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Future winemakers learn the craft at Walla Walla Community College

Future winemakers learn the craft at Walla Walla Community College

FOR THE PAST 15 years, Walla Walla Community College’s Center for Enology and Viticulture has been training the next generation of Washington winemakers. While much of the learning takes place in the classroom, winemaking director Tim Donahue and viticulture instructor Jeff Popick give their students vital hands-on experience in the cellar and amid vines that will prepare them for the…

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Duckhorn Wine Co.’s new Red Mountain winemaker Brian Rudin seen as emerging star

Duckhorn Wine Co.’s new Red Mountain winemaker Brian Rudin seen as emerging star

Brian Rudin frequently hauls 8 tons of Cabernet Sauvignon grapes from Red Mountain to Walla Walla in the back of his pickup. Duckhorn Wine Co.’s new Red Mountain winemaker doesn’t waste a trip between Red Mountain vineyards near Benton City and the Walla Walla custom crush facility where he is fermenting grapes for the 2014 vintage of Canvasback. Read more…

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Top red wines from Great Northwest Wine Competition

Top red wines from Great Northwest Wine Competition

By Great Northwest Wine on April 6, 2014 “College Cellars 2012 Syrah, Walla Walla Valley, $28: Walla Walla Valley Community College’s Center for Enology and Viticulture has turned out top winemakers for more than a decade, and the future looks even brighter, if this wine is any indication. It opens with aromas of spice, ripe blackberry, minerality and pencil shavings, followed by flavors…

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How to Build a Skilled Workforce

How to Build a Skilled Workforce

From Inc. Magazine April 2014 How government and business worked together to grow an industry in Walla Walla. It’s hard not to like Walla Walla, a small city (population: 32,000) in the verdant southeastern corner of Washington whose unofficial motto is “the city so nice, they named it twice.” Tyler Tennyson fell in love with the place. When he lost…

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