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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.

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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:

  • November
  • February
  • May

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.

Current Shipment

Our Fall 2022 shipment features:

  • 2019 June Mountain Vineyard Amourex Zinfandel, Sonoma County
    Michael Bloch ’90, founder 
  • 2021 Brown Estate Vineyard Chaos Theory, Napa Valley
    Deneen Brown ’90, Coral Brown ’89, and Stefanie Kelly ’97 co-owners and co-operators 
  • 2019 Calling Card Sonoma Coast Chardonnay, Sonoma Coast
    Rachel Stern ’22, owner and founder 
  • 2019 Desforges Vineyard Pinot noir, Russian River Valley
    Peter Desforges ’83, founder and owner

Ready to Discover 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.

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