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The People

Kelley Stearns Fox, Owner and Winemaker


I am still writing everything, so no third person narrative of myself. I have been a full-time winemaker in the Willamette Valley of Oregon for 14 years.  
My past experience includes Torii Mor (2000, 2001), Hamacher (2002, 2003), and The Eyrie Vineyards (2004). I have also worked a vintage in Central Otago, New Zealand. I began my ongoing position as winemaker at Scott Paul Wines in Carlton, sharing the title with owner Scott Wright, since 2005.

My first four years were in the Midwest, the next five in the Netherlands and finished high school (The Hockaday School) in Dallas, Texas. My education includes a B.S. in Psychology and a minor in Biology from Texas AM University. I graduated Magna Cum Laude with dual degrees in Biochemistry and Biophysics from Oregon State University and was admitted to the PhD program in Biochemistry. 

Before completing the doctorate, I changed course to pursue winemaking.  I learned winemaking not from a classroom or textbooks but directly from very talented Oregon winemakers. By far my biggest influence was and continues to be my dear friend and former employer, the late David Lett of The Eyrie Vineyards.  David was the ultimate iconoclast who pioneered the Oregon wine industry in the 1960’s.

(photo taken by Brianne Day during vintage 2010. I am putting the 2010 Pinot into barrels at the lovely Scott Paul Wines facility, where Scott has so kindly allowed me to make my own wines. )


Peter Ballman, Architect and Designer of the
Earwig on the Label

Peter Ballman graduated from Reed College in Portland, Oregon, and from the Cooper Union School of Architecture in New York City. He is a founding member of Ballman Tabet Collaborative Studio. Peter currently lives and practices in Berlin.

About The Creature Peter Designed for the Label:

In the spirit of not being heavy and serious, the wine label honours the pariah of Oregon Pinot: the humble and mysterious earwig. While they are certainly not pests, these often annoying and persistent little creatures sometimes hide between the berries inside the grape clusters here. They really creep us out when they scramble out of the clusters as we hand-sort during harvest. There is no deeper meaning.

Athena Pappas, Technical Genius Who Made My Label Ideas A Reality

Athena is the co-owner of both Pappas Wines and Boedecker Cellars along with her husband, Stewart Boedecker.