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Walla Walla Community College Signs Partnership With Bordeaux Sciences Agro

Walla Walla Community College Signs Partnership With Bordeaux Sciences Agro

Walla Walla Community College students plan to soon head to France to study winemaking and viticulture. The Washington state school has signed a five-year agreement with Bordeaux Sciences Agro which allows graduates of the two-year enology and viticulture program at Walla Walla Community College to earn a bachelor’s degree in 10 months. So far, two Walla Walla Community College students…

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Alumni, College Cellars of Walla Walla rock San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition

Alumni, College Cellars of Walla Walla rock San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition

CLOVERDALE, Calif. – The 2019 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition generated more critical acclaim for the Pacific Northwest, and much of it stems from College Cellars of Walla Wallaand alumni of the community college’s vaunted winemaking program. Leading the Northwest highlights at the largest wine competition in North America was Aaron Peet, winemaker for Cellardoor Winery in Linconlville, Maine. Peet, who graduated from Walla Walla…

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Five Winemakers Changing Washington Wine

Five Winemakers Changing Washington Wine

Washington State has seen explosive growth over the last 15 years, ballooning from 200 wineries to more than 940 today. With this growth has come an influx of talented winemakers, all with their own ideas about what Washington wine is and how it should be made. Though young, many of them have diversified the style and increased overall quality statewide. The…

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College Cellars of Walla Walla again tops Tri-Cities Wine Festival judging

College Cellars of Walla Walla again tops Tri-Cities Wine Festival judging

KENNEWICK, Wash. – College Cellars of Walla Walla, the winemaking program for Walla Walla Community College, remained at the head of the class for the Tri-Cities Wine Festival by using a 2016 Barbera to claim the title of best of show in 2018. A year ago, College Cellars topped Washington state’s longest-running wine competition with a semi-sparkling Muscat grown at Inland Desert Vineyard near Red…

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Washington’s future winemakers have 4 in-state college options

Washington’s future winemakers have 4 in-state college options

ONE SURE SIGN that the Washington wine industry is reaching another level of maturity is that we now have four schools providing winemaking and viticulture education. Before this development, Washington relied on other regions — typically California — to provide education and training to our winemakers. The dominant university on the West Coast has been the University of California at Davis,…

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Marcus Rafanelli Recipient of Wine Foundation’s 2018 Powers Sabbatical

Marcus Rafanelli Recipient of Wine Foundation’s 2018 Powers Sabbatical

The Washington Wine Industry Foundation (Foundation) is pleased to announce the 2018 Powers Sabbatical award to Marcus Rafanelli. Marcus is the Instructor of Applied Winemaking at Walla Walla Community College and Cellarmaster for the institution’s College Cellars. The Powers Family Sabbatical awards up to $5,000 each year to cover travel expenses for a mid-level industry professional to travel abroad, expand…

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