Winegrowing calls for intensive field work. From the grueling hand labor of planting and tending the vines through the growing season to the back-breaking manual harvest, we would not have the high quality product that we are able to bring to your table without the help of a multitude of vineyard workers. For the lifetime of our winery, we have supported vineyard worker healthcare via Salud, first as 20-year members of the Vintner’s Circle, and now as bidders at the Salud auction. In 2020, we also began to support a great new scholarship program in the Willamette Valley, called Ahivoy. We encourage you to support vineyard worker healthcare, and scholarship programs like Ahivoy so that we may all help to provide education and professional development pathways that reach beyond the vineyard.
Beyond the vineyard, both behind the scenes and behind the bar, our core team of resilient, creative, and brilliant employees wear many hats and accomplish the work of a small army for Raptor Ridge. We are honored to work shoulder to shoulder with the individuals below. Come visit us to see what we mean!
We're proud of our closely knit team that not only works well together, but to a person, shares a passionate commitment to make Raptor Ridge a safe and enjoyable environment where all who love wine should feel a sense of belonging. This is demonstrated by the manner in which we welcome every guests, treat our employees, and conduct ourselves towards our community of wine professionals. We are committed as individuals and as a company to continue our work to actively change the face of an industry that is woefully in need of diversification.
After signing the WVWA Diversity Pledge, we have taken a couple of small steps in 2020. One was to provide Spanish translations for our daily tasting menu, and the option for tours and tastings conducted in Spanish. We also examined our supplier relationships for opportunities to diversify, and have shifted to two Black-owned businesses who now supply us with our logoware and lovely organic syrups for our Alcohol Free tasting flight. In addition, we began the conversation about self-study in this year of conflict. See each team member’s picks at the end of their bio and view our complete company promise here.
Founder & Winegrower
Proprietor, Chief Operations Officer
National Sales Manager
Wallace joined the Raptor Ridge team in March 2021 as our National Sales Manager. In this role, she shares the pride and passion of Raptor Ridge wines with our distribution sales partners across the country. Relationships are her currency, and she strives to inform wine professionals and consumers about the quality, care, and intention that form the bedrock of Raptor Ridge Winery.
Born and raised in Louisiana, Wallace discovered her passion for wine through holding positions in all aspects of the hospitality industry. She is a 10-year beverage industry veteran who began earning wine certifications while working in the boutique bottle shops and legendary dining rooms of New Orleans and soon transitioned into roles in wine distribution program management and sales. Wallace is a Certified Specialist of Wine, a Hospitality Beverage Specialist, a Wine and Spirits Education Trust (WSET) level two award-holder, and a Certified Sherry Wine Specialist.
In 2018, Wallace worked as a Harvest Intern in Oregon’s Chehalem Mountains AVA and quickly caught the Oregon bug. In 2020, Wallace worked as a harvest intern for Raptor Ridge learning the intricacies of the winemaking process.In her spare time, Wallace enjoys yoga, hiking, camping, cooking, and entertaining while exploring her new home in the Willamette Valley. She is committed to the importance of building strong relationships with wholesalers, distributors, and wine-lovers across the nation.
To Listen to: There Goes the Neighborhood, According to Need (99% Invisible). 1619, Code Switch
Hospitality & Direct Sales Manager
Chelsea Janzen, an Oregon native, was raised in Hopewell on a fourth generation family farm and fell in love with wine on a study abroad trip to Aix-en-Provence her junior year at Linfield University.
In 2011 she began her career in Oregon wine with a focus on sales and distribution. After working for notable Oregon wineries such as Troon Vineyard, Brooks, Black Walnut Inn & Vineyard, and most recently as coordinator of the Evenstad Center for Wine Education at Linfield, she is thrilled to join the dynamic Raptor Ridge winery team.
Chelsea is active student of wine and holds her masters in classical vocal performance from Arizona State. Currently, she is owner-operator of Trousseau Boutique in Dayton, serves on the board of Women in Wine: Fermenting Change, and is involved on the steering committee of Assemblage Symposium. She has a deep love for the Pacific Northwest and is committed to educating and uplifting the next generation of wine drinkers through gracious hospitality and connecting wine, food, culture, and the arts throughout Oregon.
To read: Stamped from the Beginning, Ain’t I a woman, The New Jim Crow, Freedom is a Constant Struggle
To listen: 1619, The End of Policing
To watch: 13th, When They See Us, Just Mercy, The Hate U Give
To follow: ChangeCadet, TheCollectress, Ibram X. Kendi, The Hue Society
Larry wins the prize for the shortest commute to work, which is how we first made his acquaintance. Larry is firmly entrenched in “retirement” after an active life doing everything under the sun. Larry works as half of Chehalem Mountain Pottery at his nearby home studio. A native of Colorado Larry was transplanted as a lad to the Tacoma, Washington area before landing Beaverton. A 40-year wine industry veteran who started as a stock boy at The Cheese Shop, Larry partnered with his brother in 1976 to launch Nelson Brothers Cheese & Wine, curating a selection of 500+ wines from around the globe. Back then, he enjoyed hosting winemakers from Europe, the US, and local wineries, learning about Oregon wines as fast as Oregon winemakers were learning how make them. And the everything under the sun part? A PSU art degree, scuba instructor, professional pyrotechnician, and home beer brewer. We’re just wondering when he is going to start learning to train elephants.
To Watch: The Central Park Five
To Listen To: Seizing Freedom, The American Tapestry Project, It's Been A Minute, All Things Considered
We are so fortunate to have Caleb on our team! Caleb is vibrant, ambitious, thorough, and is also just one of the sweetest people you’ll meet. A true renaissance man, Caleb has a degree in culinary arts from Western Culinary Institute. He is a certified sommelier through the International Sommeliers Guild. He holds bachelor's degrees in accounting and French, as well as a certificate in international business, and is looking forward to begin working towards his CPA license. An absolute rockstar.
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