NIAGARA – Wine enthusiasts are raising a glass to Niagara College grad Jordan Harris.
Harris, who graduated from NC’s Winery and Viticulture Technician program in 2004, has been named among the Top 100 Most Influential U.S. Winemakers by IntoWine.com. As winemaker and general manager of Tarara Winery and Leesburg, Va., Harris was listed No. 79.
“While many of Virginia’s vintners are concentrating their efforts on the sure sellers like Bordeaux-style blends and Chardonnay (which frankly don’t show well here) Harris champions varieties that are often overlooked,” states the IntoWine.com article. “Pushing the boundaries of his various blends, Harris is blazing trails in the state with bottlings like his blends of Tannat, Petit Verdot and Pinotage; and a white wine mix of Viognier, Roussanne, and Petit Manseng. Bucking the trend, and providing the consumer with choices is where Harris succeeds.”
In May 2013, Harris was named among the Top 40 Under-40 American Tastemakers by Wine Enthusiast Magazine. In 2008, he was also the winner of a prestigious Premier’s Award.
Harris, who worked at wineries in the Niagara region (including the Niagara College Teaching Winery) before relocating to Virgnia, attributes much of his success to his education.
“It is just truly a testament to the craft that I learned at Niagara College,” he said. “When I showed up at Niagara College I had no idea that I wanted to be a winemaker - I thought maybe I’d stay more on the service side of things – but the passion and skills that the Niagara College Winery and Viticulture Technician program taught me, led me to where I am today,” said Harris.
Craig Youdale, acting dean of Niagara College’s Canadian Food and Wine Institute, noted that Niagara College has played a key role in producing hundreds of graduates who have become skilled staff in all areas of the industry, from winemaking to sales. “We are extremely proud of Jordan and all the graduates we produce who are making a significant difference in helping the wine industry progress in Canada and around the world,” said Youdale.
The Canadian Food and Wine Institute, located on Niagara College’s Niagara-on-the-Lake Campus, is the College’s centre for food wine and beer education. The CFWI delivers culinary, wine and beer programs that are unique in Canada, including Brewmaster and Brewery Operations Management, Wine Technology, Wine Business Management and Culinary Innovation and Food Technology. It is home to Benchmark, the College’s teaching restaurant, as well as the Teaching Winery and Teaching Brewery.
For more information on Niagara College programs, visit www.niagaracollege.ca.
View article on IntoWine.com HERE.
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