Jess Zander, General Manager at Fidelitas, loves to sell wine. She began her professional life in education, taking wine classes for fun before realizing that working with children wasn’t nearly as fun as wine, and switched industries. Jess continued her studies with the International Sommelier Guild and, after a brief stint in fine dining, started working with Fidelitas in 2008. Her first focus was on the Fidelitas Wine Club and Direct to Consumer Sales. As the business grew, so did her roll, and Jess accepted the General Manager position in 2014. Today, Fidelitas produces 6500 cases of Bordeaux-style wines annually from the Red Mountain AVA, and sells 90% of all wine direct to consumer through two tasting room locations and a thriving Wine Club.
Jess holds a BA in Psychology from the University of Washington. A Seattle-native, Jess makes the Rainy City her home with her husband and two daughters, while traveling frequently to sunnier Red Mountain. She loves the integration of work and home life that comes with small business, and is often seen with a kid in tow in the cellar or vineyard. Jess enjoys cooking and entertaining at home, and will escape on a mini-vacation whenever possible.
Fidelitas, Latin for faithful, loyal, and true, is a family‐owned winery on Red Mountain, led by veteran winemaker and owner, Charlie Hoppes, who recently celebrated 30 harvests in Washington. Fidelitas is faithful to Bordeaux grape varietals, loyal to modern craft winemaking techniques, and true to the Red Mountain AVA. Fidelitas wines are handcrafted and aged in small lots, creating wines of exceptional character, varietal expression and structure.