Staff WriterSonoma County, California
Coming to you from the California office, Jesse grew up in Petaluma, California and is back in Sonoma County after a stint in the Pacific Northwest. Jesse focuses on California events and wines for the Blog, specifically in the Sonoma and Napa region. Growing up in Wine Country, wine has always been a part of his life; so much so that the traditional Pabst Blue Ribbon phase most college students embrace was replaced by his favorite juice, Cabernet Franc. In the professional world, Jesse works at Sonoma State University, overseeing Cabernet Village, a residential community. He loves the outdoors and the Olympics.
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Staff WriterCorvallis, Oregon
Born and raised in Central New York, Clare lit out for the west in 2003 and never looked back. Clare's introduction to the world of wine came when she joined a group of friends (including Mr's Gana, Seraphin, and Andrews) for regular evenings at the Old Post Office Wine Bar in Pullman, WA. A passionate locavore, Clare has tasted wines on 3 continents, but is thrilled that she can regularly sample the brilliant Pinot Noir (her fav by far) in and around Corvallis, the town where she now lives. When not drinking wine (and often when drinking wine), Clare enjoys gardening, baking bread, primitive skills, urban homesteading, backpacking, and cycling (ok, no wine when cycling). Her future goals include learning how to make her own wine, and, (often unsuccessfully) avoiding being labeled a hippie.
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Staff WriterSeattle, Washington
Andrea grew up in east central Wisconsin where before the cheese, brewing and beer was a way of life thanks to the big German population. Heading down to the local tavern after church to catch up with friends as the kids played pool or darts (yes, kids were allowed in bars) wasn't unusual. While Andrea has consumed her fair share of canned domestic beers during three-man beer pong and flip cup in college, thanks to her mom's influence she's always preferred beers that make your taste buds tingle. By way of Arizona State University, where she worked her way through the wine drinking levels of pinks to whites to reds (thanks summer in NYC); Washington State University, where the alcoholic beverage of choice rotated monthly; Spokane, where wheat vodka and martinis were enjoyed; Portland where her waistline is where microbrews were supreme; Andrea has now landed in Seattle. When she's not tasting beer, wine or spirits Andrea is a newsy, event planner for her local ASU alumni chapter, and volunteer for a number of local and regional non-profits.
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Managing Editor and Staff PhotographerSeattle, Washington
The founder of The Oregon Wine Blog, Josh grew up in the shadow of Red Mountain and spent a number of years in the Willamette Valley before settling in Seattle where he plots an overthrow of the world through this Blog. Despite spending 24 years in the heart of Washington Wine Country, fine wine and craft brew wasn’t a daily part of his life until an eye-opening experience at Willamette Valley Vineyards. You can pretty much pour any big red down his throat and he’ll be happy, in fact this bio is fueled by a Washington merlot. He also has an affinity for craft beer and gin. A local university pays his bills, and in addition to providing editorial oversight and coverage of Oregon and Eastern Washington for the Blog, he loves photography, cycling, and covers wine for SeattlePulp.com.
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Web Nerd and Senior EditorPortland, Oregon
Hailing from the Northern Willamette Valley, Rick is the nerd hunched over a computer writing code and designing marketing materials. Years of blogging about beer eventually lead him to The Oregon Wine Blog after a trip with Josh to the Willamette Valley Vineyards introduced him to delicious world class wines. Cab Sauvs and Bordeaux-style red blends tend to top the list of his favorites, in addition to the phenomenal beer the Pacific Northwest has to offer. Outside of the blog, Rick supports student success at a world-renowned health science university in the Portland area. He also loves metal, inappropriate cartoons, and inappropriate cartoons about metal.
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Staff WriterSalem, Oregon
Writing out of Salem, Oregon, Micheal claims hometown roots in Chicago, Illinois where he grew up in a household that savored fine wine. A family with strong European roots passed on a love for vino; Micheal is pleased to provide coverage primarily of the Willamette Valley region, complementing his love of Pinot Noir. A quiet person by nature unless you lure him into extroversion with a good merlot, Micheal works professionally at Willamette University and enjoys tennis, finance, politics, long walks on the beach, and tuna fish sandwiches.
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Staff ArchiveSince starting the predecessor of WestToast, The Oregon Wine Blog, in 2007 we've had a number of writers come and go. While I'd like to think that we're just too cool for them, reality is that life sometimes gets in the way and we can't all be wine bloggers forever. With that, I'd like to acknowledge our past contributors:
- Drew Desilet
- Megan Full
- Steve Full
- Clive Pursehouse
- Paul Ryan
- Jill Yashinsky-Wortman