College Cellars wines win regional acclaim

Eight wines from the local teaching winery took home honors from recent judgings.

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WALLA WALLA -- Student-made wines brought home nearly a case full of hardware at the recent Seattle Wine Awards and Northwest Wine Summit.

In the Seattle Wine Awards, College Cellars won three double gold medals for its 2011 Ice Wine, 2009 Syrah and 2008 Malbec. Silver medals were awarded for the 2011 Sauvignon Blanc and 2010 President's Blend along with a bronze medal for the 2010 Scholarship Red.

The college's 2011 Chardonnay won gold and its 2011 Semillion won bronze in the Northwest Wine Summit awards, which cover Alaska, Alberta, British Columbia, Idaho, Montana, Oregon and Washington.

"This is absolutely amazing. I'm so proud of the students and all the hard work they have put in to creating these wines," said Tim Donahue, enology instructor, in a release.

Donahue said he is particularly proud of the award for the ice wine as it is made from completely student-grown fruit at the campus vineyard.

The College Cellars tasting room is on the Walla Walla Community College Campus at the corner of Isaacs Avenue and Tausick Way. It is open on Fridays from 1-5 p.m. and Saturdays from noon-4 p.m. For more information, go to www.collegecellars.com.

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