Fresno State’s Touriga wine awarded Sunset Magazine medal

Daniel Leon | Reporter

The Fresno State Winery’s 2013 Tourigna wine continues to gain popularity and rack up national awards.

Last month, the wine earned a silver medal from Sunset Magazine’s 2016 International Wine Competition.

“Touriga, commonly known as Touriga Nacional, is considered to be Portugal’s finest red wine varietal and is commonly used to make Port,” said Kevin Smith, Fresno State winery business and marketing manager and enology lecturer, in a statement. “The Fresno State Touriga has smooth tannins, great structure and concentrated dark berry flavors.”

However, the silver medal was just one of 17 awards the Fresno State Winery won this year.

This spring, the 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon earned a silver medal at the Los Angeles International Wine Competition, the 2013 Muscat earned a silver medal at the Pacific Rim Wine Competition in Orange County and the 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon and 2011 Syrah received bronze medals.

The 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon and 2010 Petite Sirah wines even earned local recognition, picking up bronze medals during March’s San Joaquin Valley Wine Competition in Kingsburg.

The Fresno State Winery established its early awards of the year in February at the San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition by claiming seven honors, including a gold medal for its 2012 Merlot.

The winery has won more than 600 awards since its licensing in 1997.

Viticulture and enology staff and students make the wine themselves from grapes harvested locally.

The university’s viticulture and enology program in the Jordan College of Agricultural Sciences and Technology was first commercial winery in the country to operate on a college campus.

The Fresno State Winery offers 16 varieties of red, white, blush and specialty wines. They can be purchased either in person at the Gibson Farm Market located at 5368 N. Chestnut Ave. or online at www.FresnoStateWines.com.