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TC3 Student Wine Takes Best in Show at NYS Fair

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A wine made by students in Tompkins Cortland Community College’s Wine Marketing program was named the best in the state at the 2015 New York State Fair Amateur Wine Competition.

Left to right, Wine Marketing Program Chair Brandon Seager and award-winning students Ken Berard, Christopher Circelli, and Bill Popoff

Left to right, Wine Marketing Program Chair Brandon Seager and award-winning students Ken Berard, Christopher Circelli, and Bill Popoff

The semi-dry Riesling made by students Ken Berard and Christopher Circelli received a double gold medal for best white wine before being named the best in show. The students wine beat out 310 other wines entered in the competition.

The winning wine was made as part of the WINE130 class “Grape Growing and Wine Business” in the spring of 2015.

Students in the class produce their own wine, both from juice purchased from Finger Lakes grapes growers and from table grapes purchased at local markets. All the work of turning the juice into wine was done in classes at the College’s culinary center, Coltivare in Ithaca.

Students in the WINE220 marketing class, designed and produced labels for the wine.

The classes are part of the colleges Farm to Bistro initiative.

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