This interview is with Joey Myers of A to Z Wineworks and Narrow Window Wines. In this interview, Joey speaks about growing up in the vineyard industry thanks to his father’s nursery and vineyard business. Once Joey decided that he wanted to follow a similar path, he attended Southern Oregon University and worked in California and abroad before coming back to Oregon.
Joey speaks about growing his knowledge in vineyard work and coming to work at A to Z, as well as the impetus to starting his own experimental vineyard and wine brand. He also talks about the future of wine and vines in Oregon.
This interview was conducted by Rich Schmidt at White Cloud Vineyard in Carlton on March 7, 2023.
This interview is with Carrie Kalscheuer of Rex Hill Wines and A to Z Wineworks. In this interview, Carrie speaks about her life before wine and the years before she moved to Oregon. She talks about her love for travel and how a few months spent in Florence Italy led to the discovery of a wine passion. She realized it was what she wanted to pursue, loving that it was a connector and educator that would allow her to travel places just through a glass. Carrie describes her arrival in Oregon, including how she landed her job at Rex Hill Wines. She also discusses the wine certifications she has earned, the committees she has served on, and the responsibilities she has as Director of Sales and Education at Rex Hill and A to Z Wineworks. Later, Carrie even shares her motto and advice to others: “Always say yes and take every opportunity.”
This interview was conducted by Rich Schmidt at Rex Hill Wines in Newberg on July 11, 2022.
This interview is with Amy Prosenjak of A to Z Wineworks and the Linfield Board of Trustees. In this interview, Amy begins by describing how she got started in the wine industry, what her role is at A to Z Wineworks, and how she has contributed to Linfield programs. She discusses Linfield’s growth in the Wine discipline; beginning with a summer program, progressing to a minor, and then finally a major. Amy also speaks about the impact of COVID-19 and how it could permanently change how the Wine industry operates.
Later in the interview, Amy talks about what it takes if you want to be successful in this business. Her advice: show up, be present, and be visible. You have to be consistent and give the impression that you are interested, engaged, and hardworking. She finishes by describing her hopes for both the future of herself and the future of A to Z.
This interview was conducted by Rich Schmidt at A to Z Wineworks on January 15, 2021.
This interview is with Cheryl Francis, Sam Tannahill, Deb Hatcher, and Bill Hatcher, of A to Z Wineworks and REX HILL. Cheryl Francis, Sam Tannahill, Deb Hatcher, and Bill Hatcher are the founders of A to Z Wineworks and co-owners (with several partners, including San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich) of REX HILL Vineyards and Winery. In the interview, the group discusses a wide range of topics, including their starts in the industry, international influences, how they all met in the first place, the ownership of REX HILL, and the future of Oregon.
This interview was conducted by Linfield College by Rachael Woody and Rich Schmidt at REX HILL Winery on June 3, 2016.
This interview is with Paul Hart, one of the original owners of Rex Hill Winery. In the interview, Hart talks about how he got into the wine industry, moving to the Willamette Valley, creating Rex Hill out of nothing, and what he’s been doing since leaving the industry.
This interview was conducted by Rich Schmidt at the Nicholson Library at Linfield College on May 18, 2016.
This interview is with Sam Tannahill, who has been a part of multiple vineyards internationally and has been one of the owners of Rex Hill Winery since 2007. Tannahill discusses some of his experiences in the wine industry, other members of the wine culture, and what made him fall in love with Oregon.
This interview was conducted by David Baker in 2012.