Sommeliers

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Sommeliers

2018 Lead Sommelier
Yashar Shayan – Impulse Wine

Before starting ImpulseWine.com, Yashar Shayan worked for many Wine Spectator award-winning restaurants in the Seattle area. Most recently he worked at the Willows Inn on Lummi Island with Chef Blaine Wetzel, Food and Wine Magazine’s “Best New Chef” and James Beard Award Nominee. There he offered a carefully selected medley of wines, both domestic and foreign, to complement Chef Wetzel’s intricately crafted dishes, made with locally foraged and farmed ingredients. Yashar is a Level 2 Certified Sommelier with the Court of Master Sommeliers.

Additionally, he has a Level 3 Advanced Certification with the Wine and Spirits Education Trust in London, and a Level 2 Certification from the International Sommelier Guild. Prior to his wine studies, he obtained a Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology from the University of Washington.

Other places Yashar has worked include: Palisade Restaurant, Seastar Restaurant and Raw Bar, Wine World and Spirits, Wild Ginger Restaurant, EFESTE Winery, Washington State Wine Commission, Bin on The Lake at the Woodmark Hotel, Matthews Winery, Fine Wines and Cigars and Washington Wine Tours.

Supporting Sommeliers

2018

Lead Sommelier
Yashar Shayan – Impulse Wine

Supporting Sommeliers
Natascha Haberl – Seastar Raw Bar
Chris Horn – Purple Café and Wine Bar
Jason Smith – Wild Ginger
Tish Taitano – Sommelier
Mark Thostesen – Patagon & The Charter Hotel

2017

Lead Sommelier
Yashar Shayan – Impulse Wine

Supporting Sommeliers
Tahlia Bolden
Nick Davis
Erin Kelly
Jason Smith

2016

Lead Sommelier
Yashar Shayan – Impulse Wine

Supporting Sommeliers
Tahlia Bolden – Heavy Restaurant Group
Nick Davis – Medium Plus
Jason Smith – Wild Ginger Bellevue
Katelyn Peil – Purple Cafe & Wine Bar
Mark Thostesen – The Triple Door

2015

Lead Sommelier
Yashar Shayan – Impulse Wine

Supporting Sommeliers
Tahlia Bolden – Purple Cafe & Wine Bar, Bellevue
Nicholas Caluori – John Howie Steak
Nick Davis – Medium Plus
Zach Geballe – Home Remedy
Alicia Hastings – Salty’s on Alki
Erin Kelly – Salty’s on Alki
Mark Thostesen – Wild Ginger, Bellevue

2014

Lead Sommelier
Rina Bussell – Altura

Supporting Sommeliers
Gretchen Allen – Sonoma Wine Company
Tony Berkau – Barking Frog, Willows Lodge
Tahlia Bolden – Seastar Restaurant and Raw Bar
Nicholas Caluori – Cafe Veloce
Torrence Crable – APPCA Personal Chef
Beth Hickey – Wine Folly
Erin Kelly – Salty’s
Joey Lopaka – Herbfarm
Brandon Rastok – John Howie Steak
Yashar Shayan – Impulse Wine
Mark Thostesen – Wild Ginger

2013

Lead Sommelier
Cole Sisson – RN74

Supporting Sommeliers
Rina Bussell – Altura
Adam Chumas – Tom Douglas Restaurants
Chris Horn – Purple Wine Bar
Cortney Lease – Wild Ginger
Lisa Rongren – John Howie Steak House
Dawn Smith – Stoneburner

2012

Lead Sommelier
Cole Sisson – Cavatappi Distribuzione

Supporting Sommeliers
Rina Bussell – Canlis
Adam Chumas – Tom Douglas Restaurants
Chris Horn – Purple Wine Bar
Cortney Lease – Wild Ginger
David Lusby – Vinum Importing
Lisa Rongren – John Howie Steak House
Dawn Smith – Cafe Juanita
Jeff Thorsen – RN74

2011

Lead Sommelier
Cole Sisson – Cavatappi Distribuzione

Supporting Sommeliers
Rina Bussell – Canlis
Chris Horn – Purple Wine Bar
Tim O’Brien – Salties
Lisa Rongren – John Howie Steak House
Lars Ryssdal – Cordon Selections
Dawn Smith – Cafe Juanita