Schmidt, Rich


1 hour 24 minutes 32 seconds


March 16, 2021


This interview is with Beau Carufel of Random Wine Company. In this interview, Beau speaks about wine being an integral part of his life and his family growing up, with his father working as a wine distributer. He then talks about his own path into the wine industry and what it was like working in different places and roles. He describes what to look for in wine and how he learned the order to taste, what to taste, and how to taste. He discusses his introduction to Oregon Wine, which involved a trip where he tasted about 100 different wines. He also speaks about the camaraderie, community, and friendly nature in the Oregon Wine Industry.

Later, Beau talks about creating his own brand and coming up with the name for Random Wine Company. He describes what building that was like, as well as what it was like leaving the industry. He goes on to talk about what his life is like now, and what he still sees in the Oregon Wine Industry.

This interview was conducted by Rich Schmidt at Laurelhurst Park in Portland on March 16, 2021.


Some oral history interviews are conducted on site and may contain background noise from nature, winery, or tasting room operations.


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