Our Wine

Sommelier Profiles

Our wine team is experienced, knowledgeable and passionate about wine. They watch over a temperature-controlled cellar of more than 30,000 bottles from wine-producing areas all over the world.  Your sommelier is ready to recommend everything from a fresh young Moscato d'Asti to a 50-year-old first growth Bordeaux.
Martin Beally

Martin Beally
Wine Director

Although he started his career as a technology consultant, a passion for fine cuisine led Martin to enroll in culinary school in 2004 to become classically trained as a French chef at the Alain & Marie LeNotre Culinary Institute in Houston.  In January, 2005, Martin moved to Seattle and started his career in the restaurant industry as a line cook.  He quickly made the transition into the front of the house, waiting tables at Seattle's Tulio Ristorante in 2007.  Over the years, he eventually became the Wine Steward for Tulio Ristorante where he developed his love for Italian wine.  He continued that passion by assisting in the opening of Stoneburner in Ballard during the summer of 2013, but when the chance to join Wild Ginger was offered, he could not pass on the opportunity.
 
His passion for wine came almost as an accident when a last minute chance to take the Court of Master Sommeliers intro exam was offered by his mentor, Master Sommelier Emily Wines, in the summer of 2011.  Since then, Martin has traveled to Italy, delving into the depths of Tuscany, Veneto and Piedmont, as well as visiting California's Central Coast for harvest in 2012 and Napa Valley in 2013.  In 2013, Martin was thrilled to pass his Advanced exam at the happiest place on earth, Disney Land's Grand Californian.
 
When not extolling the virtues of Italian wine on the floor at Wild Ginger, Martin can usually be found continuing his studies towards the Master Sommelier exam.  But in those fleeting moments of free time, Martin enjoys learning the Italian language, taking his dog Cheeks out for a run, watching an NFL game, or having a great meal and a night out dancing with friends.

Robert LaBuda

Robert LaBuda
Sommelier

Robert originally developed an affinity for culinary traditions while on an exchange trip to France in high school.  Years later, while studying Natural History at Prescott College in Arizona, Robert discovered a passion for wine, finding it to meld his interests in food, geography, and the natural world.  Returning to his hometown Cleveland, OH, Robert began working under acclaimed chef/restaurateur Zack Bruell, eventually coming to oversee the wine program for all of Bruell’s restaurants. Robert passed the Court of Master Sommeliers’ Advanced Examination in 2014, and is currently studying for the Master Sommelier exam. Moving to Seattle in 2015, Robert jumped at the opportunity to join the talented wine team at Wild Ginger.  When not studying wine, Robert enjoys cooking, playing with his son, Kai, weight lifting, and practicing Zen Buddhism.

Dan McGarry

Dan McGarry
Sommelier

Dan’s exposure to the wine world started back in 2013 shortly after he joined the Wild Ginger team. As with most journeys, his started out of curiosity.  In 2014, with encouragement from his co-workers and wife, he decided to start his education with introductory sommelier courses under the Court of Master Sommeliers. Dan passed his certified sommelier exam in the spring of 2015 leading him to a spot on the Wild Ginger wine team a few months later.  He will be taking the advanced course in 2017 and hopes to sit the exam in 2018.
 
In the fall of 2016 Dan had the opportunity to work alongside a local winery and make Syrah, Pinot Noir and Chenin Blanc.  He hopes one day to be able to make his own wine for family and friends!
 
When not at the restaurant helping you decide between the white or the red, Dan can be found up in the Cascade Mountains.  In the winter he moonlights as a backcountry ski guide for a local guiding company as well as teaching avalanche education.  He is an AIARE L1 instructor and holds his AMGA ski guide course.  Next, he hopes to earn his full IFMGA cert so he can guide in Europe.

Auggie Miller

Auggie Miller
Sommelier

For as long as I can remember I have wanted to be a Sommelier. This fascination started when I turned 21, while serving at a mom and pop restaurant in Chino California, named Owen’s Bistro. It was here that the owners inspired me to strive for me dreams and encouraged my passion to devoting my life to the hospitality industry. By my mid twenties I became a regional Wine Director and General Manager for a restaurant company in Los Angeles, California. In 2013 I became the Wine Director for Charlie Palmer at Bloomingdale’s; this included running the corporate wine shop, Next Vintage. Towards the end of last year after traveling with my wife through Europe and writing for Orange Coast Magazine’s - Booze Blog, we decided to move to Seattle to pursue our goal of living in the Northwest.
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