Hello Wine Sense Members!

What a wonderful meeting we had last week with our new Bordeaux friend, Dewey! Thanks to all who came and waited patiently to try the delicious selection he brought to teach us about. We had a great time learning with you all and appreciate all the participation and interest everyone showed. Dewey was certainly happy to answer all our questions! For those who couldn’t attend, please note that not everyone showed up and we had extra space. Therefore, we recommend RSVPing anyways so you can get a spot when others are unable to come. Turned out, he brought WAY more wine than we were originally told, so we apologize for the original limit we had. 
Since we’d love to bring new ideas and trips your way, please help us by coming to LOBOS pub this Thursday, October 16th and buy a beer or two with us! We will be giving away wine glasses to those who come find us and all fundraising will go back to YOU! This helps keep our costs low, provide field trips, prizes, and gifts for the speaker, and new opportunities to come your way. We hope to see you all there, so bring your friends and come have a good time with us!!
Korbel Field Trip: CANCELLED :( :( :(
We are sorry that we did not catch this sooner, but the Korbel Trip is the same day as the Constellation Brand (major wine/alcohol distributors) Open House in San Francisco. Since it is an excellent opportunity for many of you who are interested in the wine business and industry, we’d like to keep the day open so we can attend this special event instead. If you’d still like to do a trip to Korbel on another day, email Christina at vizcaino@seawolf.sonoma.edu and we can plan another time to visit. 
       We will be planning for several trips in the SPRING semester, including a Meadery, Korbel, and a nursery, so these will events not to miss. 
ROUND #1 of WINE COMPETITION: 6:00pm Schulz 1121 Thursday, October 23rd
Tell your friends and come join us as we compete against each other in wine knowledge and tasting! Prizes include weekend trip to Oregon, Napa, and Sonoma wineries, and only SSU students compete! We will meet before our next meeting at 6:00pm in Schulz 1121 as usual. You can signup now by emailing us with;
1.your best contact information (phone and email), 
2. your major, 
3. hometown, 
4. and plans for career after college. 
We will share this information with our sponsors if you win so it can be published in their news. Or, you can signup when you come to the event. Whichever is easiest! See you all there, and BRING IT ON!!
Next meeting: LARSEN FAMILY WINERY, October 23rd- 7:00pm Schulz 1121
Join us on October 23rd as we taste the wines of the Carneros region from Larsen Family Winery. They will be sharing many of their wines with us and our own Treasurer, Taylor Hood, works there and will be helping out. Don’t miss this tasting, especially if you will be coming to compete before hand, stay and have a tasting with us! Please RSVP to WineSenseSSU@gmail.com and let us know if you can make it! See you all there.
The Wine Sense Club

Gloria Ferrer coming this thursday!!!

Hello everyone!

     What a great meeting we had last week! In case you missed it, Chateau Montelena and Seghesio Vineyards shared with us some of their incredible and famous wines. We learned about their history, heritage, and what made them famous parts of California’s Wine History. Thanks Katie and Beau for the wines and memorable experience!
     With such a huge turnout, we are glad to know we are an important club to all you winos on campus. With that said, we highly encourage you to RSVP to each meeting. We had to turn away people last week due to space and we hate to do it!!! 
Please just write us a quick email with your name, your friend’s name who you may be RSVPing for, and let us know you’d like to come. We will have a list at the door of those who RSVP’d, guaranteeing you a spot at the meeting.
     If space permits, we will allow other’s in, but only up to 50 people are allowed in the meeting room due to code. We thank you in advance for ensuring that we provide you with the best possible tastingd educational experience possible. 
Field Trip- Matanza’s Creek Winery- Friday, October 3rd at 10am-
     Throughout the semester, we will be providing you with opportunities to visit wineries and learn to develop wine tasting techniques. Our first opportunity to visit a winery is going to be at Matanza’s Creek Winery in Bennett Valley, just over Crane Canyon Road next to school.  Matanza’s Creek is well known for both their white and red varietals, as well as their beautiful lavender garden at the winery. 
     If you haven’t already told us you’d like to come, please let us know as soon as possible since space is limited!    
For those of you who have never been wine tasting at a winery before, this is a great opportunity to learn about proper tasting room etiquette, how to approach a tasting room to receive the best possible experience, and hangout with all of us who love to share wine together! 
      We will be meeting at the flagpole in front of campus at 9:30am on Friday, October 3rd. Several of us will be designated drivers, so you can catch a ride with us if you prefer, or you are welcome to meet us at the winery at 10am
Next Week’s Meeting: Gloria Ferrer! 9/25- 7pm Schulz 1121
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    If you have never heard of Gloria Ferrer, than you are surely missing out on fantastic sparkling wines!! Based in the Carneros growing region of southern Sonoma Valley, Gloria Ferrer is well known for their award-winningspanish style cava sparkling wines. They will also be sharing with us their still-wines, including their delicious Pinot Noirs and Chardonnays. 
     As they are the only guest speaker next week, we will be trying their entire portfolio of wines, so this is a meeting not to miss out on! Please RSVP as soon as possible so we can ensure everyone is able to come and participate. Just reply to this email and let us know the name(s) of those you’d like to RSVP for. 
Thank you all for your RSVP’s and we are looking forward to sharing some bubbly with you next week!
The Wine Sense Club

Chateau Montelena and Seghesio Winery!!

Hello Wine Club!

Thank you to those who came out and celebrated our first meeting of the Fall semester! We had such a fun time meeting all of our members and sharing wine and knowledge with you all! Our guests from Wine Roads, Inman Family, and Old World Winery were thrilled to present and had a wonderful sharing their wines with you as well. We hope you enjoyed yourselves and are ready for our second meeting this week!
This Thursday, 9/11, (same time, same place: 7pm, Schulz 1121 $5 with ID) we will be showcasing the wines of infamous Chateau Montelena in the Napa Valley, well known for their Chardonnay which placed Napa on the wine map in the famous French tasting in the 1970’s. We will also have Seghesio Vineyards pouring their well-known Zinfandel’s and Italian varietals, so this will be a tasting not to miss!! 
Please tell your friends who were perhaps unable to come last time of this great opportunity to learn about two different AVAs of California and to taste two famous winery’s delicious vino. We will continue to have prizes available and will be doing signups for a winery “field trip” next week, so please attend if you’d like to signup and join us for our excursion. 
We look forward to seeing you all again next week, have a great weekend.
The Wine Sense Club

First Event !!!

Hello Sonoma State Wine enthusiasts,

Thank you for signing up at Big Nite for more information about the Wine Sense Club here at Sonoma State. We are excited for an eventful and educational year with guests from all over the world coming to present wine and many learning opportunities in the wine industry. This is a reminder and update about our first meeting of the semester:
This Thursday, August 28th, 7pm in Schulz 1121 ($5 and ID at door to attend)
Wine Roads Presentation, Inman Family Winery tasting, Old World Wines Tasting
PLEASE ARRIVE ON TIME as the meeting/presentations will begin at 7pm
Due to an overwhelming amount of interest in the club and this first meeting of the semester, please note of our capacity limitations. Because the wineries generously donate their wine and due to our room capacity, we highly recommend that you RSVP to the event you wish to attend. We will have these RSVPs at the door and also through our emailing list (WineSenseSSU@gmail.com).  Those who RSVP will be allowed in first, those without RSVPing will wait until seating is available. 
We are sorry for this inconvenience and truly wish we could house all interested students. Please remember that throughout the semester, we will be providing many opportunities to not only attend meetings, but to also attend industry events, field trips to wineries and wine related places.
 We will update you via email, post information on our website (ssuwinesense.tumblr.com), update all of our social media ( ssuwinesense on Facebook, ssu_winesense on Twitter, and ssuwinesense on Instagram), so we highly recommend you follow us on all platforms to receive timely and important information. 
If you have any questions throughout the semester, please email us here at WineSenseSSU@gmail.com. We greatly look forward to serving the Sonoma State Students with exceptional wine education opportunities and we hope to meet you all at our future meetings!
Thank you for your interest in the Wine Sense Club!

Wine Tourism Volunteer Opportunities

Here’s a great opportunity to get some experience for your resume, as well as have some fun tasting great food and wine. One day only — 10am to 4pm on Sat., Aug. 30


Sonoma Wine Tourism Research Volunteer – Administer a guest intercept survey at the Sonoma Wine Country Weekend at MacMurray Ranch. Approach guests and ask them to complete survey to capture basic demographic data and opinion information about why they attended the event. Exhibit positive customer engagement, sales, and data collection skills. 

Dates and Hours:  Saturday, August 30 from 10am to 4pm at MacMurray Ranch. 

Compensation: Complimentary pass to the event with lots of excellent food and wine - after 1 hour of training and 2 hours of work. 

Extra:  Participants will also receive a bottle of wine as a thank you and an opportunity to win a gift certificate for a free dinner for two people. 

Qualifications & Additional Information:

ü  All volunteers must be 21 years old or older.

ü  Volunteers need to arrive at MacMurray Ranch at 8015 Westside Rd, Healdsburg before 10:00am on Saturday, August 30 for a training session and to receive their name badges, surveys, and incentive items.

ü  Volunteers must be comfortable approaching and engaging guests, and must be able to stand for a two-hour period.

ü  We are looking for a total of 10 volunteers for the project.    

To apply:  Send email expressing your interest to Honore Comfort, Executive Director, Sonoma County Vintners athonore@sonomawine.com, 707.522.5842 office 

Important Websiteshttp://www.sonomawine.com/  and http://sonomawinecountryweekend.com/