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 some time there before moving (with my family) to San Diego, where I grew up. 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.
I worked in wine retail and hospitality for about 15 years, which also taught me a great deal, like what people drink. To this day I still work for a distributor in the Portland Metro area, selling some wine but mostly craft beer. It pays the bills.
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 fromm Washington, launching Random Wine Company. 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 strive to avoid using new oak barrels, employ various percentages of whole-cluster fermentations, and work with somewhat obscure varieties.
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!