As a native Oregonian, I've always felt a deep love and responsibility towards this land we call home. Growing up on a nursery in the Rogue Valley, I became fascinated at an early age with "the secret life of plants," and seeing the yield that time and patience could render.
After attending the University of Oregon and running away for a brief stint in New York City, I moved to Portland. By day I was writing for SPIN, Seattle Weekly and MIX Magazine; by night I was bartending at Portland's famous Uptown Billiards Club. It was there that I experienced the "eureka" bottle that all oenophiles initially encounter: a coal-laden Aglianico. Immediately my passion shifted to wine, leading me to serve as wine steward in several restaurants before making the leap to wine country.
I have loved Cristom's wines for many years; to now be a part of this team is an honor and dream come true!