Oregon wine industry raises $830,000 for ¡Salud! healthcare

By on November 13, 2017

Lynn and Ron Penner-Ash, who founded acclaimed Penner-Ash Wine Cellars, were among the honorees at the 26th Oregon Pinot Noir Auction Weekend for ¡Salud! (Photo by Andréa Johnson Photography/Courtesy of Trellis Growth Partners)

NEWBERG, Ore. — Winemaking luminaries Lynn and Ron Penner-Ash and Rollin Soles shared the spotlight as the ¡Salud! 26th Oregon Pinot Noir Auction Weekend raised $830,000 to provide healthcare for vineyard workers.

“This was our second-highest generating auction ever, and we are very thankful for the generous contributions of our donors, sponsors and hosts who made this weekend event possible,” Pat Dukes of Dukes Family Vineyards, ¡Salud! Steering Committee Co-Chair, stated in a news release. “The funds raised will allow ¡Salud! to continue to provide health services to our vineyard workers and their families, who are the cornerstone of our wine industry.”

Funds raised at the Auction Gala, staged Saturday, Nov. 11 at Domaine Serene’s tony new clubhouse, took the 26-year efforts of ¡Salud! beyond $14 million. The program administered by Tuality Healthcare is able to deliver three dollars of service for every one dollar spent because of collaborative relationships with partnering healthcare organizations, and the team provides year-round direct care to approximately 150 vineyards throughout the northern Willamette Valley via a mobile medical unit.

¡Salud! honors Soles, Penner-Ash for work

Decorated photojournalist Robert Holmes and storied winemaker Rollin Soles share a laugh during the 26th Oregon Pinot Noir Auction Weekend for ¡Salud! (Photo by Andréa Johnson Photography/Courtesy of Trellis Growth Partners)

Lynn and Ron Penner-Ash received the Los Heroes de ¡Salud! award for outstanding contributions to ¡Salud! Soles, founding winemaker of Argyle Winery and now co-owner of ROCO Winery, served as the 2017 Legacy Winemaker.

This year’s ¡Salud! Vintners Circle members who offered 2016 ¡Salud! Cuvées included Adelsheim Vineyard, Alexana Winery, Amalie Robert Estate, ArborBrook Vineyards, Archery Summit, Ayoub, Bergström Wines, Bethel Heights Vineyard, Big Table Farm, Brittan Vineyards, Brooks Winery, Chapter 24, Chehalem, Cristom Vineyards, Dobbes Family Estate, Domaine Drouhin Oregon, Domaine Roy, Domaine Serene, Dukes Family Vineyards, Dusky Goose, Elk Cove Vineyards, Erath Winery, Evening Land Seven Springs Estate, Gran Moraine, Hamacher Wines, Hyland Estates, Lange Estate Winery and Vineyards, Patricia Green Cellars, Penner-Ash Wine Cellars, Ponzi Vineyards, R. Stuart & Co., Raptor Ridge Winery, Résonance, ROCO Winery, Scott Paul Wines, Shea Wine Cellars, Soter Vineyards, St. Innocent Winery, Stoller Family Estate, Trisaetum, WillaKenzie Estate and Winderlea Vineyard & Winery. Additional winery partners include Argyle, Sokol Blosser and Willamette Valley Vineyards.

Saturday’s dinner and auction was attended by 320 patrons who raised $680,000 through live and silent auctions, special appeal, ticket sales and sponsorships. Domaine Serene’s “This is Burgundy” auction lot, which includes accommodations at the historic Château de la Crée for six people, vineyard and winery tours and tastings raised $75,000 between two winning bidders.

The ¡Salud! Cuvée Tasting and Big Board Auction on Friday, Nov. 10 at Ponzi Vineyards in Sherwood attracted 425 guests raised $150,000. The combined total of both evenings has only been surpassed by last year’s record of $911,300.

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About Eric Degerman

Eric Degerman is the president and CEO of Great Northwest Wine. He is a journalist with more than 30 years of daily newspaper experience and has been writing about wine since 1998. He co-founded Wine Press Northwest with Andy Perdue and served as its managing editor for 15 years. He is a frequent wine judge along the West Coast and contributor to Pacific Northwest Golfer magazine, the region's longest-running golf publication.

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