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Cristom Vineyards

Steve Thomson


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Northwest Center for Wine Studies
A native of the Chicago area and a graduate of the University of Illinois. Steve has 28 years of wine industry experience, which followed a successful 12-year career as a Restaurateur and Hotel Industry Food & Beverage Director. For 17 years Steve was with Oregon’s King Estate Winery, from 2007 as Executive Vice President. Prior to that he was a General Sales Manager and Regional Director for two of America’s leading wholesalers based in St. Louis and Kansas City, Missouri.

Appointed to the Oregon Wine Board in 2012 by Governor John Kitzhaber, Steve served as Chairman of the Oregon Wine Board and President of the Oregon Winegrower’s Association in 2017. He currently serves as vice-chairman of the OWB Export Committee and is on the board of the Northwest Wine Coalition. Steve has served on the advisory committee of Chemeketa College’s Northwest Center for Wine Studies since 2004. He was also on the Board of Directors of the American Association of Wineries from 2006 to 2016 and the Oregon Wine Marketing Coalition from 2001 to 2004. He had the honor in 2012 of testifying before the US Senate Finance Committee on behalf of the US wine industry on the topic of US Agriculture’s Global Competitiveness. In 2013-2014 Steve represented the Oregon wine industry on the Governor’s privatization task force.

Steve has studied at UC Davis, Wharton, and The Harvard Kennedy School of Government and has been a Senior Advisor for one of the wine industry’s premier consulting firms. In his spare-time he is a grape-grower in Walla Walla as an owner of the ‘Octave’ Vineyard, where each year he and his family produce a highly regarded small lot Walla Walla Cabernet Sauvignon. 

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