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Cheers to the wine industry at barrel tasting

By Chemeketa Public Affairs

2016 barrel tastingChemeketa’s Northwest Wine Studies Center barrel tasting drew a crowd of nearly 300 industry leaders, students and friends to Chemeketa Eola the evening of May 19. Student wine was featured as well as industry exhibits.

The Chemeketa Wine Studies program also unveiled a new winery name: Chemeketa Cellars. To commemorate the event the program commissioned a new series of wine labels for their student wine.

The Chemeketa Wine Studies program distributed three awards –

Betty O’Brien, Legacy Builder – In 1983 O’Brien and her husband Dick established Elton Vineyards.

Since 1991 she has served on the Board of Directors for Willamette Valley Vineyards and soon she will open the newly constructed Elton Winery in the Eola Hills on the farm where she grew up. In 2001 she was chosen to serve as the Executive Director of the Oregon Winegrowers Association and Wine Board. The entire industry benefited from her leadership so that it is now a major player in Oregon’s economy.

O’Brien recognized the need for a trained wine industry workforce early on. She has been a long-serving member of Chemeketa’s Wine Studies program advisory board as well as a member of the Chemeketa Foundation board.

Anne Ebenretier Hubatch, Emerging Leader – Hubatch stands out as an emerging leader because she already has two labels of her own: Helioterra and Whoa Nelly. She also is a partner in Guild Wimemakers and Alter Ego Cider.

Anne also serves on the board of the Willamette Valley Wineries Association and is past secretary of the Portland Urban Wine Association.

Gerry Rasch, Student of the Year – Faculty and staff recognized Rasch for his mentoring role with younger students. He is currently working on an Independent Study project to meet with wineries in the region to assess their internship and training needs.

Gerry has worked at two local wineries during his time at Chemeketa. His employers have nicknamed him “Superman” based on his ability to grow sales and wine club memberships.

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