Meet The Team
Peter Cushman was born and raised in the heart of Oregon’s Willamette Valley wine country. After earning a degree in biology and chemistry at the University of Oregon in 2009, he decided to follow in his grandfather’s and father’s footsteps, becoming a third generation winemaker. Cushman moved to Hood River to assist his father at Viento, the family winery, situated in the promising Columbia Gorge wine region.
Cushman utilizes methods learned from nearly a decade of making wine in the Columbia Gorge, for some of the regions premier vineyards and wineries. Focusing on locally grown grapes and a natural, mindful approach to winemaking. Cushman has received worthy recognition from critics, including multiple gold medals and 90+ point –rated wines.
Peter joined Jacob Williams in 2017. With his experience and love for wine, as well as his young spirit, he brings a wonderful new and exciting energy to our team.
Cushman and his wife Sarah live in the Hood River valley with their daughter Marcela, and son Felix.
Wine Club Manager
Jenny Buckalew was born in Mesa, AZ and relocated to the Columbia Gorge when she was 3 years old. At age 16, the farming industry had stolen her heart, and she went to work at Packard Orchards in Odell. She enjoyed it so much that she continued to work for them off and on for 9 years, working farmers markets, fruit stands, and assisting with production. With her bright and bubbly personality, she also found herself working in the restaurant industry; as she is a natural when working with people.
With over 15 years of experience in food, beverage, and farming, Jenny joined Jacob Williams in 2018. Although Jenny was hired as to be the Wine Club Manager, once we found out about her farming production background, and that she could drive a forklift, we knew she was the perfect fit for Jacob Williams! Before diving into wine club, Jenny spent her first few months at JW assisting Peter with harvest, and loved every minute of it! Although she is fully focused and devoted to the wine club, you may catch her from time to time driving a forklift, hauling grapes, assisting with bottling, and more.
If you asked Jenny why she never left the Pacific Northwest, she would say, "why would I, the Gorge has everything I need. I've traveled all over the US, and this is the most beautiful place I've ever seen, and has the most outdoor activities." Jenny enjoys snowboard, hiking, and windsurfing and resides in White Salmon, WA.
Tasting Room Manager
Shantel’s childhood was spent living and moving around the country with her family. They arrived in Oregon from Washington, D.C. in 1982.
Shantel quicky developed a love for the hospitality industry and worked in an array of customer service positions. It wasn’t until 2006, that Shantel was bit by the infamous wine bug.
Now, with over 17 years of experience in the wine industry, Shantel's skillsets are vast. Ranging from barrel room and harvest experience to sales, management and event planning. Shantel is also a celebrated foodie. With several years of catering under her belt, she loves to cook and create memorable food and wine pairings for friends, family and guests.
Whatever needs to be done, Shantel is the first to step to the plate. She strives to deliver memorable experiences to every person she meets. Her smile is warm and inviting and her energy is infectious. Something our club members remember and always enjoy.
In Shantel’s free time, she enjoys traveling, foraging for mushrooms, razor clamming, photography, live music and Timber/Duck games.