Galaxy Wine Company
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About the company
Galaxy was established in 1999 by Bob Liner and Matt Elsen. Both Bob and Matt have a long history in the wine industry. Bob’s started in 1977 at a gourmet shop in Sacramento, while Matt spent many years managing restaurants in the Bay Area. Both took trips to Napa nearly every weekend, meeting winemakers and exploring the thriving wine scene.
Despite likely having crossed paths during this time, Bob and Matt didn’t meet until 1987 when both had located to Oregon. Matt, having grown accustomed to the accessibility of great wine in the bay area, asked around about a fine wine retailer in Portland. “Go to Strohecker’s,” he was told, “And see Bob Liner.”
The rest, as they say, is history. The two hit it off and within a couple of years Liner & Elsen Wine Merchant opened its doors to the public. The shop soon gained renown for its selection and for the vast knowledge of its two proprietors. Their experience launching Liner & Elsen gave Bob and Matt a unique perspective on what wine buyers needed from distributors. Guided by that wisdom, they sold Liner & Elsen in 1999 and launched Galaxy Wine Company.
15 years later, Galaxy has garnered a reputation for the quality of the wines we offer, the knowledge of our staff, and our unrivaled customer service. We are proud to represent more than 400 producers from around the world and work with retailers and restaurants across Oregon. Through our incredibly knowledgeable sales team, Galaxy continues to share with our customers the stories behind all of the wines we sell. Our wineries are part of our family, and that is how we represent them.