Becca de Kleine and Carrie Arredondo were elected to the board of directors of the Washington Winegrowers Association at their annual meeting in March, according to a news release.
De Kleine earned a bachelor’s degree in viticulture and enology at Washington State University. In 2012 she was hired to help develop Four Feathers Wine Estates in Prosser, where she currently serves as general manager and director of winemaking. De Kleine also serves as president of the Washington Wine Technical Group.
Arredondo planted her first wine grapes in 1980 in the Ancient Lakes of Columbia Valley American Viticulture Area and later worked in the tasting room of her family’s first winery, Champs de Brionne. She earned her bachelor’s degree from Boston College and is a certified pastry chef. Since 2000, she has held numerous positions at her family’s second winery, Cave B Estate Winery in Quincy, where she is now the winery’s marketing, branding and events manager. Arredondo’s husband, Freddy Arredondo, is winemaker at Cave B.
Shane Collins, winemaker at Rocky Pond Winery in Chelan, was elected chair of the Winegrowers board. Dustin Tobin of Prosser, vineyard manager at Precept Wine Brands, was elected vice chair. Jeff Andrews of Coyote Canyon Vineyards in Prosser was re-elected secretary/treasurer.
The remaining board includes: Patrick Rawn of Two Mountain Winery, Zillah; James Mantone of Syncline Wines, Lyle; Scott Williams of Kiona Vineyards, Benton City; Mike Means of Ste. Michelle Wine Estates, Paterson; John Derrick of Mercer Canyons, Prosser; and Steele Brown of Golden West Vineyards, Royal City.
—by Jonelle Mejica