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Former Michael Mina Sommelier to Open Shop on Orcas Island

Posted on July 17, 2017

Orcas Island, Washington – July 5th, 2017

Doe Bay Wine Company has announced that it will be opening a Bottle Shop this August in Eastsound Square. The shop will feature a world class selection of Wine and offer samples and tasting flights from producers both local and around the world. Along with traditional selections there will be a Northwest-focused Growler station with rotating taps featuring breweries from ‘Bend to Bellingham.’ In addition, the couple will host weekly in-store tastings and a series of educational, as well as 'just for fun', classes.

“We are thrilled to open a store in the community where I was raised”, says co-owner of Doe Bay Wine Company, Cole Sisson. “Having had the opportunity to travel around the world to vineyards and breweries, and to work as a sommelier with some of its most respected beverage professionals, I can’t express how exciting it is to return home to share these discoveries.”

Doe Bay Wine Company opened as a Wine Consulting and Sommelier business in 2016. They will continue to offer a range of services outside the shop including in-home events, private sommelier services, and wine cellar procurement. Their monthly wine and beer clubs, highlighting rare and interesting offerings from the Northwest and around the World, will be available locally for pick up at the shop or shipped

Stephanie Lees, co-owner, had this to say, “The moment I set foot on this island I knew it’s where I wanted to be. We were delighted to find such a perfect location for our business. I can’t wait to begin teaching classes and producing events for and with the diverse and outstanding community that is Orcas Island."

To learn more about the opening and services offered contact Cole Sisson at or email,, or visit the website at

About Doe Bay Wine Company

Doe Bay Wine Company opened as a consulting and sommelier business in 2016. They offer a range of services including in-home events, private sommelier services, and wine cellar procurement. Their monthly wine and beer clubs feature rare offerings from the Northwest and around the World that can be shipped online, delivered on the island, or picked up at the Bottle Shop.

About Cole Sisson

Cole Sisson was born and raised in Doe Bay on Orcas Island. After studying Political Science at the University of Washington he moved to Vail, Colorado where he began his sommelier training at Kelly Liken Restaurant. He later worked for the Michael Mina restaurant group where he was a sommelier at RN74 Seattle and the Michelin starred ‘Michael Mina’ Restaurant at the Bellagio Resort in Las Vegas. Most recently he was the National Sales and Marketing manager for Bodegas Ontanon in Rioja, Spain. Cole has traveled extensively and loves Mezcal, baseball, and hammocks.

About Stephanie Lees

Stephanie Lees was born and raised in New Jersey. After studying linguistics at the University of Florida she began working for Regal Wine Importers where she became fascinated with wine. Following a stint with James Beard winning Restauranteur Stephen Starr at his flagship restaurant 'Parc' she worked as a fine wine consultant for Lauber in Philadelphia specializing in wine events, training, and education. She is currently enrolled in the Wine and Spirits Education Trust (WSET) Diploma program. Stephanie has lived in Israel twice and loves Champagne, ceramics, and sushi.

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