Thanks to our amazing wine club members and customers, the somMailier team is growing! Read more to get to know us – our names, our hobbies, and, of course, our favorite wines.
Get to Know Laurent Yung – CEO & Co-Founder
Originally from Bordeaux, France, Laurent has also lived in Sweden, New York, and Paris. In 2013, he moved to San Diego, California, with his wife Elise and their three children. In September of 2017, he launched somMailier wine club with the goal of bringing fantastic, small-production French wines to customers’ doorsteps in the US.
In his spare time, Laurent enjoys fishing, cooking paella, poker, golf, tennis, volleyball, and having friends over.
Once travel restrictions are lifted, the first place on his list to visit is France, of course!
Elise is originally from France and met Laurent in 1998. As part of the founding journey of somMailier, Elise has seen each stage, from a dream to a real-life business that starts creating jobs.
In her free time, Elise likes to eat, read, and sleep – life’s greatest pleasures!
Elise misses her family in France and plans on visiting once travel restrictions are lifted and it feels safe to do so.
Elise’s Favorite Wine: La Fleur des Pins white and Chateau Coussin. When Elise started the journey with her husband, she swore she hated white wines and only drank reds. La Fleur des Pins with oysters was the first to change her mind, and then she tried Chateau Coussin and “fully converted to the light side of the force!”
Favorite Drink that is Not Wine: Water (stay hydrated!)
Favorite Food: Blanquette de Veau
Get to Know Patrick Yung – Sourcing Partner – CEO & Co-Owner of LAPLACE CDP
Patrick grew up with his brother Laurent in Bordeaux, France, and now lives in Paris. He has been working with somMailier to source our fantastic wine since the beginning.
Patrick enjoys do-it-yourself activities, such as woodworking, and he also likes fishing and walking with his family.
Once he begins traveling again, Patrick wants to visit Italy.
Patrick’s Favorite Wine: Chateau Bonnange and “all the very good selections we’ve made from the beginning” – it really is hard to go wrong!
Favorite Drink that is Not Wine: Anisette – a refreshing drink made with Anis plants
Favorite Food: Oysters – simple with pepper
Get to Know Pierre Guillemin – Commercial & Purchase Director at LAPLACE CDP
Originally from Burgundy, France, Pierre now lives in Paris and works with Patrick at LAPLACE CDP. One of Pierre’s many roles within LAPLACE is discovering unique small-batch wines, like the ones we enjoy through our wine club.
In his free time, Pierre likes to go fishing and hunting with his dog, Canelle.
When travel restrictions are lifted, Pierre plans on returning to Burgundy.
Get to Know Debra Hager – Logistics & Administrative Coordinator + Customer Liaison
Debra is originally from New York state and now lives in the charming beach town of Encinitas, California.
Debra was somMailier’s first hired employee a little over a year ago. She has the intricate job of coordinating the importation of our wines from France and completing the required regulatory and tax reporting documentation. Debra is also dedicated to providing the best customer service and building relationships with our customers. If you’ve been with somMailier for any time at all, chances are you’ve been in contact with Debra! On top of all that, she addresses operational and administrative issues.
Some of Debra’s hobbies include tasting, drinking, and learning about wine. She received her Level 2 certificate from the London-based Wine and Spirits Education Trust (WSET). Debra also enjoys reading, hiking, drawing, yoga, and bird watching.
Once travel restrictions are lifted, she wants to visit France and Santa Fe, New Mexico.
Favorite Drink that Isn’t Wine: Vodka Martini – it has to be potato vodka!
Favorite Food: Sushi
Get to Know Kelly Gardner – Marketing Assistant
Eight years ago, Kelly moved from Colorado Springs, Colorado, to San Diego, California, to pursue her undergraduate degree at the University of San Diego, and she’s never going back to the snow!
Kelly joined the somMailier team in July of 2020, working on all things marketing. (Pssst… We’re on Facebook and Instagram!)
In her spare time, Kelly enjoys trying new restaurants, creating craft cocktails at home, traveling, spending time with her friends and family, and reading on the couch with her dog.
Kelly’s list of places she wants to travel to is ever-growing. She visited Paris and Lyon in 2015 and would love to return, explore more of France, and visit some of the incredible vineyards we source from.
Favorite Drink that is Not Wine: A drink she and her boyfriend made that they call the “bananas foster”, which they make by shaking up butter-washed bourbon, banana liqueur, lemon juice, simple syrup, and ice then serving it up in a coupe glass.
Favorite Food: Tacos!
Dog: Junie B. Jones
Get to Know Julia Tinsley – Warehouse Coordinator
Originally from Roseville, California, a city in the Sacramento area, Julia now lives in Solana Beach, California.
Julia is somMailier’s most recent hire, joining the team right before the 2020 holiday season. She ensures that all of our wine is properly stored, packed, and shipped. Julia is also the one handwriting all of our messages for gift shipments, and her writing is beautiful!
Reading, cooking, and studying wine are some of Julia’s favorite hobbies. She hopes to one day gain her Sommelier certification.
Once travel restrictions lift, Julia wants to visit Costa Rica. She previously planned a vacation there, but like so many others, she had to put that trip on hold.
Julia’s Favorite Wine: Chateau Real Martin red – Julia loves how the dark fruit is balanced with a good tannic structure, and it pairs well with food!
Favorite Food: Pizza – “always say yes to pizza.”
Dog: Wickett Night-Fury
Get to Know the Dogs of somMailier
From our small but mighty team at somMailier, Santé!
Want to learn more about French wine? We’re here to help! Why not check out our French wine club? Every three months we send direct to your door three or six bottles of boutique French wines which have been carefully selected by wine experts in France along with detailed information about each wine and food pairing ideas to help you really discover French wine. And as if that wasn’t enough, we also have a wine club gift optionfor that special wine lover in your life!
P.S. We are pleased to announce that we are offering free shipping on 12-bottle orders within the continental US. We are also offering 50% off shipping of 12-bottle orders to Hawaii. Mix and match your favorites from ourwine cellar, or stock up with 12 bottles of your favorite.