New endowment targets wine students
The Umpqua Community College Foundation is pleased to announce the establishment of the Sarah Powell Memorial Viticulture and Enology Scholarship Endowment.
Funded by Powell’s father William J. Powell and stepmother Leona Dater, the endowment helps Southern Oregon enology and viticulture students with expenses related to wine internships or exchange programs through UCC’s Southern Oregon Wine Institute.
With outstanding insight and problem-solving ability both in the vineyard and the wine cellar, Powell preached the gospel of natural wine. Her first commandment was that “quality wine is made in the vineyard not at the winery.”
Harry & David, Summit Distributors of Medford, and Sarah Powell Wines have committed to continue this legacy. Each will contribute $1 to Powell’s endowment for every bottle sold of SPW 2008 Pinot Noir, winner of the 2013 Silver Medal at the World of Wine competition last month.
A native of Spokane, Wash., Powell earned a degree in fermentation science from the University of California at Davis. Her commitment to develop an international wine palate led her to internships in France, South Africa, Australia, and New Zealand. In the Rogue Valley, she devoted 10 years to growing and producing award winning, highly acclaimed wines as winemaker for Foris Vineyards.
Upon leaving Foris, she created Vigneron Consulting to promote best viticulture practices with area grape growers. In 2002, Powell helped design the Roxy Ann Winery, becoming a co-owner and the inaugural winemaker.
In 2003, she achieved a long-held dream of designing her own premium wine under the Sarah Powell Wines label. The first vintage was released in February 2004, just before she passed away from cancer at age 41.
For information on how to make a charitable contribution to sustain this internship/scholarship, please contact Sarah Powell Wines representative Larry Richie at 541-951-1466, or Ellen Brown, UCC Foundation, at 541-440-7847.