impulse wine

Seattle, WA


Impulse Wine is about just one thing: good wine. Some think good wine has to be expensive, some think it has to be highly rated, others think it has to be imported. At Impulse Wine, none of that is true. I've worked in all facets of the wine business, and have seen behind the scenes of the industry. I use my years of experience to seek out the best wines, at all prices, and offer them on Impulse


impulse philosophy

Great wine is not defined by its fancy labels, famous regions, or high prices. Is the winemaker highly skilled? Was the vineyard well managed? Is it worth the asking price? These are the questions which govern the Impulse Wine selection.



Yashar Shayan, certified sommelier

Before starting I worked for many Wine Spectator award winning restaurants in the Seattle area. Most recently I worked at the Willows Inn on Lummi Island with Chef Blaine Wetzel, Food & Wine Magazine “Best New Chef” and James Beard Award Nominee. There I offered a carefully selected medley of wines, both domestic and foreign, to compliment Chef Wetzel’s intricately crafted dishes, made with locally foraged and farmed ingredients.

I'm a Level 2 Certified Sommelier with the Court of Master Sommeliers, have a Level 3 Advanced Certification with the Wine and Spirits Education Trust in London, and a Level 2 Certification from the International Sommelier Guild. Prior to my wine studies, I obtained
a Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology from the University of Washington in Seattle.

Other places I've worked include:
Palisade Restaurant
Seastar Restaurant & Raw Bar
Wine World & Spirits
Wild Ginger Restaurant
Efeste Winery
Washington State Wine Commission
Bin on The Lake at the Woodmark Hotel
Matthews Winery
Fine Wines & Cigars
Washington Wine Tour



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