Journalist Lisa Shara Corridor advocated tirelessly on behalf of Oregon and Washington wines. She died in March 2019 from amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, also regarded as Lou Gehrig’s ailment. This drop, Linfield College will honor her legacy with a new wine and journalism scholarship produced by her husband, Kirk Corridor.

The Lisa Shara Hall Wine Schooling and Journalism Scholarship is available to Linfield College sophomores, juniors and seniors with declared majors or minors in wine scientific tests and/or journalism and media studies. Unique consideration will be provided to college students with shown pursuits in the Oregon and Washington wine industries and feminine college students with related pursuits. Financial will need will also be taken into thing to consider.

The initially donations to the scholarship, which Kirk Hall hopes to at some point make to $100,000, have been made.

In 1970, Lisa Shara Corridor drove a seriously loaded Volkswagen Beetle across America to enroll at Reed Faculty. How she coaxed that tiny bug in excess of the Rocky Mountains is anyone’s guess.

“Nothing could ever halt her,” Kirk Hall explained.

Soon after higher education, Corridor labored in civil rights enforcement for The Town of Portland, followed by stints in commercial litigation and performing community relations for a nearby hospital. In addition to advocating for the “little male,” Corridor had a enthusiasm for food items.

Hall’s pastime led to a friendship with Karen Brooks, a meals writer and arts editor at Willamette 7 days. According to Brooks, “Lisa was the most obsessive man or woman I realized, even a lot more than me. She seemed to know anything and everyone – wherever to get this excellent fish or cheese or obtain the very best tacos or some good minimal sandwich store you under no circumstances heard of.”

Kirk Hall describes his late wife as a “born critic” capable of detecting the subtlest of dissimilarities in a dish and deciphering its worth. She also was not worried to protect her opinions.

“The very best critics have a level of perspective that can be argued like a prosecuting legal professional. That was Lisa. She produced you laugh. She produced you consider. She built you stand up taller,” Brooks reported.

Brooks sooner or later offered Hall a food items column.

“She was the first author who introduced alongside one another all the great food gossip and food stuff finds in the city – for dining out or at property,” Brooks claimed. When Brooks left Willamette Week to get the job done for The Oregonian, Corridor followed.

After a decade of foodstuff creating, Corridor succumbed to the siren track of wine. The food scene was static compared to wine. Wines adjusted just about every year with the climate, and Oregon and Washington’s wine regions had been exploding with new gamers. Apart from, Kirk Corridor claimed,” how several situations can you compose about roast rooster or arctic char?”

Brooks agrees with Hall’s evaluation. “Lisa gave so a great deal to Portland’s foodstuff planet, but eventually, wine called. I consider she observed it additional difficult, far more mental and mysterious.”

Hall tackled wine with her standard zeal. She posted numerous content in worldwide wine publications and contributed to this kind of prestigious guides as “The Oxford Companion to Wine.” Hall’s have reserve, “Wines of the Pacific Northwest,” released in 2001, continues to be a extremely-regarded regional survey.

Through her quite a few travels to wine regions throughout the world, Hall acted as an “unofficial envoy” for Oregon and Washington’s wine locations. Often a single to combat for the underdogs, Hall’s persistence drew the wine world’s eyes to the Pacific Northwest.

Corridor also discovered a lack of people composing about Oregon and Washington wines, especially women of all ages.

“Lisa was always interested in performing a thing for wine schooling and journalism. We just by no means located the time though she was alive. This scholarship is anything I want to do in her honor,” Kirk Corridor said.

Programs for the scholarship open this slide, with the first awards in the spring of 2021. Scholarship conclusions will be made by the Wine Training Advisory Council on behalf of Linfield University’s Evenstad Center for Wine Schooling.

Gregory V. Jones, director of the Evenstad Middle, would like the scholarship to consist of options to publish for Linfield’s Oregon Wine Background Archive or intern at the Oregon Wine Press.

“We never want to just give them funds and say ‘off you go.’ We’d like to connect them to anything even larger,” Jones mentioned.

Lisa Shara Corridor would be rooting for that greater connection.

“No one particular would be happier than Lisa to see another person deserving get the option to plunge into the wine earth and perhaps find out a daily life-lengthy passion,” Brooks mentioned.

Call [email protected] for extra info about donating to the Lisa Shara Hall scholarship.

— Michael Alberty writes about wine for The Oregonian/OregonLive. He can be achieved at [email protected]. To go through extra of his protection, go to