Schmidt, Rich


35 minutes 26 seconds


June 8, 2023


This interview is with Jess Spera of Chehalem Vineyards. In this interview, Jess speaks about her past jobs, travels, and experiences that led her to Chehalem.

Jess starts by talking about her time in Colorado and found love for beer brewing. She shares how her love for brewing evolved into a love for wine, especially after her time spent doing wine harvests abroad.

She then dives into her life once she returns to the states and shares the ways she found herself working towards a future. Whether it was sharing how she met her husband during harvest or how she advanced to being the winemaker’s second hand, Jess spills it all!

This interview was conducted by Rich Schmidt at Chehalem Vineyard in Newberg on June 8, 2023.


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


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