Vanessa Hadick | Marketing Director
I was born and raised in beautiful Monterey, California around the wine industry…however it never crossed my mind to work in wine myself. While studying International Relations as an undergrad at UC Davis, I spent a summer living in Monaco as a marketing intern for Campari. Getting paid to talk about alcohol all day? I was in love! After subsequent internships, work, and study in London and Australia, I graduated from UC Davis in March of 2006 and took off on a solo backpacking trip to Europe to celebrate. it was while enjoying dinner with strangers in Cinque Terre, Italy over bowls of pasta and bottles of red wine that I realized: wine was it!
After beginning my Marketing career with Beam Wine Estates in Healdsburg soon after, I spent 5 years working for San Francisco-based Constellation Brands in various brand and trade marketing roles. I then moved to Australia in 2013, upon being offered a brand management role with Treasury Wine Estates in Melbourne. I moved to Portland in the spring of 2015 and began working for Sokol Blosser soon after. It is an incredibly exciting time to work in Oregon wine, and I’m grateful to be a part of such a special and historical piece of it here at Sokol Blosser. I’m also a current MBA Candidate at Portland State University. Because…why not?
Hobbies: traveling, yoga, reading, gardening, being a tourist in my own town, long dinners with wonderful friends and fabulous wines, and random adventures with my partner Jason and my two favorite twin 6-year-old boys.
What You Like About Pinot Noir: I love how the balance of earthiness and fruit you find in Oregon Willamette Valley pinot noir makes it pair so well with such a wide variety of foods and occasions! It also makes an exceptionally lovely rosé. A true year-round wine.
Favorite Food: Japanese, Mexican (the REAL kind…I’m a Salinas girl), ceviche, stinky cheese.
Place You’d Like to Travel to: Japan, Cuba, Brazil, Columbia, Vietnam, Burma…the bucket list is endless and I leave the US at least once a year to cross them off!
Favorite Drink Besides Wine: Dirty Gin Martini, up.