When you visit The Wine Shack, you can expect to be greeted with a friendly smile, a hearty “Welcome to The Wine Shack!” and a taste of wine to enjoy. Our people will do their best to help you find a special bottle of wine that is perfect for you.

Our People

Our staff has extensive experience with wine and is familiar with the wines we carry.  Don’t hesitate to ask them for assistance.

Joe Lebold — Joe joined our team in 2013. Joe has experience with Sokol-Blosser Winery as a Brand Ambassador.  Before that, Joe spent several years working as a Wine Distributor Sales Representative.    Joe is very knowledgeable on Oregon, Washington and California wines.

Lee Roberts — Lee has been a fixture at The Wine Shack for years! is a retired high school teacher and a Western culture aficionado. Lee can discuss every bottle of wine in The Wine Shack as he’s been involved with the selection of each and every bottle in the store.

Marlene Reynolds — We call Marlene our Hospitality Diva! She is usually found in The Wine Shack’s Tasting Room putting out goodies and keeping things in good order.   Marlene also helps pour at events around town.  Marlene loves cooking and wine, so The Wine Shack is a perfect spot for her.

Meet the Winemakers

Winemaker Sean Drigger

Sean Driggers, the winemaker at Pudding River Wine Cellars, in Salem, has been the collaborating winemaker for Puffin Pinot Noir since the 2009 vintage.

Sean’s winemaking education is a combination of self-teaching and completing courses at Chemeketa Community College. Sean been making wine professionally since 2006. His Puffin and Pudding River wines have received numerous awards, including many Double Gold and Gold medals, at local and regional wine competitions.

Prior to becoming a winemaker, Sean enjoyed a 15-year career as a mechanical engineer working in fields as diverse as environmental restoration to telecommunications. Sean was born in Florida, but was raised in Anchorage, Alaska where he developed his love of gourmet food and wine.

Sean attended college at Whitman College in Walla Walla, Washington for a liberal arts degree and then Duke University in Durham, North Carolina for his undergraduate engineering degree. He was awarded a Master’s Degree in Engineering Management from Washington State University as well.

Winemaker Ray Walsh

Although he grew up in New Zealand, Ray Walsh found his calling in the wine industry in the late 1980’s while backpacking through Europe and working a harvest in Germany’s Mosel region to finance his travels.

Bitten with the wine bug, Ray completed his enology studies back in New Zealand, earning his degree in fermentation science. Soon after, he began working alongside Kim Crawford and with New Zealand giant Villa Maria Estate before being recruited by Ed King of King Estate Winery in Eugene, Oregon.

Drawn to Oregon’s terroir and the growing reputation as the top region in the world for Pinot Noir, Walsh excitedly began his new life as an Oregon winemaker in 1993. Ray was instrumental in raising King Estate’s profile and reputation as a top producer of quality Pinot Noir and Pinot Gris, garnering many top awards, including placing King Estate wines into Wine Spectator’s top 100 list.

Ray continued to lead King Estate’s winemaking team for a decade, but made a choice to step away and started his own craft artisan brand, Capitello Wines in 2003. “I’ve never regretted that decision”, says Walsh.

Ray now resides in Eugene, where Capitello wines are made, but also heads to New Zealand each spring to work harvest and produce additional wines from the Marlborough region. “I learned about grape growing in New Zealand, and I learned about winemaking here in Oregon, so I feel really blessed to be able to produce wines from each distinctive region to showcase the stark contrasts of terroir from opposite ends of the world.

Ray began collaborating with Puffin wines in 2012 and has delivered exceptional Pinot Gris every vintage since then.

Winemaker Jean-Michel Jussiaume

I believe my wines represent my origins, my life experiences, my personality and my belief in winemaking.

My family produces Muscadet in the Loire Valley, France. This vibrant wine is always on my mind when making whites. As a result, I like to feel some acidity on most of my blends. It’s helped the wine keep its freshness and lifts up the fruit as well as extends the mouth feel.

Ultimately, I want the taster to go back to my wines and find at each new sip another layer of complexity and aromas. A good wine in my opinion arouses curiosity by its originality, respectfulness of the fruit, balance, texture, and must express to its best the vineyard site and the work of the grower.

Winemaker John Derthick

As well as their Lujon Wine Cellars wines, John and Lewis Derthick make wine for Puffin Wines.

Lujon Wine Cellars was conceived in 2005 by father and son team, Lewis and John Derthick. After his enlistment in the Navy, John while attending college was dabbling in winemaking. Upon learning that you could actually go to college for winemaking, John moved to California to study viticulture and enology at University California Davis. After working in the wine industry for 2 decades at various locations in Oregon, California, and Washington John was approached by Lewis about making some wine for the family. Though John was currently working for another producer, he figured we could do a 100 cases, no harm, no foul.

They started with 100 cases of some exceptional fruit out of the Walla Walla Valley. Over subsequent vintages, their reputation for fine red wines has grown, with multiple 90+ ratings from wine publications and a drawer full of gold medals.