The People Behind the Great Wines

Shirley and Gail Puryear

Gail and Shirley Puryear met at Washington State University. They were married in 1968 and moved to California where Gail worked as a teacher and Shirley as a social worker.
   They moved back to Washington in 1979 where Gail took a job as principal in the Toppenish School District.  They planted the vineyard in 1980 and harvested the first grapes in 1984. They started the winery in 1985 with Chardonnay, Riesling, and Cabernet Sauvignon.
   Gail was able to leave public education in 1992 and pursue winemaking as a full-time career. Gail remained the winemaker until 2007 when the title was turned over to Bill and Gail became the Vigneron.
Shirley has always been the CEO and Wine Goddess.

Riley Miller

Riley Miller graduated from Washington State University with a double major in Viticulture and Enology with a minor in Horticulture. He has worked in Australia, New Zealand, California, and Oregon.
Riley also has his own label, Sonder Wines which will be co-housed here at Bonair Winery. He is very detail oriented and excited to be able to take the grapes from vine to bottle at an estate winery.





Vineyard Foreman
Alfonso Betencourth

Alfonso helped us lay our brickwork on the driveway and helped with some landscaping.  We had such a good time together, that he  continued to work for us in the vineyard and is now our Vineyard Foreman. Alfonso knows every square inch of the vineyard, supervises pruning and picking crews when we need them, and can fix just about anything mechanical.   He also is the one who remembers where we have buried electrical lines, water lines, and drain lines.
   He is a valuable employee and friend.



Hospitality Manager
Adette Highley

   Adette was born and raised in Bellingham.  She started working in the retail business at age 15, and never left - furniture stores, jewelry stores, you  name it - with customer service imbedded in her for over half her life.
   After as stint in Alberta where it was much too cold, a mutual friend brought Adette to our tasting room. Her love of wine, contagious enthusiasm, and management skills have landed her what she has called her "perfect Job."  As hospitality Manager she loves meeting the happy people that come through the doors and leave even happier.



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