John was raised listening to stories about his father’s childhood in a Cypriot mountainside village. He heard about how his grandfather looked after his family of nine by raising an assortment of animals, and by growing their own fruits and vegetables. His grandfather also tended their vines and made wine, along with their local moonshine which was nothing less than racing fuel. The seeds were planted for his curiosity about food and wine.
In 1977 his career began like any other good Greek Canadian, in the family restaurant. Ten years in the restaurant business gave John a strong foundation for working with people and listening to his customers. Painfully aware of the frustrations locals had by the limited selection of wines and indifferent service, John jumped at the opportunity to open Marquis Wine Cellars in 1986. Inspired by speaking with many of his seasoned wine friends and his readings John’s quest for knowledge began.
John has travelled extensively though Australia, Washington, Oregon, California, Italy, Spain, France and Austria, sourcing unique, flavourful, undiscovered wines. Even after 25 years his quest for discovery remains unabated. You will most likely find John in either one of three places, at Marquis Wine Cellars assisting his clients, in a vineyard or cellar somewhere in the wine world, or his most preferred location: at the local ice rink playing hockey.
Dan D.Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Dan comes to Marquis with ten years of viticulture and oenology experience. He's toiled in vineyards, cellars, and crushpads from Naramata to Niagara. Dan brings a huge amount of passion for his vines, wines, and music. More to come, stay tuned!
Chrystala’s (aka Chrys) passion is simple, she loves helping people, it does not get much better than that. Her constant desire to learn more about wine was enhanced further by passing Level two of the Wine & Spirit Education Trust program. Chrys is responsible for all of our packaging, bags, cards and gifting supplies. Her efforts are geared towards locally sourced products which are well made and functional.
Jon Ellison joined us in the fall of 2004 as an official Ontario Refugee where he worked as a farm manager for 13 years. Seeing the light he moved to Vancouver and applied for a job at Marquis Wine Cellars. He first began with us learning the ropes on the floor and when the opportunity arose to move into the office and take over the Loire and Chablis portfolio plus all of our ordering logistics, he jumped at the chance and has never looked back. Jon passed the International Sommelier Guild course level one and two and he continues to enhance his wine knowledge with yearly trips to France. In a short period of time Jon has garnered a loyal following, and his quest and enthusiasm for knowledge continues.
While acknowledging that love stands as the only true defence against the abyss of our meaningless existence, Jesse Richmond would like to emphasize that wine serves as a more-than-passable proxy. For his own part, Jesse turned to the bottle (selling it, that is) in February of 2013 after a dozen years spent staring over the precipice in academia, during which he earned his PhD in History. Happily, his research took him to several of the globe’s premier wine producing regions, including California, France and South Africa. Jesse is pleased to have the opportunity to play a part in bringing the world’s fermented glory to his home town of Vancouver as a member of the Marquis team.
Robert's love of E-Commerce and wine did not begin simultaneously. He recalls tinkering with an old IBM XT that had an amber monitor. A Commodore VIC-20 was once Robert's go-to platform for the hottest in BASIC gaming. Now as E-Commerce Manager, Robert has completed his WSET Level 2 certification and spends his days re-arranging pixels, publishing newsletters, and printing many things in full colour.