Fresno State Centennial wine bottling under way

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Fresno State Centennial wine bottling under way

To commemorate California State University, Fresno’s Centennial observance, the Jordan College of Agricultural Sciences and Technology viticulture and enology program is releasing a commemorative, limited release Fresno State Centennial wine in mid-April.

Centennial Cuvee is a Bordeaux-style red that blends Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot and Malbec from the 2009 vintage.

“Each grape varietal was fermented and aged separately for 14 months,” explained John Gianni, the Fresno State winemaker.

Enology students tasted the aged wines last month and then developed the blend for this special bottling of 300 cases (a dozen 750 ml bottles per case). The Centennial Cuvee began running through the Fresno State Winery bottling line on Tuesday, March 22.

Gianni said the wine will retail for $19.95 per bottle with case discounts available.

The wine’s release will come before the Centennial Gala in the Save Mart Center, scheduled the evening of May 14, and the 100th Commencement at Fresno State on May 21. Those events are the final ones on the university’s Centennial Celebration calendar.

Also ahead is publication of the “California State University: A Century of Excellence,” scheduled during summer. Prepublication orders are being taken by the Kennel Bookstore.

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