Owner/Director, Sales & Marketing
Growing up in an Air Force family, Lisa has traveled the U.S. and the world and in the process gained an appreciation of food and wine. When her brother, Lance, and her father, Les, founded Baer winery in 2000 Lisa jumped in to offer her marketing background to help with the family’s new enterprise.
Following her brother’s passing in 2007, Lisa has been proud to help steward the signature blends first created by him, as well as to work with Baer’s current winemaker, Erica Orr, to develop new blends in keeping with the winery’s Bordeaux-influenced style, making the most of outstanding Columbia Valley fruit sources. Although holding a degree in English Literature from the University of Washington, Lisa enjoys honing the skills learned at the side of her brother, to lend a hand during the busy harvest season and bottling. Lisa balances her current day job at a national telecommunications company, with flying the flag for Baer wines in the tasting room, and managing marketing, distribution, and PR for the winery.
Although he is officially retired for income tax purposes, Baer Winery represents Les’ third career. He graduated from the U.S. Air Force Academy and spent just over 20 years in the Air Force before retiring as a Lt. Col. During his service he did a tour in Viet Nam, flew jets, was stationed across the United States, and retired from military life after his final assignment in Canberra, Australia. He entered civilian life and moved the family out to settle in Washington state where he started work at the Boeing Company. Shortly before retiring from Boeing, Les joined Lance in 2000 in founding Baer Winery.
Les puts his analytical mind to work handling all of the accounting and bookkeeping for the winery as well as state licensing and compliance issues. He is also the chief packer and shipper serving all of our out-of-state customers. His craftier side (of which we were formerly unaware) is put to work branding wood boxes for each vintage and hand-dipping our large-format bottles. Les also keeps an active hand in during each harvest and at bottling time.
When you visit the tasting room, you may see Les deep in thought solving his daily Sudoku, or planning his next trip with his wife Gerry.
Erica Orr has worked in the wine industry since 1998. Her first harvest was with Cathy Corison in the Napa Valley. That experience prompted Erica to enroll in the enology master’s degree program at UC Davis where she researched the indigenous yeast microflora in native chardonnay barrel fermentations. She completed her master’s degree in 2003.
In addition to her master’s degree from UC Davis, Erica’s scientific training includes a bachelor’s degree in biochemistry from UC Berkeley and three years of research experience as a biochemistry lab technician for 2009 Nobel Laureate Dr. Elizabeth Blackburn at UC San Francisco.
As a San Francisco Bay Area native, she is passionate about food and wine, and dedicated to quality-oriented, thoughtful winemaking.
Director of Customer Relations
Violet Locati is our new Wine Club and Tasting Room Manager! For the last ten years we have worn many hats and, while we like to think we look pretty stylish in all of them, we have finally decided we could use a little extra help around here! Violet will be bringing a touch of new energy to our tasting room and support of our wine club members. She will be working to roll out additional events for our members throughout the year.
Violet brings eleven years of experience in Washington’s wine industry. From Walla Walla, to the West side, she has spent time with a variety of wineries and distribution companies. Her family has roots in Washington farming and she became interested in wine through a love of the land and the joys of sharing that abundance. We look forward to working together and hope you’ll take the time to stop by, say hello, enjoy some wine and ask her about food pairings.
Hi, my name is Mark Bosso. I’m originally from the east coast and after graduating high school I slowly made my way out West. At first it was arbitrary, I chose to go to college in Colorado because it had the Rocky Mountains and I wanted to major in the natural sciences. My big dream was working on a research station on the top of a mountain like Jack Kerouac in the novel “The Dharma Bums”. Then I discovered wine. I had never been exposed to good wine or beer while growing up. My parents were teetotalers, and my home town was sort of a cultural abyss. When I first got to college and I saw people drinking microbrews I didn’t recognize them as being beer because they didn’t look like Coors or Bud. I thought they were drinking fancy sodas. I quickly figured things out and began trying new beer and new wine, making up for my previous 18 years of deprivation, and soon wine became my obsession and my career.
I got my start in the wine industry at Nicholson Ranch Winery in Sonoma California as a cellar hand and vineyard worker. I was with them for three vintages until I left to pursue my love of traveling. I did one vintage in Marlborough, New Zealand, and one vintage in Chelan, before arriving in Woodinville. And the rest, as they say, is history.