Dr. Robert B. Pamplin, Jr.
Proprietor Dr. Robert B. Pamplin, Jr. is a businessman, philanthropist, farmer, minister and author of 13 books, including two book-of-the-month-club selections. He has earned degrees in business, economics, accounting, education and theology.
He is President and CEO of the R.B. Pamplin Corporation, a family-owned company with annual sales approaching $700 million, and is the founder of the Portland Tribune newspaper, Columbia Empire Farms, Your NorthWest retail stores and Anne Amie Vineyards.
Dr. Pamplin has served on Presidential and State Commissions, and as Chairman of the Board of Trustees for three colleges. He has been the recipient of many honorary degrees and national awards, including the Distinguished Leadership Medal from the Freedoms Foundation at Valley Forge, the National Caring Award from the Caring Institute, the Herman W. Lay Memorial Award for being the outstanding Entrepreneur of the Year, and America’s Outstanding Individual Philanthropist by the Association of Fundraising Professionals. Most recently, in Oregon, he has been honored with the Governor’s Arts Award, Entrepreneur of the Year, Portland’s First Citizen, and selected by the Business Journal as one of 20 Leaders of Change over the last 20 years.
Thomas’ winemaking career unofficially began in the basement of his parent’s home in Hampton Roads, Virginia. His Welch’s grape juice and orange juice concentrate wines are lost in time, but we’re sure they’d be showing well if any remained. Thomas narrowly escaped blindness from this stage of his life and went on to New York City, where he pursued a career in modern dance. Traveling the globe performing was great but it did not get him much free beer. So, he bought a book and taught himself to brew.
With the creativity of a dancer, the eye of a scientist, and the encouragement of friends who loved the free beer, the passion for fermenting reemerged. Thomas left the stage and went back to school at CSU Fresno in the enology program. It was there he fell in love with Pinot noir. And, across the globe he embarked again, first to California’s Anderson Valley, then to New Zealand, and finally to Oregon. After four years at Ponzi Vineyards, Thomas saw the opportunity to express himself at Anne Amie Vineyards where he is happy he can still use words like balance, grace, fluidity, elegance, power and style- words that once described his dancing, now describe his wines.
In his free time, Thomas still brews, having dragged his equipment across the US. Yoga and running have replaced dance, but winemaking remains the common thread that started in a basement and continues at Anne Amie.
Andy Gribskov, our assistant winemaker, is a one of the rare Native Oregonians. He grew up in Aloha, and studied at Oregon State University, where he majored in Food Science. As an avid home brewer, he was thrilled that he could study fermentation sciences.
As Andy says – it takes a lot of good beer to make good wine! Andy has worked harvest at Giesen in New, Zealand, Tyee in Corvallis, and came to us from LaVelle where he was the cellar master and winemaker. Andy enjoys playing golf, skiing, hiking, and Oregon State Football. He lives in McMinnville with his wife, Jill, and his daughter, Molly.
Tammie Crawford, our assistant winemaker, moved to Oregon from Utah back in 2000. After traveling all over Europe, falling in love with wine, she settled in the heart of the Oregon wine country. Tammie studied enology at Chemeketa and has been with Anne Amie since 2001. Tammie enjoys skiing, fishing, running, and traveling. She lives in Dundee with her husband Ted and her Labradoodle, Zoro.
Sales & Marketing
Director of Sales & Marketing
Kim hails from the rolling hills of Virginia horse country. Raised on Southern Cooking and Sweet Tea, she took her country roots and made them international. Her love of travel and sense of adventure landed her in Stellenbosch, South Africa where she spent three years working in the wine industry. It’s there that her appetite for amazing food and wines began. Kim brings with her deep organizational skills acquired while working 8 years for the U.S. Department of Energy in Washington D.C. While there, Kim was instrumental in designing, implementing, and operating the first Federal entitlement program in over 30 years.
After moving to Portland in 2004, Kim joined the Anne Amie tasting room staff to keep her wine knowledge sharp. She fell for pinot noir and we fell for her and the rest, as they say, is history. Kim oversees our sales and marketing programs and can be found at the winery and events both locally and nationally sharing the wines and good word of Anne Amie Vineyards. If you don’t find her there, catch her hiking or chasing live music – but that’s a whole other story!
National Sales & Marketing Manager
Born in Charleston, SC and raised on low-country cooking, food has always held a special place for Boyd. After attending Clemson University, he moved to Atlanta, GA, where he worked in a restaurant, and while his love for food continued to grow, his passion for wine truly blossomed. Though he switched his restaurant gig to ad agency work, Boyd continued his wine education with sommelier seminars and classes on wine. While it was a Napa Cab that initially turned the key, it was an Oregon Pinot Noir that truly sealed his fate, and Boyd moved to Portland in May 2008.
While working in advertising, Boyd spent his weekends working in tasting rooms around the valley and helping out his favorite producers. Most of his free time was (and still is) spent studying wine, drinking wine or helping out wineries in some capacity. After eight years in advertising and a year and half working tasting rooms, Boyd has found a home at one of his favorite wineries in the valley, Anne Amie.
When not eating out or doing something wine related, Boyd can be found reading books, listening to music, geeking out on the web, watching movies, attending concerts, or obsessing over anything Clemson sports related, generally pairing a glass of wine with each activity.
Raised beneath towering Douglas firs and grey skies promising rain, Erin is a wine country native. She divided her time between New York City and British Columbia for a decade, working as a landscape architect and project manager. Passionate about food and wine, Erin always combed her local wine shops for Oregon Pinots. Missing the landscape of her childhood, Erin left the concrete jungle and returned to Oregon in 2010. She jumped at the chance to work in the world of Oregon wine; first in the tasting room at Anne Amie, later as Direct Sales Manager and currently Operations Manager. Erin boasts her office has one of the best views in the valley.
Direct Sales Manager
Born and raised on a family farm in small town Oregon, Alison Wood is a self-proclaimed fermentation geek. Her degree in nutrition science, along with her studies in sensory, food, and fermentation science, launched her into a career in fermented beverages. Prior to joining Anne Amie, Alison worked in the craft beer industry in Central Oregon and Portland. Alison loves a good craft brew, which makes her popular with the cellar crew. As the pros say, “It takes a lot of beer to make good wine.”
In addition to fermentation, Alison loves the outdoors, cooking, traveling and exploring. Her travels have taken her all over the world to places like Russia, Chile, Cambodia, Germany and Italy.
An Oregonian at heart, Alison is happy to be back in a small town, and excited to be part of the Oregon wine industry.
Director of Viticulture
Growing up in the Oregon countryside near the small town of Banks gave Jason a taste for what has since become Oregon agriculture’s prized product: Oregon wine. After receiving a degree in Horticulture from Oregon State University in 1994, Jason began his career first as the head grower and eventually vice president of production for a cut-flower greenhouse operation. Prior to joining Anne Amie, Jason spent the last two years as Vineyard Manager at Ponzi Vineyards.
Remembering fondly the harvest crush he worked during his last year at the university and amazed by the progressive development of the Oregon wine industry, he made the decision to step into what has become his current career and passion: growing Oregon’s finest Pinot Noirs.
As a general philosophy Jason states, “As a wine grower recognizing and respecting the complicated relationship between site, soil and vine is paramount. Encouraging the vines using balanced and sustainable practices in the vineyards creates the stage for what Pinot Noir in Oregon soils is meant to do: perform beautifully.”