General Manager and Co-Founder of Syncline Wine Cellars.
Following seven years of world travel, university study in New York City and Amsterdam, and love for wine, Poppie moved to Oregon from Provincetown, MA in 1997 to become involved in the farming and production of wine. She went on to work harvests at LaVelle, as well as vineyard labor at Benton Lane, and practiced Biodynamic farming at Wintergreen Farm, OR.
Winemaker, Vineyard Manager, and Co-Founder of Syncline Wine Cellars.
Originally from the Midwest, James graduated with a degree in Microbiology and Organic Chemistry before moving to Oregon to pursue wine making. First hired as a cellar master, James worked his way to winemaker of Custom Crush production, where he was exposed to a wide variety of wine making styles; from Willamette Valley Pinot Noir and Walla Walla Merlot to Northwest Sparkling wine.
Ava is hands-on, both in the winery and vineyard, helping us with everything from picking grapes to getting the wine into bottles. If you come to visit, she’ll be happy to give you a grand tour of her ‘big backyard’.
Naomi arrived with eyes wide open and has been a joyful, shining light on all of us. She plans to take over the wine making when she grows up.
Novella initially became interested in wine while attending UC Davis. After receiving her degree in Viticulture and Enology, Novella spent several years working in cellars in New Zealand, Australia, California and Oregon – including five years at Sea Smoke Cellars in Santa Barbara. She eventually decided to land in the beautiful Columbia River Gorge and she joined the Syncline team in 2016. When not in the cellar, Novella can be found hiking and chanterelle hunting with her husband Evan and their aussie Harley (he finds most of them) or else cooking up a storm in the kitchen to share with friends.
Wine Club Manager
Originally from the Midwest, Lauren moved to Oregon with a degree in design and a passion to make an impact. With an appreciation for simple living, relationships and adventure, the Columbia River Gorge was the perfect place to call home. Lauren will be exploring creative ideas for Syncline, planning upcoming events for club members and absorbing as much as she can about the wine industry. When not at work Lauren will be found with a camera in hand, or spending evenings on her deck in good company.
Josh moved to the Pacific Northwest in 2007 from Fargo, ND to study English Literature and Philosophy. After years of responding to the question “But what will you do with a degree in Philosophy?” he finally found an answer that would make Socrates proud: learn about wine. After working in the tasting rooms at other Columbia Gorge wineries, he landed at Syncline in 2015 to work his first harvest. He is currently pursuing the WSET Level 3 certification with hopes of one day becoming a wine educator. When he’s not geeking out with customers about the enduring influence of Beaujolais’ “Gang of Four,” he’s likely blasting Hall and Oates while driving aimlessly into the rain shadow of eastern Washington.
Vineyard Assistant and Tasting Room Host
Merritt, who has been with Syncline since the start of 2016, has been spending a majority of her time alongside James in the vineyard. She has also joined the tasting room staff on the weekends. When not at the winery, she is busy herding sheep, working in the garden or riding horses on her property in Goldendale. Her absolute enjoyment of good food and wine has led her in the direction of having a hand in farming and wine grape production.
Tasting Room Host
Nissa, has been with Syncline since July of 2015, spending her time in the tasting room on weekends and helping with wine club parties. She is a local in Lyle, as she is 6th generation to reside in our community. When not at the winery, she works as a Physical Therapist Assistant in Hood River. Nissa, her husband and their two dogs live on the family cattle ranch, here in Lyle, and can be found helping with many aspects of the operation. Her absolute enjoyment of agriculture, meeting new people, sharing the history of Lyle, and great wine led her to join the amazing staff at Syncline.