Who We Are

We are an abnormally attractive bunch, particularly for bloggers.
Washington Staff
Clive Pursehouse

Clive is a big fan of both Northwest wines and the people who are involved in making, selling and appreciating them. Clive has no formal wine training and will be the first to tell you that his wife Gwynne has a far better palate than he does. What Clive does know is that some of the world's best wine is being made right here in his adopted back yard, from the Pinot Noirs of the Willamette Valley to the big tannic wines of Red Mountain, the variety and quality of the wines made here in the northwest is very easy to get excited about.

A husband, dad, cyclocross racer and person of dubious authority on the topic of sustainability Clive makes time for wine, and for the NW Wine Anthem. Clive also contributes writing to Peloton Magazine, a bicycling lifestyle publication.

Liz Wasson Coleman
For Liz's first 23 years of life her wine exposure was limited to weekly communion and sneaking Boone's Farm into her friends' rooms for sleepovers. Thankfully that all changed after she transplanted herself from Wichita to Seattle and started collecting friends with better taste. She finally fell head over heels in love with wine in 2004 when she started working in the periphery of the Northwest wine industry, on the architecture and branding side of things, at Boxwood. These days Liz looks forward to her husband's nightly dinner and wine pairings - probably a bit more than she should - but she's okay with that. In truth, she's got a soft spot for Washington wines, her favorites coming out of Red Mountain and Columbia Valley. When she's not busy parenting and leading a rogue Girl Scout troop, Liz also contributes to her neighborhood news blog and occasionally pours for Sparkman Cellars and Waters Winery.

Lucha Vino
Lucha Vino is the alter ego for Marty Sparks.  He is a lifelong Seattle resident that has only recently discovered the world of wine.  After about one year of exploring the most common varietals in an attempt to understand what a Cabernet Sauvignon was compared to a Cabernet Franc he began to branch out into exploring wine from around the world.

Wearing a mask hinders international travel.  These days Lucha's global adventures are limited to comparing wines from the Pacific Northwest to similar wines from other parts of the world.  An admitted "homer" he tends to believe that the wines of the Washington and Oregon are consistently superior to the same varietals and blends from the Old World. He pits NW wine against the world at his blog Lucha Vino.

When he isn't writing for the Wine Anthem Lucha Vino is known to travel the Pacific Northwest challenging wine makers to wrestling and wine tasting matches, racing his bicycle and exploring the great outdoors with his family.

Oregon Staff
Megan Graves
Megan carefully waded into the word of wine clutching a Riesling floatie - specifically, Columbia Winery's Cellarmaster's Riesling.  A creature of habit she began working her way through the whites and started attending wine tasting events with friends and co-workers in an effort to broaden her understanding and develop her knowledge of wines (though admittedly, the idea of an event where good cheese was paired with absolutely anything else was attractive enough).  After a year or so of tasting different wines, she was still glued to the sweet whites, and even managed to evade several of Clive and Gwynne's best efforts to lure her into the reds as they left racks full of red wine in exchange for house/petsitting.  At last, during a staff wine-tasting event, she was introduced to an Argentinian Malbec and since has enjoyed delving into other reds and further developing her palate. 

A recent Washington transplant to Oregon, Megan currently works in the hospitality industry in Portland.  She is excited to begin exploring the wines that Oregon has to offer, and start sharing her experiences and finds here on NW Wine Anthem!

Kelsey Ivey
Sipping her way around the world, Kelsey is a self proclaimed travel wine junkie. From her first taste of wine while studying abroad in Italy, Kelsey fell in love in the little bubbles of Prosecco. Once back in Oregon, she found home again in the region’s Pinot noirs when pouring for a local, boutique winery. But when the travel bug bit again, Kelsey explored her adventurous side with South Africa’s Sauvignon Blanc and Pinotage – walking the lush vineyards of Cape Town’s Constantia Uitsig Winery. After ample wine tasting and burning on the beaches, Kelsey returned to the United States to finish her bachelor’s degree in Journalism. Kelsey currently works for a visitor information center in Eugene and pours occasionally for Noble Estate. If her free time Kelsey enjoys roaming Oregon, jumping covered bridges, hiking, painting and blogging.
Corey McTaggart
Corey McTaggart was born into a wine drinking Italian/Scottish family in Southern Oregon. In fact, she first began staining her teeth purple with watered down "house red" at the age of five.  Corey gained appreciation for her hometown's diverse varietals (many were new plantings in grow tubes or cardboard milk cartons at the time) when she set her lips upon a glass of Applegate Valley Zinfandel on her very first day in the wine industry.  That was almost ten years ago and she is just as smitten today.  No... even more.  Corey is committed to promoting hot, sunny Southern Oregon Zinfandel, Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Grenache to name a few, while endorsing the purity of the wines and sustainability of the lifestyle.  When she is not working for wine, she's running the New Napa Wine Club, which offers a selection of So. Oregon wines paired with educational events both on-site and online.

Tiffany Stevens

Taking the road less traveled into the world of wine, Tiffany began her journey loving what she describes as Cabernet Sauvignon “that punches you in the face.”  Early on, only a few in her circle had any interest in wine; largely, they seemed most energized by trumping each other with their wine knowledge and grand experiences. After moving from Seattle to Arizona, she found herself back in the Northwest’s Willamette Valley.  Discovering the vibrant wine community in both Oregon and Washington rekindled her interest in all things wine. She has grown to admire the Northwest winemakers’ respect for each other, strong sense of community and deliberate efforts to connect with those interested in what they do. Living 20 minutes from wine country, she often ventures out to see the land, the grapes and the wines close-up. The same goes for Washington, as visits with family and friends now often include visits to wineries. No longer king, Cabernet is now forced to share the spotlight with the crispest Pinot Gris and everything in between.  By contributing to The NW Wine Anthem, Tiffany is able to channel her enthusiasm for Northwest wines and winemakers constructively, in lieu of shouting it from the rooftops.