Part artist, part engineer, Tim is one of those rare technical people with an uncanny ability to understand how things work – and to communicate it to the rest of us. Tim has been a wine enthusiast since 1996 when he was blown away by a glass of wine served on a business trip. Fascinated by the fact that wine could provide such a memorable experience, he set out to learn more about how wine works. Upon arrival in Washington, he began volunteering in the cellars of Woodinville wineries. He enrolled in Washington State University’s viticulture and enology programs, purchased six tons of grapes from vineyards in eastern Washington and began making our first Armstrong Family wine.
That first vintage earned several awards, including a Gold Medal at the Seattle Wine and Food Experience and a Double Gold in the Seattle Wine Awards. His commitment to excellence, attention to detail and care for this craft have served him well as he has produced highly acclaimed wines every vintage since. Tim looks forward to growing our production while maintaining the very highest standards of excellence possible.
Jen is all about the people. She is passionate about helping people be present in their lives and loves the way great wine can help us pause, engage our senses, enjoy the moment and then share it with others. She brings a diverse background in coaching, writing, public relations, event planning, camp directing, and non-profit management to the winery to head up sales, events, Club and day to day operations. In any given day, you may find her, driving the forklift, pouring wines for a restaurant wine buyer, greeting guests in the tasting room, hosting an event, or attending a charity auction. Regardless, she’s excited to be on this life adventure with her family and invites guests to take a moment to pause, engage their senses, savor the moment, and share it with others… especially, with a glass of Armstrong in hand!
Audrey & Emily Armstrong
The Wild Angels
Wild at times, but Angels for sure, these two are the inspiration behind the name of our popular Wild Angels wine. Resident experts in all things fun, Audrey and Emily are expert winery fort finders, barrel climbers, and tasting room decorators. They have mastered chalk drawing on the floor of the winery and know which tank has the best acoustics for singing songs for Frozen (when the tank’s empty). They are also great helpers in the winery and tasting room. Audrey, in fact, at the age of 8 was so interested in helping to serve guests, that she took the WA State Health Department’s food handler’s class and certification test – and passed! But for the most part, these two specialize in 2nd and 4th grade, soccer, biking, cartwheels, baking, and exploring the farm. They also happen to have a deep affections for lemonade stands. We wonder where they got that from…
Woodinville Tasting Room
Everybody loves Joan. And it’s no wonder why. This spunky lady has a deep affection for her guests – and the wine she shares with them. With past experience leading the tasting rooms of two renowned Woodinville wineries, Joan is a master of the details and a gracious host. She is an expert at welcoming and gently guiding guests to enjoy their wine tasting experience. Along the way, she’s been known to offer excellent service, deep laughs, uique and exciting wine descriptors, great hugs, and always – a sincere smile. A class act like none other, everyone truly does love Joan – and so do we!
Events & Partnerships
Lisa is the newest addition to our team. While not a part of our particular Armstrong line, Lisa has been a member of our winery family for some time – as a Club Member. She comes to us from another excellent winery and brings with her a wealth of experience, a passion for what we’re doing… and, we think, a wonderful name. Lisa works with community partners to plan special opportunities for our Club Members and guests, from classes to vineyard tours and dinner cruises. She also represents us in the community at events and meetings, and is the coordinator of many of our Westside logistics, all with great energy, enthusiasm and a welcoming smile.
Erica honed her craft working at some of the best wineries in the world: Rudd Estate, Cain Vineyard, Domaine Dujac and Yering Station. In 2005, she moved to Washington state and started an independent winemaking consulting and enology business in Woodinville, where she helped top wineries rack up 90+ point scores and now two Spectator Top 100 wines. In 2013, she started launched her own wine brand, Orr Wines. We are thrilled to have Erica on our team to perform detailed lab analysis, consult on winemaking issues and lend her palette to blending decisions.