Welcome to Vikings on the Vine! Portland State University’s premier wine club featuring excellent wines produced by wineries with a PSU connection. Join the club to receive award-winning varietals from regional wineries to your door by Vikings on the Vine.
Fall 2020 Wineries & Wines
Bill Stoller ’79, a native Oregonian, was raised on his family farm outside of Dayton. He received a degree in business and economics from Pacific University, as well as an MBA from Portland State University. In 1983, Bill co-founded Express Employment Professionals, currently the largest privately-held staffing company in the world, with more than 800 offices in three countries. Shortly thereafter, he entered the wine industry as a vineyard investor before joining Chehalem as co-owner. Bill then bought his family farm with the vision of cultivating a world-class vineyard and establishing a namesake winery. In 2001, he founded Xenium, a human resources outsource company. Success in business has enabled Bill to pursue his passion of wine and reinvest in his community to help it continue to thrive. True to his Oregon upbringing, Bill sees himself as a custodian of the land he loves, and cares deeply about sustainability and environmental protection.
When Susan Sokol and Bill Blosser planted their first vines in the Dundee Hills AVA (American Viticultural Area) of the Willamette Valley 1971, they needed all of their youthful self-confidence, energy and determination to make their way because, at the time, there was no wine industry in Oregon. Today, with over 700 wineries and more than 30,000 acres of planted vineyards, Oregon has grown exponentially and its wines are available throughout the world. Sokol Blosser is proud to be family owned and operated, with the second generation now at the helm: siblings Alex ’97, ’03 and Alison Sokol Blosser ’00. Alex is Co-President and Winemaker, and Alison is Co-President and CEO.
Achieving B Corp certification in 2015, the estate has grown to more than 128 acres under cultivation, and the winery works to create wines of world-class quality, produced in a sustainable manner, which reflect the distinctive flavors of the grapes, soil and climate.
- Chehalem Ridgecrest Vineyard Pinot Noir - 2017
- Chehalem Mountains Riesling - 2018
- Evolution Pinot Noir - 2018
- Sokol Blosser Dundee Hills Pinot Blanc/Pinot Gris - 2018
How it works
- As a member of Vikings on the Vine, you'll enjoy these great benefits:
- Two regular shipments per year (October/November and April/May) of specially selected, high-quality wines.
- Each shipment includes four bottles of premium wine connected to the Portland State family.
- Winemaker profiles and tasting notes with each shipment.
Vikings on the Vine offers outstanding wines for less than you can buy them at the winery. Each shipment of four wines will cost $90 to $130, plus tax, shipping and handling. Membership is open to everyone (21 and over) and makes a great gift for Portland State moms, dads, grads and friends.
All proceeds from the wine club support alumni & student programming for the PSU Alumni Association.