New Wine Commission board member
Washington Wine Commission
Dan Wampfler, winemaker for Dunham Cellars in Walla Walla, Washington, has been appointed as a new board member of the Washington Wine Commission. His term began in January.
Wampfler has been head winemaker at Dunham since 2008 and holds a master’s degree in enology from Michigan State University. He first joined Washington’s wine industry in 2003 as research enologist for Ste. Michelle Wine Estates and worked in various positions at Chateau Ste. Michelle and Columbia Crest wineries before joining Dunham.
Wampfler believes that education and promotion are both important to the state’s wine industry, according to a news release.
The Washington Wine Commission represents all wineries and wine grape growers and is led by a 13-member board. By law, board members must come from large and small wineries from eastern and western Washington, as well as one fruit wine producer, one wholesaler, and one representative of the Washington State Department of Agriculture. Commissioners are appointed by the director of the state agricultural department.