Program Instructors

 

Wine Industry Professional Training Team
AHIVOY is proud that the Wine Industry Professional training program brings together an amazing group of wine educators and experienced wine industry professionals to teach concepts and technical skills important to grape growing, winemaking and wine business. In addition to weekly in-class instruction and training, the Wine Industry Professional training program also incorporates diverse industry panels composed of Oregon growers, winemakers, and wine business team members to discuss topics such as vineyard farming practices, Oregon wine history, and career opportunities in the wine industry.

 

Bryan Berenguer

Bryan Berenguer holds an MSc. in Viticulture and Enology from a joint program between Montpellier SupAgro- France, Bordeaux Sciences Agro- France & Geisenheim University- Germany. He previously worked in vineyard management and winemaking in Europe before coming to Oregon to take a position as Faculty and Program Chair of the Vineyard Management degree at Chemeketa Community College. He also holds a WSET 3 in wines.

Why do you personally want to contribute to empowering Vineyard Stewards through education?

Farmers drive the world. Without them, society in any form, would not be able to exist. The USA realized this early on with the Morrill Act of 1962, which made it the first country to open up the then elite higher education system to farmers. With new understandings of plant physiology, an increasing number of digital & mechanical technologies arriving and the necessary adaptation to climate change- providing knowledge and skills to the `agriculture community´ is as important now as ever. Vineyard Stewards are a key part of our community and have vast amounts of practical knowledge that drive our industry both in front and behind the scenes. Their education and empowerment will provide them chances to advance, innovate, and lead- improving opportunities for themselves and for the `farming community` as a whole.

 

 

Miguel Marquez Garcia

Miguel is a Mexican immigrant with a bachelors degree in restaurant management from “CESSA University,” a hospitality college in Mexico City. Born into a family with a traditional Mexican restaurant. “Mi Cachito” has featured local cuisine since 1961. As a WSET level 3 and certified Sommelier, Miguel has worked in places such as Walt Disney in Florida to The Little Nell in Aspen, Colorado. He currently spends his days working as a Sommelier at Vino Veritas, an awesome neighborhood bottle shop located in SE Portland.


Why do you personally want to contribute to empowering Vineyard Stewards through education?

Education is the foundation to a better future, I would like them to have a better future, also hopefully, this will amplify their voice and their impact in our community.

 

Johnny Brose

Johnny Brose is the Winemaking Instructor at Chemeketa Community College. Johnny grew up in Baker City, a small town in Eastern Oregon. He attended Oregon State University and graduated with a degree in Food Science & Technology, focusing on fermentation science. This unique degree paved the way for him to work and travel around the world. These experiences range from brewing pilsner in Germany to basket-pressing shiraz in Australia. In the U.S., He’s had the pleasure to work with wineries of varying sizes, such as: E&J Gallo, King Estate, Lemelson Vineyards, and Fortuity Cellars. While in the Yakima Valley, he was introduced to the winemaking program at Yakima Valley College as an adjunct instructor. This program focused on producing and analyzing wine to meet industry standards. It was here that he learned how to be a teacher while maintaining a boutique winery. In his free time, Johnny enjoys hiking, skiing, and chasing around his chocolate lab, Rainier. He’s extremely excited to share what he’s learned and to collaborate with the wine studies team to create a unique student experience.

Why do you personally want to contribute to empowering Vineyard Stewards through education?

Empowering our vineyard stewards with education will forever change their world by creating new opportunities. I have a firm belief that education is contagious. The skills and knowledge gained from AHIVOY will be passed on and improve the lives of many. Personally, I want to be apart of changing lives for the better.

“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.”
– Nelson Mandlea

 

Bree Stock MW

Bree is an Australian-born Master of Wine with nearly two decades of international experience in the wine industry in Canada, the US and Australia. Her wine career began in Canada with sommelier and buying roles in Vancouver and Nova Scotia. In Australia, she held national sales and marketing and brand management positions with Australia’s family owned DeBortoli Wines and was director of sales and buying with The Spanish Acquisition, a premium Spanish and Portuguese wine importer.

A certified WSET educator since 2008 and Master of Wine since 2016, she lectures across all levels of the WSET certification and produces wine education programs for both trade organizations and consumers in Canada, the US and Australia. Extensive consulting and travel through the wine regions of the Mediterranean, Central and Eastern Europe, the US, South Africa, New Zealand, and Australia have informed her master class seminars and writings for wine publications Alquimie, Hardie Grant and Gourmet Traveller Wine, as have consulting vintage positions in Australia, Austria, Georgia, Portugal and Oregon. She is a regular wine judge at international competitions such as TEXSOM International Wine Awards, Decanter and regional shows across Australia and the US. Developer of regional wine certifications for Northwest Wines and the Oregon Wine Expert online certification with Napa Valley Wine Academy she is committed to improving wine industry education. She holds board member positions with Institute of Masters of Wine North America, Demeter USA and Assemblage Women in Wine.

She currently resides in Oregon’s Willamette Valley where she is education manager at the Oregon Wine Board, WSET senior educator at Linfield Evenstad Center for Wine Education and owns a wine brand and consulting company, Constant Crush Wine & Advisors.

 

           

          

Carrie Kalscheuer, CWE 

Carrie transitioned from the restaurant industry in 2010 to start a career in Oregon’s thriving wine country, where she currently works as Director of Sales & Education at A to Z Wineworks/REX HILL. In addition to a degree in Philosophy, Carrie possesses multiple wine certifications, including Certified Wine Educator through the Society of Wine Educators, Certified Sommelier through the Court of Master Sommeliers, and the Level 3, Advanced Certification with Distinction through the Wine & Spirit Education Trust.  In addition to her responsibilities at the winery, Carrie teaches the WSET Level 2 course through the Wine & Spirit Education Trust and delivers presentations on Oregon wine at trade events internationally. Carrie also sits on several committees and boards throughout the Valley, including the Willamette Valley Wineries Association Board, the Oregon Pinot Camp Steering Committee, the Oregon Wine Board Education Committee and the Chehalem Mountains Winegrowers Association Board.

 

Why do you personally want to contribute to empowering Vineyard Stewards through education?

I’m honored to be a small part of this important program and believe that creating greater opportunities for our Vineyard Stewards not only empowers them individually but brings greater potential to our entire industry.

 

Hallie Whyte, Managing Director
Soter Vineyards

A native of Oregon’s Willamette Valley, Hallie earned her stripes locally in the trenches of fine dining and wine sales while attending Linfield College. After living in Mexico City for three years teaching math at a local high school, she returned to her hometown of McMinnville and immersed herself in wine and food yet again. She was an early addition to Soter Vineyards’ hospitality team in 2011, playing an integral role in the development of a then-infant wine club and consumer sales program. Hallie has grown both personally and professionally, broadening her experience in the DTC and national sales channels to now overseeing all aspects of the company at Soter Vineyards. Fluent in Spanish and mathematics, her expansive resumé and analytical expertise make her a trusted contributor to important conversations facing the Oregon wine industry.

 Why do you personally want to contribute to empowering vineyard stewards through education?  Personally I think that vineyard stewards are some of the most vital people to our industry who get very little of the recognition. By empowering people at all levels, the whole industry will be more successful. Lack of opportunity should never be a reason that people do not succeed, although it all too frequently is across many industries.