This interview is with Courtney Merriott and Johnny Brose of Flora Jane. In this interview, the couple speak about both their personal and joint journeys in the wine world. Johnny, who attended OSU, talks about his college introduction to the wine scene and what it is like teaching winemaking in Chemeketa’s wine studies program. Meanwhile, Courtney, who started her recognition for wine working at the Dundee Bistro, talks about her role in wine distribution. They go over the story of beginning their small wine business together, sharing the meaning behind its name and logo. They also discuss the highs of selling wine to new customers, the hopes for their product, and the challenges of having a first vintage in 2020.
This interview was conducted by Rich Schmidt at Courtney and Johnny’s home in Newberg on June 21, 2022.