Meet our Staff

DEB MICHELSON – MARKETING MANAGER AND PARTNER

Deb is a Portland native but her life’s journey took her far away from the Pacific Northwest. While at Cornell Law School she took the Windows of the World wine class through the university’s famed hotel school. That class sparked Deb’s interest in both the wine and the hospitality industries.

When she returned to her roots, Deb began working on marketing and events for Hawkins Cellars and joined Thane in scheming to build a winery in the Gorge. Together, they planted Pinot Noir on the Underwood Mountain estate, and opened Hawkins Cellars’ Gorge tasting room.

CASANDRA WAGNER – DTC MANAGER

Casandra has been working in the wine industry for over four years in the Columbia Gorge Area.  Her background is in Recreation Therapy before being introduced to the beautiful world of wine upon moving to Hood River from Salt Lake City, Utah with her husband in 2015.  Now her tools of improving lives has changed from recreation to wine, although they both go together very well!  She enjoys hiking, snowboarding, biking, and paddling in her free time, and spends many hours in her big vegetable garden every week alongside her dog, Tucker, and her new flock of chickens.  

ALEX HEDGES – DISTRIBUTION SALES/TASTING ROOM MANAGER

Alex grew up in the wine country of southeastern Washington.  After studying history at the University of Nevada, Alex began his career at The Hedges Family Estate working in all capacities a family winery has to offer.  Alex has traveled throughout the wine world, representing wineries from the Pacific Northwest, California, Australia, and Chile, and has sold wine in nearly every state and major city across the country.  In addition to his trade duties, Alex also enjoys spending time pouring for guests in our Dundee tasting room and working in the vineyards.

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