CAVE Board of Directors Election


Three (3) seats are open for election to the Colorado Association for Viticulture & Enology (CAVE) Board of Directors; all three positions are for a 3-year term ending December 31, 2020.

You are able to vote for no more than three (3) candidates. Each CAVE membership receives only one vote.
Ballots with more than three (3) selections or duplicated ballots will be void. 

Voting will close on December 11th at 5:00pm!

*Please cast your vote at the bottom of this page*

Michael Barton (Continental Divide Winery)
Michael has a degree in Viticulture and Enology from Texas Tech University in Lubbock Texas. He has made wine in Texas for about 5 years now as cellar worker/master at Llano Estacado Winery which is the second largest winery in the state of Texas. During that time he has done research with Texas Tech on pruning practices as well as frost prevention and did more scientific winemaking with Llano such as micro-oxygenation, making over 70 different lots of wines. He is now working for Continental Divide Winery as Assistant Winemaker making small batches of premium wine in Fairplay from grapes in Palisade. He has been very impressed with the quality in Colorado grapes and hopes to be able to help in improving wine quality for the state and use what knowledge he has as well as the experience from those around him to help our industry grow.

James Ferguson (Talon Wine Brands)
James is currently the Western Slope Sales Manager for Talon Wine Brands.  He has served our company well for over three years and has shown himself to be a strong leader who brings his best to the table at all times.  We are very fortunate to have such a hard-working, positive and capable person on our team.  I believe that he will contribute significantly to the success of CAVE and the entire Colorado wine industry.

Monty Haltiner (Certified Sommelier, Certified Beer Server, Oskar Blues Brewery)
Monty has 22 years of experience in the adult beverage industry in Colorado.  He has served on the CAVE Board of Directors for three years, two of them as board Treasurer. He became a Certified Sommelier through the Court of Master Sommeliers in 2007.  From 2010 to 2011, he served as a retail representative of the Colorado Wine Industry Development Board, appointed by Governor Bill Ritter.  He has volunteered at the Colorado Mountain Festival numerous years and has judged amateur and professional wine competitions as well as running the Wine Wheel for the past six years.  He has hosted numerous private and public wine tasting events from Christmas parties to fund raisers for nationally recognized charities.

Philip Patton (The Peachfork)
Philips Patton is the co-owner of The Peachfork. He has been raising apples, peaches and wine grapes with his family on East Orchard Mesa for 25 years. In 2017, he opened a small winery. His education is in civil engineering from the University of Kentucky with a specialty in hydraulics. He has an MBA from the University of Alabama.

Logan A. Schlutz (Pucha’s Vineyards & Winery)
When Logan was completing his Master’s degree in Spain, he hadn’t yet become immersed in the day to day life of maintaining the vineyard, but by fate, he developed a passion for wine while living in Spain. He decided to learn more about wine and took Sommelier classes with the Wine & Spirit Educational Trust based out of London. He then wanted to start a wine import company that would bring boutique Spanish wines from Spain to Colorado. He traveled to hundreds of vineyards, primarily in the North West Region of Galicia. While Real Estate is his main job today, wine is an experience that he cherishes and a passion he continues to hold onto to this day.

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