Wine lecture series begins at Linfield College
The Evanstad Center for Wine Education at Linfield College is commencing a wine lecture series that kicks off at 7 p.m. Thursday with the documentary film "Red, White and Black," which highlights the lives of minority winemakers who have begun changing the face of Oregon's winemaking culture.
The wine series features three to six events each year that range from the screening of films about wine related topics, to lectures by scientists and panel discussions relevant to the wine industry.
The film reveals the challenges and accomplishments of winemakers in the LGBTQ community and those of color who have been excluded in the past from predominantly the white and affluent industry. It is the brainchild of Bertony Faustin, owner of Abbey Creek Vineyard in North Plains. Faustin is the first recorded black winemaker in Oregon and started the documentary to record and tell stories of other minority winemakers. He was born of Haitian-immigrant parents and moved from New York to Oregon. In 2008, he started his own label on the 50-acre property his in-laws purchased in 2006.