Mark McNeilly is known as a wine guy. He founded Mark Ryan Winery nearly 20 years ago as a self-taught winemaker eager to learn. But there’s a rock ’n’ roll side to this entrepreneur. McNeilly grew up in Bellevue with a love of music. He’s seen some of Seattle’s greatest bands — Nirvana, Mudhoney, Soundgarden, and Pearl Jam — perform live. These days, he’ll still take a break from his busy life when his favorite musicians come to town. He’s also a motorcycle enthusiast who enjoys the open road. But his biggest passion in life is being a dad to his two little daughters. Here’s what else he loves.
Café Juanita in Kirkland, Isarn Thai Soul Kitchen in Kirkland, and Blu Sardinia in Redmond
Zoka in downtown Kirkland
Lady Yum in Kirkland
To Work out
For a drink
The bar at John Howie Steak
The Royal Tenenbaums
Frasier and Game of Thrones
Queens of the Stone Age
The Operator by Robert O’Neill
Favorite framed photo in your house
David Bowie from the ’80s by Greg Gorman
Who inspires you?
Pop culture icon
“Buy the ticket, take the ride”
— Hunter S. Thompson
What’s the finest bottle of wine you’ve ever had?
1985 DRC Domaine de la Romanée Conti La Tâche
How long have you been going to music shows in the city?
I’ve been seeing live shows since the late ’80s, including Nirvana, Mudhoney, Soundgarden, and Pearl Jam.
What kind of motorcycles do you have, and where do you ride?
I have a Triumph Man T120 and T100 and a rat rod graveyard from the ’60s. I ride from Woodinville headed east on short rides to Carnation and North Bend, away from the city.
You’re the dad of two little girls. What is the best part of raising girls?
Little girls just love to hug and cuddle, and it’s the greatest thing ever.