Matt Berson, the winemaker/owner of Love & Squalor, began working in the Oregon wine industry in 2003, after being rudely ejected from his previous career in the restaurant industry. He was rescued and taught the rudiments and joys of winemaking by Patty Green of Patricia Green Cellars. Additionally, he has scurried in the cellars of Jimi Brooks (Brooks), Jay Somers (J. Christopher), Larry McKenna (Escarpment, NZ), and Erni Loosen (Dr. Loosen). He is currently the assistant winemaker for Brooks Handcrafted Wines in the Eola Hills.