Honoring Ken Evenstad

Ken and Grace Evenstad, 2018

Ken and Grace Evenstad, 2018

Ken Evenstad, co-founder of Domaine Serene Winery and namesake for the Grace and Ken Evenstad Center for Wine Education at Linfield University, passed away peacefully this week.

The Evenstad Center for Wine Education opened in 2018, following an initial $6 million gift from Grace and Ken Evenstad. The center offers a unique interdisciplinary wine studies major and minor for undergraduate students and includes a number of wine-education programs and activities for adult learners. Continue reading

Linfield University scholarship honors late wine journalist Lisa Shara Hall

Lisa Shara HallBy Michael Alberty, The Oregonian/OregonLive

Journalist Lisa Shara Hall advocated tirelessly on behalf of Oregon and Washington wines. She died in March 2019 from amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease. This fall, Linfield University will honor her legacy with a new wine and journalism scholarship created by her husband, Kirk Hall. Continue reading

Evenstads establish new scholarship at Linfield to increase diversity in wine industry

Evenstads Establish New Scholarship at Linfield to Increase Diversity in Wine IndustryDomaine Serene Winery, founded by Grace and Ken Evenstad, is donating $500,000 to Linfield College to increase diversity in the wine industry. The gift will establish an endowed scholarship for underrepresented populations in the college’s wine studies program, allowing more students to receive a top-rated wine education at an affordable cost. Continue reading

Oregon Wine History Archive debuts new projects  

Wine being pouredThe Oregon Wine History Archive (OWHA) at Linfield College has three new projects covering various aspects of Oregon winemaking and winemakers available on its website to the general public.   Continue reading

Grand Prize for Intercollegiate Wine Business Invitational awarded to Linfield

Wine being pouredA team of six Linfield College students has been awarded the Grand Prize in the inaugural Intercollegiate Wine Business Invitational (IWBI), taking top honors against teams from Penn State University, Michigan State University, Washington State University, the University of Houston and Florida International University.   Continue reading

Combined bachelor’s-master’s degree in wine

The U.S. college with the first interdisciplinary wine studies degree will now be the first U.S. college with a five-year program leading to both bachelor’s and master’s degrees in wine studies.  

Linfield College, with campuses in McMinnville and Portland, Ore., is teaming up with Ecole Superieure d’Agriculture (ESA) in Angers, France, for the initiative. Students who complete the program will receive a bachelor’s degree in wine studies from Linfield and an international vintage master’s degree from ESA.  Continue reading

Linfield adds new majors in Wine Studies, Sport Management and Global Cultural Studies 

—Students who want to work in the robust wine or sports industries and those looking to explore today’s increasingly interconnected world have new options at Linfield College— 

Linfield College signLinfield College faculty members approved the addition of three new majors and three new areas of focus starting in the fall of 2018. Students will now have the option to major in Global Cultural Studies, Sport Management and Wine Studies, in addition to Linfield’s 51 existing majors.  Continue reading

Grace and Ken Evenstad Pledge to Revolutionize Wine Education with $6 Million Gift to Linfield College

—Domaine Serene founders Grace and Ken Evenstad make the largest gift in support of wine studies in state history—

Wine Studies class tours Domaine Serene winery.

Domaine Serene Winery founders Grace and Ken Evenstad have pledged $6 million to Linfield College, the largest gift in Oregon history in support of wine education. The gift is also one of the largest donations in Linfield’s history and will allow the college to significantly expand its wine education program, which already offers the first interdisciplinary liberal arts bachelor’s degree in wine studies in the United States.

Continue reading

Hellie recognized at Oregon Wine Symposium

Oregon Wine Symposium, photo by Caroline Wells KramerLinfield College President Thomas Hellie was honored for his commitment to advancing Oregon’s wine community during the Oregon Wine Symposium Awards luncheon. Continue reading