Our Team

For over 30 years, Marquis Wine Cellars has steadfastly pursued two timeless goals: outstanding customer service and great wines.

OUR PROMISE

You can receive the same outstanding customer service and great wines with the added convenience of online ordering and home or office delivery. Our Club Director and Wine Concierge, Jesse Richmond, will be delighted to assist you in any way to ensure that your Wine Club experience is flawless. Jesse can be reached by phone at 604-684-0445 or by email at wineclub@marquis-wines.com.

OUR VALUES

Decades and generations may come and go but one thing has not changed in the Clerides household: the focus on how to serve and look after customers’ needs. The belief that the customer should be treated as a welcomed guest is paramount. Father to son, the conversation continues to this day on how to continually improve customer service and deliver great wine every time.

JOHN CLERIDESMarquis wine cellars owner & chief wine buyer
JOHN GERUMWest Coast Experiences general manager
JESSE RICHMONDMarquis Wine Club Director & South American wine buyer
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JOHN CLERIDESMarquis wine cellars owner & chief wine buyer

A fixture on the Vancouver wine scene for over 25 years, John was the first person to open British Columbia’s first independently owned and operated wine shop in 1986. Without even knowing it and long before it became fashionable John was a champion of promoting small family estates and sustainable farming practices. He has traveled extensively throughout California, Washington Oregon, Australia, Austria, Italy, Bordeaux, burgundy Chablis, Languedoc Rhone Valley, Alsace and of course, BC. Now approaching his 30th year in the wine business, his enthusiasm and energy is unsurpassed.

JOHN GERUMWest Coast Experiences general manager

Son of a chef and the grandson of a maître d’, John grew up with an insider’s appreciation of fine foods and wine. He holds an Advanced Wine Certificate from the European-based Luxury Forte Hotels, as well certification with the International Sommelier Guild. Approachable and professional, John has been called on to personally serve Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, as well as prime ministers, presidents, provincial premiers, entertainers and major sports celebrities. John and his team are excited to partner with the Marquis Wine Club to bring an additional dimension of benefits and experiences to the club.

JESSE RICHMONDMarquis Wine Club Director & South American wine buyer

While acknowledging that love stands as the only true defence against the abyss of our meaningless existence, Jesse Richmond would like to emphasize that wine serves as a more-than-passable proxy. For his own part, Jesse turned to the bottle (selling it, that is) in February of 2013 after a dozen years spent staring over the precipice in academia, during which he earned his PhD in History. Happily, his research took him to several of the globe’s premier wine producing regions, including California, France and South Africa. Jesse has completed the Wine & Spirit Education Trust Level III Advanced Certificate.

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Kevin Mckinnon – General Manager & South African Wine Buyer
kevin@marquis-wines.com

Jon Ellison – Logistics Manager & French Wine Buyer
jonellison@marquis-wines.com

Robert Bell – Ecommerce Manager
robert@marquis-wines.com

WEST COAST EXPERIENCESManagement Team

Carolyn Ahrendt – Director of Events
carolyna@westcoastexperiences.com

Debbie Howard – Event Coordinator
Irene Lambert – Event Coordinator
Andrew Paradis – Wine Expert