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People of Pacifica



Philip Jones

Senior Winemaker/Managing Director

Philip and Sheryl started the winery after living in New Zealand for 15 years. Their New Zealand winery, Spencer Hill, achieved success based on Phil’s passion for getting things right. Within four years of starting the winery he had won the top Chardonnay prize in the world at the International Wine and Spirits Competition in London. Many top awards followed over the next two decades. He started making Goose Bay kosher wines in New Zealand in 2004 and based on that success decided it was time to start Evans Vineyard in the Northwest. The only Kosher winery in the Northwest.
Philip graduated from the University of California with a BS in Viticulture and graduate degrees in Pest Management and Oenology. He spent 20 years as a agricultural consultant to various federal and state agencies and numerous agricultural companies. Sheryl graduated from California State University with a BS in Psychology and spent 15 years as an independent sales consultant in California.
Both Phil and Sheryl are active in providing sales and marketing support to both wineries. They are both pilots and have raised two sons.

Matthew Rutherford

Head Winemaker

Joined Spencer Hill Estate as an assistant winemaker in 1991 and has grown with Spencer Hill Estate to become the winemaker in charge. Matt is in charge of the vintage at Evans Vineyard and coordinates with Royal Wine (Herzog Winery) for bottling.

Rich Garvin

Viticuluralist

Rich graduated from Fresno State University in Viticulture and moved to Hood River, Oregon 15 years ago. He is in charge of our 25 acres of vineyards and assists with wine production.

Oregon Kosher

Oregon Kosher is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting Kashrus through education, research, and supervision. Oregon Kosher provides all of the supervision and labor for making our kosher wines.

Tuvia Berzow

Executive Director


Rabbi Tzvi Fischer

Rabbi Fischer is responsible for the team at Oregon Kosher and has been a key person in helping Pacifica wines happen.