Kelly and Chris Sparkman launched Sparkman Cellars in Woodinville, Washington in 2004 to focus on their family. With many years in the hospitality world, they felt uniquely situated in the midst of the Northwest's extraordinary and booming wine industry. Winemakers, growers, restaurant folks and wine shop people all made up this community that they found compelling. 

“It all synced up with our family's vision: working with the finest raw ingredients this planet has to offer, crafting from it something real and living, and sharing it with folks who are literally thirsty for it. Fusing Art, Science, Agriculture, Philosophy and all the Good Stuff from Life into a bottle of wine that we are proud of is both a challenge and a reward,” says Chris.

Sparkman Cellars 2013 Holler Cabernet Sauvignon was named #21 on the 2016 Wine Spectator Top 100. The winery has also been named one of Wine Spectator’s Rising Stars, Wine Enthusiast’s Cult Winery and Wine & Spirits’ Top 100 Wineries in the World. The 2013 Birdie Riesling was named the #7 Wine in the World by Wine Enthusiast. 

“Our style produces artisan handcrafted award-winning wines. We also enjoy contributing to our community and to causes that resonate with our family, which is another way that the wine world helps make our lives rich,” adds Kelly.
 
“Why did we start our winery? Well, I wrote all the visionary stuff like ‘Our intention is to make wines that are considered among the finest available, and that will hopefully find their way onto your table’ and such, which is true. Then Kelly asked me, ‘Why don’t we just tell them what we stand for?’ So that’s where our tag line came from: Family. Good Livin’. Damn Fine Wine. Seems like that makes sense to people. Especially if your wine is delicious and your kids are good people.” 

Here's to you and yours,
The Sparkman Family


 
Chris and Kelly Sparkman

Kelly Sparkman
 

Mom, Founder and Final Blend Consultant, comes from a wildlife biology background and as wildlife biologist, worked in Spotted Owl, Peregrine Falcon and Salmon restoration programs and later as a veterinary technician in Seattle. Her magnum opus is her role as Chief Developer of Stella Mae and Ruby Leigh.

Chris Sparkman

Dad, Founder and Head Forklift Driver, spent a couple of decades as general manager and sommelier in some of the U.S.'s finest restaurants: Commander’s Palace in New Orleans, Michael’s in LA, Todd English’s Olives in DC and Mackay Restaurants in Seattle, to name a few. He is Chairman Emeritus of the Washington State Wine Commission. His Personal Management Team is headed by Stella Mae and Ruby Leigh.

 

Stella Mae

Stella Mae

Stella is Reading Director and a promising singer who is keenly aware that wine is for Mommies and Daddies, and that apple juice is better for you. She is kickin' butt at school stuff, track & field, basketball, soccer, ballet, bike ridin', Girl Scout and piano!
Ruby Leigh

Ruby Leigh

Ruby Leigh is Chief Mischiefmaker and Chocolate Thief. She is a big fan of making messes and is destined for life as a mountaineer, explorer and forklift operator. She is rockin' school and is also a talented ballet and jazz dancer, soccer player, artist, actor, bike rider, Brownie, and dreamer of dreams!
Linn Scott

Linn Scott

Linn Scott, Winemaker, a Seattle native, has worked in the Washington wine industry since 2001. After deciding to make the wine world a long term home, Linn attended Universities in France and Germany earning a Master’s degree in Viticulture and Enology. 2010 was his first harvest with Sparkman Cellars. He is also involved with the International Pinot Noir Celebration and teaches part time at South Seattle Community College. Linn and his wife Allison live in Northeast Seattle and successfully farm a quarter acre of blackberry briars and buttercups.
Bryan Keay

Bryan Keay

Bryan Keay, General Manager, drives the Ring of Fire Wine Club, and well, generally manages things at Sparkman Cellars. Haling from Louisiana, Bryan brings a genuine sense of Southern charm and hospitality that helps our guests feel the love. He earned his sommelier certification from the Court of Masters in 2007. After many years in fine dining from Alaska to New Orleans, he joined Sparkman Cellars staff permanently in 2009.
Marlena Sherlock

Marlena Sherlock

Marlena Sherlock, Assistant General Manager, serves as gracious host to our guests, den mother to our staff and logistical wizard over things that need doing. With a résumé peppered with a Culinary Certificate, a stage with a Chef in Tuscany and a Sommelier Certification from the Court of Masters, she brings an incredibly well rounded sense of how flavors on plates and in glasses work together.  
 
Sarah Nauman

Sarah Nauman

(1944-2014) En Memorium: Sarah “Baba” Nauman was Chief Harvest Childcare Director, tirelessly assisting in helping Dick, Kelly, Chris and the girls get Things done. Her spirit still guides us through it all. We miss her every day. 
Dick Nauman

Dick Nauman

Dick “Pop” Nauman is Chief Reality Officer, in charge of Tough Financial Questions, as well as many Answers…The Outlaw Merlot was made as a tip of the cap to the guy who got the ball rolling with his idea of a family business.
Pat Sparkman

Pat Sparkman

Pat “Gaga” Sparkman is Co-Director of Southern Operations in Tennessee, with a specialized focus on vegetarian culinary development and grandchildren relationships.
Frank Sparkman

Frank Sparkman

Frank “Papa” Sparkman is also Co-Director of Southern Operations in Tennessee. Our future winery layout is knocking around in his head, waiting for a good pencil. He and wife Pat serve on the Tough Questions and Answers Board.
Lola Sparkman

Lola Sparkman

(2002-2016) En Memorium: Lola was our loyal and trusted winery dog, who helped raise the girls and maintains her vigilance in charge of rabbit chasing, security and scraps from the other side of the veil. Best dang dog ever.
Erica Orr

Erica Orr

Erica Orr is Consulting Enologist. She has worked at wineries in Napa Valley (Cain and Rudd), Burgundy (Dujac), and Australia (Yering Station). Since 2005 she has been making wine in Washington State (Matthews, Mark Ryan, Baer). In addition to a master's degree in enology from UC Davis, Erica has a bachelor's degree in biochemistry from UC Berkeley. She knows a lot of stuff.