Schmidt, Rich


1 hour 3 minutes 12 seconds


March 3, 2020


This interview is with Michael Garofola of Cutter Cascadia. In this interview, Michael answers the question “why wine,” and describes how he got into wine after working in the restaurant industry and finding he had a passion for both. He talks about the various experiences he gained abroad, his education he received, and how being a sommelier and winemaker inform one another. Michael also talks about what it was like starting Cutter Cascadia, what his vintages have been like, and his winemaking philosophy. Towards the end of the interview, he touches on the future for himself, changes he’s seen in the wine industry, and concerns for the horizon. To conclude, Michael provides advice for those looking to enter the industry today.

This interview was conducted by Rich Schmidt at Martin Woods Winery on March 3, 2020.


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