Andrew Snyder was a great guest, or maybe it was the other way around. Occasionally I may get excited and have to remind myself not to interrupt my guest, however this time I was speechless, a captive audience.

Andrew Snyder is a Center of Excellence professor at Redlands Community College, where he helped establish their associate’s degree in viticulture and enology. Andrew also teaches in Redland’s online consortium with the National Science Foundation’s Viticulture and Enology Science and Technology Alliance, offering courses in Winery Marketing, Tasting Room Management as well as viticulture courses. He has taught in higher education for the past 15 years, earned three master’s degrees from the University of Oklahoma in Human Relations, Adult Education, and Communications. He earned his undergraduate degree in Business from Schiller International University in Heidelberg, Germany  where he lived for 14 years. Snyder has twice won teaching innovation awards from the Oklahoma Association of Community Colleges. His viticulture and enology training include coursework from UC Davis and SIU in Strasbourg, France where he worked in both French and German vineyards.

Andrew owns a 5 acre, 7th leaf vineyard near Calumet where he grew up. He assumed management of a 2 1/2 acre, vineyard near Watonga as well as the Redlands Community College 54-variety, research vineyard. Andrew owns two wineries, one in Calumet and the second in Geary. He also bonded RCC’s college winery, named Chapel Creek Winery. He is also the Winemaker for the Tidal School Winery and Vineyards in Drumright.

Andrew is president of the Oklahoma Grape Growers and Winemakers Association, a member of the Texas Wine and Grape Growers Association, Lincoln Country Grape Growers Association, American Society of Enology and Viticulture and the Society of Wine Educators.

So you see, I just thought I knew a little about wine, he was fun and if you would like to learn more and get involved in the many activities in the field of winemaking,  join him on Facebook. He manages to find the time in his extremely busy life to post so many exciting fun upcoming events and very interesting to follow just whatever project he is involved in, which is currently cheese. Thank you Andrew. It was a pleasure.

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