Wine Crush Podcast is hosted by Heidi Moore, a wine enthusiast and winery/agriculture insurance agent with Country Financial. She’s Oregon raised with an agriculture background that lends to her adult-life-love for viticulture. Thank you to our primary show sponsor, Country Financial. Listen and learn below! Cheers!
Welcome back to Wine Crush! In this episode, we sat with local Oregon winemakers, Sean from Pudding River Wine Cellars, and Cristina from Gonzales Wine Company to learn more about their wines. The first comes from a winery that was formerly a poultry farm, that is dedicated to producing world-class wines through sustainable methods. The other hones in on a single mother and self-taught entrepreneur whose winemaking is influenced by the magical dynamic between food, wine, and friends.
Read below for more about our Oregon Wine Country guests.
Sean Allen – Winegrower/Owner
Founder, owner and winemaker Sean Allen spent 15 years working as a mechanical engineer before pursuing his passion for winemaking. With physics and engineering degrees and years of science-based learning, viticulture and winemaking came natural to Sean in his training at the acclaimed Chemeketa Wine Studies program. Originally from Alaska, Sean is an avid outdoorsman who enjoys taking full advantage of all that the Pacific Northwest has to offer including hiking, biking and skiing. Like many winemakers, Sean is also a big foodie. In addition, Sean’s best friend and partner in crime is his chocolate lab Dakota.
Cristina Gonzales – Owner/Winemaker
In 2004, Cristina Gonzales tasted a silky, lush Malbec that forever changed the course of her life. She was volunteering in South America, and during a trip through Mendoza, Cristina encountered her first distinct food and wine experience: an Argentine steak paired with Malbec. The steak was prepared before her eyes, and the wine was unforgettable. This magical dynamic between food, wine, and friends provided the seeds of inspiration for Gonzales Wine Company.Fueled by her newfound passion for wine, Cristina got a job in a winery tasting room and then in the cellar of White Oak Vineyards in Healdsburg, California. She worked her first harvest in 2006, and went on to work in cellars throughout Australia, Tasmania, Oregon, and California. A decade of hands-on experience later, Cristina began making wines under her own label.
A single mother, Latina, and self-taught entrepreneur, Cristina resides in Portland with her son, Julian, and Bean, her blue heeler.
Meet Dustin Joseph, an organic Executive Chef who specializes in farm-to-table cuisine. His passion for food has taken him around the continent on a culinary expedition, landing him in the Pacific Northwest. His infamous wine dinners, partnered with local wineries, have given him the opportunity to create pairings that delight like none other.
Biscuit and Pickles teams up with local farms to bring you the best flavors Oregon has to offer.
All of their menus are planned with a seasonal focus. Being fresh and organic is the just the bonus. Areas they are are: Portland Metro area, Salem, Woodburn, Vancouver, McMinnville, and the Willamette Valley Wine Country.