Surry Cellars, the label for wine produced at Surry Community College, was recently awarded the title of Best Sparkling for its Lot 151 wine in the 2016 N.C. State Fair Wine Competition sponsored by the N.C. Wine and Grape Growers Council.
SCC Enology Instructor David Bower said, “Lot 151 is a sparkling wine cuvee of Petit Manseng, Traminette and Chardonnay originally bottled to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the college. I’m really excited that it has been received so well; it speaks volumes about the capability of my students to see something they created win an award like this.”
The competition had 397 entries in the commercial division in which Surry’s Lot 151 rose to the top with a double gold distinction. Surry Cellars also entered several other wines that received medals in their respective categories. Surry’s BBL Fermented Chardonnay received a bronze in the Dry White category. In the Dry Red category, Surry received three medals – two golds for The Graduate and Syrah 2013 and a bronze for the Nativo Reserve. Judges measured wines against the standard for each style and variety, rather than against each other, and awarded medals accordingly. Winners will be on display in the Education Building throughout the fair, Oct. 13-23.
Currently, Surry Cellar wines can be purchased at the following locations: Lowes Foods on Robinhood Road in Winston-Salem, Lowes Foods in Yadkinville, Lowes Foods in Mount Airy, Just Save in Dobson, and Corks Caps and Taps in Winston-Salem.
North Carolina’s wine and grape industry contributes $1.7 billion to the state’s economy. The state is ranked 10th nationally in wine and grape production.
Interested parties can learn more about the wine and grape industry by attending the Surry Community College’s Fifth Annual Southeastern United Grape and Wine Symposium on Wednesday, Nov. 16 at the Shelton-Badgett North Carolina Center for Viticulture and Enology on the college’s campus, 630 S. Main St., Dobson. The symposium will include leading educators in viticulture and enology from educational institutions such as North Carolina State University, Appalachian State University, and the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, as well as various industry experts. The symposium’s focus this year is “Crafting Southeastern Wines.” To register for the event or learn more about the college’s Viticulture and Enology program, visit www.surry.edu/wine.