Walla Walla winemaker to be honored by state hall of fame

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Myles Anderson, the Walla Walla winemaker who launched the Institute for Enology and Viticulture at Walla Walla Community College will be inducted next month into the Legends of Washington Wine Hall of Fame.

The Walter Clore Wine and Culinary Center will honor Anderson during an induction gala Aug. 12 in Prosser.

Legends of Washington Wine are selected for their contributions of historical and lasting significance to the community and the wine industry, according to the announcement. Nominations are received from the public, and an industry-based selection committee evaluates and scores recommendations based on specific criteria.

A distinguished winemaker, Anderson and partner Gordon Venneri founded Walla Walla's eighth winery, Walla Walla Vintners, in 1995.

His background in education combined with his winemaking helped him develop and launch the enology and viticulture program in 2000.

Anderson earned his bachelor's in elementary education from Bloomsburg University, a master's in counseling and educational psychology from Bucknell University and a doctorate in counseling psychology from the University of Wyoming.

A 31-year employee of Walla Walla Community College, he served as counselor, instructor and administrator.

For the enology program, he wrote several instructional texts and developed the curriculum. More than 1,600 students have completed the coursework since the program began.

Anderson continues to consult with College Cellars and serves on the advisory committee of the Institute for Enology and Viticulture.

Legends of Washington Wine is a program of the Walter Clore Wine and Culinary Center, named after the late Dr. Walter J. Clore.

The Clore Center will be a learning center that promotes Washington wine and food by engaging visitors to experience the diversity and quality of Washington's food and wine products.

Tickets and sponsorships for the Legends Gala are available via PayPal at www.theclorecenter.org or by downloading a reservation form from the website. For more information, call 509-786-1000.

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The Wild Walla Walla Wine Woman shop will toast and taste the German rieslings of the 200-year-old Dr. Loosen wines.

The tasting runs at the downtown shop, 19 N. Second Ave., from 4-6 p.m. Brian Harlan, national sales manager for Dr. Loosen, will join Joan Corsi of Vinum Distributing as special guests.

Wild Walla Walla Wine Woman Catie McIntyre Walker said the tasting will include sparkling rieslings, dry rieslings, off-dry rieslings and even a "Beerenauslese," a botrytis-style dessert wine.

Pinot gris and gew?ºrtzraminer will also be featured.

Many may recognize the Dr. Loosen name from a partnership with Chateau Ste. Michelle.

Known for its wines from the slopes of Germany's Mosel Valley, the Dr. Loosen operation has been in the same family for more than two centuries.

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A business specializing in cuts of meat will slice through the ceremonial ribbon Thursday as part of its grand opening celebration.

The Walla Walla Valley Chamber of Commerce will host a ribbon-cutting ceremony for Blue Valley Meats, 1162 W. Pine St., from 4-7 p.m.

The operation is owned by a group of business partners: Keith and Clarice Swanson, Geoff Forcum and Christopher and Kimi Galasso. Most of them met working for the former Thundering Hooves, which closed earlier this year.

Blue Valley Meats opened its butcher shop a little more than a week ago at the Pine Street location. According to its website, beef, pork and poultry are currently available.

More products are expected soon.

Thursday's event will be an introduction to the Blue Valley Meats staff and a chance to learn about and sample products.

Strictly Business is a local business column. Vicki Hillhouse can be reached at vickihillhouse@wwub.com or 526-8321.

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