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SCC to host Southeastern United Grape & Wine Symposium Nov. 6-7



Internationally renowned experts in Viticulture and Enology will be featured during the Second Annual Southeastern United Grape and Wine Symposium to be held Nov. 6-7 at the Shelton-Badgett North Carolina Center for Viticulture & Enology on the campus of Surry Community College.

“This event will be a wonderful educational opportunity consisting of lectures and workshops to help wine makers and grape growers increase their knowledge base,” said David Bower, SCC Enology Instructor. “Our symposium, educational program and our partnership with VESTA (Viticulture and Enology Science and Technology Alliance) focuses its efforts on a technical education and training experience for those interested in the fields of Viticulture and Enology. Our symposium specifically targets the entire Southeastern United States with hopes of bringing regionally specific technical topics to light for those in our area.”

The symposium is being coordinated by SCC and sponsored by VESTA along with media partner, Wines & Vines magazine, the North American wine industry’s oldest and largest publication and industry directory, which merged with Practical Winery Vineyard, the publisher of technical journals. VESTA is a partnership of 19 colleges and universities nationwide that deliver groundbreaking distance educational opportunities for the grape and wine industry.

The event will include a Tour of NC Wines Lunch on Wednesday, Nov. 6, featuring 10 wines of the North Carolina’s Yadkin Valley along with a Lunch-n-Learn about food and wine pairing on Thursday, Nov. 7.

The Grand Wine Tasting on Wednesday night at 5:30 will highlight wines of the Southeast complemented by light hors d’oeuvres and is open to the public for a non-conference rate of $20. To register for symposium or to see a detailed schedule, go to www.surry.edu. The registration cost prior to Oct. 12 is $75 and $100 after deadline.

The two-day symposium will feature a variety of wine experts:



Peter Bell
, winemaker at Fox Run Vineyards in New York’s Finger Lakes, will discuss “Maximizing Quality in Aromatic Whites.” Fox Run Vineyards was named one of the top 100 wineries in the world in 2008 by Wines and Spirits magazine, the first winery in the eastern U.S. to receive the honor. Bell consults and lectures around the world and previously was an adjunct faculty member of the Department of Food Science at Cornell University. Prior to moving to New York, Bell lived in New Zealand where he was an assistant winemaker in the Malborough region and also in Australia where he received his formal training in enology.


Sabrina Lueck of Walla Walla Community College, Walla Walla, Washington, will present “White Winemaking Critical Points” and a second topic, “The Design and Potential Economic Impact of a Strong College Wine Program” along with SCC Enology Instructor, David Bower. Walla Walla Community College was the first college in the nation to offer an associate in applied arts and sciences degree in Viticulture & Enology and served as a basis for SCC’s Viticulture and Enology program. As the Assistant Enology Instructor, Lueck is a key part of the Walla Walla’s hands-on training program featuring a five-acre teaching/commercial vineyard and the College Cellars, which is the program’s 2,000-case commercial winery.



In 2012, David Bower was hired as SCC’s winemaker and enology instructor, overseeing the creation and distribution of student-produced wine at SCC’s Shelton-Badgett NC Center of Viticulture and Enology, which is labeled Surry Cellars. He created the initiative for the first Southeastern United Grape & Wine Symposium, which was held last year. Bower is a 2011 graduate from Cornell University with a B.S. in Plant Science and a B.S. in Viticulture and Enology. A recipient of the Nelson J. Shaulis Award for the Advancement of Viticulture, Bower developed and completed a number of research initiatives at Cornell, including wine chemistry research, vine stress physiology research on Riesling, and methoxypyrazine research on Cabernet Franc. He also helped plant Cornell’s first organic vineyard and taught several classes there as a teaching assistant. Bower has worked as a winemaker and wine consultant for Lake Ontario Winery and Vineyards in western New York, planting the first vines and bottling the first vintages at the family-owned winery.



Winery consultant, Patty Held will elaborate on the “New Rules of Wine Marketing” by discussing the latest digital marketing opportunities for vineyards and wineries. Held graduated from California State University at Fresno with a bachelor’s degree in Enology and then went on to become the winemaker at Taylor Wine Company in New York before returning to her family-owned winery, Stone Hill Winery in Hermann, Missouri, where she served as director of public relations and special events. Currently, Held has her own winery consulting business, Patty Held Winery Consulting. She has served as a judge at prestigious wine competitions across the country and was instrumental in forming the Hermann Wine Trail. She is an adjunct on-line instructor for VESTA teaching Small Winery and Tasting Room Management classes along with serving as America’s Wine Trail’s industry advisor and part of the marketing team for the website and mobile app.



Marketing Professor, Dr. Michele Ambaye, of the Pau Business School is based in the South West of France between the Bordeaux and Languedoc regions. Ambaye will present “Small Wineries in the South West of France Faced with New World Competition” via a video conference. Following a 15-year career in the International Marketing in mostly the textile industry, she undertook a Ph.D. in consumer behavior and the Internet. Her recent research has focused on furthering the understanding of consumer behavior for wine purchases on the Internet. 

 

José Alberto Santos, president of Enartis Vinquiry laboratory, will present the topic, “Done With Harvest, Now What?” Santos holds a Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry and Master of Science in Viticulture and Enology by Porto University, Portugal. Enartis Vinquiry is a leading supplier to the wine industry through laboratory and technical services, consulting and winemaking supplies with branches in Windsor; Napa; Santa Maria; and Paso Robles, California. Enartis Vinquiry began as a small laboratory founded by Marty Bannister and MaryAnn Graf more than 30 years ago and has grown to become a one-stop-shop for winemakers all over North America. With a broad international view of the winemaking business, Santos has an extensive knowledge of cutting edge technologies for winemaking.



Michelle Norgren
, Director of VESTA National Center of Excellence, will discuss “Uniting the Industry Workforce: Developing Standardized Workplace Competencies for the Grape and Wine Industry.” Norgren has served as the Director and Principal Investigator of the VESTA National Center for the past nine years, and under her leadership, the program has grown from a three-state partnership with an enrollment of 25 students to an ever growing 18-state partnership with participation of more than 1,700 students from around the world. Previously, she served as the assistant director of the Center for Scientific Research & Education, coordinating numerous K-12 educational outreach programs for the College of Natural & Applied Sciences at Missouri State University. Norgren graduated from Missouri State University with a BS in Education and lifetime teaching certifications in Biology, Chemistry, Physics and General Science for grades 7-12, and a Master of Science degree in Educational Administration.

Surry Community College began offering courses in Viticulture in 1999 through the Continuing Education Division. Curriculum classes in Viticulture were first offered in the Fall of 2000 with Enology classes added in 2001. The college now offers a degree, diploma and a certificate in Viticulture and Enology Technology. Classroom instruction is supported by a teaching vineyard and state-of-the-art, bonded winery where students gain hands-on experience. The Shelton-Badgett NC Center of 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 http://www.ncviticulturecenter.com/vesta/ .


About Surry Community College

Surry Community College was founded in 1964 and is located in Dobson, North Carolina. As one of the state’s 58 community colleges, it serves Surry and Yadkin counties. Currently, Surry offers 30 degree programs, 16 diploma programs, and 29 certification programs along with hundreds of continuing education courses and seminars. The college, under the direction of President Dr. David R. Shockley, has a mission to promote personal growth and community development to a diverse population through excellence in teaching, learning, and service.

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SCC’s Surry Cellars Wine Label Earns Three Medals

Dobson, NC – September 13, 2013. Surry Community College earned three medals for its 2012 Surry Cellars wines at the Mid-Atlantic Southeastern Wine Competition at the Dixie Classic Fair where 600 wines were submitted by winemakers from throughout the Southeast.

The college won two gold medals for the Nativo Reserve Vintage 2012 and the Reserve Traminette Vintage 2012 and a silver medal for the Merlot Reserve Vintage 2012. The wines were developed using special processes that are currently being implemented at Surry.

“I am just ecstatic. It’s just a really nice way to start off a semester,” said David Bower, who is the Enology Instructor at SCC. “We spent a lot of time on those wines along with the rebranding process. It’s nice to get some recognition.”

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.

The Nativo Reserve, which received a gold medal, was fermented without the use of cultivated yeast or what’s called a wild fermentation process.

“This doesn’t taste like any regular Chambourcin. With deep hues of purple and garnet, this Chambourcin overwhelms the senses with aromas like blackberry, raspberries and raisins,” Bower said. “Its unfiltered texture lends towards a complexity not seen in other Chambourcin wines. The wine has fresh flavors of cherry pie and finishes long and strong. It’s truly a local drink that’s 100 percent natural. Its high acid will lend itself to drinking with food. Drink with local grilled lamb, beef or ribs.”

Only hand-selected fruit from the college vineyard was selected for the Reserve Traminette to produce quality and flavor.

“We aged this wine for six months in Hungarian oak barrels for distinct body and oak aroma. The result is a very drinkable dry white wine with distinct lime, pear, rose, lychee and floral aromas that are reminiscent of Gewürztraminer wines from Germany,” Bower said. “The flavors have been modified from a typical Traminette to a more complex wine with a heavy mouth-feel, smooth acidity and a distinct pear, floral, lime and gunmetal finish.”

The Merlot Reserve, which received a silver medal, retains a beautiful red color from prolonged skin maceration. The wine boasts aromas of cranberry, cherry, white pepper and strawberry on the nose. Rich and elegant, this wine’s flavors are retained, as it is tasted. Medium tannins dominate the mid-palate with a rounded mouth-feel and an extremely long finish.

“This wine was aged in neutral French oak for six months and shows lightly toasted oak flavors but stays true to varietal with an extremely smooth mouth-feel and medium tannins. This wine will be age worthy over the next five years at least,” Bower said.

The Mid-Atlantic Southeastern Wine Competition began in 1995 and is open to any commercial vineyard, winery or amateur winemaker in North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Tennessee, Virginia or West Virginia. Now in its 14th year, the competition continues to increase in popularity as the wine industry in the Southeastern United States grows. In the past five years, the number of competitive entries has grown by more than 150 percent, with over 500 wines submitted for consideration in 2012.

“The wine industry in the Southern U.S. has enjoyed explosive growth over the past 20 years,” said Jim Collins, Wine Superintendent and Coordinator of the Fair’s Wine Competition. “Looking across the region, there are a number of talented winemakers who are producing terrific vintages. The Dixie Classic Fair is proud to support and promote wineries in the region through the Mid-Atlantic Southeastern Wine Competition, and we look forward to another successful competition in 2013.”

Surry Community College 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 NC Center of 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.

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Surry Community College earned three medals for its 2012 Surry Cellars wines at the Mid-Atlantic South Wine Competition at the Dixie Classic Fair where 600 wines were submitted from winemakers from throughout the Southeast. The college won two gold medals for the Nativo Reserve Vintage 2012 and the Reserve Traminette Vintage 2012 and a silver medal for the Merlot Reserve Vintage 2012. The wines were developed using special processes that are currently being implemented at Surry.

About Surry Community College

Surry Community College was founded in 1964 and is located in Dobson, North Carolina. As one of the state’s 58 community colleges, it serves Surry and Yadkin counties. Currently, Surry offers 30 degree programs, 16 diploma programs, and 29 certification programs along with hundreds of continuing education courses and seminars. The college, under the direction of President Dr. David R. Shockley, has a mission to promote personal growth and community development to a diverse population through excellence in teaching, learning, and service.

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