Schmidt, Rich


1 hour 38 minutes 31 seconds


January 20, 2021


This interview is with Stacey Gibson and Neil Thompson of Park Avenue Fine Wines. They each share what initially interested them in wine, and how they got their start in the industry. Stacey and Neil describe their perspective decisions to move to Oregon, and what each of them did once they got here. Stacey explains how she was educated through Somelier certifications, while Neil gained his knowlege through experience in the industry.

After Neil had found the space to start Park Avenue, he eventually hired Stacey as the bar manager. It quickly was apparent that she was a huge asset to the company, and she was made a partner. The two of them speak about their working relationship, and how their varying backgrounds benefit Park Avenue.

Later in the interview, Stacey and Neil discuss their vision and mission for Park Avenue, and later broaden out to speak about the greater Oregon wine industry. They describe some of the biggest changes they have seen in the industry, as well as spectate on what Oregon will look like in the future.

Stacey and Neil conclude the interview with advice for joining the Oregon wine industry, and share some exciting new projects they started recently.

This interview was conducted by Rich Schmidt on January 20, 2021 at Park Avenue Fine Wines with Stacey Gibson and Neil Thompson.


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