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YVC Wins Big at the Annual Washington Wine Competition

Grandview, WA – Yakima Valley College’s Vineyard and Winery Technology Program hosted the 36th annual Washington State Wine Competition in June. The event featured over 200 wine entries including a selection of student-produced wine from YVC’s Teaching Winery, Yakima Valley Vintners. YVC’s 2016 A Sylem Red earned a gold medal, while the 2016 Campus Blend Red, 2016 Coyote Canyon Vineyard Primitivo, and 2018 Coyote Canyon Vineyard Research Paper Roussanne all earned silver medals. Finally a bronze medal was awarded to the 2015 Carménére. This brings total awards earned by Yakima Valley Vintners to over 140.

“Vineyard & Winery Technology Students were up to the challenge of making an interesting and flavorful blend. They were equally as creative in tying the gold medal A SyLem blend label to an education theme. Their hard work was acknowledged by the many honors earned in this competition. Come by the tasting room located on YVC’s Grandview Campus to see the connection between our teaching winery and award-winning wines,” stated Vineyard and Winery Technology Instructor Trent Ball.

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The Washington State Wine Competition is also a fundraiser for the next generation of Washington winemakers. Proceeds from the judging will fund scholarships for Vineyard & Winery Technology students at Yakima Valley College. YVC students were invited to participate as silent judges to observe the judging process, and they also helped with the back of the house preparation for the competition. This was a unique opportunity for students to see firsthand how professional judging competitions are operated.

For more information about Yakima Valley Vintners and the Yakima Valley College Vineyard and Winery Technology Program: or call 509.882.7007.

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