Leo Kirk

Director of Sales


I am a native of the Napa Valley where I grew up a sports fanatic. I learned fractions and percentages at an early age by studying batting averages on baseball cards. I soon learned that it was a good thing I didn’t need Algebra to figure out batting averages.

I attended U.C. Berkeley where I earned a degree in English Literature, graduating “Magna Cum Barely.”  While I hoped to become a famous “man of letters” and write a great American novel, I have become infamous for crafting humorous family Christmas letters.

If you have a favorite restaurant or wine shop where you would like to purchase Basel Cellars wines, send me an email and we will do our best to make that happen.

Growing up in Napa I was practically bottle fed Cab, so after a career as a sports marketing executive, I have worked in the Washington wine industry for fifteen years. Our winemaker, Dirk, and I have collaborated in the past, and I feel very fortunate to market and sell the wines he creates. Steve and JoMarie Hansen, Ryan, Dirk and the entire staff at Basel have built a fantastic culture and I feel blessed to be part of the team.
I met the love of my life, Linda, in 1979 in Spokane and we have been creating our own love story for thirty seven years, although I am certain I haven’t aged like a fine wine.


  • Faith and Family
  • Sports, especially watching basketball and playing golf
  • Wine, food and friends
  • Warm weather vacations