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COMMUNITY COLLEGE SOUTHWEST WINE CENTER DOES WELL AT 2017 ASCENTRAL ARIZONA WINE COMPETITION

Wins Growers Cup for best rose wine plus three first place awards

The Community College Southwest Wine Center on the Verde Campus won several awards at the AzCentral Wine competition event that was recently held in Phoenix.  The competition took place on December 11, 2017 and the winners were announced January 12, 2018.

The Wine Center was awarded the Growers Cup for the best rose wine. That wine is described as a 2017 Amphoria pink wine made with  Sangiovese grapes grown at the Verde Campus vineyard in Clarkdale. 

The Center took first place for the best rose’, best non-traditional Red Blend, and the best Rose Varietal. You may read more about the competition and awards in the Arizona Republic, January 27, 2018, section 1D.

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VERDE CAMPUS WINE CENTER STUDENTS CAPTURE JEFFERSON CUP AWARD

Mourvedre wine earns top honors in its category; Viognier wine wins bronze medal in the same competition — Second major wine award this year

Students enrolled in the enology program at the Yavapai Community College Southwest Wine Center in Clarkdale were awarded the Jefferson Cup during invitational competition in Kansas City, Missouri on November 16 and 17 for their 2016 Mourvedre wine. They also received a bronze medal for their Viognier wine in the same competition.

The Jefferson Cup was bestowed on 16 of 750 participating wines in the invitational. The competitors came from 27 different states. In January the students won a gold medal for Best Sauvignon Blanc at the Arizona Republic’s Arizona Grand Wine Festival in January.

Michael Pierce, director of YC’s enology program, said the Jefferson Cup awards are a great honor for YC enology students and for the Southwest Wine Center. Both the winning Mourvedre and the Viognier also “are getting good response from our customers in the SWC tasting room.”

You may read more about the awards in the December 6, 2017  Cottonwood Journal Extra by Zachary Jernigan (it will appear later online).  You may  read the College’s announcement of the awards  by clicking here. You may read Mr. Jernigan’s January 2017 article about the gold medal by clicking here

ABSENCE OF PROPER SIGNAGE ON VERDE CAMPUS SHOWING LOCATION OF SOUTHWEST WINERY TASTING ROOM DISGRACEFUL

College boasts new signage everywhere but seems to have ignored the Winery Tasting Room– but not its revenue goal of $100,000

The College’s signage program appears to have forgotten about the Southwest Wine Center’s Tasting Room.  The Tasting Room is budgeted by the College for the fiscal year 2017-18 to generate sales revenue of at least $100,000 from customers.  It would make sense to construct  a decent sign at the entrance to the Winery  so potential customers could easily locate it when traveling down Black Hills Drive.

The College has paid a lot more attention to placing new signs on the CTEC building at the Prescott airport or other signs throughout the District. Why not the Winery, which is supposed to produce revenue by attracting customers?

Oh well, as District Governing Board member Pat McCarver has said:  “Things will never be equal” on the East and West sides of the County when it comes to investment by the Community College.

 

 

THE VERDE CAMPUS WINERY TASTING ROOM’S REVENUE EXCEEDED FORECASTS FOR THE FISCAL YEAR BY MORE THAN 30%.

Brings in $98,862 in sales on $75,000 budget

Yavapai Community College reported to the Governing Board in August 2017 that the Verde campus winery tasting room had brought in $92,862 for the fiscal year 2016 – 2017. The revenue exceeded the 2016-2017 budget by $25,000. The College did not indicate how it will use the excess revenue generated by the tasting room.

You may view the fiscal year 2016 – 2017 report in the Community College Governing Board agenda for August 2017 by clicking here. 

COLLEGE VINEYARD YIELDS OVER 12 TONS OF GRAPES THIS YEAR

Harvest appears very good

Yavapai Community College announced this week that it will harvest over 12 tons of grapes this fall from its Verde Campus vineyard. The harvest appears to be very good.

The wine Center has announced a number of events for this fall one of which, Sunset Yoga with Roxanne,  is listed below. The public is invited to join in any of its fall events.

BARREL TASTING EVENT ON VERDE CAMPUS AT WINE CENTER

SATURDAY, JULY 15 FROM NOON TO 2:00 P.M

A “barrel tasting event” will be held on the Verde Campus at the Southwest Wine Center from noon to 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, July 15. Admission is $20 at the door, which includes tastings and small bites. The College says it will be tasting a number of unreleased 2016 reds during the event.  The Center is located at 601 Black Hills Drive, Clarkdale, Arizona.  Its normal hours are from noon to 6:00 p.m. Thursday through Sunday. The following is an advertisement sent out by the College for the event.