SCC’s Surry Cellars Ends 2013 With Nine Medals
The Surry Community College Viticulture and Enology Department celebrates nine new medals in 2013 for its student-produced wine sold under the Surry Cellars label. Pictured are: (left to right) David Bower, SCC Enology Instructor with students: Jeff Wood, Ryan Keaton, Jon Caughman, Katy Kinnett, Steve Hedberg, Mallory Hardy and Justin Taylor.
Surry Community College won nine medals in 2013 for its student-produced vintage. Surry won two bronze medals and two silver medals in the 2013 American Wine Society Commercial Wine Competition, which is the first time Surry has won in a national competition. Earlier in the year, Surry Community College received five medals at two competitions, the Mid-Atlantic Southeastern at the Dixie Classic Fair and the North Carolina State Fair.
Dobson, NC – Surry Community College completed 2013 with nine medals for its student-produced wine sold under the label Surry Cellars.
Surry won two bronze medals and two silver medals in the 2013 American Wine Society Commercial Wine Competition, which is the first time Surry has won in a national competition where entries came from throughout the United States including California, New York, East Coast and the Midwest.
The American Wine Society competition for commercial wine, which now includes spirits, has been held annually since 1986. Judges are selected from a broad spectrum of wine industry professionals, including marketers, writers and wine makers. A significant number of judges for each competition is also chosen from among graduates of the AWS’s own rigorous and well-regarded Wine Judge Certification Program. All wines are judged blind and by panel consensus.
“The students are the ones responsible for these fantastic wins. I really just guide them in the right direction,” said David Bower, who is the Enology Instructor at SCC.
The bronze wine winners were the Surry Reserve 2010 Blend and the Surry Reserve 2012 Merlot. The Surry Reserve 2012 Nativo and the Blue Ridge Red each earned a silver medal.
Surry Community College representatives shared this good news at the N.C. Winegrowers Association annual meeting where they were recently featured speakers. David Bower and Ashley Myers, SCC Science Chair Division Chair, gave an update on SCC’s Viticulture and Enology program. Bower also presented a winemaking session at the conference. Five of Surry’s advanced Viticulture and Enology students were able to attend the conference through a Viticulture Enology Science and Technology Alliance sponsorship. VESTA is an additional educational program offered through SCC.
“It is a great opportunity for these students to hear advance viticulture and enology topics, as well as wine business and marketing sessions and to network and meet owners, winemakers and vineyard managers,” Myers said.
Earlier in the year, Surry Community College received five medals at two competitions, the Mid-Atlantic Southeastern at the Dixie Classic Fair and the North Carolina State Fair. At the Dixie Classic Fair, the college won two gold medals for the Nativo Reserve 2012 and Reserve Traminette 2012 and a silver medal for the Merlot Reserve 2012. The college also earned two silver medals at the North Carolina State Fair for the Merlot and Nativo Reserve. The wines were developed using special processes that are currently being implemented at Surry.
SCC offers a degree, diploma and a certificate in Viticulture and Enology Technology. The students from the 2012 classes of Production & Analysis and Wine Finishing & Packaging produced these award-winning wines under Bower’s instruction. They worked with Bower on the harvest, processed the grapes to finishing and bottling and then named the wines and created the labels and packaging. Those SCC students were Joseph Hobbs, George Butler, Tyler B. Smith, Lisa St. Clair and Dustin Whiten.
Surry Cellars wine is available at Lowes Foods in Mount Airy and Yadkinville and Just Save in Dobson. It is sold by the glass or bottle at The Liberty in Elkin. SCC began offering courses in Viticulture in 1999 through the Continuing Education Division and now offers a degree, diploma and a certificate in Viticulture and Enology Technology.
Curriculum classes in Viticulture were first offered in the Fall of 2000 with Enology classes added in 2001. Classroom instruction is supported by a teaching vineyard and state-of-the-art, bonded winery where students gain hands-on experience. The Shelton-Badgett North Carolina Center for Viticulture and Enology opened in the Fall of 2010, offering enhanced learning opportunities for students. SCC serves as a source of information and support for the North Carolina grape and wine industry. Additional information about the program may be accessed at www.surry.edu.