ABOUT TOFINO WINES
TOFINO WINES is a San Francisco retail wine merchant and bar. Our goal is to seek out exciting and delicious wines. Our selection of 700+ wines is focused on natural wines and small, family-run estates from classic and emerging regions in California, France, Italy and Spain, including a great range of Champagne and Sherry—two of our all-time favorite wines. We favor producers who practice minimal intervention in the vineyards and cellar, and make clean, precise and well-balanced wines that reflect the terroir of their particular sites.
We believe that drinking wine is integral to learning about wine. With our ever-changing and eclectic selections of wines by-the-glass at the bar, weekly tastings and other in-store events with small wine importers and wineries, there are many opportunities to discover interesting, lesser-known wines and revisit different expressions of favorite regions. As we add more wine every month to our growing retail offerings, we remain highly selective and open-minded, committed to finding delicious, interesting wines to share with you. Tofino Wines also offers craft beers and local wines on tap.
Wine purchased from the retail shop may be enjoyed in the bar area for a corkage fee of $15.
ABOUT THE PARTNERS
Partners Mark Nevin & April Sack share more than three decades of combined experience in the wine industry. Mark, who was raised in Vancouver, BC, began his career in wine when he was living in Chicago making documentary films and realized buying wine for restaurants on the side was the only way he could ever drink interesting wine. He let friends from Austin talk him into buying wine for the first Whole Foods Market to open in the Midwest (Lincoln Park.) After that experience he went to work for a wine distributor selling wine to top restaurants in Chicago, and driving suppliers like Terry Thiese and David Lett (Eyrie Vineyards) to appointments around a freezing (or sweltering) Chicago, in a beat up Toyota pickup truck with no heat or A/C. He then took a regional role in sales with Clicquot, Inc., and traveled to every corner of the central US, eventually moving to New York City to become National Sales Director for the company. While with Clicquot, he played a pivotal role in both the growing success of Veuve Clicquot and the relaunch of Champagne Krug, as well as the development of the fine wine portfolio, including Ceretto, Livio Felluga, Castello di Monsanto, Tenuta di Capezzana, Cloudy Bay, Château La Nerthe, among others. In 2005, he left LVMH, to become CEO of Henriot Inc., a national Champagne and wine importing company that he started with legendary French vintner Joseph Henriot, building a portfolio of French, Italian and Spanish wines, including Fattoria Le Pupille and Luis Cañas Rioja, to add to the Henriot family-owned houses—Champagne Henriot, William Fèvre Chablis and Bouchard Père & Fils.
April, a San Francisco native, lived in New York for 20 years, and worked in various roles in public relations and communications representing international wineries, restaurants and hotels. The couple moved back to the Bay Area in 2010, when April took on the role of Director of Public Relations for Wilson Daniels, a Napa-based wine importer and sales organization representing Domaine de la Romanée-Conti, Champagne Salon, Champagne Delamotte, Domaine Leflaive and Schramsberg, among other top European and U.S. wineries.
While continuing to work in the industry, Mark and April began their search for a location for TOFINO WINES.
WHAT IS TOFINO?
Tofino Wines was named after Admiral Vicente Tofiño de San Miguel y Wanderiales, a Spanish cartographer who hailed from Cádiz, Spain (in the same province as Jerez de la Frontera, the center of Sherry production), and taught cartography to two young Spanish commanders in particular, Galiano and Valdés. They were among the first explorers to circumnavigate Vancouver Island and map the coastline of British Columbia, discovering and naming Tofino Inlet in 1792. The wild, coastal town of Tofino (named after Tofino Inlet in 1934) on Vancouver Island, where co-owner Mark Nevin spent time camping on the beach and surfing as a teenager growing up in Vancouver, B.C., and where he and his wife/business partner April have traveled together several times, also served as inspiration for the name Tofino Wines.