Our Key People

Tom Glase, Founder/Director of Winemaking

more placeholderIn 1998, Tom began his winemaking career by working harvest for Marty Clubb at L’Ecole no. 41 Winery, the third oldest winery in the Walla Walla Valley. He spent four years honing his craft at L’Ecole and building relationships with some of the state’s greatest winemakers and grape growers. Out of that foundation came winemaking opportunities at Corliss Estate and Ash Hollow Vineyards, as well as vineyard management responsibilities for Ash Hollow. During his time managing the Ash Hollow Vineyard, he consulted with Tom Waliser regarding farming practices. In 2001, Tom became the Winemaker for esteemed grower Tom Waliser’s Beresan Winery. Balboa Winery came to life in 2005 with the release of 2003 Cabernet Sauvignon and 2004 Sauvignon Blanc. As the founder of Balboa, Tom has dedicated himself to making wines that are true to the varietal, terroir, and vintage.

Tyler Grennan, Winemaker

A native of Washington State, Tyler relocated to Walla Walla after attending the University of Washington to study winemaking at the Institute of Enology and Viticulture. While in school, Tyler worked at L’Ecole No. 41 under Marty Clubb and Mike Sharon. Upon graduating from the Institute of Enology and Viticulture in 2012 Tyler started at Balboa Winery as a part-time cellar rat. He was quickly promoted to Assistant Winemaker in September 2012 and ascended to Winemaker in September 2016.

Tom Waliser, Vineyard Manager

more placeholderNamed Wine & Spirits magazine’s Washington State Viticulturist of the Year and Washington Association of Wine Grape Growers’ Grower of the Year in 2008, Tom has farming in his blood. The Waliser family has grown apples and other types of tree fruit in the Walla Walla area since the early 1930s. In 1992, he expanded his farming interests to wine grapes by farming Pepper Bridge Vineyards, followed by Seven Hills West Vineyards in 1994. Currently, Tom manages 550 acres of vineyards for Premier Partners and LeFore Vineyard as well as his own vineyards – Yellow Jacket and Waliser. Tom firmly believes in sustainable viticulture, and he focuses his efforts on soil health as a means to healthier, stronger vines and higher-quality fruit. That attention to quality shows up in each and every bottle.