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Membership Financially Supports Alpha Chi Omega!
Gather your alumnae sisters to celebrate your lifelong bonds of sisterhood with a glass of Three Strings Napa Valley, Alpha Chi Omega’s new line of handcrafted, limited-production wines.
Alumnae who join the 1885 Club will receive two six-bottle shipments per year of our exclusive Three Strings Napa Valley wines. With 20% of each sale benefiting Alpha Chi Omega Fraternity, your 1885 Club membership offers a unique way to blend celebrating Alpha Chi Omega and supporting the greatest needs of our sisterhood.
This inaugural red wine honors Alpha Chi Omega’s October 1885 founding at DePauw University. Choosing distinct colors to identify the new fraternity was one of the first significant decisions the Founders made.
As Founder Olive Burnett Clark wrote: “The ground was covered with leaves in their brilliant colors of autumn, for this was a glorious October. A gentle breeze showered the leaves all about us and in our laps. We casually picked and arranged them. In a flash of concerted understanding we knew we had found our colors – colors of our October founding – the scarlet and the bronze green found in the maple leaf on a perfect autumn day.”
We introduce you to Autumn. This proprietary red blend – from our award-winning winemaker Todd Heth – exhibits dark blackberry, bing cherry and plum notes perfectly into layers of coffee and tobacco. The finish is dry with long-lasting berry fruit. Silky but firm tannins, this wine is enjoyable now but has the ability to age well in the cellar.
With a nod to Alpha Chi Omega’s beginning as a fraternity for music students, and later liberal arts, the Three Muses white wine series recognizes the importance of music, arts and literature to our members. The Fraternity’s original open motto, “Ye daughters of music, come up higher,” later evolved into “Together, let us seek the heights.” Music, the first Muse in the series, commemorates our Founders’ love of instruments and song.
We introduce to you Three Muses. From the chalky soil of the Carneros region in southern Napa Valley, this gem exhibits lush green apple and bright grapefruit notes while dancing across your palate. This stunning wine is light and friendly with very subtle vanilla and pear blossom hints on the nose. Balanced fruit with tarte acidity makes this wine a classic example of Premium Napa Chardonnay.
“To see beauty even in the common things of life, to shed the light of love and friendship round me…” A celebration of the Alpha Chi Omega sisterhood, our Brut wine honors “The Symphony”, penned by Celia McClure Pardee (Delta chapter, Allegheny College) and officially adopted by the Fraternity in 1914. Because “The Symphony” reflects our tradition of harmony, it remains popular a century later and is read at many gatherings and events. Another symbol of pride for members, the lyre bird is a focal point of Alpha Chi Omega’s official flag, adopted in 1910.
We introduce to you The Symphony. This premium sparkling wine – meticulously and artfully made in the traditional champagne method – rivals anything found from the best champagne houses in Épernay and Reims. Blended superbly from Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, this magnificent Napa Valley Brut exhibits rich fruit aromatics of strawberry and delicate white cherry that follows through to a creamy mid-palate accompanied with highlights of lime and wet minerality and a lingering vibrant finish.
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Membership in the 1885 Club offers our alumnae an enjoyable, creative way to support the Real. Strong. Women.® Experience. With 20% of all sales directly benefiting the Fraternity, your participation will help increase financial accessibility for our collegiate members while continuing to provide transformational programming and member support.
Hear about Three Strings
I am thrilled to offer this new opportunity to engage our alumnae. When you join the 1885 Club, you can be confident your purchase helps fund programming for our sisters and increase financial accessibility to our membership experience for collegiate women. Gather your sisters to reminisce and enjoy a glass of Three Strings Napa Valley together!
Chief Executive Officer
Thank you for being a part of our efforts to celebrate our sisterhood beyond your collegiate experience! As an alumna, your membership in the 1885 Club helps to financially support the Real. Strong. Women. Experience, including our diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives, and other areas of greatest need for our sisterhood.
Senior Director of Education and Engagement
“I am honored to make these wines for Alpha Chi Omega and cannot wait to share them with you!”
Proprietor & CEO, Fairwinds Estate Winery & Three Strings Napa Valley
Experience The Benefits!
Two shipments a year of six bottles each (minimum order quantity to retain club seniority number)
Wine received in a keepsake vintage fire-branded wooden crate
Exclusive access to limited releases and library wines
Exclusive access to the gift website to gift wines and merchandise to friends and family
Free wine tasting experiences for you and guests at Fairwinds in Napa Valley
Special access to club-only events and activities
Your name on the Alpha Chi Omega 1885 Club Founding Member Memorial at the winery
20% of wine sales are given back to Alpha Chi Omega Fraternity
Fairwinds Estate wines offered at 15% off