Cheers to Fall!
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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 shipments of three or six bottles a year of our exclusive handcrafted 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.
As the open motto of Alpha Chi Omega, “Together let us seek the heights” is a beloved outward reminder of the sisterhood’s Ritual. Representing the steadfast commitment to personal growth in all endeavors and in striving for the ideals of the Fraternity, “Together” also symbolizes the past 2022 National Convention experience of cherished time spent together as sisters in the Bond.
Fall 2022 Wines
INTRODUCING THE FALL 2022 LABELS AND VARIETALS
Pearls, the official jewel of Alpha Chi Omega, hold a significant place in the hearts of sisters. For more than 100 years, lustrous, white pearls have been the essential jewel in the lyre badge worn by all initiated members.
To each member, her badge serves as a reminder of her connection to her Fraternity. It stirs fond memories of those women with whom she shared special times, and it reminds her of the rich heritage and values of the Fraternity. Whether wearing the badge or a beloved strand of pearls, Alpha Chi Omegas hold this precious jewel dear to them.
We introduce you to Pearls. The 2019 Red Wine is an artful red blend created by winemaker Todd Heth. This wine 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.
Since the first issue of The Lyre magazine in 1894, Alpha Chi Omega has captured the history of the organization and engaged members with written words in chapter newsletters, history books, alumnae directories, blog articles and more. Regardless of the medium, members have celebrated together and shared the bonds of sisterhood through written correspondence.
Alpha Chi Omega also advances literary endeavors by supporting the Star Studio at MacDowell, an artists’ retreat. Writers who have stayed at MacDowell have created more than two dozen Pulitzer Prize-winning works during their residencies.
We introduce you to Three Muses. This Chardonnay is a real gem. Hailing from the cool and foggy climate for the Russian River Valley in Sonoma County, this beautiful medium-bodied wine was grown slowly to build intense flavors over time. This wine was aged in French oak and displays a beautiful balance of fruit, oak and liveliness on the palate and exhibits lush mango and toasted almond. Balanced fruit with tarte acidity makes this wine a classic example of Premium Russian River 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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Giving Back to Alpha Chi Omega
Membership in the 1885 Club offers our alumnae an enjoyable, creative way to support the Real. Strong. Women.® Experience. With proceeds 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!
Membership financially supports Alpha Chi Omega.
Club membership options to best fit your budget and lifestyle.
Two shipments of three or six bottles per year (minimum to retain club level seniority).
Wine received in a keepsake vintage Alpha Chi Omega fire-branded wooden crate.
Exclusive access to limited releases and library wines.
Discounted access to online store to replenish your cellar and gift wines to friends & family.
Free wine tasting experiences at Fairwinds in Napa Valley.
Special access to Alpha Chi Omega only events and functions.
Your name honored on the 1885 Club Member Plaque at the winery.
Fairwinds Estate wines are offered at 10% off.