The Wades are natives of Toronto. Marc enjoyed a successful career in finance and currently manages his family office along with entrepreneurial ventures in the Media space. Ashley is a Health Care entrepreneur and is heavily involved in local philanthropic organizations. They have been fortunate to travel extensively with their close circle of friends and family. In their travels, they found that often the most memorable experiences were the simplest ones. Wherever they happened to be in the world, the best times involved good food and great wine at a table surrounded by the laughter of friends and loved ones. The desire to share this experience is what led to the creation of SALT.
Mike started his winemaking journey under the tutelage of Thomas Brown at Schrader Cellars in 2001. Traveling from Portland Oregon, Mike worked each crush "free of charge" to learn the craft. Following his third harvest, Mike accepted a full-time assistant position from Thomas and moved his family to St. Helena. During this tenure, Mike was able to work with a vast array of wine labels including Schrader, Maybach Family, and Rivers Marie. It was during this period that Mike was able to articulate his own philosophies on wine making based on the strong foundation he received while working on these established labels and his own labels, Myriad Cellars, Quivet and Ancillary cellars.
Ryan developed an interest in wine while attending the University of Colorado at Boulder. During his studies Master Sommelier Bobby Stuckey introduced him to the wines of Friuli during frequent visits to the Frasca restaurant. Ryan's interest quickly grew into an obsession. To further his wine education, he attained an advanced certification through the WSET and became a certified Sommelier. He has worked in almost every facet of the wine business including as a sommelier in fine dining restaurants, a specialist with an auction house, and most recently in online retail, sourcing and supplying rare wine to collectors and restaurants.