WALDEN SELECTIONS was inspired by our weekend wine bar pop-up at Little Uncle in Seattle's Pioneer Square neighborhood. There was a keen interest in the unique wines we poured so we decided to go out and find a few ourselves. We took our name from Henry David Thoreau's Walden, past and present.
We are a wine distribution company in Washington State, founded in 2014, primarily serving the Greater Seattle Area and have substantial experience in both wine retail and restaurant industries. We thoroughly understand the needs of buyers and consumers. Our mission is to educate and actively discover and promote wines that are unique and offer our clients exceptional value.
Luke Wohlers, Partner
Luke holds a Diploma from the Wine, Spirits & Education Trust and is an Advanced Sommelier with the Court of Master Sommeliers. His career in restaurants began in 1996. Subsequent time was spent in Boston at Upstairs on the Square, Formaggio Kitchen and Lower Falls Wine Company. In 2008 he was part of the wine team that earned NYC's Eleven Madison Park the James Beard Award for "Outstanding Wine Service". He held sommelier positions in Seattle at The Herbfarm and RN74. In 2013 he returned to New York City to create the wine program at Betony, which earned a three-star review from the New York Times shortly after opening. He has also consulted for Wine Folly and Amazon.
Trinie Thai-Parker, Partner
Trinie's introduction to wine began in 1989 with a summer job at Saxophone, Singapore's first jazz bar. She grew up in South East Asia and studied in China, Taiwan, the U.K. and Belgium before moving to the United States in 2002. Trinie is responsible for business development at Walden Selections.