Current Compañeros de ¡Salud! Members
We are incredibly grateful for the immense support and generosity provided to ¡Salud! by the members of the Oregon wine industry and beyond. Listed below are the wineries, vineyards, and individuals who have selflessly gone above and beyond to contribute to ¡Salud!. We encourage you to support their businesses as they have supported our mission.
Ronni Lacroute, co-owner of WillaKenzie Estate, made the lead gift to establish the Leda Garside Endowment Fund in honor of the dedicated ¡Salud! Services Clinical Nurse Manager, Leda Garside, R.N., BSN.
The endowment interest income helps ¡Salud! to provide a consistent level of service and shelter us from the economic cycles that can impact charity auctions.
WillaKenzie Estate is a family-owned operation which is devoted to making great wines of the Pinot family: Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris, Pinot Blanc, Pinot Meunier, and Gamay Noir (a cousin of Pinot Noir). Producing Pinots with intense flavors, robust structures, round and supple tannins is their passion. WillaKenzie works to farm their vineyards sustainably, nurture their wines at every step of the way and reflect them in the characteristics of their soil, climate, and clonal selections.
Winderlea is a luxury boutique winery specializing in the limited production of Pinot Noir from Oregon. Winderlea was founded in 2005 by Donna Morris and Bill Sweat as an outgrowth of their passion for great Pinot Noir. With the purchase of the renowned Goldschmidt vineyard in the Dundee Hills, they aim to fulfill their vision by crafting elegant, sensuous, and age-worthy wines. Winderlea serves the wine consumer and professional who view the pairing of wine and food as essential to their lifestyle and well-being.
The International Pinot Noir Celebration has been a supporter of ¡Salud! since 2005. Through their Photo Booth fundraiser, various live and silent auctions throughout the IPNC weekend, providing direct donation opportunities for IPNC guests, and most recently through hosting a Thursday night Pre-IPNC Dinner to benefit ¡Salud!
For the past 23 years, the IPNC has been uniting Pinot devotees from all corners of the globe in the spirit of friendship and the common pursuit of Pinot noir in all its grand diversity. The 2011 IPNC event marked the milestone 25th anniversary of this memorable weekend of extraordinary tastings, educational seminars, unforgettable meals, and celebration of Pinot Noir from around the world.
Raptor Ridge Winery contributes ten cents from the sale of every commercial bottle to ¡Salud!. Raptor Ridge owners Scott and Annie Shull hope their commitment and the good work of the ¡Salud! program will encourage other wineries to make similar pledges of support.
At Raptor Ridge, the winemaking goal is to capture the fresh fruit flavors and delicate aromas offered by Oregon’s Willamette Valley winegrowing region. Raptor Ridge Pinot Noir ages in French oak and is racked in synchrony with the dark of the moon. Raptor Ridge Pinot Gris is made in a refreshing Alsacian style.
Since 2005, McMenamins Edgefield has hosted a ¡Salud! benefit silent auction at their annual Celebration of Syrah event. With packages such overnight stays at McMenamins properties, tours and tastings at area wineries, and of course, special bottles and verticals of Syrah, all proceeds from the silent auction go to benefit ¡Salud! services.
Encompassing a lush 74-acre parcel of farmland at the mouth of the spectacular Columbia River Gorge, historic Edgefield is one of the truly remarkable destination resorts of the Pacific Northwest. It is a world of relaxation that seamlessly blends Oregon’s natural beauty with McMenamins’ signature whimsy: historic buildings of all sizes artfully restored and rich with cozy interiors, tranquil ponds and dazzling gardens, great food and drink, plentiful entertainment and surprising recreations.
Each quarter, Winter’s Hill Vineyard selects one program to benefit with a special promotion, and ¡Salud! was the lucky recipient of their generosity during the fourth quarter of 2012. For each guest who visited the winery and checked in using Facebook or Foursquare during the months of October, November, and December, Winter’s Hill donated $1 to ¡Salud!. Along with a special Pinot Noir package offering, the purchase of which would merit an additional $5 contribution, a total of $595 was generously donated to ¡Salud! from the 95 check-ins and 100 Pinot Noir package purchases.
Winter’s Hill Vineyard is an Estate winery located in the Dundee Hills of Oregon. The Gladhart family owns and operates Winter’s Hill, from managing the vineyard and the rest of the farm, to making the wines, to greeting you in the tasting room when you come to visit. Thirty five acres of vineyards are nestled into a 150 acre farm including fir and oak forests. Winter’s Hill has followed sustainable farming practices since Peter and Emily Gladhart planted the first vines in 1990, and are certified by LIVE and SalmonSafe in recognition of their efforts.
Tin Capsule Drive Participants
In the early fall of 2012, Carson Wright (NW Cork Supply USA Representative) launched a tin capsule drive to raise funds for ¡Salud!. Thanks to an overwhelming show of support from fifteen wineries, over $7,000 was raised to benefit ¡Salud! Services. Tin Capsule Drive participants include:
- A to Z Wineworks
- Andrew Rich
- Ardiri Winery & Vineyards
- Belle Pente Vineyard & Winery
- Brick House Vineyards
- Evening Land Vineyards
- Hyland Estates
- Ken Wright Cellars
- King Estate Winery
- Left Coast Cellars
- Omero Cellars
- Ponzi Vineyards
- Stoller Family Estate
- Van Duzer Vineyards
- Winderlea Vineyard & Winery
On April 19, 2012, the Chehalem Mountains Winegrowers Association honored ¡Salud! at their annual Mountains to Metro tasting event by hosting a benefit silent auction to raise funds for ¡Salud! Services.
The Chehalem Mountains Winegrowers represents vineyards, wineries, and their associates in the Ribbon Ridge and Chehalem Mountains AVAs (American Viticultural Areas), joined by a love of fine wine… and the terrain, elevation, and climate within the boundaries of a single geological miracle. From Parrett Mountain to the south, and running northwest across Bald Peak and Ribbon Ridge, the Chehalem Mountains were formed by uplifted sedimentary seabeds, lava flows, and wind-blown silt to create the highest elevations and most diverse soils in wine country. These distinctions make their winegrowing region famous for rich, elegant and complex wines including benchmark Pinot Noir.