Susan Sokol Blosser Honored for Lifetime Achievement

Oregon Wine Pioneer Gains Women for WineSense Award

May 05, 2008, 01:00 ET from Terlato Wines International

    DUNDEE, Ore., May 5 /PRNewswire/ -- When she retired earlier this year,
 Susan Sokol Blosser vowed she would stay busy -- and one of the things
 she's been busy doing is receiving awards from leading wine organizations.
     The latest honor for the Oregon wine pioneer and environmental leader
 came this past Saturday as Women for WineSense awarded Sokol Blosser its
 Lifetime Achievement Award at its "Celebrating Women in Wine" event in Napa
 Valley. In February, the co-founder of the Dundee-based Sokol Blosser
 Winery received a similar award from the Oregon Wine Board.
     "Over the years, the wine industry women in Women for WineSense
 constituted the equivalent of an 'old girls network,'" Sokol Blosser said.
 "What an impressive group of talented, hard-working, creative women. We all
 helped one another and I'm thrilled to be awarded this honor by the women I
 so respect and admire."
     Women for WineSense said Sokol Blosser's "pioneering spirit has helped
 to create a world-class wine industry in Oregon," and added: "Your
 dedication to responsible farming makes you a role model for everyone in
 the wine industry. Your perseverance in writing your book has inspired many
 readers including women in the wine industry who are trying to attain
 professional and personal goals concurrently."
     Susan Sokol Blosser founded Sokol Blosser Winery in 1971 with her
 then-husband, Bill Blosser, at a time when the Oregon wine industry was in
 its infancy. She assumed the role of president of the winery in 1991. Under
 her stewardship, Sokol Blosser Winery maintained its commitment to making
 world- class Pinot Noir while developing its popular proprietary blends
 Evolution and Meditrina. Sokol Blosser and the winery also became
 internationally recognized as leaders in green business practices,
 including organic viticulture.
     In 2006, Sokol Blosser's memoir, "At Home in the Vineyard" (University
 of California Press), was published. In a characteristically enthusiastic
 review of the book, the Seattle Times wrote that "the author, though she
 tells the story quite modestly, belongs on anyone's top-10 list of women
 who pioneered their way into the wine industry in the early decades of this
 country's wine renaissance."
     Sokol Blosser retired as Sokol Blosser Winery president in January, but
 she continues to serve as an ambassador for the winery. Her son Alex and
 daughter Alison now hold the position as co-presidents.
     Sokol Blosser is represented by Terlato Wines International, which has
 a global portfolio of more than 40 brands from a host of world-class wine
 producers and presently markets more than one out of eight bottles of wine
 over $14 sold in America. Terlato, with more 90+ ratings than any wine
 company in the world, is the flagship company of the Terlato Wine Group,
 the parent company of several independent businesses specializing in the
 marketing and production of exceptional wines. Owned and operated by the
 Terlato family, the Group also includes the family's winery investments and
 partnerships in some of the world's most esteemed wine regions, including:
 Napa Valley; Sonoma County; Santa Barbara County; Victoria, Australia;
 France's Rhone Valley; and Somontano in Spain.
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 Family Vineyards; Santa Barbara County: Sanford and Tangley Oaks;
 California Appellation: Glass Mountain and Seven Daughters; Oregon: Argyle
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 (Gaja Toscana), Florio Martinez Marsala, Gaja, Il Poggione, Kettmeir, Santa
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