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Washington State University Uncorks It's Own Student-Made Wine

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Washington State University is starting to release it's own student-made wines for the public to buy. So far, the bottles are flying off the shelves.

Washington State University’s viticulture and enology facility won’t open in the Tri-Cities until next Spring, but students aren’t waiting to bottle and sell their own wines.

And with the help of local winemakers they’ve already sold out of their first release. Two hundred cases of a dry-style Riesling were snapped up soon after they went on sale last May. Now, 200 cases of a red blend are hitting the market this week.

Students at WSU are teaming up with Northwest winemaking heavyweights to churn out these bottles under the label "Blended Learning."

“We sold it out so quickly and it was so well received that we will make another dry Riesling this fall," says Washington State University’s Director of Viticulture and Enology Thomas Henick-Kling. "I wished I had made three times as much as we did.”

Henick-Kling says the wine students have several more wines on deck for release later this year.

Some other Northwest-centered universities that make wine are: Walla Walla Community College, South Seattle Community College, Yakima Valley Community College in Washington; and Umpqua Community College and Chemeketa Community College in Oregon.

Anna King calls Richland, Washington home and loves unearthing great stories about people in the Northwest. She reports for the Northwest News Network from a studio at Washington State University, Tri-Cities. She covers the Mid-Columbia region, from nuclear reactors to Mexican rodeos.