Surry Community College hosting N.C. State Fair wine competition judging

DOBSON — Surry Community College is hosting the North Carolina Commercial and Amateur Wine Competition judging Aug. 18-20 at the Shelton-Badgett North Carolina Center for Viticulture and Enology on Surry’s Dobson campus.

“The Shelton-Badgett North Carolina Center for Viticulture and Enology is the center for grape and wine education in North Carolina, and we feel hosting this competition aligns nicely with our mission of education and wine quality enhancement in our state and region,” said Ashley Morrison, Surry’s Sciences Division chair.

Serving as the competition’s host also presents Surry’s Viticulture and Enology students with an opportunity to experience a segment of the wine industry that most people never see.

Morrison said, “Our students will be working the back room, under the guidance of a very experienced competition organizer, Tom King. This is a great opportunity for them to learn through experience how wine competitions work. The judges will be winemakers, wine experts, and wine writers from across our region so this is also a great networking opportunity.”

The competition, which gives federally and North Carolina ABC permitted wineries and amateur wine makers the opportunity to put the fruits of their labor to the test, is conducted by the North Carolina Wine and Grape Council. Judges will use the American Wine Society judging style measuring the general quality of the wines and if the judges would purchase the wine, rather than judging wines against each other, and award medals accordingly. The winners will be displayed at the N.C. State Fair in Raleigh held Oct. 12-22.

Surry offers a degree and diploma in Viticulture and Enology along with certification tracks in Viticulture, Enology, and Wine Marketing. The curriculum is designed to prepare individuals for various careers in the grape growing and wine making industry from grape to bottle to market. Graduates should qualify for positions in vineyards, wineries, and in related areas of sales and services. Surry also offers Viticulture and Enology workshops during the year through the Corporate and Continuing Education department. To learn more about the program, visit www.surry.edu/wine. Follow the program on Facebook @ncviticulturecenter and on Instagram @surrycellars.

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