The Winks Team

Heather Thomas

Heather Thomas

Founder/Marketing Director

“Come on over for some wine.” “Let’s meet for a glass of wine.” “Let’s workout and grab a glass of wine later.” “I’ve earned this glass of wine.”So many invitations, so little time to find the right gift. After years of struggling to find the "perfect" gift for any occasion, I decided to take my years of wine drinking, (a lot) my sales and marketing background and built Wine Winks. Wine Winks offers witty and unique wine-inspired gifts.

When I’m not sipping wine or working it off, I’m spending time with my two amazing girls, my loving husband, and Charlie our puppy in Minneapolis. I also enjoy traveling as much as possible for inspiration and relaxation. I’m always up for a glass of wine and a great story. I would love to hear yours, let’s raise a glass and make some memories. All my best, Heather




Michelle SchmidtMichelle Schmidt

Web Designer and Digital Marketing Guru

Michelle is our girl who's responsible for making our website look pretty and online ordering a breeze. While some might get tipsy after a few glasses of wine, for Michelle, it just takes SEO and Google Analytics.

When Michelle isn't working the Winks team she is salsa dancing, building her own dance wear line and can sew some wicked outfits for daywear.



Karey WidemanKarey Wideman

Director of Business Development- Social Media

Karey is responsible for connecting with our consumers via social media. She specializes in business to consumer marketing, online branding and creating funny wine memes.

When Karey is not marketing for Wine Winks she is working towards her Master of Business Administration degree or hanging out with her pug, Frankie. 



Iris Rose PageIris Rose Page

Iris Rose Page is an illustrator and graphic designer based in the Twin Cities. Her work is primarily focused in print, branding, digital storytelling, and iconography.

By day, she creates work while listening to a gripping podcast or music. By night, she operates, performs, and illustrates for her Minneapolis-based theater company called Sheep Theater (City Pages Best Theatre Troupe 2018).

Her happy place is when she is cooking a dinner with friends and a glass of wine in hand.  



Sue LubbenSue Lubben

Administrative Assistant

A wine loving multi-tasker, Sue helps everything work smoothly at Wine Winks. In her view there is no challenge too great and no deadline too crazy. Always positive, Sue believes in happy people and happy lives.

When not organizing the world, you can find Sue engaging in one of her many creative pursuits, or enjoying time with her husband, Brian, and their two adult children, who are Sue’s proudest accomplishments.