Laureen O’Brien & Ed Fus
Since their inaugural vintage in 2007, Ed and Laureen had been making Angel Vine wines as custom crush clients at Domain Coteau (2007-2009) and Carlton Cellars (2010-2014), two wineries in Carlton, OR. Without a winery of their own to call home, the couple spent hours commuting between the vineyards of Eastern Washington, their host winery in Carlton, their own vineyard in the Eola-Amity Hills, and their native Portland, OR.
By 2015, Ed and Laureen were ready to find (and found) a place to make their wine their way—a winery whose urban-industrial setting would give them space to work alongside other craft winemakers and share the “fruits” of their labor in a dedicated tasting room and lounge. After many months and nearly one too many dashed hopes, Laureen finally found the ideal location to house a small winery business in vibrant Southeast Portland. The couple took a leap of faith and founded Urban Crush, Portland’s premier winery and tasting facility, as the new home of Angel Vine and a selection of artisan winemakers.
Ed and Laureen live in Portland with their spunky cellar dog, Oliver, and run Angel Vine with the help of their two daughters, Alex and Morgan.