Campus: CSU Fresno -- May 29, 2002
President's Reserve Primitivo Wine Wins Gold Medal, Best of Class at SoCal Competition
The 2000 President's Reserve Primitivo vintage - named in honor of
California State University, Fresno President John D. Welty earlier
this year - has won top honors at the recent 63rd Los Angeles County
Fair Wines of the World Competition.
The new student-produced wine, introduced by the university's award-winning
enology program in honor of Welty for his support of the College of
Agricultural Sciences and Technology, won a gold medal and a best of
class in the Italian Varietals of the World category.
"This award is another recognition of the outstanding work of our
students and faculty in the enology program," Welty said. "This
recognition affirms that the program has gained international stature."
Three other wines from Fresno State's Viticulture and Enology program
won a total of five awards in judging at the prestigious Southern California
competition May 15-17.
The 2000 Chardonnay Duarte Linden Hills, 2001 Rose' and the 2001 White
Zinfandel also received bronze medals at the competition for the Los
Angeles County Fair, which will celebrate its 80th anniversary Sept.
13-28 at the Fairplex in Pomona.
The Fresno State program is now preparing for competition this weekend
at the 26th Annual Orange County Fair Commercial Wine Competition (June
1 and 2) in Costa Mesa and the California State Fair Wine Competition
in Sacramento June 28-30.
Nicknamed the "granddaddy " of wine judging events, the Los
Angeles County Fair competition is the oldest county fair wine tasting
in the nation.
According to fair officials, the principle focus on the fair's wine
competition is the reliance on professionally credentialed judges. Over
a three-day period, 65 veteran judges tasted more than 3,300 wines from
throughout North and South America, Europe and Australia.
The award-winning wines will be on display at the fair's wine education
center in September where the public can participate in classes and
enjoy gold medal award wine tastings.
Robert Wample, chair of Fresno State's Department of Viticulture and
Enology and director of the Viticulture and Enology Research Center,
said the program is proud to recognize President Welty's leadership
with the Primitivo and are even more pleased that it has received such
high marks at two wine competitions this year.
"This recognition reflects the quality of education and training
that students in our department receive at Fresno State," Wample
He noted that the 2000 Primitivo also received honors at the New World
International Wine Competition held earlier this year.
Hand-crafted by students in the enology program at Fresno State, this
wine was produced entirely from grapes grown by Duarte Nursery's Linden
Hills Ranch near Stockton in San Joaquin County.
"The Primitivo grapes used in the 2000 President's Reserve are
currently considered to be closely related to Zinfandel," said
Ken Fugelsang, winemaster and professor of enology.
Originally selling for $14.95 per bottle, the Primitivo stock is sold
out at the Farm Market on the Fresno State campus. Proceeds from the
sale of Fresno State wines help finance the endeavors of the College
of Agricultural Sciences and Technology.
"The recent double gold and best of class awards at Los Angeles
County highlight the fact that our students, working with premium varietals
from selected San Joaquin Valley vineyards, are able to produce world-class
wines," said Fugelsang.
Wample said Fresno State's continued success at professional wine competitions
is a tribute to the winemaking staff and the students in the enology
Fresno State is the first and only university in the nation that is
licensed to produce, bottle and sell wine commercially.
Under the direction of winemaster Fugelsang, enology students play a
major role in the winemaking process. As part of their curriculum, they
learn to perform all of the laboratory and winery procedures required
For more information about the Los Angeles County Fair or its wine competition,
or the Department of Viticulture and Enology, see links at www.fresnostatenews.com
or contact Wample at (559) 278-2089.
Tom Uribes (559) 278-5366 or 261-6189