Direct Sales & Hospitality

Taylor Theis,
Direct Sales Manager

Taylor joined the Elk Cove team in February 2018. Her entry into the world of wine was circuitous; dancing professionally across the globe led her sampling wines of the world. A California native, Taylor arrived in Oregon on a Graduate Teaching Fellowship at the University of Oregon. Taylor holds her level I Sommelier certification. When she’s not working, you can find her volunteering as a Yamhill County Master Gardener.

taylor@elkcove.com

Direct Sales & Hospitality

Sabine Edwards,
Direct Sales Coordinator

Sabine has been working in Elk Cove’s tasting room since 2016. After living in Los Angeles for ten years, she spent two years studying Art History in Lugano, Switzerland before falling in love with Oregon. In her off time, she enjoys travelling, cooking and photography.

sabine@elkcove.com

Direct Sales & Hospitality

Anne Nguyen,
Tasting Room Associate

Anne joined the Elk Cove team in March 2015. Hailing from Texas, she developed an interest in the wine industry while studying public health in Atlanta, Georgia and eventually entered into the world of wine retail. Legal studies brought Anne up to Oregon in 2010, and after graduation, she couldn’t resist the siren song of Oregon wine country. You’ll find her in the tasting room on the weekends, and in her spare time, she enjoys cooking, training for and running in marathons, supporting her beloved Arsenal FC, and improving her spins and technique in ballroom and salsa dancing.

Direct Sales & Hospitality

Charlotte Heesacker,
Tasting Room Associate

Charlotte is originally from Silverdale, Washington, but grew up visiting the Portland area to visit extended family. She first fell in love with wine when studying abroad in Italy – how could she not – so she will always have a soft spot for Chianti. A few years later she decided to join the wine industry to expand her wine knowledge and save up for grad school, leading her to Elk Cove. When not a Elk Cove, Charlotte can be found working on her masters in psychology, hiking, or volunteering at a local equine therapy barn. Side note: if you bring your dog to the winery, she will spoil them!

Direct Sales & Hospitality

Cristy Verant,
Tasting Room Associate

Cristy has been working at Elk Cove off and on for the past 17 years working harvest, tasting room, and now at our table side service.  She graduated in 2003 from Pacific University in Forest Grove. Her favorite wines at Elk Cove are Pinot Gris and Roosevelt Pinot Noir. Christy is also a Kindergarten teacher who watches her daughter ride horses and volunteers at the local food pantry in her spare time.

Direct Sales & Hospitality

Becca Hersh,
Tasting Room Associate

Becca joined the Elk Cove team in summer 2016, blending her love of wine with her passion for marketing and events. After graduating from Oregon State University with degrees in marketing and business management, she settled in Portland where she enjoys exploring the city’s vibrant food and drink scene in her free time.

Direct Sales & Hospitality

Shane Farnor,
Tasting Room Associate

Originally from the Appalachian Mountains of East Tennessee, Shane moved from the Mojave Desert to join the team in August 2021. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Forestry and spent years working in conservation. He started his wine career by obtaining both the Level 2 Award in Wine from Wine and Spirits Education Trust and the Oregon Wine Expert certification from Napa Valley Wine Academy. When not listening to wine podcasts, reading books about wine, or tasting local wines, Shane can be found hiking, biking, paddling, or spending quality time with his boyfriend.

Direct Sales & Hospitality

Phyllis Hayes,
Tasting Room Associate

Phyllis moved out of Portland to the Willamette Valley with her husband and pets for a new adventure and the possibility of working for a winery made the big move more enticing. She has been with our sister winery Pike Road since early in 2016 and at Elk Cove since Spring 2021. According to Phyllis “the views at the Winery Estate are beautiful and the wine is exquisite; it’s the people I work for and the customers I serve that I love best! Elk Cove is a wonderful place to be whether you’re visiting, sipping, or shopping!”

Direct Sales & Hospitality

Zach Thom,
Tasting Room Associate/Harvest Crew

Zach grew up in Portland, Oregon before moving to Indiana where he studied organic chemistry and French at Purdue University. He developed a passion for wine during an exchange trip to Alsace, France. After working as a pharmaceutical chemist, Zach decided to pursue his passion for winemaking and joined the Elk Cove team for the 2021 harvest. In his spare time you will find him outside hiking or painting.