Susan Sokol Blosser Honored with Diploma of Honor by Fédération Internationale des Confréries Bachiques
Dayton, Ore.—Susan Sokol Blosser, co-founder of one of Oregon’s original and most iconic wineries, was named the sole recipient of the 2019 Diploma of Honor by the Fédération Internationale des Confréries Bachiques (also known as the FICB). This award is given to individuals who have been globally recognized for their expertise and achievements in relation to wine and who support the values of the wine brotherhoods. Sokol Blosser is one of only a few Americans – and only the second American woman -- to receive this honor.
“Being recognized with the International Diploma of Honor means a great deal to me,” said Susan Sokol Blosser. “When I read the achievements of those who have received this award previously, I am humbled by comparison and thrilled to be listed among them.”
The award was presented at the Oregon Wine Brotherhood’s 23rd Grand Assemblage in Portland, OR, by Ken Hick, executive board member of FICB. Sokol Blosser was nominated for the honor with the support of the Knights of the Vine of America, which is a member organization of the FICB.
The FICB was founded in 1964 in Paris, France, as a non-profit organization dedicated to uniting and promoting wine industry professionals and wine enthusiasts around the world and raising funds for scholarships. While it is called a brotherhood, there are many female members. Susan Sokol Blosser was inducted as a “Supreme Lady,” the highest level of membership. The group has chapters around the world and holds wine events, meetings and conferences for members.
About Sokol Blosser Winery
In 1971, the Sokol Blosser family planted grapes on just five acres in the Dundee Hills. As one of the pioneering wineries of the region, Sokol Blosser has played a key role in developing and shaping the now-prominent Oregon wine industry. The winery remains family owned and operated to this day, with the second generation now at the helm: siblings Alex and Alison Sokol Blosser. Achieving B Corp certification in 2015, the winery farms 128 acres of estate vineyards and creates wines of world-class quality, produced in a sustainable manner, which reflect the distinctive flavors of the grapes, soil and climate. The winery produces pinot noir, pinot gris, chardonnay, sparkling wines, riesling and small quantities of single block pinot noir under its Sokol Blosser brand name, as well as a white blend, red blend, pinot noir, sparkling wine, riesling, and chardonnay under the Evolution label. Visit http://www.sokolblosser.com/ to learn more.
About Susan Sokol Blosser
Susan Sokol Blosser, co-founder of Sokol Blosser Winery in Dundee, Oregon, is a wine industry pioneer, community leader, environmental advocate, and author recognized as a contemporary Oregon Icon.
Her honors include an Honorary Doctorate from the University of Portland, citing her entrepreneurship within the context of environmental and social responsibility, a Lifetime Achievement award from the Oregon Wine Board, induction into the national Women for WineSense Hall of Fame—the first non-Californian woman so honored, and the sole 2019 recipient (and second American woman) of the Paris-based Fédération Internationale des Confréries Bachiques (FICB) Diploma of Honor.
Susan has written five books: At Home in the Vineyard, Gracious & Ruthless, Letting Go, The Vineyard Years, and 7 Lessons at 70.
In 2011 she founded the Yamhill Enrichment Society (YES) whose mission is to create access to literacy, music, and art programs for the youngest members of Yamhill County.