BACk TO TEAM PAGE Marshall Jorgensen Regional Sales Manager - Pacific Northwest Region

Short bio

Raised in Salt Lake City. I am a creative type personality who enjoys making things – a piece of furniture, brewing beer, hobby winemaker. In my early 20s, the girl I married encouraged me to try a job in fine dining service. I quickly realized food and wine culture was a natural fit for my interests. Attempting to recreate dishes from the restaurant, could be a creative release at home. Adding wine into the equation, with so many interesting subjects embodied; history, terroir, biology, and food pairing, it was all very engaging! In late 90’s, we were a young, adventure bound, couple relocating to Chicago, followed by Santa Fe, and Park City, all the while pursuing a fine dining-wine path along a series of great restaurants. Eventually, we determined to put down some roots in Seattle, and raise two kids. I started working for importing company; Classical Wines in 2004. Joined The Sorting Table in 2021. I’m grateful for the many paths crossed over the years, and the people who continue to this journey.

Where have you lived?

Salt Lake City, Chicago, Santa Fe, Woodland UT, Seattle

 First Car

The one I identify with is a 2000 Toyota Tacoma 4×4. I’ve been driving it for 20 years, hopefully forever. Oh, what a feeling!

How did you start in the wine business?

An early tip on the job; wine could add interest. Years later, there was this generous purveyor of great European stuff. I asked if there was anything I could do to learn more from him. A  job was offered to help in his warehouse and make deliveries.

 Best concerts of your life

First show, Primus opened for Janes Addiction. Grateful Dead (w/ Sting). Santana,  Ramones, The Cult. Allman Brothers, RATM, Ray Charles, Paul Simon, a random night at Kingston Mines.

After tasting wine all day I want to drink a…

Pilsner: Homebrew, Bitburger, High Life?

After staring at a computer all day I want to drink a…

Lately a French 75, but I’m also partial to Negroni, Mezcal/Tequilla Blanco.

What puts the biggest smiles on your face?

Good report on kids. Our Doodles; Fozzie who looks like a muppet, and when Django watches a movie.

Fantastic wine experience

A visit with Angel Rodriguez, sharing decades old bottles of Martinsancho, with his ‘feathered’ old giant, Verdejo streaming, barrels in the cellar below.

Last bottle of wine of wine you ever want to drink

Voting for a transportive Chardonnay – maybe  an appellation with capital “M”

While on the wine route I love to…

Eat the local food specialties. Get out on foot, whether in a city, a village or the countryside, to be open to experiences by chance.

Favorite vacation spot

At the foot of Mt Baker in the North Cascades, we like to visit a quiet lakeside spot with perfect swimming water and dramatic mountain views. Otherwise, Canyonlands and the remote wilderness escapes of S. Utah are closest to heart.

Favorite cheese…

Not sure of a favorite. There was a leaf wrapped, mild blue from Austurias which might have been a young soft Valdeón, anybody know it? An oozey  Caña de Cabra sounds good too.

Great food & wine pairing

Manzanilla & potato chips! Manzanilla & Jamón Iberico de bellotta!! Manzanilla with manzanilla olives!

If you won the lottery…

Construct a biodynamic farmstead, with a vineyard, and begin to pursue grand scale experiments in landscape architecture / gardening design – with a crew of support teams to help make it all a dream come true.