August 12, Myles Anderson will be inducted into the Legends of Washington Wine Hall of Fame. Myles began as a hobby wine maker with his friend Gordy Venneri, 30 years ago. That hobby evolved into Walla Walla Vintners, opening in 1995.

Dr Myles AndersonDr. Myles Anderson is an accomplished  wine educator, as well as wine maker. In 2000, he started the first Enology and Viticulture program at a community college in the country. Myles served as the first program director at the Enology and Viticulture program at Walla Walla Community College and continues  to consult with College Cellars and also serves on the advisory committee of the Institute for Enology and Viticulture.

Induction Gala

The Walter Clore Wine and Culinary will honor Dr. Myles Anderson during the 2011 Legends of Washington Wine induction gala to be held at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, August 12, 2011 on the grounds of the Clore Center in Prosser. Tickets are $45/person or $475/table for 8 and are available online.

Legends of Washington Wine Hall of Fame

Hall of Fame inductees are nominated by the general public then the selection committee reviews and rates each nominee. The selection committee is made up of  a representative from each of the state’s viticultural regions (AVA).  To be eligible for nomination to the Legends Hall of Fame, the candidate must have:

  • been a resident of Washington for no less than 25 years
  • been involved in the wine industry for 25 years

Nominees can be currently working in the wine industry, retired or deceased. Nominees should exemplify legendary status
because of their contribution and commitment to the Washington wine industry, their contributions to the community, and the “historical and lasting significance the individual leaves for future generations.”

Previous inductees to the Hall of Fame include:

  • 2006 Inductee – S.W. “Bill” Preston, founder of Preston Premium Wines
  • 2007 Inductees – John & Ann Williams – Kiona Vineyards and Jim & Pat Holmes -Ciel de Cheval, wine pioneers of Red Mountain
  • 2008 Inductee  – Stan Clarke, 30-year industry veteran
  • 2009 Inductee –  John Anderson, a visionary and mentor to the Washington wine industry
  • 2010 Inductee – Guy W. “Bill” Powers, whose Badger Mountain Vineyard was the first Washington vinifera vineyard to be certified organic
  • 2010 Inductee – the late David Lake, Master of Wine and long-time winemaker for Associated Vintners/Columbia Winery.