W. Gillett Johnson

Gillett is a wine industry professional specializing in branding, packaging, import logistics, distribution attainment, winery imaging, strategic long-term planning and the building of brand equity. Gillett graduated from The American University in Paris, and began a career on Wall Street in the fast paced world of currency trade. A native of “Wine Country” in Upstate NY, Gillett’s calling for the wine industry was strong. He moved to San Francisco in 1990 and began his new life dedicated to the wine business. Throughout his career in wine, Gillett has worked with over 200 wholesalers, represented over 30 wineries, and 65 brands (E & J Gallo, C. Mondavi & Sons, Raymond, Evans & Tate) of which over a dozen he has overseen the importation and complete development. A skilled insider, Gillett has served on the Board of The Australian Wine Bureau and served as an advisor to the Wine Industry Association WA. He has featured his wineries on many radio shows, and has been quoted by Wine Business Monthly among other major publications. “Our goal is simple and unwavering – International Vines exists to help you sell more wine, to more customers, more often, at higher prices.”

With this goal, there is not a finish line, but rather a series of accomplishments to be recognized and celebrated as we pass each milestone.


Ellen Forrest

Is our versatile Operations manager specializing in import and sales in the wine trade. Managing finance, logistics and operations on all levels.

A passion for wine and all the mysteries surrounding it add a level of curiosity to my approach.   Operations and order processing. Import logisitcs management, General Ledger accountant. Human Resources solo practitioner. Sales and marketing support, including press relations


Danny Keefe

Vice President of Sales for the U.S. market, Danny offers a tremendous level of wine industry experience in building dozens of SKU’s, sourcing and partnering with world class wineries around the globe and his dedicated loyalty to his customers and wholesaler’s success throughout the country.

Prior to joining International Vines, Keefe was founder and President of Il Castagno Wine Distributing in Colorado, and subsequent founder and President of Sales for Denver based Curious Cork.

Danny and his family make their home in Denver CO, enjoy travel, their home in Italy, and exploring the many cultures and gastronomies of the world.

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Tricia uses her expertise as a graphic design entrepreneur, new product developer and creative expert in her role as Sales Support Director. She is a multi-tasking specialist, utilizing all available resources, tools and systems to support International Vines in achieving its sales goals.

Her family and friends, animals, nature, hiking, martial arts and a great glass of wine inspire her.