The Legends Gala is the annual induction of selected industry pioneers into the Legends of Washington Wine Hall of Fame.

Typically held the second Friday in August, Legends is the premier annual fundraiser for the Clore Center, which includes a multi-course meal, Washington wines, and a live auction. Click here for information on the upcoming 2017 Legends of Washington Wine Gala.

 

  • 1960’s – 70’s Coordinated chemical and sensory analysis of wines made at WSU-IAREC

  • 1976 Published Ten Years of Grape Variety Responses and Wine-making Trials in Central Washington

  • 1970’s – 80’s Studied phenolics and acidity/pH relationships of Washington State Wines

  • 1983 Elected as a Supreme Knight of the Brotherhood of the Knights of the Vine

  • 2000 Lifelong contributions honored through naming Lactobacillus nagelii bacterium

  • 1972 Planted first vitis vinifera in Horse Heaven Hills known as “Block One” Cabernet

  • 1970’s Founding member of the Roza Enological Society

  • 1984 Formed Mercer Ranch Vineyards with wife Linda

  • 1988 – 1990 President of WAWGG
 

  • 1983 – 2000 CEO of Chateau Ste. Michelle

  • 1982 Founder of the Washington Wine Institute

  • 1987 Helped create the Washington Wine Commission

  • 1988 Founder of the Auction of Washington Wines

  • 2002 Established Long Shadow Vintners

  • 1974 Began planting wine grapes on family farm

  • 1982 Opened Hogue Cellars, one of Washington’s largest family-owned wineries

  • 1987 – 1998 Washington State Wine Commissioner

  • 2010 – 2012 Co-Chairman of Walter Clore Wine and Culinary Center Board

  • Developed Classification System for Vinifera

  • 1967 – 1977 Partnered with Dr. Walter Clore as WSU Research Enologist,
    proving Washington could produce premium wines.

  • 1995 Launched Walla Walla Vintners

  • 2000 Founding Director of the Institute for Enology and Viticulture at
    Walla Walla Community College

  • 2002 Established College Cellars Estate Vineyard

  • 1982 – 1988 Planted Badger Mountain Vineyard & Established Powers Winery

  • 1990 First Certified Organic Vineyard in Washington State

  • 2007 Lifetime Achievement Award from Washington Association of Wine Grape Growers

  • 1979 First vintage of Washington State Wine at Associated Vintners

  • 1986 Helped establish first Washington Syrah vineyard at Red Willow

  • 1979 – 2005 Produced Washington’s first vineyard-designated wines
    as well as the first Syrah, Cabernet Franc, and Pinot Gris

  • 1980 Planted Vineyards in Yakima Valley

  • 1984 – 1994 Board Member of Washington Association of Wine Grape Growers

  • 1987 – 1996 Co-Chairman of Washington Wine Commission

  • 1988 Co-Founder of Auction of Washington Wines

  • 1970 Grower Relations Manager/Chateau Ste. Michelle

  • 1982 General Manager Quail Run & Hyatt Vineyards

  • 2002 Associate Director for Walla Walla Community College Center for Enology & Viticulture

  • 1972 Formed Partnership with Jim & Ann Homes

  • 1975 Planted Red Mountain’s First Vineyards

  • 1980 Co-Established Kiona Vineyards Winery

  • 2007 Opened 10,000 Sq. Ft. Barrel Room & Tasting Facility

  • 1972 Formed Partnership with John & Ann Williams

  • 1975 Planted Red Mountain’s First Vineyards

  • 1980 Co-Established Kiona Vineyards Winery

  • 2006 Ciel du Cheval Named Vineyard of the Year by Seattle Magazine

  • 1976 Established Preston Wine Cellars

  • 1981 Led the Effort to Organize the Washington Wine Institute

  • 2001 First WAWGG Lifetime Achievement Award

  • 2003 Washington Small Family Business Award

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