Kim was born in San Francisco and spent the first 30 years of her life in Sonoma County. In 1981, she graduated from Bauder Private College with a degree in Marketing. After college, she worked in the family reinforcing steel business for a time where the closest she got to the wine industry was the rebar that her family installed in many Sonoma County winery facilities. She later moved to Germany where she lived with her family until returning to the United States to raise her two daughters.
In 2000, Kim and her family made the decision to pursue their dream to plant a vineyard and farm in the Rogue Valley area of Southern Oregon. They began an exhaustive search for the perfect site upon which to embark upon their new venture and Agate Ridge Vineyard was established in 2001. Over a decade later, following numerous UC Davis classes, with local farm community support and extensive studies, Kim is today the managing partner in a thriving 30 acre vineyard.
Shortly after the initial planting, the winery was added in 2005 and now houses both the Agate Ridge Brand , Weeknight Wine Brand as well as a successful Custom Crush facility. Kim is responsible for the overall management of the Custom Crush facility along with the Agate Ridge estate vineyard, winery and tasting room where 16 different varietals are grown, produced, promoted, and sold.
Reason you love Oregon: Oregon is the most beautiful place I have ever lived, and allows year around outdoor entertainment. The Oregon people are those of value, ethics and good fun nature plus the entrepreneurial spirit is alive and well!
Why do you think Oregon Wine as a whole is different than other regions? The diversity of the state and what it is capable of coupled with the nature of the people makes for a very passionate wine industry.
Fun Fact about you: I love hamburgers and my nickname is Wimpy named after a character in the famous Popeye cartoon series.
Favorite ARV Varietal and Vintage: Viognier is one of my favorite varietals, the 2011 vintage was incredible and flawless in structure with luscious tropical fruits and honeysuckle notes. It’s a red wine drinkers white.