December 3, 1998

Lohr Winery Releases Middlebury College Bicentennial Wines to Commemorate College's 200th Anniversary

Wines and Labels Represent Collaborative Effort Between Two Alumni: Vineyard Owner Carol Lohr and Vermont Artist Woody Jackson

The J. Lohr Winery of San Jose, Calif., has released two private label wines in honor of the approaching 200-year anniversary of Middlebury College in Middlebury, Vt. The anniversary will take place in the year 2000. The Middlebury College Bicentennial wines, which are from the J. Lohr reserve selection, are the Monterey Chardonnay and the Paso Robles Cabernet Sauvignon.

The wines represent the collaborative effort of two Middlebury College alumni: Carol Lohr, a member of the class of 1958 and co-owner of the J. Lohr Winery with her husband Jerry; and artist Woody Jackson, a member of the class of 1970 whose illustration appears on the wine labels and features a scene from the campus of Middlebury College that includes Mead Chapel. Based in Middlebury, Vt., Jackson is also the creator of Ben & Jerry's signature cow design.

"We are very fortunate to have friends and alumni such as Carol, Jerry and Woody who are willing to give of their time and talents to help the College celebrate its Bicentennial. Without their energy and enthusiasm the creation of these wonderful wines and the attractive labels would never have taken place," said Director of Bicentennial Planning Mona Wheatley.