Woody, Rachael Cristine




45 minutes 48 seconds


January 13, 2015

Interview Summary

This interview is with Doc (James) Wilson, who worked as a sommelier at Jake’s Famous Crawfish for 32 years. Wilson discusses how making wine accessible to the public was key to the popularity of Oregon wines within the state and, eventually, around the globe. Wilson also talks about his involvement teaching classes and writing articles about wine, and he discusses the five “S”s used to analyze the quality of wine. The interview concludes with his optimistic view on the second generation of Oregon wine enthusiasts and his opinion on how Oregon can continue to shape and develop its identity in the world of wine.

This interview was conducted by Rachael Woody in the Nicholson Library at Linfield College on January 13, 2015.


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