David (Dave) Griffiths is the Director of Direct to Consumer for Cakebread Cellars.
Originally from a small town outside Minneapolis, Minnesota, his family moved to Seattle in 1991 – just in time to savor the grunge scene. He later returned to the Midwest where he received a bachelor of arts degree from Purdue University and was first exposed to wine through an intensive wine appreciation course.
Now in his 14th year in the wine industry, David has extensive exposure with luxury, import, and domestic retail wines. He began his career in Chicago at Terlato Wines International, where he worked with Italian suppliers Pio Cesare, Il Poggione, Nonino (grappa), Lungarotti and Mastroberardino, as well Wairau River (New Zealand) and a handful of smaller domestic wineries. He took a 3-month sabbatical during his time at Terlato to travel throughout Italy and document harvests in Piedmont, Montalcino and Umbria.
After Terlato Wines International, he spent one year based in the Mid-Atlantic with Allied Domecq, where he was the Trade Marketing Manager for their Fine Wine Team.
Prior to joining Cakebread Cellars, Dave lived in Seattle and was employed at Ste. Michelle Wine Estates where he was most recently Brand Manager of 14 Hands, Red Diamond and Snoqualmie Vineyards.
His extensive exposures in the wine industry have shaped an appreciation for all regions, varietals and styles. It is his opinion that wine – when paired with family, friends and food – can be a wonderful catalyst for memorable moments.
David now resides in Napa, California with his wife and two young children, where they (finally) get to see the sun. A Midwesterner at heart, he has a particular fondness for walleye and pheasant. Having lived in Seattle, he appreciates a good cup of coffee, Pearl Jam, and being outdoors.