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.
Acorn Winery 2018 Heritage Vines Zinfandel
Bill Nachbaur ’66, J.D. ’69, founder and owner
Longfellow Wine Company 2020 Sauvignon Blanc
Mark Smith ’96, owner
Urban Legend Cellars 2018 Barbera
Marilee Shaffer ’94, co-founder and owner
Migliavacca Wine Company 2019 Vermentino
Vincent Traverso ’05, winemaker
Previous Shipment Features
Tulocay Haynes Vineyard 2019 Syrah
Brie Cadman ’99, M.P.H. ’06, owner and winemaker
Teneral Cellars 2018 Loud and Proud Merlot
Jill Osur ’85, founder
Anarchist Wine Co. 2021 Proprietary White Blend
Valerie Von Burg J.D. ’87, co-founder
Ancient Oak Cellars 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon
Kenneth Moholt-Seibert ’85 and Melissa Moholt-Seibert, founders and co-owners
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
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Bears in Business: Jason Mikami ’92, MBA
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Bears in Business: Stuart Smith ’70
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