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See us at the Las Vegas Market! - July 28 - August 1, 2024
See us at the Las Vegas Market! - July 28th-August 1, 2024

About Us

Janet Tupper, a co-owner of Mercantile 12, first ventured to Napa on a wine tasting excursion in 1993. She fell in love with everything about wine country—the hills, vineyards, barrelrooms, and the winemakers, hoteliers, chefs + retailers who make visiting an experience to remember. In 2010 in Walla Walla, Washington, after many other tasting trips, she had an epiphany; where were the quality, tasteful products that spoke to the sense of place?

A Kansas City native who moved to Seattle in 1996, Janet fell in love with wine country on her first trips to Napa and Sonoma twenty years ago, to watching Washington wine country become a destination during her 20 years of living in Seattle. With over 25 years of entrepreneurial experience under her belt, Janet developed the brand of Mercantile 12 in 2010 and launched in 2013. She directs sales, business & product development, marketing, and design. The business is everything she is passionate about: the experience of wine country, the locavore trend in food and wine, amazing products, creative collaboration with designers and makers, a modern vintage aesthetic, connecting authentically. Her favorite varietals are a Dry Rose from Cinsault, Viognier, and Cabernet Franc. She loves tennis and entertaining at home.

A co-founder of Mercantile 12, Chris is our Operations and IT person, unlocking the keys to all of our technology inner-workings. Chris. In his career in enterprise software, Chris watched a lot of small companies turn into much larger ones. So when Janet shared her vision for Mercantile 12, Chris asked, “Why not now?” and a business was born (in his basement). Now that Mercantile 12 is headquartered in Napa, you may find Chris updating the website or out on the tennis court