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.
A bon-vivant who can claim both Alaska and Oregon as home, Joe lives a life that emphasizes good people, good food, and good wine. Joe figured out the good food part of the equation while working in the hospitality industry during his time leading a kitchen and later as a restaurant owner. Looking for a change of pace from the restaurant business, Joe went all in to work in the cellar and learn winemaking via gorilla warfare. After busting butt as a cellar rat for a few vintages, Joe soon assumed cellar master responsibilities at Panther Creek and, later, Carlton Cellars. With the good wine part accomplished, Joe started his own brand in 2011. Now Joe is working on his next endeavor: bringing wine to the people through his D’Anu label and managing production at Urban Crush.
Joe and his wife, Cathy, call Hillsboro home.
Joe & Cindy Meduri
Named as an homage from Joe Meduri to his wife, Cindy, Cinzia explores the couple’s Italian heritage by making amarone-style wines with Northwest grapes. Upcoming wines made from Pinot Noir and blends of Primitivo, Petite Sirah, and Zinfandel using traditional appassimento methods are now pending release. Interested parties are encouraged to call Urban Crush at 503.477.6994 to arrange a barrel-tasting appointment.