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New wine to fund Foundation scholarships

By Chemeketa Public Affairs

Chemeketa branded wine coming outA upcoming wine release from a Willamette Valley winemaker will be used to further educational opportunities for students at Chemeketa Community College.

Vista Hills Winery in Dayton will be releasing 50 cases of their 2010 Estate Pinot Noir with a label prominently displaying Chemeketa’s logo as part of winery owners John and Nancy McClintock’s commitment to higher education. Part of the proceeds from the sale of the wine will go directly to Chemeketa Foundation scholarships for students.

John and Nancy established the Clint Foundation in the early 1990s to provide financial support to students pursuing higher education. Its approach to this support is based on one strongly-held premise: Individuals will benefit more from what they earn with their own efforts than from what they are provided as gifts. As such, students receiving support from Clint Foundation scholarships must work for a portion of their educational expenses. Chemeketa is one of 12 colleges nationwide receiving Clint Foundation grants.

Vista Hills will hold a launch and tasting of the pinot noir in conjunction with the Chemeketa Foundation from 2 to 4 pm Sunday, April 1 at the winery, 6475 Hilltop Lane in Dayton. Hor d’oeuvres and music will be included in the festivities. The event is free and open to the public 21 and over. Donations to the Chemeketa Foundation’s Clint Scholarship fund will be accepted at the event.

Chemeketa was the first community college in the state of Oregon to offer a two-year program in viticulture.

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