Joanne Cramer-Brown, Tasting Room

Joanne is our tasting room lead, who has been at the helm of the personal experience for Ransom for more than 3 years now.  She brings more than 20+ years of hospitality experience, and is a true lover of Pinot Noir. 


She started in the Oregon wine industry in 1993, at Chateau Benoit (now Anne Amie Vineyards), and also spent many years working at Lange Winery in the Dundee Hills.  Joanne and her husband, with partners and friends started a wine distribution company here in Oregon in 2011, Vertical Wine and Beer Co.  This speaks to her lifelong commitment to working with wine, and her experience and knowledge are felt in every tasting she pours.  


Joanne is considered to be a mother hen to everyone from family, friends, and sometimes total strangers.  Her kids know this, her friends know this, and she couldn’t be happier and prouder to own that description.  She loves her Pinot Noir, and when she is outside of work, there is often a glass nearby.  She loves working in the garden, hosting friends and family for dinners, and traveling to Central Oregon to visit her daughter who is in college.  


Joanne loves Pinot Noir, did I mention that…. which means her favorite products of ours would be the 2014 Selection Pinot Noir and also the newly released 2012 Archives Pinot Noir.  When feeling fancy, she’ll gladly have a nip of the Emerald 1865 Whiskey.