Washington wine executive passes away

September 11, 2011 

Glenn Coogan, a longtime executive in the Washington wine industry, passed away Sunday, reportedly of a heart attack.

Coogan was vice president of Northwest Operations for Ascentia Wine Estates and was based in Woodinville, where he oversaw the operations at Columbia Winery and Covey Run Winery, as well as Ste. Chapelle in Idaho. He oversaw winery operations, vineyards, grower relations and engineering.

He worked for Ste. Michelle Wine Estates (then Stimson Lane) from 1997 to 2002, where he was vice president of operations. In 2002, he became vice president of Northwest Operations for Constellation Wines, before staying with Columbia and Covey Run after they were purchased in 2008 by Ascentia.

From 1981 to 1997, Coogan worked for Ocean Spray Cranberries as a manufacturing manager.

Coke Roth, a Kennewick lawyer and former wine distributor, knew Coogan for about 15 years and would get together with him whenever he could.

"He was a good man," Roth said. "He respected everyone in the wine business and was always concerned about the entire wine industry. He believed the big guys should assist the little guys."

Kate Michaud, head winemaker for Covey Run, was in shock Sunday evening.

"He was my director," she said. "He gave me my chance. He found me and lifted me up. He gave me my first opportunity as a head winemaker."

Coogan promoted Michaud to head winemaker in 2007.

Coogan also served as chairman of the Washington Wine Industry Foundation.

The Washington native graduated in 1974 from high school in Vancouver and earned a bachelor of economics degree from Portland State University.

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