Oral History Interviews: Brooks Winery


Brooks Winery 20th Anniversary Interview: Sam Tannahill and Cheryl Francis



Schmidt, Rich

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Video File


1 hour 7 minutes 7 seconds

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Oral History | Viticulture and Oenology


This interview is an oral history conducted by Linfield College archivist Rich Schmidt with Sam Tannahill and Cheryl Francis of A to Z Wineworks and REX HILL. The interview took place at A to Z Wineworks in Newberg, Oregon on January 5, 2018.

Sam Tannahill and Cheryl Francis are the founders (with co-founders Deb and Bill Hatcher) of A to Z Wineworks and co-owners (with Deb and Bill Hatcher and several other partners, including San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich) of REX HILL Vineyards and Winery. In this interview, part of the Brooks Winery 20th Anniversary Project, Tannahill and Francis discuss the unexpected passing of Jimi Brooks, the founder of Brooks Winery, in September of 2004. Many of Brooks's wine industry friends, including Tannahill and Francis, came together to complete Brooks's harvest that year. This interview sheds light on the story of camaraderie in the face of tragedy in the Oregon wine industry.


Some oral history interviews were conducted on site and may contain background noise from nature, winery, or tasting room operations.