PROSSER -- Walla Walla's Myles Anderson, a winemaker and retired educator, has been named the 2011 inductee to the Legends of Washington Wine Hall of Fame.
Anderson is founder of Walla Walla Community College's renowned enology and viticulture program as well as co-owner/winemaker of Walla Walla Vintners. His induction gala is scheduled for Aug. 12 at the Walter Clore Wine and Culinary in Prosser.
In 1995, Anderson and business partner Gordon Venneri launched Walla Walla Vintners. Theirs was the eighth winery to be opened in the Walla Walla Valley.
Anderson graduated from Bloomsburg (Pa.) University with a bachelor's degree in elementary education. He later earned a master's degree in counseling and educational psychology from Bucknell University, then added a doctorate in counseling psychology from the University of Wyoming.
In 2000, he launched Walla Walla Community College's enology and viticulture program. More than 1,600 students have completed coursework.
Anderson continues to consult with College Cellars and also serves on the advisory committee of the Institute for Enology and Viticulture. He worked as counselor, instructor and administrator at WWCC during a 31-year career.
Legends of Washington Wine are selected for their historical and lasting significance to the community and the wine industry. Nominations are received from the public, and an industry-based selection committee evaluates and scores recommendations based on specific criteria.
Past inductees include: S.W. "Bill" Preston, Preston Premium Wines; John and Ann Williams and Jim and Pat Holmes, Red Mountain pioneers; the late Stan Clarke, a 30-year industry veteran; John Anderson, a visionary and mentor to the Washington wine industry; Guy W. "Bill" Powers, whose Badger Mountain Vineyard was the first Washington vinifera vineyard to be certified organic; and the late David Lake, Master of Wine and long-time winemaker for Associated Vintners/Columbia Winery.
Legends of Washington Wine, a program of the Walter Clore Wine and Culinary Center, is named after the late Dr. Walter J. Clore. The Clore Center will be a learning center that promotes Washington wine and food by engaging visitors to experience the diversity and quality of Washington's food and wine products.
Tickets and sponsorships for the Legends Gala, supporting the Clore Center, are available via PayPal at www.theclorecenter.org
More information is available by calling the Clore Center at 509-786-1000. Reservations may also be made by calling the same number.