Adam Kruse

Beverage & Experience Manager


It was only a matter of time before Adam found himself in the Willamette Valley. As you will quickly discover when first you meet, his interests, and his career in food and wine, were positively tailor-made for The Oregon Experience. All he had to do was follow the 45th parallel.

Adam comes to us from Northern Michigan, where he began his culinary and wine trajectory in the kitchen of another notable wine country inn — Black Star Farms. A graduate of the Great Lakes Culinary Institute, Adam gravitated toward winery and vineyard hospitality programs from the moment he set foot in his very first wine education class. His deep understanding of both wine and food serves as a remarkable, approachable touchstone for visitors to the Black Walnut wishing to connect the dots between our locally sourced, seasonal cuisine and the impressive selection of notable Oregon wines found in our cellar.

A certified sommelier with the Court of Master Sommeliers, Adam’s tenure in the industry includes a number of admirable wineries, including King Estate and Pollock Vineyards. He sees in Oregon a reflection of his home state, with its magnificent forests, rivers, and reverence for all things wild.