This interview is with Phil Taratko of Artisan Barrels. Originally from Long Island, Phil speaks about his decision to move out west to attend University of Oregon where he was also given the opportunity to travel and study in Lyon, France. He talks about his initial interest in becoming a chef and his experiences working in restaurants. Even though those restaurants focused on beer, Phil explains how he eventually got the opportunity to work in a wine tasting room, which later gave him a chance to work in production.
Phil speaks about how he mastered the ins and outs of wine, often saying “Best way to learn is to teach.” He also talks about his first three harvests, his work in New Zealand, his experience apprenticing , and his time at Beckham Estate. Later, he discusses what drew him to his current position with Artisan Barrels and the new relationship it offers him with the wine industry.
This interview was conducted by Rich Schmidt at Nicholson Library on June 1st, 2022.