This interview is with Rachel Adams of Assemblage. In this interview, Rachel talks about how she got into the wine industry coming from an anthropology background, her previous work experience, and when she knew it was time to be self-employed and create Assemblage. She goes on to speak about the meaning and motives behind Assemblage, her intent to bring women together for empowerment and education within the industry, and what she noticed when having these conversations. Rachel notes that the meaning of Assemblage in French is to bring together already finished wines and create something already better— something she hopes women take away from the event: that “you are already complete.” Towards the end of the interview, she talks about the organization’s goals, its next steps, and how the industry has changed in terms of diversity and inclusion. Rachel concludes by reflecting on the future for the industry, and for herself.

This interview was conducted by Rich Schmidt at the Allison on February 4, 2020.


This interview is with Chevonne Ball of the Dirty Radish. In this interview, Chevonne speaks about how she got into wine, her various work experiences in the industry, her experiences moving to France, learning wine and wine buying, and what she hopes to bring to the hospitality industry. Chevonne also describes the meaning behind Dirty Radish, her experiences with Assemblage, her perspectives on the current socio-political climate, and how she is using her platform to speak up and be vulnerable in order to make a positive impact on others. Towards the end of the interview, Cheyenne talks about what she hopes for the future of the industry, Dirty Radish, and ends with reflecting on wine’s purpose in society.

This interview was conducted by Rich Schmidt at Linfield University on July 9, 2020.

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