Kim Gravenslund, General Manager at Anelare Wines, thrives on challenges, particularly those that engage the members but also the local wine enthusiasts. Some of her primary responsibilities are wine club management, special events and brand positioning. Prior to joining Anelare Wines, she served in the General Manager role for another family run winery for nearly a decade. Notable in her many years of service in the wine industry includes her various volunteer activities with the Washington Association of Wine Grape Growers, Washington Wine Commission, Visit Tri-Cities, and Wine Yakima Valley.
Kim’s greatest strengths are her creativity, drive and thoughtfulness. Kim holds a bachelor’s degree in nursing, which she pursued for many years before jumping into the wine business initially as something to do on her days off. She also incorporates her technology skills into website building, communication and graphics. She lives in Kennewick with her husband John, and Golden Retriever, Rio. In her free time, Kim enjoys gardening, interior decorating and sharing wine with her many friends.
Dr. Jim and Cindy were born and raised in Pasco and established their home and businesses in the Columbia Basin. Dr. Jim is an Internal Medicine specialist who has practiced for over 30 years in this community. They have raised their two children, Kahryn and James and keep active in their lives. Both Jim and Cindy have a love for agriculture and wine. This led to the partnership with their daughter and son-in-law to create Anelare. Cindy has a smart eye on design and helps with Anelare’s timeless look. They both have the gift to welcome anyone who comes through the door and create long-lasting friendships.
Forrest and Kahryn both grew up in the Tri Cities and have a passion for the great community in which they reside. Both have an education in business and marketing, their love for wine and the industry has helped develop Anelare. Along with the winery team, Kahryn runs the day to day business and enjoys the process from vineyard to bottle! They have two children (son Landon (10) and daughter Reese (9)), who were just babies when this journey began. The family has planted their roots in Benton City to showcase their beautiful wines to the world, and give visitors a first class experience of Washington's wine industry. You may also spot their labradoodle, Charlie, on your visit to Benton City’s tasting room.
“Uncle Earl” not only does family tie him to Anelare, we also created the ‘Zio’ label after him and all the other uncles in our lives. Earl adds to the ambience at Anelare with his creative culinary skills and his keen sense of pairing wine and food and adding a dash of humor and adventure into every visit. Earl was born and raised in the Tri-Cities, yet traveled and worked in several different restaurants throughout the country, adding to his long list of talents in the culinary arena in which he loves to share. His stories and experiences are worth the visit to Anelare just to hear them.
Charlie Hoppes, who is an acclaimed Columbia Valley vintner whose first crush here was in 1988. He was named Winemaker of the Year in 2013, by Seattle Magazine’s Washington Wine Awards. Charlie works in partnership with Washington’s finest growers to capture the distinct character of the vineyard and the purest expression of the fruit.
Charlie first became interested in winemaking while working as a flight test engineer in the early 1980’s. After spending some time with white riesling and home winemaking kits, Charlie pursued his passion at University of California, Davis, graduating in 1988.
Since graduation, Charlie has served as the winemaker for a few of Washington’s most recognizable labels. Perhaps most notably, he spent a decade with Chateau Ste. Michelle, first as Assistant Winemaker, then the Head Red Winemaker during the 1990’s. He then moved on in 2000 and created his own beautiful label and wines called Fidelitas. Charlie is notably hands on and works hard to artistically create and represent Washington’s finest wines.