Aug 13, 2020
Award-winning student-produced 2007 Saviez Syrah and 2011 California Syrah were honored alongside other award winning wines at the Rue and Gwen Gibson Farm market on Thursday. Photo by Paul Schlesinger / The Collegian

Students craft gold in a bottle

The Fresno State Winery has won two gold medals in as many competitions so far in 2014 for its student-crafted wines.

Lauryn Meissner won gold for her 2011 California Syrah at the California State Fair Wine Competition, and Matt Rule won another gold medal at the Pacific Rim Wine Competition for his 2007 Saviez Syrah.

The Fresno State Winery also won five silver medals and five bronze medals at various competition.

Kicking off “Sip-tember,” both winners were personally congratulated by Fresno State President Joseph Castro at the Rue and Gwen Gibson Farm Market on Thursday, Sept. 4.

Castro was then presented with a decorated basket filled with the award-winning bottles of wine for him and his family.

“On behalf of Fresno State and our provost, Dr. Lynette Zelezny, I proudly accept these prestigious awards of our viticulture and enology students that they have so richly earned and deserve,” Castro said.

The wines will be available this weekend for sale and tasting at a discount of 20 percent.

“Fresno State is the epicenter of wine, education and research in the state of California,” said James Kennedy, the chair and director of the department of viticulture and enology.

Wines are available for purchase at the farm market or online at . You can also find the university’s wine at select retail outlets throughout Fresno. For more information about the farm market, call (559) 278-4511.

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