Meet Your Board: Bios – Updated: Feb 2016 – Need info from Kyle and Bridgette


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We will be posting on this page, short Bio Sketches of the TVWS Board Members. The information will be interesting as the TVWS has a very diverse and interesting Board of Directors. We might even have some photos of the members. This will be an interesting project and hopefully informative. You will be surprised at some of the backgrounds of these folks. Stay tuned!!

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11Mar2015_1_TVWS-Irish-Tasting_Bridgette-Signed-Look_Righ_BesttBridgett Gibson

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09Jan2013_1_TVWS_New-Idaho-Wines_Carl-AbrahamsonCarl Abrahamson After being gone for 40 years, I returned to Idaho to retire from an accounting career. A high school friend and former President of the society, Tom Birch needed help pouring wine at the Idaho Wine Festival. I’ve been hooked since. With very little background in wine, the society has been a great learning experience. The presentations and wines have been excellent. Our tastings are always a learning experience with great food and company!! We would love to have you join us.

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09Jan2013_1_TVWS_New-Idaho-Wines_Craig-LuttigCraig Luttig. He is a retired CPA, having moved to Idaho in 2009. Prior wine experience began in college where he found Thunderbird an improvement on beer. He has made his own batches of both beer and wine , deciding these efforts are best left to experts. He defines his wine taste as still developing but he knows French wines of almost all types are on his favorites list. A favorite saying is: “Wine improves with age; I improve with wine!”

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Barbara-FriedmanBarbara Friedman. After a rewarding career as a speechwriter and college administrator in Santa Monica, CA, Barbara retired and moved to Boise in 2007 to be closer to family. Retirement has proven to be a wonderful time in her life: traveling, gardening, white water rafting, hot air ballooning, going to concerts and The Idaho Shakespeare Festival, cooking and learning about wine with her partner, Craig. Among her best memories are the two wine-themed river boat cruises they took recently, on the Rhine and Rhone rivers. She says she finds TVWS participation rewarding because she enjoys the other members, wine tasting events and learning more about many wines she might not have otherwise encountered.

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06 Mar2015_1c_Orchard-House_Patrick-Williamson-RPatrick Williamson. I was born and raised in the Sunny Slope area of Caldwell Idaho. I am the oldest child in my family I have a younger sister who has moved to Wyoming to work in interior design/decorating. I am fourth generation on the family farm that my family has be operation since 1909. My cousins Mike and Beverly and myself are currently running the day to day operations of the farm. I graduated from high school in 2006, went to Walla Walla Community College to get a AAAS in Viticulture and Enology, ended up with a general AA with an emphasis on Viticulture and Enology. Transferred up to WSU Pullman to get my Bachelors in Fruit and Vegetable Management in 2012. Summer of 2012 I got an internship with Gallo in their premium wine business R & D unit in Healdsburg Ca. Came back to Idaho in 2013 to work on the family farm. I am now on the Marsing Agriculture Labor Sponsoring Committee (MALSC) and also on the Canyon County Orchard Review Board. I love watching the cougs play football but I also follow the U of I. I like to say that I bleed crimson but I have a heart of Gold; as a show of support to my Alma mater and the university I would have gone to if I did not get interested in wine grapes. Go Vandals GO COUGS!!!!!

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Fred-JoAnne_PappasFred and Jo Ann Pappas. This year, we will celebrate our 55th wedding anniversary. We spent our first 22 years moving about the U.S. and overseas when Fred was an Air Force pilot. During that period, we resided in Alaska, Greece, California, Massachusetts, Michigan, Texas, Alabama and Kansas when Fred was in Vietnam. After retiring from the Air Force, we owned and managed an Apple computer store in Nebraska when the Apple II was a cutting-edge computer. We were present at the birth of the MacIntosh and the ‘mouse’. After selling the store we lived three years in the mountains near Estes Park in the small hamlet of Glen Haven, Colorado.
After our sabbatical in Colorado, we’ve spent the last 25 years in Wichita, Kansas. Jo was employed at Wichita State University. Fred was employed by FlightSafety International. During that period our son and daughter finished college and moved west. After flying and driving to Boise and Portland for family visits for many years, we decided to move to Boise. The numerous vineyards and excellent wines in the area have reinforced the wisdom of that decision. It’s a great place to live!

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Jo Ann PappasJo Ann Pappas. I moved to Eagle, ID from Wichita, KS in 2011 after retiring from Wichita State University. My husband and I have been traveling to this area to visit our son in Boise for the past 25 years. Our son acquainted us with Idaho from the comfort of his VW Westfalia camper! We have two Grandsons, a Daughter and Son-in-Law in Portland and a son and a new Daughter-in-Law in Boise. We enjoy camping, the hot springs, fishing etc. and day tripping. Elaine and Larry Gibson invited us to the Treasure Valley Wine Association and the rest is history! I enjoy wine but not a connoisseur. I have enjoyed the monthly wine tastings and the knowledgeable speakers from our local area. The members are friendly and I look forward to the monthly gathering. Oh, and did I mention the dinner is delicious and beautifully presented!

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Honary Board Members

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Wine ConsumerismRobin Young Honorary Board Member, Wine Judge, Certified Wine Journeyman 1974 by James Beard Napa Valley Wine Library course, Co-founder with Winemaker Joel Peterson, of Ravenswood Winery in 1972. Enjoys history research of grape cultivars, wineries of the world, and pairing food with wine, collecting wine with Bob. Fermented a Back Yard Bubbly with grandson.

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"Shadows On The Wall"

“Shadows On The Wall”

Bob Young. I keep track of this blog and Robin is my White-Out Editor. Robin and I try very hard to keep this up-to-date. I take most of the photographs of the group events. I have loved the artform since 1955 when my Dad bought me my first camera – an Agfa, totally manual camera. Robin and I joined TVWS in 2004 and have been involved ever since. Wine Competitions, President of TVWS, Secretary of TVWS and we have done some cooking for the group. It has been a great adventure; Meeting new people, trying new wines, looking for wine for the tastings – all the way from the Baltic States and Mexico – and food parings and being on this Board. If you want a great “job”, come join the Board. Cheers!

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Photos_TVWS_GailMcClellanParker_NewGail McClellan Parker. My husband, Bob Parker, and I moved to Boise in 2005 from Spokane, WA to be close to my children and grandchildren when we retired. I was Administrative Assistant to two deans at Spokane Falls Community College and Bob was station accountant at the local NBC affiliate. In the mid-80s, I joined Spokane Enological Society and enjoyed some wonderful wine tasting events. SES was a large society with about 300 members and an attendance of 100+ for their monthly events. One misgiving I had about moving to Boise was leaving the Enological Society, so as soon as I could I found out about TVWS. The first activity we attended was the Idaho Wine Competition and Public Tasting at Eagle Knoll in 2005. We were sold on TVWS.
We’ve been active since joining TVWS. At first, we were gathering at an apartment complex’s community meeting room. Board members would arrange for the wines for tasting along with preparing simple food bites. Believe me, MeadowLake’s facilities are such an improvement over the crowded conditions, lack of good sound, and inadequate food preparation area. Still it was fun getting together with everyone and trying new and different wines we would never experience on our own. Bob was elected Treasurer of the Board for two years and then I was elected to the Board serving as secretary. Now I am fortunate to be your President and hope to do the good job this organization deserves.
Aside from wine activities, I own, or perhaps he owns me, a rescue horse named “Snowy.” I had horses years ago when living in Boise, but never thought I would ever be so lucky as to be involved with horses again. I belong to a stamping/scrapbooking group and make birthday, thank you and holiday cards, which is a very time consuming, but creative hobby. Starting this fall, I volunteer at Jefferson School kindergarten class one afternoon a week. My life as a retiree is very enjoyable—in fact, I’ve never had more fun and a large part of that is my association with the wonderful people involved in TVWS.

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Photos_TVWS_Kathy_JohnsonKathy Jean Johnson
I was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (City of Brotherly Love) and raised in Bucks County.
For a while, I lived in a German village of 300 people and I was only 33 kilometers from the Mosel Wine Valley. How perfect was that! This is where my wine love began. One of the first wines I ever had was a Piesporter Goldtropfchen Riesling. It was a great beginning.
After Germany, I moved back to Pennsylvania, and then to Southern California. Because good food and wine has always been a passion, I pursued it, I managed a small Italian family restaurant and wine was part of the equation. I must point out that through all these years, I continued to learn about wine and educate myself. Dan and I took many trips to visit different wine regions all the while continuing to learn. I loved the versatility of wine and what it had to offer.
Once settled in Idaho, I went to work for Ste. Chapelle Winery in Caldwell for five years as a wine consultant and tour guide. I was elected to the Treasure Valley Wine Society and have served two terms. I am still on the board and we have a great organization. It is an educational society and we present wines from around the world. You can always learn something new. As my college English professor said of Shakespeare, “It is not a subject that you learn and forget about, it is a life-long process.”
HAPPY WINE TRAILS
Kathy Johnson

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