AUG. 23, 2000

CONTACT: Mike Stepanovich, 661/664-2456, mstepanovich@csub.edu


CSUB celebrates anniversary with two special wines


California State University Bakersfield is celebrating its 30th year of serving the southern San Joaquin Valley with two special anniversary wines:

· The CSUB 30th Anniversary 1999 California Chardonnay.

· The CSUB 30th Anniversary 1999 California Barbera.

Fresno State Vineyards at CSU Fresno made the wines for CSUB. Fresno State Vineyards is the only commercial winery at an institution of higher education in the United States.

CSUB was authorized by the California Legislature in 1965. Construction was begun on 375 donated acres in southwest Bakersfield in April 1969, and doors opened for the first classes at CSUB in September 1970. Enrollment has grown from less than 1,000 students at CSUB's inception to nearly 6,600 students expected to be enrolled this fall.

To commemorate this milestone, CSUB teamed up with its sister campus CSUF for two anniversary wines. The wines will be served at various university events during the 2000-01 academic year. It will also be sold by the CSUB Alumni Association to raise funds for improvements to Alumni Park on campus. Cost is $16 per bottle, or two for $30. Details: 661/664-3211.

CSUB's barbera was entered in the just concluded California State Fair Wine Competition, which is one of the most prestigious judgings in the nation. Not only did the CSUB Barbera win a gold medal, it was one of 14 wines entered in the sweepstakes competition for best red wine of the State Fair Competition. It then was one of the final four wines still under consideration before missing by one vote being named the best red wine of the competition.

Fruit for the barbera comes from the Duarte Linden Vineyard in the Sierra Foothills. Barbera is an Italian varietal and has a history of growing well in California.

The CSUB Chardonnay was barrel fermented and underwent complete malolactic fermentation (converting the wine's natural malic acid to lactic acid). Chardonnay is the great white grape of Burgundy and is the most popular wine in the world today.

CSUB graphic designer David Koeth designed the labels. The barbera has a blue label with gold lettering, while the chardonnay has a gold label with blue lettering.

The wines were made at CSUF's Fresno State Vineyards under the direction of winemaster Ken Fugelsang.