Release party offers tastes of student-made wines

By Amberly Boone, Brelsford WSU Visitor Center

riesling-100PULLMAN, Wash. – Free tastings of four student-made wines will be offered to the public at the release party for the students’ third and fourth ventures at noon-4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 29, at the Brelsford Washington State University Visitor Center in downtown Pullman.

The Blended Learning course brings together students, growers, winemakers, alumni and wine enthusiasts to create and release wines. The new releases are a 2012 syrah and 2013 barbera.

WSU’s first student-made wine is a 2012 dry riesling that received an “excellent” rating from Great Northwest Wine, an online platform covering wine reviews and news. The second wine in the series is a red blend of malbec, cabernet sauvignon, merlot and cabernet franc.

Students from the viticulture and enology program will be at the release to talk about the Blended Learning wines and course.

Bottles will be for sale: 2012 Riesling, $25; 2012 Red Blend, $35; 2012 Syrah, $35; 2013 Barbera, $30.


Thomas Henick-Kling, director, WSU viticulture and enology, 509-372-7292,
Amberly Boone, Brelsford WSU Visitor Center marketing/promotions, 509-335-0088,