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.
Our Spring 2022 shipment features:
- Angels & Cowboys Brut Rosé, Healdsburg
- Yoav Gilat ’05, founder and managing partner
- 2018 Kendric Vineyards Pinot noir, Marin
- Stewart Johnson ’88, winemaker
- 2017 Long Meadow Ranch Cabernet Sauvignon , Napa Valley
- Justin Carr ’97, winemaker
- 2018 Berryessa Gap Petite Sirah, Yolo County
- Corinne Martinez ’85, president, coo, co-founder and co-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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