Founders, Hospitality & Sales
Second careers, a well-planned next chapter, the pursuit of our shared passion – all in some way describe our new life in Oregon. The kernels of Winderlea were spun over milestone birthdays and anniversaries, travels to our favorite wine regions, and nightly dinners with a bottle of wine after good and not so good days at the office.
In the early 90s we fell in love with Pinot noir. Its elegance and sensuality – and the beautiful way it paired with a range of foods delighted us. As we tasted through wines from across the country we found the characteristics we most loved in Oregon Pinot noir. We believe it is due in large part to Oregon’s unique climate and soils paired with the heritage of artisanal craftsmanship and an obsession with making small lots of the highest quality wine. On a practical level we found the Oregon wine community to be a collaborative one – where newcomers are welcomed, tutored and expected to perfect their craft.
In 2006 we relocated from Boston and have made Dundee, Oregon our home. We are committed to continuing the traditions of responsible stewardship of the land and the highest quality artisan winemaking.
Coming from Kansas, my love of Willamette Valley Pinot noir started in a wine shop in Wichita. After spending my early career in insurance sales, I decided to take a work hiatus to travel through Argentine wine country. That experience sparked a passion for wine that would lead to a new career, beginning in a wine shop in Wichita, which is where I discovered my love for Oregon wine.
Following a desire to be in the thick of the action, I soon moved west and in April of 2015 joined the team at Winderlea. When I’m not behind the bar in the tasting room, I love exploring Portland and the Pacific Northwest. Besides a love of wine, my favorite things include laughing incessantly with friends, traveling and Law and Order SVU.
I was introduced to the world of wine while working in restaurants in college in Florida. I was so intrigued by the balance of food and wine pairings that I took a study abroad to Provence and the Côtes du Rhône, which cemented my desire to make wine my career. After graduating with a degree in Hospitality Management, I passed my Certified Sommelier exam and continued to work managing restaurants and retail wine shops, all the while cultivating a fondness and preference for cool-climate wines and, increasingly, Oregon Pinot noir and Chardonnay.
I fell in love with winemaking after working my first harvest, and spent the next 6 years working in cellars and vineyards across the country (even in Florida!). Eventually I finally made my way to Oregon in the fall of 2019 to work in the cellar at Brittan/Winderlea and to make the Willamette Valley my home. After working in so many different facets of the wine industry, I’m now thrilled to be able to work with Winderlea overseeing operations and logistics. When I’m not working with wine, I spend time experimenting with baking projects, hiking at the Oregon coast, and watching Dario Argento films.
I have had the pleasure of representing and selling Oregon wines around the world for over 20 years. I’ve been a part of many different facets of the industry and have been lucky to work directly for many Willamette Valley wineries in varying capacities. I have both traveled across the country selling and sharing our wines and also welcomed visitors here- managing hospitality programs that create top notch experiences that speak to what we love about this great area. I have a passion for food, wine, music and adventure. When I’m not cooking and entertaining at home, you will most likely find me skiing in the mountains or riding my bike through this beautiful Valley.
Christy is a native Oregonian who grew up in the beautiful Columbia River Gorge. I went to college and played basketball at both Linfield College and Western Oregon University. After graduating, I started my teaching career in San Diego, but soon found my way back to Oregon. After many drives out to wine country, I quickly fell in love with the area and my passion for wine started to grow. I enjoyed soaking up what I could from each visit and began studying about wine on my own. My husband and I moved to the Dundee Hills in 2012, and after 13 years of teaching, as well as serving as an Athletic Director, I decided it was time to turn my passion into a reality. In the beginning of 2016, I started my career in the wine industry and have been loving every minute of it.
When I’m not working in the tasting room, I take time to enjoy the many adventures that the Pacific Northwest has to offer – hiking, camping, kayaking, and spending time on the Oregon Coast. I also enjoy gardening, landscaping, and of course, just having a glass of wine on my deck!