Meet the Team

We never forget that making, selling and enjoying wine requires a team effort. Our most important activity is finding, hiring, training and keeping top-flight employees. We pride ourselves in the versatile family of hard-workers we’ve grown here. All are passionate about wine, all are foodies, and all bring a diversity of experience to Cathedral Ridge Winery. Active and in love with the Columbia River Gorge, we work closely together to bring you the best the Gorge has to offer in wines.

Meet the Team

We never forget that making, selling and enjoying wine requires a team effort. Our most important activity is finding, hiring, training and keeping top-flight employees. We pride ourselves in the versatile family of hard-workers we’ve grown here. All are passionate about wine, all are foodies, and all bring a diversity of experience to Cathedral Ridge Winery. Active and in love with the Columbia River Gorge, we work closely together to bring you the best the Gorge has to offer in wines.

Rhett

Rhett

Head Winery Dog

No winery is complete without a winery dog! Rhett is a great friend and a champion pointing Labrador retriever. Anyone who thinks dogs can’t communicate and understand humans has to meet Rhett. Amazingly intelligent, he is joyous in the field and at home with his faithful companion, Robb. He is as complicated and nuanced as few creatures can be!

Robb Bell

Robb Bell

Cellar Master/Owner

Robb Bell is the Cellar Master and Owner who had a long career in consumer package goods and strategic business consulting before he saw an opportunity for change and bought a very small winery from his neighbor Don Flerchinger in 2003. Robb spends about half his time on winemaking and grape finding activities and the other half on managing the many other facets of the winery. He is proud to declare that a very experienced and capable team backs him in every area.

Michael Sebastiani

Michael Sebastiani

Master Winemaker

Michael is our Master Winemaker and a fourth generation winemaker of the Sebastiani family. Winemaking is in his blood. He grew up making wine and went to University of California at Davis to complete the winemaking program. He went on to become the youngest Head Winemaker at Viansa Winery and did a magnificent job. He currently owns and operates the Generations of Sonoma Winery in Sonoma, California, which sells fine wines throughout the United States. We are privileged to have him make wine for us at Cathedral Ridge. He visits Hood River regularly to make sure all is well and lend his special brilliance to our blending and winemaking activities.

Tyler McCafferty

Tyler McCafferty

Production Manager

Tyler McCafferty is our Winery and Vineyard Operations Lead. Tyler brings a tireless enthusiasm and good cheer to his job. He is currently attending college to get his degree and is taking winemaking classes, from which we will all benefit.

Gina Van Hoose

Gina Van Hoose

Wine Club & Shipping Manager

Gina is complete sunshine and never forgets a customer. She too, is very passionate about her wine and is also a fantastic cook and entertainer; as almost all of our team-members are. Her style and enthusiasm set the tone for our winery and are a critical component of the success we enjoy serving customers and our wine club.

Sandy Ison

Sandy Ison

Dundee Manager

Sandy is the General Manager of our Dundee tasting room location. She has done a fantastic job building our business in Dundee with her tireless charm and enthusiasm. She, like the rest, is a Renaissance woman and has amazing decorating and remodeling talents that she used to beautify our Dundee tasting room. We are very fortunate to have a person so committed and trustworthy to run this side of Cathedral Ridge.

Christina Rees

Christina Rees

Events Coordinator

Christina is in charge of planning, organizing, and executing all events at the winery. She works hard from conception to clean up! She is great at communicating with clients to work out details and help plan their perfect event. She is passionate about wine and aims to make every occasion achieve its full potential and create a memorable time for all! You'll find her at wine club events, private parties, trade shows, or behind the bar in the tasting room!

Francisco Chairez

Francisco Chairez

Assistant Winemaker

Our rock is Francisco, the Assistant Winemaker and the go-to guy for all the ins and outs of operations. Francisco has been with Cathedral Ridge since the beginning. He had worked for the previous winery, Flechinger’s and we were blessed to have had him come work for us. We count on Francisco to keep us doing the right things. Many members of his family have worked here helping us from picking to pruning and bottling to labeling. We are very fortunate to have this beautiful spirit on our side.

Rolando Trejo

Rolando Trejo

Assistant Winemaker

Trejo came about in fall 2017 to assist with the harvest, and never left. He is all-around upbeat and positive, and is incredibly dedicated. He is enjoying learning all the inner-workings of the wine business.

Lorri Cornett

Lorri Cornett

Administrative Operations

Lorri joins us from Chicago, Illinois with a background in operations and project management. Her interest in the culture of local food and drink production drew her to the winery in a role that optimizes the resources and talent at CRW. When not in the office, with it’s view of Mt. Adams, Lorri spends her time exploring the landscape, history, food and drink of the Pacific Northwest.

Coral Hurley Polson

Coral Hurley Polson

Brand Management & Marketing

Coral joined our team in the Spring of 2018. Her background in scenic design, film, branding and events has helped corral our marketing, digital and print initiatives into streamlined operations. A lover of bold red wines, when she isn't working on tasting notes and new ad pitches she loves getting out on the water, painting, and hiking the Gorge with her husband and their dog Ty.