Meet Our TeamLearn Who's Who At The Helvetia Winery
John wears many hats in both the winery and the vineyard, from tractor driver, farm manager and vintner to tour guide. He brings his passion for growing grapes, wine making, history and the land along with the art of conversation. When you book a tour, you are in for the rare treat with the winemaker and farm manager tasting you through a host of Helvetia wines and vintages and answering your questions.
John is also a lawyer, and consults for the Columbia River Intertribal Fish Commission. He has worked with Columbia River treaty fishing tribes on salmon recovery for over thirty years. He served as president of the Washington County Winery Association (now the Northwest Vintners Association) between 1999 and 2003. He graduated from Georgetown University and holds a law degree from Lewis and Clark Law School.
Elizabeth and John planted their first five acres of Pinot Noir and chardonnay at their farm in Helvetia in the (very wet) Spring of 1982. In 1992, Elizabeth was elected to the United States House of Representatives representing Oregon’s First Congressional District from 1993 to 1999.
She is a board member for Kah-Nee-Ta Resort, the Virginia Garcia Foundation, the Washington County Historical Museum. Elizabeth is often at winery events providing flowers from her English garden and assisting as needed.
Alicia Eddens & Carolyn Sloan
Two of our wonderful wine servers
For a number of years, Alicia Eddens and Carolyn Sloan were loyal customers of Helvetia Winery, often visiting and staying late on Saturday afternoons. Alicia says that when their wine tabs mounted, both began serving wine on weekends while Carolyn took on additional tasks as the vineyard and winery bookkeeper.
Carolyn and Alicia met as across-the-street neighbors while raising young children in Bethany. Currently, Alicia is a medical assistant for a dermatology office and cares for her two daughters at her Bethany home. One is a freshman at Westview High School and the other, a freshman at University of Oregon. While Alicia’s daughters, at their ages, have better things to do on a Saturday or Sunday afternoon than hang out at the winery, you may run into Alicia’s rescued terrier, Leo, her ever-faithful companion.
Carolyn now lives in Rock Creek and works for the Beaverton School District as a budget specialist. Her son, Jordan, is a junior at Oregon State University while son Matt specializes in finish carpentry. When Carolyn isn’t at her jobs working for the school district, the winery, or the PaintNite organization, she takes time off to work on a school construction project in El Salvador.
Carolyn enjoys the winery’s “great customers and fun-to-work-with co-workers” as well as the laid-back family atmosphere that, she says “is never snooty.” Alicia adds that she is attracted to the personal experience of meeting and learning about the people who visit the winery and what they like. She appreciates the cozy and comfortable atmosphere that is both casual and welcoming. “It’s not an overpriced, expensive showroom,” according to Alicia.
A woman of substance, with a love for wine.
When Catherine Dalziel first visited Helvetia Winery in 2010, she came for facts not for wine. She was working for the federal government then, conducting the 2010 census in the Helvetia area and other Tualatin Mountain surrounds. John Platt recalls her going beyond the usual questions and engaging in a conversation about a wide range of topics related to the people and places on both the east and west slope communities.
A year later, when she stopped by the winery seeking work as a server, she offered her resume after a brief phone interview. John told her not to bother. Her vetting as a census taker by the federal government ensured she was not a security risk and her friendly style and engaged conversation had qualified her for the job months earlier. As an added qualification, she was an Oregon wine aficionado who had followed the growth of our industry from its inception and loved tasting each new vintage . . . in moderation.
According to Catherine, “Wine is delicious. I have discovered it offers life-long-learning as well. Everyday I experience something fascinating and quite often in areas of study I would have avoided when in school; geography, chemistry, botany, meteorology—wine is all of them. And did I mention, wine is delicious.”
Catherine brings curiosity as well as a friendly outlook. She sees her work as an “opportunity to meet visitors.” “They come to the winery from the metro area; from states all over the US, and from countries all over the world. They come to us bringing friendship and good humor and contribute knowledge of their own to our wine tasting conversations—together we share an interest in wine and together we learn.”
While her avocation is wine, her job focus is exhibit design. She is a graphics artist who, under the business name Dalziel Graphics, has developed displays for entities including OMSI, the Oregon Jewish Museum, the Multnomah County Library and other public institutions.
a.k.a. King Cuisine
Dave is our preferred house caterer bringing tapas and other creative, delicious creations to our customers and friends.