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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 over 15 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 was the winemaker at Scott Paul Wines in Carlton from August 2005 through about mid-April 2015.

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 my path to pursue winemaking.  I learned winemaking not from a classroom or textbooks, but directly from Oregon winemakers who had put in some serious time. By far my biggest influence was and continues to be (until forever) 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.


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. He is a founding member of Ballman Tabet Collaborative Studio. Peter currently lives and practices in New York City.

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 sometimes 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. They can live inside the must for an impossibly long time, too. I always try to rescue them when doing pigeage. 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.