Wine Panel Presentations and Tastings
Friday, June 14, 2019 | 1:00 - 3:00 PM
Location: Marcus Whitman Hotel & Conference Center
Address: 6 West Rose Street, Walla Walla, WA
Ticket Price: $65
Experience a rare opportunity to compare and share the wines of the Walla Walla Valley with other internationally acclaimed Cabernet Sauvignon growing regions. This panel is made up of Walla Walla Valley winemakers along with winemakers from around the world. Attendees will sample Cabernet Sauvignon from all producers represented on the panel.
meet the panel
General Manager & Head Winemaker | Abeja | Walla Walla Valley
Daniel Wampfler is Abeja’s head winemaker and general manager. He is responsible for winemaking and oversees vineyard operations, including management of Abeja’s Heather Hill and Mill Creek estate vineyards.
Prior to joining Abeja, Dan spent eight years as head winemaker for Dunham Cellars where he managed all aspects of grower relations and of winemaking. He came to the Walla Walla Valley after five years with Ste. Michelle Wine Estates where he worked first as a research enologist, then as a red winemaker for Chateau Ste. Michelle’s Canoe Ridge Estate Winery, and later for Columbia Crest.
Born and raised in the Midwest, Dan holds a Master of Science in enology from Michigan State University. In addition to making Abeja’s wines, Dan is winemaker for actor Kyle MacLachlan’s Pursued by Bear label, a position he has held since 2008. He shares winemaking responsibilities at Abeja with his wife Amy Alvarez-Wampfler.
Abeja was founded in 2000 with the goal of growing and producing world-class Cabernet Sauvignon.
Owner & Winemaker | ALUVÉ | Walla Walla Valley
Born and raised in Ohio, JJ Menozzi graduated from the Air Force Academy in 1992 and enjoyed a 23 year “first” career as an F-16 pilot. Kelly, His Academy classmate and bride of 19 years also served as a career Air Force pilot.
Enduring 17 military moves, JJ and Kelly explored many of the world’s great wine regions, including Walla Walla. From Their first visit in 2000, they were captivated by the phenomenal wines and friendly, supportive attitude of the local wine industry.
Despite the Air Force moving them around the world, they returned to the Walla Walla Valley often and eventually purchased property on Mill Creek Road that is now their home, Estate vineyard and winery.
Leveraging the foresight and vision of the early Walla Walla wine pioneers, JJ and Kelly studied at and graduated from the Walla Walla Community College Enology and Viticulture program. Building on that foundation, JJ also completed internships at Dunham Cellars and Figgins Family Wine Estates.
Together, the Menozzi’s fulfilled one dream—serving the country as Air Force pilots — and are thankful for the opportunity to pursue a second dream—cultivating, creating and sharing the wines they love.
President & Winemaker | Doubleback | Walla Walla Valley
Josh McDaniels was born and raised in Walla Walla and at an early age fell in love with the wine industry. It was at Leonetti Cellar that he first toiled and witnessed the hard work and beauty that goes into creating a premium wine. Josh cultivated his interest in the industry by volunteering at local Walla Walla wineries and making wine of his own even as a young teenager. Winemaking captivated him and prompted his formal education from the Institute of Enology and Viticulture in Walla Walla while, at the same time, continuing to work under his mentor, Chris Figgins of Leonetti. To further his education, Josh interned in Argentina at Paul Hobbs’ Vina Cobos Winery, and took online and extension courses through Washington State University and U.C. Davis.
Upon his return from Argentina, Josh was hired as the Assistant Winemaker for FIGGINS where he continued with Leonetti, TOIL Oregon, and Doubleback production. Josh managed wine production for Figgins Family Wine Estates before moving into the role of Doubleback’s Resident Winemaker after almost a decade. Josh is now the President & Director of Winemaking for Doubleback and its sister project, Bledsoe Family Winery. He has been named a “Game Changer of Washington Wine” by Wine Enthusiast Magazine, and is eagerly working alongside Drew and Maura Bledsoe to take Doubleback to new heights.
All photos by Richard Duval Images