When Bill Hatcher, a poet, discovered an equal taste for food early on, he took an MBA and embarked on a corporate career in Financial and Strategic planning. Ten years later, tired of five billion dollar corporations, he and his wife, Deb, abruptly moved to Oregon and jumped feet first into wine. Bill consulted through 1987 when the Drouhin family acquired their first property in Oregon. Subsequently, he was engaged to build and develop Domaine Drouhin, remaining there until 2001. Soon thereafter, he founded A to Z with Deb and partners Sam Tannahill and Cheryl Francis as well as handcrafting a tiny production of his own Hatcher.
A true Gemini with interests and background all over the map, Bill, her husband of 238 dog years, finally reeled her in to partner with him, Sam Tannahill and Cheryl Francis to found A to Z Wineworks. Deb fell in love with Oregon and Oregon Pinot Noir at first taste in 1985 and Bill and Deb ditched their lives back east and were back three weeks later working harvest. She subsequently worked for Veritas and Eyrie Vineyards and did her part during the thirteen years Bill launched and ran Domaine Drouhin Oregon. She is the proud mom of Will and Hadley.
Cheryl came to Oregon from Los Angeles to attend Lewis and Clark College in Portland. She took her Biology degree to France where she studied Enology after which she worked in the industry for three years in New Zealand. She returned to Oregon to make wine for Chehalem for eight years and then joined her husband, Sam, and Deb and Bill Hatcher in A to Z Wineworks. She and Sam also own Francis Tannahill winery and their biodynamic vineyard.
Sam graduated from Washington and Lee with an East Asian Studies degree that he uses on a daily basis in the winery. After traveling through Central Asia for a year he settled down working in the wineries and vineyards of Burgundy for two years and managed to bluff his way to a post-graduate degree in winemaking from the University de Dijon. He reentered the wine industry in the United States by working with Ted Lemon at Littorai, but soon heard the siren song of Yamhill County, Oregon and Archery Summit. Seven years later after laying a foundation as winemaker at Archery Summit he decided the time was ripe and stuck out for further fame, glory and new horizons in the form of A to Z Wineworks with his wife, Cheryl Francis, and Bill and Deb Hatcher. Sam and Cheryl also own Francis Tannahill - a new winery and biodynamic vineyard founded in 2001. As if that wasn't enough to think about he also is enjoying his 3 1/2 year old son, Theo, and his new 1 1/2 year old son, Oliver.
Leaving the corporate world and the Midwest behind, Amy moved to Oregon in January 2007 less than a month after a whirlwind 24 hour visit the week before Christmas. She relishes that the wine industry is as crazy as her first impression. The free wine doesn't hurt either. Amy's background includes an Accounting degree from Ohio Wesleyan University followed by 13 years in corporate finance for The Limited and American Signature in Columbus, OH. As A to Z's chief finanancial office, she is helping to plan the strategic growth of the company while simultaneously bringing some order to the hectic day to day of the winery. Amy, her husband Steve and dog Cody, love the Pacific Northwest and their new lifestyle.
While best known for coaching the San Antonio Spurs to four NBA titles, Greg Popovich enjoys a rich life away from basketball. Well-read, he was a professor at Pomona-Pitzer from 1979 to 1986, and is an authority on Soviet history. He has applied his thirst for knowledge equally to wine as a collector for over thirty years. Not only is Gregg an expert in the provenance of his collection but he also has a superb palate and is conversant with winemaking techniques. His eclectic 3,000 bottle above-ground cellar sits apart from the house as a retreat where he can, as he puts it, "sip wine and work out x's and o's."
Born in a small town of New Zealand, Michael had a relatively normal upbringing, before attending the University of Auckland and completing there a Bachelor of Arts in Economics, Scandinavian Studies and Political Science. Then, after a checkered employment history (typical of an Arts graduate) including selling steel products on the wholesale market, managing a bungee-jumping business in the United Kingdom and running a youth hostel (these consecutively being done rather than concurrently) he found the world of wine.
In 1997 he graduated from Lincoln University with a post-graduate diploma in Viticulture & Enology. Prior to joining the A to Z team he was working for 6 years at Chehalem, employed as the Vineyard Manager and Assistant Winemaker. He has also directly experienced winemaking and grape harvest in Burgundy, California, the Hunter Valley of Australia and numberous regions of New Zealand.
His wife, Anna Matzinger, is the winemaker at Archery Summit and most recently they have celebrated the arrival of their son, Otto.
Charlotte Mischel joined A to Z in the spring of 2006. A well-traveled gal in the old and new worlds, she loves Paris and lived for four years in Mexico. Charlotte attended University of Montana and ofen travels back there to visit family and Glacier Park. She and her husband are happy to be in Yamhill County and are developing a small orchard, garden and vineyard on their small farm.