celebrating 50 years virtual series: the outlook from knudsen vineyards
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Page provides leadership in establishing the strategic direction of Knudsen Vineyards and oversees the management of our vineyard and winery operations. She has spearheaded multiple initiatives at Knudsen Vineyards over the last decade and immersed herself in the wine business, completing a UC Davis wine executive program, attaining a Level II Wine & Spirits Education Trust (WSET) Certification and becoming a member of both La Confrérie des Chevaliers du Tastevin and the Commanderie de Bordeaux.
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Vintage The Voice of Wine Podcast / Feedback Media

At the intersection of financial services, media and real estate, Brian Bushlach leverages 25 years of expertise in communications, insurance and real estate marketing.

One of America’s most prolific podcasters and an industry expert, Brian leads Feedback Media as the nationwide host for The Business Journals Thought Leadership Series, Texas Business Minds, Sports Business Journal SBJ Presents, Vintage Wine and Slice Golf in addition to hosting & producing numerous corporate podcasts.

An Oregon native and former sportscaster, Brian resides in the Seattle-area with his family and enjoys golf, travel, and of course fine wines.

EPISODES

dundee hills wine webinar featuring dick erath

MARCH 9 – TUE
5 pm PST / 8 pm EST

Ep 1: A Conversation with Dick Erath

Starting where it all began, our first episode celebrating the 50th Anniversary of Knudsen Vineyards, invites wine legend Dick Erath to reflect on his longtime partnership with Cal Knudsen. Together, in 1972, Dick and Cal started the most ambitious vineyard planting of its time in the Dundee Hills, reaching more than 50 acres in just the first three years. The two shared a vision and saw the incredible potential of the region—a region they would help shape through the founding of Knudsen Erath Winery, the first in the Dundee Hills. Join us for this conversation with one of the most important pioneers in Oregon’s wine history.

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dundee hills oregon wine webinar series featuring rollin soles

APRIL 13 – TUE
5 pm PST /8 pm EST

Ep 2: A Conversation with Rollin Soles

A Champagne-loving winemaker from Texas is one of the most recognized winemakers in Oregon. Rollin Soles, as the winemaker and founder at Argyle Winery, came to know Cal Knudsen and Knudsen Vineyards in 1986. Rollin’s sparkling wines at Argyle were garnering praise from around the world, and Cal quickly became a mentor and a friend. Their kinship led to Knudsen Vineyards becoming Argyle’s founding vineyard, a relationship that continues to this day. Today, Rollin is the winemaker at ROCO Winery which produces beautiful Pinot noir and Chardonnay wines, including a vineyard designate from Knudsen Vineyards fruit.

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Rollin’s story starts in Texas, takes side trips through Switzerland, Australia and California, and ends up in Oregon’s Willamette Valley. Educated as a microbiologist, Rollin Soles’ winemaking combines the friendly grit of a Texas-born work ethic with the uncompromising rationality of a true scientist. In a wine world cluttered with nostalgic ideas, Rollin wants to know what’s really going on—in the vineyard, in the cellar, and in the glass. It’s the hallmark of a winemaking career that began overseas and has since landed Oregon bottles at the highest ranks of American craft. As Oregon’s original producer of sparkling wine, Rollin insists on a pioneering, innovative spirit in the ROCO cellar—always seeking new insight and trying new ideas to keep our wines among the very best this valley produces.

oregon wine webinar series featuring sokol blosser

MAY 11 – TUE
5 pm PST / 8 pm EST

Ep 3: A conversation with Alison and Alex Sokol Blosser

This year the Sokol Blosser family is also celebrating their 50th Anniversary as grape growers and winemakers in the Willamette Valley. This conversation with Alison Sokol Blosser and Alex Sokol Blosser, siblings and co-Presidents, will chronicle the parallels and intersecting trajectories of the two Dundee Hills wineries and the second generations leading them. This conversation will include the reveal of an exciting forthcoming collaboration between the two families.

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Alison Sokol Blosser CEO and Co-President of Sokol Blosser Winery
The daughter of founders Susan Sokol Blosser and Bill Blosser, Alison leads the business with her brother, Alex. Alison carries the torch in Sokol Blosser Winery’s sustainability efforts and commitment to social responsibility, overseeing the notable achievement of the Winery’s B Corp certification in 2015 and recertification in 2017.

Alison is active in the wine industry as past President of Oregon Pinot Camp, a founding member of the Dundee Hills Winegrowers Association, a member of the Willamette Valley Auction steering committee, a past board member of WineAmerica, and a founding member of Women in Wine: Fermenting Change in Oregon which is dedicated to advancing and supporting women in the Oregon wine industry.

Alex Sokol Blosser – Winemaker and Co-president of Sokol Blosser Winery

The son of founders Susan Sokol Blosser and Bill Blosser, Alex grew up in the family business and developed a love for the land and its fruits. Alex began this role with the 2012 harvest. Alex continues his parents’ legacy by being instrumental in shaping Oregon’s wine industry. He spearheaded a project to develop six new American Viticultural Areas in the northern Willamette Valley in 2002. He is also a past board member and President of the Willamette Valley Wineries Association and International Pinot Noir Celebration. He is currently President of the Oregon Winegrowers Association.

webinar series from oregon's dundee hills featuring veronique drouhin of domaine drouin

JUNE 8 – TUE
Noon pm PST / 3 pm EST

Ep 4: A Conversation with Véronique Boss-Drouhin

In 1987, when Burgundy’s famed Maison Joseph Drouhin purchased 100 acres in the Dundee Hills to grow Pinot noir, Cal Knudsen knew that the Willamette Valley was destined for greatness. Cal had enormous respect for Robert Drouhin and admired the exceptional quality and elegance of Drouhin wines from Burgundy, Chablis and now Oregon. Today, Robert’s daughter, the talented winemaker Véronique Boss-Drouhin joins her family in stewardship of Domaine Drouhin Oregon. Theirs is a legacy that has fostered a camaraderie between Burgundy and Oregon that has elevated Oregon’s Willamette Valley wine region. Véronique joins us live from Burgundy, France to share stories about her family’s early and ongoing commitment to Oregon.

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Véronique Boss-Drouhin grew up in Beaune, in the heart of Burgundy. She decided on a winemaking career at an early age, inspired by her family and the small circle of women working in wine at the time. In the years since, Véronique has become globally recognized for her work in Burgundy and Oregon. She has made more than 30 vintages in each growing region and is considered an icon in both. In 2019, she was awarded the Légion d’Honneur, France’s highest award of merit. Today, Véronique continues to make every wine for Domaine Drouhin Oregon, the winery that the Drouhins established in the Willamette Valley in 1987, and Drouhin Oregon Roserock, established in 2013.

willamette valley oregon webinar series featuring allen holstein and granville wines

JULY 13 – TUE
5 pm PST / 8 pm EST

Ep 5: A Conversation with Allen and Jackson Holstein

Allen Holstein is widely recognized as one of the leading viticulturalists in Oregon. He commenced his grape growing career in 1980 working as vineyard manager at Knudsen Vineyards where he planted and replanted nearly 200 acres over his 40-year affiliation. Knudsen Vineyards is a thoughtfully assembled collection of vine blocks planted at different elevations, with different spacing, row orientation, and clonal types and Allen is intimately familiar with all of its expressions. His son, Jackson Holstein, grew up among the vines at Knudsen Vineyards and makes wine under his own label, Granville Wines—including a bottling from our vineyard. The wine business is a family affair, and we hope you’ll join us for this reunion.

oregon wine webinar series featuring brian croser from australia

AUGUST 10 – TUE
5 PST / 8 pm EST

Ep 6: A Conversation with Brian Croser

Brian Croser is a famed Australian viticulturalist and winemaker who founded Petaluma Wines in 1976, an award-winning winery in the Adelaide Hills. In 1986, Brian was drawn to Oregon to create, with Rollin Soles, sparkling wine titan Argyle Winery. They quickly teamed up with Cal Knudsen, engaging Knudsen Vineyards as Argyle’s founding fruit source. Cal later became a partial owner and Chairman of Argyle. Brian is currently the owner and winemaker at Tapanappa in Australia, a partnership with the Bollinger family of Champagne and the Cazes family of Lynch Bages in Bordeaux’s Pauillac commune. Brian joins us live from Australia to share stories about Cal Knudsen and the early days of Oregon’s sparkling wine fame.

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Brian Croser began as a winemaker with Thomas Hardy and Sons in 1969. In the early 1970’s Brian attended The University of California at Davis for a masters program and went on to establish the Wine Science program at Charles Sturt.

By 1976 Brian had established Petaluma and in 1978 gave it a home in the Piccadilly Valley. In 1986 Brian established Argyle winery in Oregon. Brian still lives at the Tiers Vineyard in the Piccadilly Valley and is the winemaker for Tapanappa Wines. Brian is currently a board member of Wine Australia.

Brian has served as Chairman of Adelaide, Canberra, Sydney and Perth wine shows and twice as President of the Winemakers Federation. For his service to industry he was awarded an Order of Australia, the Maurice O’Shea award and was Decanter Man of The Year in 2004. Brian was Deputy Chancellor of University of Adelaide from 1999 to 2007 and was awarded the degree of Doctor of the University for his service.

ABOUT KNUDSEN VINEYARDS

Established in 1971, Knudsen Vineyards has always been and remains a family endeavor. Our estate became the location of the first bonded commercial winery in the Dundee Hills in 1976, producing wine for about ten years. After that, we became a grower for other premium wine producers, and are renowned for our high-elevation Pinot noir and Chardonnay grapes. We produced our first wine under the Knudsen Vineyards label from the 2012 vintage, and in June of 2020 we opened The Outlook at Knudsen Vineyards, a tasting room dedicated to showcasing our estate wines.

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