Partner at R. Stuart & Co. Winery
Maria Stuart started her wine career in Chicago selling to restaurants. It was there that she discovered the magic between food and wine, and also had the pleasure of befriending the wines of Oregon and their makers. During a glorious visit to the IPNC (International Pinot Noir Celebration, the fabulous wine event which takes place every summer in McMinnville for 800 attendees from around the world) in 1990, she met a talented (and handsome!) winemaker. Returning to Chicago, she hastily packed bags and headed west, young woman! Yes, they married in 1992.
Maria continued to nurture her love for the Oregon wine industry with various positions in marketing, PR and events, including a 4-year stint as Executive Director of that same IPNC — where she and Rob first met, remember? At R. Stuart & Co. Maria is the director of PR, direct marketing, hospitality. Maria is also the author of “The Life and Times of a Pinot Mom” a blog about food, life and the wine business.