Wine grape growers and producers who are interested in joining the Washington Wine Commission board are asked to apply before March 20, 2015. Five, 3-year commission positions are either vacant or are expiring this year. The Washington State Director of Agriculture will appoint the positions between May and July 1.
Interested persons can learn more about candidate qualifications at http://app.leg.wa.gov/rcw. Growers who meet these qualifications should apply to the Washington Association of Wine Grape Growers office by March 20. The WAWGG board will then interview candidates during the April 2 board meeting.
Wine producers are asked to contact Josh McDonald, executive director of the Washington Wine Institute at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Open Positions on the Wine Commission
On June 30 the terms of four board members will expire plus, there is one existing vacancy.
Position #1 – Producer-Currently vacant: Martin Johnson was transferred
Position #3 – Producer-Dan Wampfler: Dan intends to seek another term
Position #5 – Producer-Jim Van Loben Sels: Jim does not intend to seek another term
Position #6 – Grower-Currently vacant
Position #8 – Grower-Butch Milbrandt: Butch does not intend to seek another term
Position #10 – Grower-Brenton Roy: Brenton intends to seek another term
Current Board of Commissioners includes:
Chris Sparkman, Sparkman Cellars (winery) – Chairman
Martin Johnson, Ste. Michelle Wine Estates (winery) – Marketing Committee Chairman
Butch Milbrandt, Milbrandt Vineyards (grower) – Marketing Committee
Dick Boushey, Boushey Vineyards (grower) – Research Committee Chairman
Rob Mercer, Mercer Wine Estates (grower) – Finance Committee
John Sportelli, Columbia (winery) – Marketing Committee
Dan Ewer, Young’s Columbia Wine Country (wine distributor) – Marketing Committee
Crystie Kisler, Finnriver Cidery (non-vinifera producer) – Finance Committee
Brenton Roy, Oasis Farms (grower) – Vice Chairman and Finance Committee Chairman
Jim van Loben Sels, Arbor Crest Wine Cellars (winery) – Marketing Committee
Daniel Wampfler, Dunham Cellars (winery) – Research Committee
Rianne Perry, Washington State Department of Ag (Director’s rep.) – Research Committee