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Felicia Darwen joins Great Northwest Wine team
RICHLAND, Wash. — Washington wine industry veteran Felicia Sondrol Darwen has joined the Great Northwest Wine team as wine competition concierge and marketing coordinator.
In this role, she will work with owners Andy Perdue and Eric Degerman to help stage their wine competitions and use her experience in the industry to work with wineries in Washington, Oregon, Idaho and British Columbia to promote the judgings and their results.
“We’ve known Felicia for a number of years and have seen her skills at working to create some of the most successful events in Washington wine industry,” said Andy Perdue, editor and publisher of the Richland-based media company. “Eric and I are confident that Felicia will become a valuable member of our team.”
Darwen is a lifelong Northwest resident, having grown up in the Olympic Peninsula logging town of Shelton and spending her earliest years on Alaska fishing boats. She moved to the heart of Washington wine country in 2000 to work with Tri-City legendary chef Charles Freeman in his restaurants, including Chez Chaz Bistro, managing his wine program. From there she worked at Bin 20 in Pasco, managing the 250-bottle wine list and further burnished her knowledge of the wine industry.
She transitioned into retail as wine steward of the Yoke’s Fresh Markets store in Kennewick, managing a large and diverse inventory. After taking time away to start a family, she was hired as a sales rep for Cordon Selections, which allowed her to cultivate her knowledge of international wine.
Then, Darwen became a winery employee, working as hospitality director at Kestrel Vintners in the Yakima Valley, then as guest services representative and sales lead at Col Solare on Red Mountain.
She’s worked recently with the Historic Downtown Kennewick Partnership and Meadow Springs Country Club in Richland.
Her email is firstname.lastname@example.org
In addition to her history within the wine industry, Darwen also is an accomplished vocalist, performing under Felicia Dee Productions.