Over 300 lucky alumni, parents, community members, and SSU faculty and staff enjoyed fantastic wines, delicious cheese, and student musicians at the 2nd Annual Sips, Bites, and Bids event. The fifteen wineries that poured were all represented by graduates of Sonoma State's Wine Business program. The sold-out event, held over Sonoma State's Homecoming and Parents Weekend on October 29th, also featured a silent auction that raised over $2500 for the Wine Business Institute Alumni Council.
"This event fills a unique niche because it showcases alumni and their wineries, all right here in our own backyard," said Vincent Cortese, president of the Board of Directors for Sonoma State's Alumni Association, who organized the event with the Wine Business Alumni Council. In addition to alumni who came out to reconnect with classmates, and show support for the programs that fostered their education and career paths, many parents of current freshmen got to appreciate Sonoma's great wines, while learning about the programs.
The wineries present, some of whom do not typically pour for the general public, ranged from Stryker Sonoma, to Jackson Family Wines, to Arrowhead Mountain Vineyards. These organizations, who constantly mentor and hire SSU's Wine Business students, are happy to give back to the university through this unique event.
A special thank you to all of the wineries that poured: Stryker Sonoma, La Crema, Sebastiani, Buena Vista, Schug, Matanzas Creek, Edmeads, Arrowhead Mountain Vineyard, Londer, Foursight, Ehlers, Kelley & Young, Hickman, Ottimino Vineyard and Winery, and Jackson Family Wines, as well as the generous donation of numerous auction items by alumni and friends.
For photos and a list of auction items and donors, visit the News section on the School of Business and Economics website: www.sonoma.edu/sbe.
To be on the mailing list for next year's event, please contact the SSU Alumni Association.