L.M. Archer is a wine and lifestyle writer and Burgundy specialist. Her works appear in numerous international publications, including Wines and Vines Magazine, Meininger Wine Business International, South Bay Accent Magazine, basil + salt magazine, Oregon Wine Press, Palate Press, France Today, wine-searcher.com, Vineyard and Winery Management, and Foodable Network. Designations include French Wine and both Bourgogne and Champagne Master Level from the Wine Scholar Guild.
A resident of Santa Cruz, CA., she is also the founder | editor of binNotes.com | Affordable Burgundy and Beyond, showcasing existing and emerging Pinot Noir producing regions worldwide.
Mattie John Bamman is a Portland-based culinary travel writer. With more than a decade of experience, he serves as the contributing editor to Northwest Travel & Life Magazine and publishes under his own travel brand, Ravenous Traveler. From 2015 to 2017, Mattie served as the editor of the rapidly growing food news website Eater Portland.
Mattie got his start in journalism in San Francisco, interning at McSweeney’s Publishing House (The Believer; McSweeney’s Quarterly Review) and working as a freelance music and tattoo writer and photographer. He turned his focus to culinary travel in 2008 while living in Italy’s Puglia region, famous for its primitivo and negroamaro wines and amphora aging. He regularly interviewed winemakers and wrote wine-tasting guides for the travel blog EuropeUpClose.com.
Mattie moved to Oregon in 2010 and to get to know Oregon winemaking, he participated in the 2010 harvest at Dobbes Family Estate. Since, he has regularly written articles on wines and wine tasting in the Pacific Northwest — British Columbia, Washington, Idaho, and Oregon — and closely covered the urban winemaking scenes in Portland, Seattle, and Boise.
Tamara Belgard’s wine career spans nearly two decades, beginning first as a marketing professional and consultant for the Oregon wine industry, and then as a wine journalist. You’re likely to find her tirelessly chasing down stories about wine, vineyards, and producers for publication in; Oregon Wine Press, Portland Monthly, 1859 Magazine, Northwest Travel and Life, OnTrak, Palate Press, and on her own website at satiatepdx.com. Through her writing, she intends to make wine more approachable—engaging and educating both novice wine consumers and enthusiasts alike—and considers herself a passionate Oregon wine ambassador. Her interests include travel and all things culinary. When she’s not pounding out words on the keyboard, you may stumble upon her traipsing through wine country, exploring new restaurants, perusing her local farmers market, or searching the racks of her favorite wine shop for hidden gems.
David began his wine career in the 80’s as beverage director for Joseph Baum at Aurora in Manhattan, then as beverage manager at Elkhorn Resort in Sun Valley, Idaho. A career shift aimed at wine production went wildly astray and led to a doctorate in Molecular Biology and an academic career as a yeast biologist heading his own lab at Victoria University of Wellington in New Zealand. A stint as a visiting scientist at the Australian Wine Research Centre in Adelaide convinced him to return to his roots. Repatriating to Oregon in 2011, he worked harvests in Washington, Oregon and New Zealand. After stops in the cellar at Rex Hill and as Assistant Winemaker at Alloro Vineyard, he is currently Winemaker for Don Hagge at Vidon Vineyard and an instructor in the Wine Studies program at Chemeketa Community College.
Born and raised in Kansas, Hilary Berg moved to Oregon in 2000 after graduating from the School of Journalism at the University of Kansas. She has been editor of Oregon Wine Press since 2006 and owns Roots Wine Co. with her husband, Chris — their first vintage was 2002.
Mary is a wine, food, and travel writer, and founder of Vindulge Wine Education. She is also a Certified Sommelier through the Court of Master Sommeliers. And the mom of twins, wife of a pitmaster, and a barbecue fanatic! In the summer of 2015 Mary and her husband founded Ember & Vine, wood-fired catering, events BBQ competitions, and pop-up food cart.
Mary also writes freelance about wine, food, and travel for various publications, and is the author of www.vindulge.com where she shares original recipes, wine pairings, wine tidbits, and travel stories.
With nearly 25 years in the wine industry, Julia is the namesake behind the award-winning website TheRealWineJulia.com. Additionally, Julia is the Wine Buyer/Marketing Director of a popular retail wine and beer shop and is a proud co-owner to the newly established LUX: photo essays. She makes regular radio appearances, judges frequently in wine competitions and contributes to regional and national publications. Previously, Julia solely owned a wine shop and wine bar that was exclusive to Oregon wine, and she wrote two long-standing Wine-centric columns as the Food and Wine Editor of a hyper-local news source.
Christopher Czarnecki is 4th generation chef and restaurateur. He has been operating The Joel Palmer House Restaurant for the last 10 years. Chris has been involved with the family business since grade school and spent most of his 20’s working, traveling, and cooking, including a 3 year term of service in the US Army. In 2004 he deployed to Iraq and married his high school sweetheart, Mary in 2008. They have 2 boys, 3 and 5 years old, both of whom have already gotten a chance to go out mushroom hunting in the woods with dad and Poppop!
Maxine Borcherding is a chef, sommelier, lover of wine, fine food, and good whiskey; travel enthusiast, writer and passionate educator, and the founder of the Taste and Compare Academy of Wine, Spirits and Food. Recently retired from 16 years as Lead Chef Instructor at the Oregon Culinary Institute, she is happily spending her “retirement” teaching consumer and professional level classes in wine and food, is the Oregon and SW Washington provider of the French Wine Scholar Study and Certification Program for the Wine Study Guild, provides operational consulting and staff training for hospitality venues, promotes the wines of France, Italy, Spain, and the Pacific Northwest, and leads food and wine tours to the great wine and culinary regions of France and Spain.
Maxine’s professional certifications include Sommelier (International Sommelier Guild), French Wine Scholar (Wine Study Guild), Spanish Wine Educator (Wine Academy of Spain), and Wine Location Specialist (Center for Wine.Origins). She also serves on the Boards of the Oregon Wine Education Center and the Oregon Truffle Festival.
Carl Giavanti is a Winery Publicist with a DTC Marketing background. He’s going on his 9th year of winery consulting. Carl has been involved in business marketing and public relations for over 25 years; originally in technology, digital marketing and project management, and now as a winery media relations consultant. Clients are or have been in Napa Valley, Willamette Valley, and the Columbia Gorge. ( www.CarlGiavantiConsulting.com/Media).
Patrick is a 5th generation native Oregonian. He became a member of the Oregon wine industry in 1980. For 28 years, he managed the Oregon Wine Tasting Room, which received numerous accolades in such publications as The LA Times, The New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, and British Vogue. In 1999, he became a tasting instructor in the Winemaking and Viticultural Program at Chemeketa Community College, where he continues to serve as the only original faculty member. He was one of two faculty members who served on the building design committee for the Eola Center winery and classroom building. He currently works in Sales and Marketing for Sineann Winery – where he has been employed since 2007. In addition, he has been a wine judge and quality control consultant for most of his tenure in the Oregon Wine industry.
Edward “Ted” Lauder moved to Oregon and began his wine journey some twelve years ago. During this time he has explored all the wine regions of Oregon and Washington - visiting wineries, tasting rooms, walking vineyards and talking directly with winemakers. During these wine explorations, a visit to Patton Valley and walking the vineyard with the then winemaker Jerry Murray began a passion for understanding why a particular wine, especially Pinot Noir tastes the way it does, and the terroir differences between Burgundy and Pinot Noir’s new spiritual home in Oregon’s Willamette Valley. Along the way he has improved his wine knowledge through formal educational channels. Ted received advanced certification through WSET and the FWS, a servers license through OLCC. Extending his love for Pinot he has made the trip or perhaps more correctly the pilgrimage to explore Burgundy, paying suitable homage at Clos Vougeot, La Tache and Montrachet. Ted continues to explore all the wines of Oregon, attempting to visit every winery in the state and organizes winery trips to for the local chapter of Confrerie de St Vincent, an international wine organization.