Contact the Northern Crush crew

Publisher Scott Ellenbecker

Scott Ellenbecker

 Scott has worked in photography, writing and has directed publications since before magazines were read online. He also runs Round Lake Vineyards and Winery in Minnesota. 

Managing Editor Sara Schmuck

Sara Schmuck

 Sara has lovingly curated content for news and marketing her entire career. Contact her for story ideas or submissions.


Advertising & Custom Marketing


  Reach wine producers and enthusiasts by placing an ad.  Have us work on custom marketing for your wine business. 

Senior Writer & Editor Joe Bradfield


 Joe dives into the details and loves a good research paper. He also enjoys everyone who wants to share their story with Northern Crush.   

Food Consultant Brendan Waltz


 A classically trained chef, Brendan stretches our imagination for foods that complement wines' characteristics. He serves as Executive Chef at Round Lake Vineyards and Winery. 

Team Efforts


  There's more to running Northern Crush than meets the eye. We all care about our readers and advertisers!  

More about Northern Crush

Northern Crush provides information and entertainment to wine enthusiasts, wine makers and grape growers in cold climate regions. Beyond a communication tool, Northern Crush serves to promote the industry because we have a crush on the “crush” and want to see the industry flourish in the north. 

Have a story idea? Want to contribute? How about advertising? Contact us!

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Northern Crush

Ellenbecker Communications 30124 State Hwy 264 Round Lake, MN 56167 US