About Us

2024 Executive Committee of the Board of Directors

President                            Kris Wedel
Vice President
 Lyn Leininger
 Marcia Plewman
 Carly Cortright

Board Members / Committee Chairs / Appointees
Board Director Marlys Achey
Membership Director Deb Austin
Board Director David DeNio
Membership Recognition Dionne DeNio
Internal Auditor Kyle Goodwin
Social Media Coordinator Terry Gross
Food Committee Mary Gross
Extra Special Events Director Deby Hanson
Program Committee Co-Chair Marty Hanson
Program Committee Co-Chair Mona Henspeter
Program Committee Co-Chair Robin Henspeter
WineMinder Editor  Claudia Hersey
Extra Special Events Co-Chair Paul Hersey
Board Director Ellen Hoffman
Board Director Kevin Howell
Board Director Skip Leasure
Web Editor Charlie Rimpila
Education Director Dr. Jeffery Snow
Board Director Julie Snow


The Spokane Enological Society is a non-profit (501(c)7 organization governed by an elected 18-member board of directors.  The purpose of the society is to provide its members opportunities to gain further knowledge and appreciation of wine.  Functions are social and recreational, centered on learning through tasting, comparing and evaluating wines.

Being a not-for-profit organization allows us to obtain a special event license from the Washington Liquor and Cannabis Control Board.  This allows us to buy wine at reduced special prices directly from Washington distributors or wineries and share that price with our members.  


Membership benefits also include an on-line (or mailed) subscription to our monthly newsletter, the WineMinder, member discounts to all SES Tastings and special event dinners, a discount on the sampled Tasting wines after each Tasting, and invitation to “exclusive” tasting events at local wineries throughout the season.

The cost to join the SES is $35 single, $55 family (2 ppl), which includes a 1-time $5.00 set-up fee that pays for your new member name badge and SES wine glass. 

The cost to renew your membership each year in June is $30 single, $50 family (2 ppl). 

Membership fees can be paid on-line via credit card or by mail to SES, P.O. Box 31404, Spokane, WA 99223.

A printed membership application is available at the registration desk at each SES event, or you can apply on-line here:


…or you can request a form to be mailed to you by calling 509-723-5871 and leaving that message.

We welcome your guests to our Tastings and special events and encourage you to invite your friends and family to join us!


The SES board meets at 7:00 p.m. on the 2nd Monday of every month except July and August. (If we can’t meet in person, we meet via on-line conference meeting format).

Meetings are held at the Shriner's Event Center, located at 7217 W. Westbow Blvd., Spokane, WA 99224, and are open to members (with prior notice to a member of the Board of Directors). 


There are 10 planned events per year, with July and August months off.  Special dinners are planned in December and April of each year and are held at the Spokane Club.  Tastings are held on the third Monday of the month at the Shriner's Event Center.  (See map below).

The Spokane Enological Society is a 501(c)7 not-for-profit organization.
P.O. Box 31404, Spokane, WA  99223

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