Blake Van Treese has joined Napa-based Last Bottle Wines as the company continues to expand its offerings amid steady growth.
“Blake’s skills in wine buying, marketing, and management, along with and deep roots in the Valley are a perfect complement to how we acquire and sell wine,” said co-owner Cory Wagner of Last Bottle, “And we are excited to have him with us as we launch our newest venture.”
Blake joins Last Bottle as Senior Wine Buyer, and will be working closely with owners Cory Wagner, Stefan Blicker and Brent Pierce with wine acquisitions and in the development and management of a new website launching in September dubbed First Bottle (early sign-ups at www.firstbottlewines.com). He was formerly Director of Wine at Napa’s highly-regarded Bounty Hunter Rare Wine and Spirits after a seven-year career there.
“I think I speak for a lot of people in the wine retail world when I say I have been closely watching what Stefan, Cory and Brent have been up to for the last several years,” said Van Treese.
“I admire their rapidly growing businesses and their unique voice and personality. They have brought an irreverence and fun-loving attitude to an often pretentious and consumer unfriendly industry and the customers are responding. When an opportunity arose to join their team, I knew I had to be a part of it. They are Napa Valley locals and genuinely good guys and I knew right away it was going to be a great fit. I am looking forward to helping them turn First Bottle into a juggernaut like Last Bottle.”