Oregon's Women in Wine
Meet Oregon's Women in Wine.
ALISON SOKOL BLOSSER | WINEMAKER | SOKOL BLOSSER
Alison Sokol Blosser, daughter of Susan Sokol Blosser and Bill Blosser, remembers being small enough to climb into the press to help her father clean it during harvest. She decided that while the actual winemaking wasn’t her thing, the family vineyard and winery were in her blood.
VERONIQUE DROUHIN-BOSS | WINEMAKER | DOMAINE DROUHIN
Véronique Drouhin-Boss, the fourth-generation winemaker of the Drouhin family, has lovingly crafted every drop of wine produced at Domaine Drouhin Oregon since their first vintage in 1988. In many ways, Véronique embodies the essence of Pinot Noir -- spirited, graceful, and feminine. Her wines at Domaine Drouhin have always.
ELIZABETH CHAMBERS | WINEMAKER | ELIZABETH CHAMBERS CELLARS
Elizabeth (“Liz”) Chambers has long dreamt of crafting her own delicately balanced yet distinctive Pinot Noir from the very best vineyards of the Willamette Valley. In 2014, that dream took flight. The blue butterfly on every bottle is a tribute to her mother, who collected them, and who inspired Liz’s journey into wine. It is also a fitting symbol for the style Liz strives for in her top-quality Pinot Noirs: feminine, balanced and with a strong sense of place.
LUISA PONZI | WINEMAKER | PONZI WINERY
If there was going to be another winemaker in the family, it was going to be Luisa Ponzi. Even as a child, Luisa's interests in the sciences, and her father's work in the vineyard and cellar set her on a path toward one day joining the family business. Acting on her observation that wine quality is enhanced by a variety of influences, Luisa experiments with grapes from various elevations, soil types, clones, spacing and trellis systems. All these variables give her a beautiful palette of flavors, structures, aromas and textures to create the final blends.
CORBY STONEBRAKER-SOLES | WINEMAKER | ROCO WINERY
Raised in Chicago, Corby Stonebraker-Soles moved to Arizona for college, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism in preparation for eventual work as a writer and editor in California. Then, in the mid-1980s, she headed north with one thing on her mind: Oregon wine. Right away, she contributed a needed sense of strategic vision to the fledgling wine industry as part of the second wave of young entrepreneurs arriving in the Willamette Valley.
WYNNE PETERSON-NEDRY | WINEMAKER | CHELHALEM WINERY
Wynne Peterson-Nedry worked harvests around the world including two vintages in New Zealand, one in Burgundy, and one in California before officially joining the Chehalem team as assistant winemaker in June of 2009. In 2012, she became Chehalem’s winemaker.
LYNN PENNER-ASH | WINEMAKER | PENNER-ASH WINERY
In 1998, Lynn started Penner-Ash Wine Cellars with husband Ron, carefully crafting small amounts of Pinot Noir and Syrah, while she was still at Rex Hill. In 2005, Lynn and Ron designed and built their sustainable, gravity-flow estate winery surrounded by estate vineyards, a building that seems to spring from the land itself and is a reflection of the values, spirit and winemaking philosophy of Lynn and Ron.
SARAH CABOT | WINEMAKER | PRIMARIUS WINERY
Sarah Cabot is the total package. She brings an ideal combination of ultra-premium Pinot Noir winemaking experience, good business sense, viticultural passion, and all-around poise and ease of articulation about what makes Oregon so special.
LISA NEAL | OWNER | COEUR DE TERRE VINEYARD
Scott and Lisa Neal started Coeur de Terre Vineyard in the Spring of 1998. Their belief is that great Pinot is made in the vineyard. This is why the only Pinot Noir from Coeur de Terre comes from their estate vineyard, where they have total control at every step of the growing process. They are fanatical about growing grapes and optimizing their potential to make noteworthy wine. Lisa runs the business, Scott runs the winemaking, and they make magic with their Pinot Noirs.
JANIE BROOKS HEUCK | MANAGING DIRECTOR | BROOKS WINERY
Brooks is the living legacy of Jimi Brooks, a visionary Portland native who came to wine through his passion for history and philosophy. Struck by the generosity and guidance from the Oregon wine community after Jimi’s passing, Portland native Janie Brooks Heuck quickly realized the importance of Jimi’s lifework, and she set out to execute Jimi’s wish of turning Brooks into a family legacy – starting with Pascal.
CLAIR CARVER | ARTIST AND FARMER | BIG TABLE FARMS
They named their farm and winery after their goal to provide a gracious and welcoming table for themselves and friends, with a cornucopia of hand-crafted food and wine. In addition to partnering with Brian to market the wine and manage their 70 acres, Clare Carver is also a painter and wine label designer.