Rudy Shafer-Wine Maker
Rudy comes from a farming background, and when the opportunity to return to his roots presented itself, he joined the team at Dablon. He has extensive experience with brewing beer and was quite familiar with fermentation and the strict cleanliness requirements of wine production. When he started as winemaker at Dablon, he was closely supervised by one of the best winemakers in Southwest Michigan, and he supplemented that instruction with seminars, conferences, study and experience. Rudy also oversees the vineyard and is intimately familiar with the characteristics of our very high quality grapes. The role that he has learned quite well is to let the high quality of the grapes manifest itself in the wine that we make.
Jason Porter-Assistant Winemaker
Jason is an assistant winemaker at Dablon. With us since October 2014, he is a key part of the winemaking team, both in the cellar and the vineyards. His work history includes mold making, brewing beer in Colorado, and beer & winemaking in Baroda. He has a passion for wine, and his experience is valuable in the cellar. Jason and his wife Stacy have 2 sons. His hobbies include ice hockey, fishing and mushroom hunting.
Born and raised in southwest Michigan, working in my hometown community has always meant the world to me. Working as a real estate agent, I decided I wanted a weekend job to get the chance to meet more people and that is when I joined the Dablon team as a wine consultant. Within 2 months of working in the tasting room, I fell in love with all of Dablon’s dry red wines. The story, beauty, and uniqueness of everything that Dablon does has deepened my interest in wine and the wine industry. A promotion to Tasting Room Manager in September 2017 had me even more thrilled to be working here. After spending full time hours in the tasting room, getting to know our regular customers, and building some amazing friendships, I realized I wanted to take my position a step further and in June of 2018 I became the Wine Club Manager/Events Coordinator. I am thrilled to work so closely with some of our biggest supporters, the Wine Club Members. In my spare time, I enjoy spending quality time with friends and family, especially in the summer out on the water!
After graduating from Ferris State University with a degree in Resort Management Amy has been working in the hospitality industry focusing on sales and customer experience. Amy began working for Dablon in our tasting room as a Wine Consultant in July of 2018. She has since moved into the new role of Marketing Manager. Her favorite thing about wine is that it constantly brings people together through dining and discussion. Amy loves traveling and exploring new places.
Anna Rafalski – Office Manager
Born in Poland and raised in Delaware, Anna holds degrees from Tufts University and the University of Notre Dame. She loves well-made spreadsheets, correct grammar, and talking about philosophy over a glass of wine. Anna and her husband Eric have two sons and a small menagerie of pets. In her spare time, she likes gardening, cycling, and spending time with friends around a fire.
A Michigan Native who grew up a short drive from the shores of Lake Michigan, Allison has a a strong love for family and the outdoors. Allison earned a Bachelors of Science Degree from Ferris State University. She soon developed a full-time passion for wine while working numerous hospitality positions. In her free time she enjoys all things outdoor with her fiancé Adam and her Rottweiler Keno.