Our Team

Sarah Markman

Founder

Sarah’s interest in wine started at a young age. Her brother worked at Joseph Phelps for over a decade, and while spending time with him, she was able to wander through the vineyards and taste out of barrel and bottle with many incredible winemakers. Those early experiences ignited a passion for wine and a desire to work in that world and to live in the Napa/Sonoma region. But the summer of her 18th year and a trip to NYC led to a sea-change on that front and she spent the next 10+ years working in fashion in New York, Milan and Paris. 

Sarah is a  culinary school graduate and loves to cook and entertain.  She also loves the hospitality industry and is involved in many things on that front in Chicago. She is a Certified Sommelier (pursuing her advanced certification) with The Court of Master Sommeliers.  She loves both wine and yoga for the same reason, "One can spend their whole life studying both and still barely scratch the surface." 


Kestral is named after one of her favorite horses.  

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Sean Malone

Director or Sales

Sean has been passionate about food and hospitality since childhood. Working both front and back of house at restaurants in his teen years, Sean had dreams of becoming a chef.  His career eventually led to a position as the manager and beverage director of an Italian wine bar in Chicago.  As beverage director, Sean was able to be expressive and take risk, incorporating unique Italian by the glass selections. Following his restaurant work, Sean was recruited into wine sales by a small distributor, Lagniappe Beverage, with a unique portfolio that he loved. During his time at Lagniappe, Sean had a hand in many facets of the business.  He helped curate the portfolio, worked directly with wine producers, planned events and assisted with staff training and education.  In his spare time, you can find Sean trying to learn a Brian Wilson tune on the piano and explaining to people that he is not, in fact, Tom Green.

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