Matt Berson, the owner and winemaker of Love & Squalor, began his adventure in winemaking in 2003 when he was rescued from his illustrious restaurant career by a band of marauding Oregon winemakers. He was first taught the rudiments and joys of winemaking by Patty Green of Patricia Green Cellars. Then, he scurried in the cellars of Jimi Brooks (Brooks), Jay Somers (J. Christopher), Larry McKenna (Escarpment, NZ), and Erni Loosen (Dr. Loosen). The Love & Squalor label was launched in 2006 while he was the assistant winemaker for Ransom Wines. It focuses on Pinot noirs and Rieslings sourced from the vineyards of the Northern Willamette Valley. The wines are unmanipulated and honest. Berson lives in Portland in an old house filled with curly girls, including his wife and partner in crime Angie Reat, with whom he operates the Portland Wine Company urban winery and tasting room.
Matt BersonLove & Squalor Wines (Portland, OR)
Clare CarverBig Table Farm (Gaston, OR)
In addition to partnering with husband Brian Marcy to market their wine and manage their 70 acres, Clare is also a painter and wine label designer. Her fine art speaks for itself and her labels have received multiple awards, including America’s top ten wine labels (S.F. Chronicle). Clare’s first passion is her painting, but she finds great joy in working with her team of draft horses.
Christine Collier ClairWinery Director at Willamette Valley Vineyards (Turner, OR)
Christine’s love for Oregon wine began at an early age looking up at Willamette Valley Vineyards out the window of her room as the vineyard and winery took shape on the slope of the Salem hills. Christine has always been a familiar face at the winery; as a young girl she would sell her friendship bracelets in the tasting room and run through the vine rows as training for her school’s soccer team. Christine worked at the winery as a college intern and started making wine while she was a senior to launch her own brand based in Southern Oregon. She also worked as the Director of Troon Vineyard, which earned the accolade Top 10 Hottest Small Brands by Wine Business Monthly under her leadership.
In 2015, Christine co-founded a new company division, Oregon Estate Vineyards, with Jim Bernau, dedicated to building boutique wineries on some of Oregon’s most intriguing vineyard sites to continue to create and share the Oregon wine story. In 2018, Christine helped coordinate the Oregon Solidarity wines to help Southern Oregon winegrowers who had their contracts canceled just days before harvest. We team up with other Oregon wineries to collaboratively make and sell the wines with the net proceeds benefitting the Rogue Valley Vintners to support vineyards in the region. Christine is a graduate of Oregon State University and holds numerous wine certifications from the Wine & Spirits Educational Trust.
Michael DaviesREX HILL, Matzinger Davies (Newberg, OR)
A small town New Zealander, Michael completed a Bachelor of Arts in Economics, Scandinavian Studies and Political Science at the University of Auckland and tested the unusual employment possibilities that afforded, before returning to Lincoln University for a post-graduate diploma in Viticulture & Enology. Prior to joining A to Z, he served for 6 years at Chehalem as the Vineyard Manager and Assistant Winemaker. He has also worked in Burgundy, California, the Hunter Valley of Australia and numerous regions of New Zealand.
Michael and his winemaker wife, Anna Matzinger, together make the Matzinger Davies wines
Gina HennenWinemaker at Adelsheim Vineyard (Newberg, OR)
Gina holds a Bachelor’s degree in Chemistry from Reed College and an AAS in Winemaking from Chemeketa. Before transitioning to a career in winemaking, she worked as a semiconductor engineer for seven years in both Oregon and Dublin, Ireland. Desiring a career that no longer involved cubicles, she returned to Oregon in early 2006 to establish roots in the wine industry.
Bryan HillSales Manager at Amaurice Cellars (Walla Walla, WA)
Bryan Hill was formally schooled in accounting and hotel management at Ohio State University. As General Manager and Wine Director at Seattle’s Campagne for four years, his keen interest in wine earned Campagne many accolades such as Wine Enthusiast Magazine’s “Restaurant Wine Award” in 1995 and the Wine Spectator “Award for Excellence” three years in a row. In addition, Gourmetmagazine in 1997 named his wine program the “Best in Seattle”. Bryan demands gracious and intelligent service from his wait staff, which led to praise and recognition from publications such asConde Naste, Esquire, The Atlantic, Gourmet magazine, Seattle Magazine, Northwest Best Places, and the Zagat Guide. As a previous co-owner of Brasa Restaurant, Bryan created a diverse, extensive wine list, which contributed greatly to Brasa being recognized by Food & Wine and Gourmetmagazines as one of Seattle’s top tables in 2008. Since 2003, Bryan has been involved in the Wine Service at IPNC. Since 2013, he has been working with áMaurice Cellars as their Sales Manager. Owned by the Schafer family, áMaurice Cellars is located on the Upper Eastside of Walla Walla and produces 4000 cases of wine from their own vineyard and premium vineyards in the Columbia Valley.
Greg JonesDirector of the Evenstad Center for Wine Education – Linfield College
Gregory V. Jones is the Director of the Evenstad Center for Wine Education, holds the Evenstad Chair in Wine Studies, and is a professor and research climatologist in the Department of Environmental Studies at Linfield College. He specializes in the study of climate structure and suitability for viticulture, and how climate variability and change influence grapevine growth, wine production and quality. He holds a BA and Ph.D. from the University of Virginia in Environmental Sciences with a concentration in the Atmospheric Sciences. His teaching and research interests include meteorology, climatology, hydrology, and agriculture; phenology of plant systems; biosphere and atmosphere interactions; climate change; and quantitative methods in spatial and temporal analysis. He conducts applied research for the grape and wine industry in Oregon and has given hundreds of international, national, and regional presentations on climate and wine-related research. He is the author of numerous book chapters, including being a contributing author to the 2008 Nobel Peace Prize winning Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change Report, and other reports and articles on wine economics, grapevine phenology, site assessment methods for viticulture, climatological assessments of viticultural potential, and climate change.
Michelle KaufmannCommunications Director at Stoller Family Estate (Dayton, OR)
Michelle Kaufmann, a Portland, Oregon native, earned her degree in journalism from the University of Oregon, focusing on public relations and communications. Prior to joining Stoller Family Estate, she served as communications manager for the Oregon Wine Board for six years. Michelle currently serves on the Board of Director for the International Pinot Noir Celebration and marketing committee for the Willamette Valley Wineries Association. In her role, Michelle oversees all media relations and communications efforts for the Stoller Family Estate, Chehalem, and History wine brands.
Linda LevyAutomotive Events (McMinnville, OR)
Love of cooking all began on the kibbutz, preparing meals for eighty five families. Years later catering came her way and with it came IPNC. Professionally, Linda worked as a physical therapist assistant but the world of events and food was always a stronger call. In 2002 she was introduced to a company which managed events for the automotive industry, starting out as their food and beverage manager and in 2004 producing events all over the world.
Phil OswaltExecutive Sous Chef at The Multnomah Athletic Club (Portland, OR)
(bio coming soon)