John was called upon in the spring of 1993 to stretch his position as Acacia's (another Chalone Wine Group member) enologist and commute to Paterson, Washington to help the fledgling Canoe Ridge Vineyard project. With a Bachelor of Science in Horticulture from Oregon State University, and further study at the California State University in Fresno, John had been making wine under Larry Brooks and Dave Lattin at Acacia Winery for three years. In July of 1994, John moved to Walla Walla and took on the Canoe Ridge Vineyard project full time. He was instrumental in the design, outfitting, and construction of the winery in Walla Walla. At Canoe Ridge, John is truly in his element in this tiny corner of Washington, with the great outdoors and a budding, enthusiastic wine industry.
[Source: Canoe Ridge Vineyard]
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