Carrie Upson, Assistant General Manager Marina Location

Did you know...

  • I spent the majority of my career on the apparel side of retail, but when I realized I was spending more money on wine than clothing, I made the switch to wine retail. It was one of the best decisions I've made.
  • I moved to San Francisco from Chicago in 2003. I love the wacky seasons, diversity, lack of mosquitoes and humidity, and close proximity to wine regions, but I miss the deep dish pizza.
  • I have pet rabbits named Cookie Monster and Gila Monster, who spend most of their time hiding under my bed. So yes, there are monsters under my bed.

What I love most about coming to work at PlumpJack Wines?

  • I am new, but I am excited about getting to know all of the loyal customers and bringing in new customers. I would love to hear your feedback and suggestions on how to better serve your needs. I tend to gravitate towards more obscure wine varieties, so if you ever want to talk Tannat, sip Schiava, or converse about Counoise, come see me!

Paul Birman, Wine & Spirits Buyer Marina Location

Did you know...

  • I am passionate about the art of bread making and known to share photos of my latest masterpiece with my customers.
  • I have been a wine buyer in San Francisco for more than 25 years and have been with PlumpJack for 15 of those years.
  • I have a Sonoma sanctuary where my wife, dog and myself retreat to on the weekends where we enjoy cooking and, of course, drinking good wine.
Image: Paul Birman
  • Other than wine, I like to indulge in a gin martini after work.

What I love most about coming to work at PlumpJack Wines?

  • I love working in this great city of San Francisco, where I get to walk to work and then I get to taste wine, share my wine knowledge with our customers and meet new winemakers regularly who are passionate about their wines.

Joshua Thinnes, General Manager & Spirits Buyer

Did you know...

  • I have a passion for all fermented beverages. I am a native of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, where my father worked as an engineer for Miller Brewing Company for 25 years. Beer will always be in my blood, but whiskey and champagne will always be my true favorites.
  • I am a longtime musician and play multiple instruments. I've been in many bands, and still write my own music and collaborate with local musicians.
Image: Josh Thinnes
  • I absolutely love the outdoors, and try to get out of the city when I can to take part in California's abundance of outdoor activities. My favorites being camping, hiking, wake-boarding, snowboarding and biking.
  • I am very passionate about food and cooking. I get great satisfaction out of cooking for people, and finding a harmonious wine pairing for a dish or meal.
  • After earning a degree in psychology from the University of Missouri, I managed a commercial greenhouse and landscape business. When I moved San Francisco, I got a job as a wine broker, caught the wine bug and haven't looked back since.

What I love most about coming to work at PlumpJack Wines?

  • Most of all I love the wonderful relationships that I have developed over the years with all of my customers.

Elio Longobardi, Manager and Wine & Spirits Buyer Noe Valley Location

Did you know...

  • I was born in Napoli, and grow up in Prato, in Tuscany: two of the best regions in Italy.
  • I Love soccer, my team is A.C. Milan.
  • Living in Oakland with my wife Theresa and our seven chickens (they used to be twelve). No, we didn't eat the other four - our chickens are only for eggs.
  • I have worked with PlumpJack for more than ten years, and I love it.
  • Important things in life for me: the love of my wife and friends, hiking in the desert, cooking with my friends, reading a good book.

What I love most about coming to work at PlumpJack Wines?

  • Selling a bottle of wine for me is like selling a book: you pull the cork (or unscrew the top) and a new adventure begins.