Faculty and students of Las Positas College in Livermore are exuberant about the fact the kickoff vintage from the school’s Viticulture and Winery Technology Program just landed two prestigious awards at the Alameda County Fair: a silver medal for its Livermore Valley cabernet sauvignon, and gold for the the bottle’s student-designed label.
Neal Ely, the dean overseeing the program, calls the win for the 2005 Las Positas College Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon Concannon Estate Vineyard a “watershed moment,” but also gives credit to Concannon Vineyards, which donated grapes to the project, and to instructor David Everett, who also is the program’s winemaker.
“I couldn’t be happier for our program, or more proud of our students,” Everett said.
The cabernet sauvignon competition drew more than 125 entries, which were judged by wine writers and experts from throughout the Bay Area.
The label’s gold medal was awarded to the college’s design shop, which is under the instruction of faculty member Fredda Cassidy.
The label was designed by Kim Lauritsen, working with Everett, fellow classmates and Cassidy.