Our Story

Cole and Stephanie met in May of 2016 at the Philadelphia Food & Wine Festival. In December they took an unexpected weekend trip to Mexico. Four days later they were engaged in Oaxaca. Stephanie moved from the East Coast to Seattle in January, they quit their jobs in May, moved to Orcas Island in June, were married in July, and opened Doe Bay Wine Company in August. They believe in moving slow.

Cole Sisson was born and raised in Doe Bay on Orcas Island.  After studying Political Science at the University of Washington he moved to Vail, Colorado where he began his sommelier training at Kelly Liken Restaurant.  He later worked for the Michael Mina restaurant group where he was a sommelier at RN74 Seattle and the Michelin starred ‘Michael Mina’ Restaurant at the Bellagio Resort in Las Vegas.  Most recently he was the National Sales and Marketing manager for Bodegas Ontanon in Rioja, Spain.  Cole has traveled extensively and loves Mezcal, baseball, and hammocks. (206) 280-1429 - cole@doebaywinecompany.com

Stephanie Lees was born and raised in New Jersey.  After studying linguistics at the University of Florida she began working for Regal Wine Importers where she became fascinated with wine.  Following a stint with James Beard winning Restauranteur Stephen Starr at his flagship restaurant 'Parc' she worked as a fine wine consultant for Lauber in Philadelphia specializing in wine events, training, and education.  She is currently enrolled in the Wine and Spirits Education Trust (WSET) Diploma program.  Stephanie has lived in Israel twice and loves Champagne, ceramics, and sushi. (856) 357-2098 - stephanie@doebaywinecompany.com