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Don’t let the shaved head and goatee fool you; Tim Donahue brings a great winemaking background to the table. Tim’s career began in the late 90’s in Colorado by building and managing the family winery and café, Creekside Cellars, as well as making their wine. Additionally, he holds a Master’s in Enology from the University of Adelaide in Australia and a BS in Business Administration from the University of Northern Colorado.
With 15 years of professional wine production Tim has experience working in wineries located in Colorado, Washington, Australia, and New Zealand, ranging in size from 1000 cases to over 2 million cases. He also has a passion for viticulture as well, knowing that all great wines begin with good soil and site selection. He is very hands-on in his instruction style but is thoroughly knowledgeable in both the minutia of the science behind wine production as well sensory analysis of wine.
Since becoming the winemaker/instructor at College Cellars in 2010, the student produced wines have received numerous medals (50+), in local and international competitions as well as critical praise from sources such as Wine Press Northwest the Wine Adviser. Tim is also a father, amateur gardener, and lifetime all natural power-lifter. He believes in living sustainably, growing his own food, and rumor has it that he rides his bike everywhere – and logs over 4,000 miles a year.