Banfi Tasting

What: Banfi Wines
When: Thursday, February 23, 2017 at 7:30pm
Where: JG 106

We have successfully secured a temporary liquor license and arranged an event with another producer, so that means it’s time to RSVP for our first event of the semester! We will be hosting Lars Leicht of Banfi for a tasting of wines from Tuscany. Banfi is an American wine producer and has a large portfolio of Italian wines, and they will be showing several of their wines produced by Castello Banfi in Tuscany. We are really excited for the opportunity to taste their wines and learn from them about wine making, and we hope you can join us!


Castillo de Monjardin Tasting

What: Castillo de Monjardin Tasting
When: December 2, 2016 at 7:30
Where: JG 101

Fellow vinophiles,

While the fall semester, and with that the year 2016, is drawing to a close, we are not going to let this end without one last tasting party. You are all invited to try great wines of Castillo de Monjardin from Narvarra, Spain.

Tucked in the foothills of the Pyrenées along the French Border in Navarra, Castillo de Monjardín’s estate was originally a way station along the famous pilgrimage route from Paris to Santiago de Campostella. Its proximity and historic cultural links to France provide a winemaking tradition based on Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot, distinct from the rest of Spain. Monjardín does, however, make good use of the Garnacha that has made Navarra famous for its fresh, fruity rosés and lush, fruit-forward reds.

It’s a very busy time of the year but we all need a brief back from exam preparation and paper writing. And there is no better way to do so than to join us at our 6th and last event of the year. All you have to do is RSVP!

Happy thanksgiving and see you all next week!

Yarden Tasting

What: Yarden Wines Tasting
When: November 7, 2016 at 7:30
Where: JG 103

We are writing to invite you to our third tasting of the semester, with Victor Schoenfeld of Yarden Wines and the Golan Heights Winery in Israel. This is the first winery from Israel what we’ve had come during our time at Columbia, and we are really excited to welcome them to come present to the club. Israel is an up-and-coming wine region – Wine Spectator just did a feature on Israeli wines in its October Issue (you can find some of the articles and reviews here) and Yarden wines are some of the best-recognized and most well-established ones in Israel right now.

A description from the wine-maker:

Victor Schoenfeld of Golan Heights Winery/Yarden has been called “one of the most influential winemakers in Israel today.” To many, he embodies the modern Israeli wine era, with classic wines such as Katzrin, Yarden Cabernet Sauvignon and Odem Organic Chardonnay, and experimental ventures that have encompassed “Rom” (a collaboration with Zelma Long), Israeli dessert wines, and sparkling wines that defy expectations. Victor has been making wine in Israel for almost 30 years, working with a range of elevation and micro-climates in Golan Heights which account for a diversity of styles. A winemaker with a scientific discipline, Victor believes that knowing the exact soil type, climatic conditions, variety, clone and rootstock are essential to making top quality wines in a “new” region. Victor can present a range of wines from sparkling to full-bodied reds that illustrate Israel’s full potential.


Aged Wine Tasting

What: Aged Wine Tasting (led by Bob Cunningham and Robin Kelley O’Connor)
When: October 30, 2016 from 4-6
Where: Case Lounge

Please join us for an incredibly rare opportunity to join an exclusive aged wine tasting. As you may or may not know, Case Lounge is a small, recently renovated space on the 7th floor. This event can only accommodate up to 18 participants because we will be tasting from a very old and rare collection we have inherited from a benefactor. DeVinimus has been holding this special tasting event for the past couple of years and it is clear that with the amount of wines we have left and their current stage of development, this is going to be the LAST ONE (unless we can find another generous donor of course!).

We give priority to the current board members and your plus one, before we open it up to the general members of the club. If you want to join, this would set you back additional $80 each (i.e. it is not covered by the general membership fee). Please direct the due to Michael, preferably at his locker 1242 with an envelop of cash or check made payable to Columbia University.

Chateau Lagrange/Chateau d’Issan

What: Chateau Lagrange/Chateau d’Issan Tasting

When: October 25, 2016 at 8:00

Where: JG 104

We know it’s been a few weeks since Wines 101 and everyone is probably ready for another wine event – so it’s our pleasure to invite you all to a tasting of wines from the famous Chateaux Lagrange and D’Issan. Both Chateaux have been great friends of the club for years, and we’re happy to host them again. They are both among Bordeaux’s best, and were both included in the original 1855 classification of Left Bank Bordeaux producers, which is still the most important and prestigious classification of highest quality Bordeaux wine.

Matthieu Bordes (see him speak here!), general manager and winemaker at Lagrange will be in New York for a few days and has found time in his schedule to personally present several of his wines with us. The tasting will be a side-by-side vertical tasting of the two producers’ wines starting with some recent vintages, and then moving back in time. If you’ve never had a chance to experience first hand the way a wine develops over the years, this should be really educational and fun.