- From Eyrie Wines to the Hotel Eyre - From boutique hotels to
magnificent waterfront developments, learn the real dirt on this
meteoric rise of Pacific Northwest wine from it’s humble
farming origins to a new spectacular waterfront development. In
1977 there was approximately 100 wineries and vineyards combined in
the state of Oregon, and today in 2017 there are over 700, with
luxury hotels and restaurants accompanying the spectacular rise of
the wine industry.
- Kerry is a sixth generation Oregonian. Her relatives came to
Oregon on the second federal wagon train to the territory in 1844
and liked the land so much they stayed and succeeded. Kerry is also
an Oregon wine pioneer and has sold wine from Seaside, Oregon to
Shanghai, China. She also writes, promotes and speaks about the
beverage, food and hospitality industries, but she started by
planting one pinot noir vine at a time in the dirt high up on a
Oregon hilltop vineyard. Her job was watering the grape vines in
their infancy, tying them in the spring and helping harvest them in
the falll, followed by learning how to sell the bottles
post-production. This experience compelled her to get a
degree in journalism and travel the world writing about and and
ultimately selling wine in unusual places, like the tarmac at the
Paris Airshow and The Bund Restaurant in a Shanghai skyscraper. She
is developing a podcast called Sublime Food and Wines and has
written two books, “Vineyard Memoirs” 2004 and Dirt+Vine=Wine 2015.
She writes for the Oregon Wine Press and has contributed to the
BinWise Wine Blog, a San Francisco technology company wine
inventory service used by sommeliers in upscale restaurants.
“You’ll never sell wine here, this is a beer drinking state,” said
one of her farming neighbors as her family planted their
Dundee Hills vineyard in 1972. Well, they persevered and they
succeeded, luckily for her because it gave her a lifetime of
stories to write about.
- Helping wine, hotel and hospitality industries tell and sell
their stories, their powerful, unique brand message - in a
remarkable, memorable way. I also give presentations and trainings
for conferences, retreats and customized company branding
campaigns. I’ve worked with multiple west coast wineries from
small-label to global wine producers including Foley Food and Wine
Society, written about food/beverage hospitality industry companies
including New York's famed Union Square Hospitality Group.
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