I was tasked with writing a short bio about myself and Random Wine Company, and I intend to keep it short.
New York City, 1983, I was born. I spent several years there before moving (with my family) to San Diego, where I grew up, went to college, and began my career in the wine business.
Where does the wine thing come from, you might ask? My father was in the wine business for a long time, working in retail and as a broker/distributor for wines from all over the world. I was fortunate to grow up with winemakers visiting San Diego fairly often, which obviously had an effect on me. My mother is a fantastic cook, classically trained, and as such I was lucky to grow up in a household that considered wine to be a food.
I worked in wine retail, distribution, and hospitality for about 15 years, which has shaped my views on wine and indeed, my palate. To this day I still work for a distributor in the Portland Metro area, representing wineries from all over the world. The network of relationships I’ve built has allowed Random Wine Company to appear on the shelves and wine lists of some of Portland’s finest establishments.
Random Wine Company was born of my experiences during harvest 2011, where I worked at Kramer Vineyards as their intern. Perhaps frustrated with my endless questions, Trudy Kramer suggested that the next year I buy some grapes and make my own wine. What a great idea, right?
In 2012 I followed her advice and bought some Tempranillo and Petit Verdot grapes from Washington, launching Random Wine Company. Each year brings new grapes and new knowledge. My goal is simple, to showcase the great grapes we have here in the Pacific Northwest while doing something a little bit different from most people. For example, at Random Wine Company we avoid using new oak barrels, employ various percentages of whole-cluster fermentations, and work with somewhat obscure varieties. Our wine making philosophy is to use as gentle a hand as possible, working with what Nature gives us.
Thank you for your support in my venture, I do hope you enjoy my wines. Please feel free to contact me with questions or comments!