This interview is with Dana Benn and Nicole Staples of Coquina Wines. In this interview, Dana and Nicole speak about their initial experiences in the wine industry and about each developing a passion for the physical, demanding labor of making wine. They talk about the various places they worked before meeting and becoming friends, and about their adventures together since.
They also talk about the origin of their brand Coquina and about what comes next for themselves and the brand. They speak about the difficulty of work-life balance in the industry and of other lessons learned along the way.
This interview was conducted by Rich Schmidt in the Nicholson Library at Linfield University in McMinnville on April 5, 2023.