Susan Sokol Blosser

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Susan Sokol Blosser, wine industry pioneer, community leader, environmental advocate, and author, is a contemporary Oregon icon. As Sokol Blosser Winery’s president (1991-2008), she was a forerunner in practicing the triple bottom line (people, planet, profit) while pursuing her vision of great wine. Sokol Blosser Winery has been honored by Oregon Business Magazine as one of Oregon’s “100 Best Companies to Work For” and by the Portland Business Journal as one of the “Most Admired Companies in Oregon.”

After turning over the winery in 2008 to her two of her children, Alex and Alison, who serve as Co-Presidents, Susan stepped back, retaining the title of Founder. She founded the Yamhill Enrichment Society (YES) a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizati
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Average rating: 3.77 · 100 ratings · 21 reviews · 6 distinct works
At Home in the Vineyard: Cu...

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The Vineyard Years: A Memoi...

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Letting Go

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A multi-faceted portrait of an unusual woman. She was clearly behind her difficult husband's success and has been critically under appreciated by historians. A new and interesting picture of WWII emerges in this book. I liked it a lot.
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“I loved the shadows from the early morning sun as I’d walk up a vineyard row, breathing deeply at the smell of freshly worked earth, watching the hawks ride the air currents over the vineyard, and the goldfinches, bluebirds, and swallows flutter among the vines.”
Susan Sokol Blosser, Letting Go

“Without a doubt, the winery transition was the biggest challenge and toughest work of my thirty years of business. Turning control of the business into the hands of my children, I had no reservations about their ability - they were capable, energetic, and creative. It was all about my letting go.”
Susan Sokol Blosser, Letting Go

“I loved the shadows from the early morning sun as I’d walk up a vineyard row, breathing deeply at the smell of freshly worked earth, watching the hawks ride the air currents over the vineyard, and the goldfinches, bluebirds, and swallows flutter among the vines.”
Susan Sokol Blosser, Letting Go

“Without a doubt, the winery transition was the biggest challenge and toughest work of my thirty years of business. Turning control of the business into the hands of my children, I had no reservations about their ability - they were capable, energetic, and creative. It was all about my letting go.”
Susan Sokol Blosser, Letting Go

“The interaction, the interdependence, of life and death, which in nature is the source of an inexhaustible fecundity, is the basis of a set of analogies, to which agriculture and the rest of the human economy must conform in order to endure, and which is ultimately religious....”
Wendell Berry

“​One would say a Tavel of a good year,’ I cried, ‘if one were a complete bloody fool.’ I did not say the second clause aloud.”
A.J. Liebling




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