Get To Know Us

Mina Williams, owner

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Seattle native Mina Williams learned a lot about food and wine as a journalist for national publications.  During her time as an employee at Blanc & Rouge she earned her Certified Specialist of Wine and is a Certified Sommelier.

Bruce Rutkin, owner

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Bruce has enjoyed wine during his 38 year marriage to Mina. A former sales pro in high tech, he enjoys the people aspect of the wine industry.

Brianna Jones Mattes

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 When Blanc & Rouge expanded its offerings to include small plates we knew we needed a pro to assemble the offerings and properly present them to guests. Brianna's serving experience in downtown Seattle was just what we were looking for. 

Marlene Presser

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A mutual friend brought Marlene to Blanc & Rouge. Her eclectic  background raising alpacas for fiber arts, running a recreational vehicle business and owning a restaurant fit right into spearheading our special events and catering.

Christian & Matt

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 Matt & Christian bring years of wine experience to Blanc & Rouge. Matt has served tables in top restaurants since he was a teen. Whidbey native Christian has worked for restaurants since he was 14 years-old including high-end restaurants including Seattle's Rover's.

Jacob & Arielle

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Jacob & Arielle have just joined the team. Jacob's passion for wine started working as a server at a Northern California fine dining restaurant. Arielle's enthusiasm is infectious. She also has Northern California restaurant roots and  has followed her family to Snohomish.