Keri Foster and Bob Sommer have had a passion for wines for over 20 years traveling the world tasting wines from Italy, France, Spain, and of course California, Oregon, and Washington. Therefore, it was a natural progression for them to someday own a Fine Wine and Spirits shop where they could share the same appreciation, passion, and wine knowledge with their wine friends. Bob and Keri continuously seek out exceptional boutique, low production, and family-owned wineries throughout the world to provide their customers with the finest selections of wines to choose from.
Simply said: “ We offer consistent high-level quality wines at, exceptional prices with an emphasis on undervalued, smaller production wines found throughout the world “ .
“The Wine Exchange is more than an Exchange of Wine…it’s an Exchange of Friendship, Conversation, Memories, Ideas, Celebrations and Thoughts“.
OWNER & ceo
Keri makes the WE feel like home. On a weekly bases she is finding fresh flowers for the dining tables, searching for new homemade recipes to bring in the WE kitchen or designing menus for the luxury dinners and in-house dining. With the WE being a “women owned business” Keri spends numerous hours working on back office reports and strategic planning, but her true passion is people and she enjoys giving everyone a big hug when she sees you.
OWNER & President
Bob entered the wine business with a passion and the love of wine. Bob has spent many years tasting different wines from around the globe. You will most likely find him in the store talking with the WE guests to get to know them better or sharing a glass of his new favorite wine. Bob enjoys getting to know everyone on a first name bases as a friend and mutual wine lover.
Director of Wines
Dawn has cooked in kitchens for over 20 years. She was the owner of Early Light Cafe in Geneva and now Brown Butter Baked Goods where she specializes in gluten free donuts and baked goods. She has a passion for cooking light and simple dishes and we are so excited that she is a member of the WE team, serving fresh homemade dishes, delicious pasties and baked goods for our guests.
Chef Doug has been a member of the WE team for over 8 years and has 35+ years of extensive culinary experience. Chef has cooked for President Obama and a number of celebrities over the years. At the Wine Exchange, he develops and prepares the wine and food pairing menu for our Luxury Dinners and Special Events. Chef is trained in French cuisine but enjoys cooking all types of dishes. When not cooking at WE, Chef has a very successful catering business. Please contact Chef to make arraignments for your next private event at WE or at your home/business. Chef Doug is simply the best!!
Director of Hospitality
Jaimie, the Director of Hospitality has been a member of the WE team for 8+ years and works hand and hand with Chef Doug to ensure every Luxury Dinner guest leaves with a smile on their face. Jaimie’s attention to detail and personal touch helps to provide every guest with an evening to remember.
Joe’s love of spirits particularly bourbon and whiskey makes him an important member of the WE team. If you are looking for just basic or more technical information about our spirits, Joe will be there to share his knowledge and passion. This Mark Twain quote is one of his favorite: “Too much of anything is bad, but too much whiskey is barely enough “ Cheers !!