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Let's Make it Happen

Drawing from her experience and relationships working for a local restaurant group in Washington’s wine country, Laura Huston created Belle & Bottle Wine Club and Events. With five years of executing wine events, wine lists and partnerships, Huston branched out on her own in 2016 to create an access to boutique wines from her backyard of WA State and around the world, earning Belle & Bottle a spot on Food & Wine's 'top wine clubs to join now' in 2020 and 2022.


As a female entrepreneur, her passion is to highlight and support the impact women have in the wine industry and beyond. In 2022 Huston created the non-profit Belle & Bottle Foundation to further focus this work.

Laura Huston

Founder of Belle & Bottle

Chairwoman and President of Belle & Bottle Foundation

An Infectious Excitement about Wine and a True Love of Learning

Shelly Fitzgerald is a wine expert who specializes in creating authentic wine education classes and experiences for all group sizes. She has recently been named Director of Education and Awards for Belle & Bottle.

Working in the wine industry; in restaurants, retail, and education Fitzgerald has more than two decades of knowledge under her belt. She holds the Diploma Level IV Wine and Spirit Education Trust (DipWSET), and is also a Certified Sommelier (CS), Certified Specialist of Wine (CSW), American Wine Expert (AWE), and a Certified Cava Educator. 


She was named as “one of the state’s most approachable wine educators” by WA Tasting Room Magazine and is an expert contributor to Passport to Woodinville and Discover Washington Wine. Most recently, she has been featured in Costco Connection, WA Tasting Room Magazine, and been on multiple judging panels.

Shelly Fitzgerald

Director at Belle & Bottle

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A Bottle of Wine on Every Dinner Table

Nancy Croisier is on a mission to get wineries to join the conversation on social media, and bring wine brands and consumers together. Wine is more memorable when you know the stories behind it.

The founder of, Nancy coaches wineries and wine regions on social media practices and also provides marketing services. A graduate of the Northwest Wine Academy and a Certified Specialist in Wine, she works with wineries, wine regions, event producers, and wine competitions. Nancy also writes for the Slow Wine Guide USA and Washington Tasting Room Magazine. She resides in the Pacific Northwest with her husband and their cat, Baron Auslese.

Nancy Croisier, CSW

VinoSocial, LLC

Connecting our Community

Kaleen Skersies specializes in the holistic support of C-Suite executives as they lead their teams. She excels in project management, communication and workflow, as well as marketing/PR strategy. Skersies brings a passion for wine and rounds out our team with expertise and community involvement.

Kaleen Skersies

Sponsorship Guru


For the Love of Food & Wine

MacKenna Bean joined Matthews Winery with degrees in both Business Administration and Spanish from the University of Washington. After graduating, she transitioned into the hospitality industry, where she spent six years working at Canlis restaurant. Her time at Canlis ignited her love of wine and inspired her to pursue becoming a Level II Certified Sommelier through the Court of Master Sommeliers. 

MacKenna Bean, Level II Sommelier

Matthews Winery

Party with a Purpose

With experience-based event design at the heart of everything she does, Karen Thornton, not only plans an epic party, but delivers rich, meaningful gatherings where people learn, connect, and grow. As a former business consultant and now owner of Avenue 22 Events, Karen partners with corporate and non-profit organizations to further their missions. Karen is passionate about supporting women- and minority-owned businesses and invests her business and personal time towards doing so. Originally from St. Louis, Missouri, Karen has lived in the Pacific Northwest for nearly 20 years and currently resides in Woodinville.

Karen Thornton

Avenue 22 Events

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