Jason Haas named ‘Wine Industry Person of the Year’
Paso Robles Wine Country Alliance 2016 Board of Directors announced
–On Friday, Feb. 5 the Paso Robles wine country community will come together to recognize Jason Haas of Tablas Creek Vineyard for his, “outstanding contributions toward the success of the Paso Robles wine industry” at the Paso Robles Wine Country Alliance’s annual winter gala.
“Jason’s dedication to Paso Robles wine country has been evident in his eagerness to share what makes the region unique to trade and media alike,” said Jennifer Porter, executive director of the Paso Robles Wine Country Alliance. “Whether it be on the road at an event or here in Paso Robles for one of our many programs that brings in wine trade and journalists, he is a devoted ambassador.”
Haas often represents the region to national groups including the American Wine Society, the American Institute of Wine & Food, the United Wine and Grape Symposium, and the Society of Wine Educators. Articles penned by Haas about Paso Robles and the Rhone varietals have been published in Wine Business Monthly, Wines & Vines, Wine Industry Network, and Zester daily. As the principal author of the Tablas Creek blog, it has won Best Winery Blog by the Wine Bloggers Association in 2008 and 2011.
Haas has also appeared in national and international articles representing Paso Robles Wine Country. He currently serves chairman of the Paso Robles Wine Country Alliance Board of Directors, a director on the Rhone Rangers Board of Directors, and past board member of the Family Winemakers of California.
Haas will be recognized by industry colleagues on Friday, Feb. 5 and presented his award by Austin Hope, vice chairman of the board, and his father, Robert Haas, managing partner of Tablas Creek Vineyard and recipient of the 2007 Paso Robles Wine Industry Person of the Year Award.
The alliance’s annual gala event hosts more than 160 members of Paso Robles’ wine community with elected officials and representatives from national, state and local offices on hand to commemorate the honor. This year’s event will be held at Vina Robles Vineyards & Winery on Highway 46 East.
Board of directors installation
The evening will also present the 2016 Paso Robles Wine Country Alliance Board of Directors and Executive Team:
- Chairman: Jason Haas, Tablas Creek Vineyard
- Vice Chairman: Austin Hope, Treana and Hope Family Wines
- Treasurer: Matt Dusi, Ranch 7
- Carl Bowker, Caliza Winery
- Hans R Michel, Vina Robles Vineyards & Winery
- Greg O’Quest, French Camp Vineyards
- Joe Plummer, Plummer Vineyard
- Bob Tillman, Alta Colina Vineyard & Winery
- Amanda Wittstrom-Higgins, Wittstrom Family Vineyard