineyards and Thumbprint Celllars. In search of a new path she found the Oxbow Cheese & Wine Merchant in 2019 where she now indulges her new appreciation for wine, food and cheese. When she is not at the shop she enjoys cooking, camping and spending time with her family of boys.
David Blankenship, Cheese Monger ~ firstname.lastname@example.org
A native of Napa, David is no stranger to food and wine. From grocery stores to restaurants he has developed a deep appreciation for the industry and came to us in 2015. Beginning as cheese monger he soon discovered his appreciation and love for artisanal cheese, where he worked his way up to cheese manager. Currently as our store supervisor David heads our craft beer program where he focuses on showcasing local California producers as well as some tasty examples from around the world. With almost fifteen years of experience, he is constantly amazed at how many things there are to learn, taste and enjoy with our guests. When David is not at the merchant you can find him on his bike or writing music as he is an avid musician.
Born December 25th, 1956 in Brooklyn NY. The best Christmas present my mom ever got! After being paroled from college in 1974 I traveled around counting bubbles and bartending till I found my heart in SF – 1988. Then in 2005 I found FPWM and took over as Controller and Chief Bubble Counter.