From the heart of the Oregon Wine Country, Wine Crush Podcast is designed to tell the amazing and colorful stories of the local wine industry. We interview winemakers from the Willamette Valley in a conversational format, and is going in its Season 5!
Hosted by Heidi Moore, sponsored by Country Financial and other local partners, produced by The Daydream Agency, formerly Powered by Portland Radio Project
Season 07 - Episode 1 -Cassie Bella Wine and Limited Addition Wine
Season 7 commences with an international flair, featuring two distinguished wine brands shaped by global influences. Jesse Schwartz, of Cassie Bella Wines and The Wine Scribes, shares his passion for wine cultivated during extensive travels, leading to the establishment of Wine Scribes—a valuable resource for wine enthusiasts. Their portfolio expands to include vineyards in the Columbia Gorge (Oregon) and Portugal, with Cassie Bella serving as a tribute to Jesse’s wife and their shared life.
The second narrative unfolds as a captivating love story between Chad Ana Bree Stock. Originating from Australia, Bree’s global wine explorations intersected with Chad during a transformative visit to Oregon. Their love story birthed Limited Addition, where they explore diverse varietals, challenging conventional grape choices in the Willamette Valley to produce exceptional wines. Season 7’s inaugural episode promises excitement and surprise as we delve into these unique wine journeys. Thank you for joining us.
Season 06 - Episode 12 - Harry and Wynne Peterson-Nedry
And just like that season 6 has come to an end! What a treat our last episode of the season was! We welcomed in our first father-daughter team, Harry and Wynne Peterson-Nedry. They are the dream team behind both RR (Ribbon Ridge) Wines and Ridge Crest Wine! As a special guest we brought back the ever entertaining Andy Lytle to hold down the very first co-hosting spot! It was quiet the crowd in the studio!
Harry is one of legends and early developers of the Oregon Wine Industry and planted the very first vineyard in what is now known as the Ribbon Ridge AVA. His name is synonymous with quality and knowledge in the industry!
Wynne is a true definition of a wine kid! She was born shortly after the purchase of the Ribbon Ridge property and grew up playing and working in the vineyards. A wealth of knowledge herself, she has become a distinguished and highly respected winemaker in the Willamette Valley!
Join us we wrap up the season with a highly energetic and comical chat featuring 3 amazing personalities whose passion for wine is so very evident ! Cheers to you all and to another great season in the books!
Season 06 - Episode 11 -Liska Wines & Mendivia Wines
From the heart of the Oregon wine country, the Wine Crush Podcast presents an unforgettable episode featuring two exceptional winemakers: Chris from Liska and Colin from Mendivia. Host Heidi Moore invites listeners to embark on a journey into the world of wine as Chris and Colin share their backgrounds, inspirations, and the stories behind their remarkable wine brands.
Liska, founded by Chris and his partner Draga Mirajelova, is dedicated to crafting German Riesling. Their love for the grape began during a harvest in Germany's Mosel region, where they fell in love with the style and decided to bring it to Oregon. Liska is a result of their passion for Riesling and their desire to create exceptional wines that reflect the unique terroir of the Willamette Valley.
Colin, the founder of Mendivia, draws inspiration from his family's Basque heritage and focuses on Spanish grape varieties like Tempranillo and Albarino. His wines showcase the beauty and complexity of these grapes, exploring emerging AVAs in Oregon and beyond. With Mendevia, Colin seeks to introduce wine enthusiasts to the unique flavors and stories behind these Spanish varietals.
In this captivating episode, Heidi delves deep into the winemakers' journeys, discussing their experiences, winemaking philosophies, and the importance of terroir in their wines. Discover the nuances and complexities of German Riesling and Spanish varietals as Chris and Colin share their expertise and passion. Whether you're a wine enthusiast or simply curious about the world of winemaking, this episode is a must-listen for its rich insights, inspiring stories, and the celebration of two talented winemakers pushing the boundaries of their craft.
Season 06 - Episode 10 - David Paige Wines and Namaste Vineyards
In this episode of the Wine Crush podcast, host Heidi Moore takes listeners on a journey through the world of winemaking with two Dave's and their unique stories. First, we meet Dave Paige, a Midwestern boy who found his passion for wine while working in a wine shop. Dave shares his transition from a car-making family in Ohio to becoming a winemaker in Oregon's Willamette Valley. He discusses the evolution of the American wine industry, the changing perceptions of wine, and the importance of understanding the unique characteristics of different vineyards.
Next, Heidi is joined by Dave and Casi from Namaste Wine. They share their love story, which began on a Match.com date, and how they became the proud owners of a vineyard in Dallas, Oregon. They discuss their passion for winemaking, the intricacies of their wines, and the recent opening of their stunning new tasting room, housed in a renovated 100-year-old barn. They share their journey of transforming the barn into a warm and inviting space, perfect for enjoying their exceptional wines.
Throughout the episode, listeners will gain insights into the winemaking process, the importance of terroir, and the joy of exploring different flavors and styles of wine. Whether you're a seasoned wine enthusiast or new to the world of wine, this episode offers a delightful blend of information, entertainment, and inspiration. So grab a glass of wine and join Heidi as she uncorks the stories of these passionate winemakers. Cheers!
Season 06 - Episode 9 - Robert Brittan of Brittan Vineyards
Episode 9 brings us legendary wine maker Robert Brittan! We travel through history and the path Robert took on his way to Oregon. His time in college and the making of his first wine, becoming winemaker at the famed Stags Leap in Napa, the meeting of his beautiful wife Ellen and the eventual move to Oregon and what is now Brittan Vineyards. Every path into the wine industry is unique and different and this is definitely a show to listen to and enjoy! Be sure to share this with all your wine loving friends and go find the wine! You won’t be disappointed!
Season 06 - Episode 8 - Olea Vineyards & Celestial Hills Vineyard
This episode of the Wine Crush Podcast features two boutique wineries making fantastic wine!
Olea Vineyards, owned by Tom and Melinda Melilo, is perched at the top of beautiful Parrett Mountain with view is the Chehalem Valley. Tom discusses his love for wine and why he decided to get into the wine business. His Italian heritage inspired him to not only name his wine label but also the music production company he owned after a significant item to Italians the world over. The word Olea means olive in Italian and is just as much part of daily life as wine it. Reservations are required for private tastings at the estate
Next up is Chris Thomas of Celestial Hills Vineyard. Nestled into the Coastal Range outside of McMinnville you will find the beautiful Celestial Hill vineyard filled with Pinot and Chardonnay. Chris and wife Melissa have really embraced farm life with adding several furry farm animals for guests to enjoy while at the farm. Private tastings can be arranged at the estate or visit their tasting room in downtown Carlton.
Lovin the Wine on My Time!
Thank you Heidi and Crew for keeping this important podcast going. As a long time wine novice and expanding my personal wine education, you folks have made this podcast so alive and so tangible to us listeners. Heidi, you are an incredible host and I enjoy sharing my wine time with you and your guests.