The Graduate Wine Collective
The Graduate Wine Collective is the Cal Alumni Association’s alumni wine club. As members of the club, alumni are introduced to premier wines made by wineries and vineyards in Napa Valley, Sonoma County, and beyond that are connected to Cal alumni. Proceeds from The Graduate Wine Collective support the Cal Alumni Association’s alumni and student programs.
How It Works
Cal alumni interested in joining our wine club can sign up and select shipment preferences at thegraduatewinecollective.com.
All registered club members will receive three wine shipments per year, featuring wines hand-selected by UC Berkeley wine experts and aficionados. Each shipment will have other wine-tasting complements, including, but not limited to:
- Autographed wine bottles
- Recipes for dishes that pair well with the wines
- Tasting notes
The Graduate Wine Collective’s shipment schedule:
Note: The arrival of a member’s first shipment will vary depending on when members join in the cycle.
How Wines Are Selected
All wines are selected through a blind tasting by an alumni panel.
UC Berkeley Alumni
Visit our alumni wineries page for a list of UC Berkeley connected wineries.
2019 Tulocay Haynes Vineyard Syrah
Brie Cadman ’99, M.P.H. ’06, owner and winemaker
2018 Teneral Cellars Loud and Proud Merlot
Jill Osur ’85, founder
2021 Anarchist Wine Co. Proprietary White Blend
Valerie Von Burg J.D. ’87, co-founder
2016 Ancient Oak Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon
Kenneth Moholt-Seibert ’85 and Melissa Moholt-Seibert, founders and co-owners
Previous Shipment Features
2019 June Mountain Vineyard Amourex Zinfandel
Michael Bloch ’90, founder
2021 Brown Estate Vineyard Chaos Theory Red Blend
Deneen Brown ’90, Coral Brown ’89, and Stefanie Kelly ’97, co-owners and co-operators
2019 Calling Card Sonoma Coast Chardonnay
Rachel Stern ’22, owner and founder
2019 Desforges Vineyard Pinot Noir
Peter Desforges ’83, founder and owner
Ready to Find Wines as Unique as Your Own Cal Experience?
Join our wine club and receive three wine shipments per year, featuring wines hand-selected by UC Berkeley wine experts and aficionados.
UC Berkeley’s Alumni-Owned Wineries
UC Berkeley alumni are making their mark on the winemaking business in Napa Valley, Sonoma, and beyond. Here’s a list of wineries and vineyards founded, operated, owned, or managed by UC Berkeley alumni.
Upcoming Alumni Events
Cal Alumni in the Wine Industry
Bears in Business: Giorgio Tavecchio
In 2008, Giorgio Tavecchio ’12 walked onto the Cal football team. Years later, his UC Berkeley experience still shapes his careers both as an NFL placekicker and winemaker.
Bears in Business: Jason Mikami ’92, MBA
Uber director and vineyard business manager Jason Mikami ’92, MBA, considers UC Berkeley the best entrepreneurial training ground.
Bears in Business: Stuart Smith ’70
The award-winning Smith-Madrone co-founder discusses the ways his Cal experience at UC Berkeley influenced his decision to enter the wine industry and shaped his business practices.