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Tim has been around the wine since the age of 4 when he “helped” his father crush his first batch of Zinfandel in 1980. Tim officially entered the wine industry in the 90’s when he worked with his father to start Creekside Cellars in Evergreen Colorado. After leaving the family business in 2008, he has worked in Australia, New Zealand and Washington in positions such as cellar hand, vineyard manager, sensory analyst, oenologist, consulting winemaker, consulting educational planner and is now serving as the Director of Winemaking for College Cellars where he has been employed since 2010.
Tim has a M.S. in Oenology from the University of Adelaide, a B.S. in Business Administration from the University of Northern Colorado and nearly 3 decades of hands on winemaking experience. He has spoken nationally and internationally to numerous trade groups including the Washington Wine Technical Group, Washington Wine Growers, British Columbia Wine Growers, Colorado Association for Enology and Viticulture and the internationally acclaimed Masters of Wine.
Tim has a decidedly hands on instructional style and believes that winemaking is truly a blue collar industry with foundations in agriculture. His focus is on giving students “best practices” when producing wine by utilizing the many tools available to make great wine including sensory analysis, production management, equipment innovation, wine biology and chemistry. In order to obtain feedback, those practices are evaluated by 3rd party objective sources in the form of wine trade publications, professional wine critics and through awards competitions. Tim believes that this is the best form of “Peer Review” for a trade school. Since Tim started teaching at College Cellars of Walla Walla, the student made wines under his tutelage have garnered nearly 1,000 medals in local and international competitions including numerous, gold medals, double gold’s and “Best of” awards. Tim has a fantastic appetite for life and family and good wine shared with good food and friends.