The 2013 San Luis Obispo County Wine Industry Awards Honor Mentorship, Innovation and Stewardship
The San Luis Obispo County wine industry came together to nominate their own for the most respected awards honoring members of the local wine community with the resulting honorees announced today. The 2013 San Luis Obispo County Wine Industry Awards go to – Wine Industry Person of the Year, Keith Patterson, Cal Poly Wine and Viticulture Professor (posthumous); Winemaker of the Year, Neil Collins, Tablas Creek Vineyard and Lone Madrone; and Wine Grape Grower of the Year, George Donati, Pacific Vineyard Company.
1st Annual Student Wine Competition
The First annual Winemaker’s Competition consisted of a tasting competition of wines made by the Winemaking I, II and III classes, as well as wines made by students during their senior projects. The event was held at the pilot winery on Friday June 14th. Cal Poly students, faculty and staff were led through a flight of 1 ounce pours of each wine entered in the competition. They went first through the whites and roses, ranking them against each other, then went through the reds and rank them in the same way. Results of the competition were announced at the Senior Banquet.