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Our People

Michael Davies | Executive Winemaker

A small-town New Zealander, Michael completed a Bachelor of Arts in Economics, Scandinavian Studies and Political Science at the University of Auckland leading to some unusual jobs, before returning to Lincoln University for a post-graduate diploma in Viticulture & Enology. Prior to joining A to Z, he served as Vineyard Manager and Assistant Winemaker for 6 years at Chehalem, as well as in Burgundy, California, the Hunter Valley of Australia and numerous regions of New Zealand.  Michael and his winemaker wife, Anna Matzinger, make Matzinger Davies wines.

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Jennifer Willis | Director of DTC Sales & Operations

Jennifer began with Erath in 2010 and recently transitioned into her current role overseeing the DTC programs at Erath, Rex Hill, and A to Z Wineworks. With over 18 years of wine industry experience, her role gives her involvement in daily tasting room operation, wine club, e-commerce, and events growth strategies via leadership and program development and implementation, and setting DTC goals through successful sales strategy development for all three brands and tasting spaces. Outside of the wine world, Jennifer enjoys spending time at her remote cabin and planning and going on adventure trips with her family and identical twin boys.

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Mark Smith | Hospitality Manager

Mark is a sixth-generation Oregonian who spent his childhood on beaches or in forests. After studying philosophy and geology at the University of Oregon, he moved to NYC and discovered wine. After years as a Sommelier and Wine Director at Michelin starred restaurants, he felt called back to the rugged beauty of Oregon and his family.

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Doug Rankin | Tasting Room Manager

Doug comes from the restaurant world where he managed events and front-of-the-house operations at multiple Portland establishments. Doug has spent most of his career in hospitality and finds joy in creating great guest experiences. When Doug isn’t creating amazing guest experiences, he dotes on his backyard chickens and grows tons of veggies that he pickles, dehydrates & cans. Doug loves to cook and he also has a passion for board games, of which he has a self-attested ‘huge’ collection.

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Jonathan Lampe | DTC Hospitality Lead

Jonathan originally joined REX HILL part-time in the tasting room to expand his knowledge of Pinot Noir and wine in general. Those weekend shifts intensified his passion for wine so much that he decided to leave his decade-long career in insurance and join the team full time. He has since become a Certified Specialist of Wine and has passed the Wine & Spirit Education Trust Level 3 Certification. Jonathan is happy to share interesting wine knowledge in the tasting room.

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Billy Brownlee | Winery Chef

Billy grew up on the Gulf Coast, then moved to New Orleans where he spent several years in the food industry. Since then, his culinary pursuits have taken him all over the Pacific Northwest and beyond through Italy, New York City, Denali National Park, and Alaska, to name a few. Billy appreciates the interactivity that comes with being Winery Chef for REX HILL, especially getting to know our guests! Outside of work, he enjoys exploring the trails of the Pacific Northwest.

Kris Kremers | Event Specialist

An Event Planner with a passion for food and wine, Kris has spent her career creating memorable events in Portland, San Francisco and beyond. Her desire to work in the wine industry brought her to REX HILL, where she finds inspiration in the beauty of the Chehalem Mountains. When not working on REX HILL events and experiences, Kris volunteers her time with local non-profit groups, collects cookbooks and antiques, and explores nature with her husband and little dog, Zeus.

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Sierra Beri | Consumer Sales Manager

Sierra started her career in the fashion industry but as her curiosity for wine increased, she decided to pursue wine education and change her path. A native Oregonian, she received her degree from the Art Institute of Portland and has completed the WSET Level 2 course. In her free time, Sierra enjoys exploring the outdoors, gardening, and traveling internationally to regions known for their wines to broaden her wine knowledge.

 

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Kristi Morin | Wine Club & Direct Sales Ops. Coordinator

A Minnesota native, Kristi brings her 8 years of food manufacturing operations experience to the wine industry through her role. Kristi helps provide customer service support to wine club members, processes e-commerce orders, and acts as the resident meteorologist to ensure that the shipped wine arrives safely at your doorstep. In her free time, Kristi enjoys hiking, traveling throughout the country and internationally, and checking out our new restaurants in Portland.

 

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Joan Riley

Hospitality Associate

Zoe Brouwer

Hospitality Associate

Jeff Ivy

Hospitality Associate

Yadira Segura Moreno

Bilingual Hospitality Associate

Blanca Zavala

Bilingual Hospitality Associate