Schmidt, Rich


1 hour 7 minutes 47 seconds


January 21, 2020


This interview is with James Rahn of James Rahn Wine Company. In this interview, James talks about how he got into wine, his work experience and education, and the process of deciding he wanted to be a sommelier. He then goes on to speak about how he got to know Oregon winemakers and ended up in Oregon and starting James Rahn Wine Company. Towards the end of the interview, James reflects on the changes he’s seen to the Oregon Wine Industry, his vision of one day starting an urban winery in Oregon City, and offers advice to someone looking to become a sommelier.

This interview was conducted by Rich Schmidt at Abbey Road Farm on January 21, 2020.


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