About

After spending 5 epic years in the San Francisco Bay Area tasting around Napa/Sonoma wine country, founder Cameron Howard discovered a major passion for wine.  In 2016 he followed his kids moving up to Washington state to experience the PNW.  It’s here where he took his passions for wine and art and opened a retail wine bar + art gallery Liveforblu.  In turn he discovers Walla Walla, Columbia Valley, Red Mountain, Oregon and the Lewis and Clark Valley in Idaho. 
The wine bar had him tasting all of the best wines in the region and networking with local somms and the family run wineries when the light bulb went off.  "There’s more than just California wine out there and in fact it’s pretty damn good!”  Walla Walla was voted the number 1 wine region in 2020 and for good reason!  
Corkhero was born from these relationships created in the retail space and developed to show the rest of the U.S. what the Pacific Northwest wine world is all about.  Cameron set out to eliminate the pains of label guessing at the grocery store on high produced wines and help wine drinkers explore new varietals on their journey.  All the selections are well balanced delicious bottles chosen between him and his team of sommeliers.  Ultimately Corkhero looks to change the way delicious wine is discovered by and delivered to customers.

 

Meet The Team.

 

Lisa T. Level II Sommelier

Originally from Southern California, Sommelier Lisa Tussing got her start with wine while working for Trader Joe's during university. After graduating from Arizona State University, she worked on perfecting her craft, eventually landing at La Quinta Resort & Club's sister property, the Arizona Biltmore.

Morgan's general manager John Healy met Lisa while staying at AZB, and realized that Morgan's would be the perfect stepping stone for Lisa's career.

With her Level 2 Sommelier certification, Lisa is a welcome addition to the team at CorkHero. Her goal is to elevate wine tasting by using her in-depth knowledge to add award-worthy wines to our great selection.

 

Clay W. Wine Professional

Got the wine bug in 1991 while in College working part time at Brown Derby in Missouri. Made the move to Sonoma County in 1993 and started working at now defunct Topolos at Russian River vineyards for 5 years. Moved to Mendocino County and started working at Navarro Vineyards in 2000. Moved to Colorado and worked for wine importers/Distributors for 15 years.

Finally, Clay landed in CDA Idaho and worked for multiple companies on the distributor level for the past few years. In my career I have done and worked almost every role in the wine industry totaling 30 years.