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  • Valerie Wood – Tasting Room Lead
    Valerie has been at Melville for over a decade. “Basically, I was asked to fill in for someone who was going on an extended holiday for 3 months. Three months turned into 12 years.” “I can vividly remember my first day: I was asked to listen and observe, but it was a Saturday and we got really busy, so I just kind of jumped in, and that was it, I loved it.” “Melville is a special place – good wine, good energy, good people.”
    In her spare time, Valerie enjoys camping, volunteering at a local animal shelter and eventually hopes to visit all of our national parks.

    Ethan Johnson – Wine Club Manager
    Ethan started with us in the tasting room over a decade ago and is now our wine club manager. The core of Ethan’s job revolves around customer service and logistics. He is busiest during our wine club months, which can be hectic, but it is important to him that club shipments run smoothly and that all of our members are taken care of. “I enjoy seeing people happy. I suppose that comes from my background in hospitality.”

    Ethan is married with two daughters and enjoys spending his free time playing golf, as well as cooking, surfing and hiking with his family in the hills near their home in Orcutt.

    Ryan Lamb – Warehouse Manager
    Ryan Lamb is a man of few words, so his job as Warehouse Manager suits him just fine.

    He loves his current role as Warehouse Manager, and says that the other employees have taken to calling him the “Tetris Guy.” “I need to get everything to fit in exactly the right place, especially during harvest, when there is less space to work with.”

    Harvest is the craziest time of year, Ryan admits, but it’s also one of the more exciting times of the year for him. “I like the energy here during harvest. It’s a busy time.”