Three new “Art and Science” wines will be the featured selections of the student wine club, Unleashed, as it conducts its fall semester membership drive this month.
The wines were developed through a partnership between the Fresno State Winery and a senior graphic design class.
The drive is part of the “Sip-tember” observance of California Wine Month. Fresno State Winery was the first student winery in the nation to become commercially-bonded to operate on a university campus.
The award-winning campus winery is accepting Unleashed wine club sign-ups through Sept. 25 for those who would like exclusive access to new wines. The new Art and Science wines will be unveiled and tasted at the Fig Garden Wine Walk Thursday, Sept. 25 at Fig Garden Village (5082 N Palm Ave.).
The tasting, which starts at 5 p.m. and costs $25, is the last of seven community events where enology students are pouring award-winning wines, including gold-medal winning 2011 California Syrah and 2007 Saviez Syrah.
The new Art and Science wines feature a student-created label series from a competition among 15 graphic design students.
Members of Unleashed wine club will receive shipments in October, January and April with three to four hand-picked bottles from the university winemaker, said enology student Jody Gomes, who is the Unleashed president.
Along with 12 bottles per year, members get a 20 percent discount on all wines that are ordered through the winery’s online store. Wine club members also receive exclusive access to special wines, VIP invitations to two Winemaker’s Dinners and discounted rates for other limited events.
For more information, contact Smith or Gomes at 559.278.4867.
The remaining events of the Sip-tember Tour are:
- Sept. 12: Valley Children’s Harvest Ball at private residence (6-10 p.m.) SOLD OUT
- Sept. 16: Central California Women’s Conference at the Fresno Convention Center (8 a.m.-5:30 p.m.)
- Sept. 19: Safari Night at the Zoo, Fresno Chaffee Zoo (6-8 p.m.)
- Sept. 19: Eagle Springs Golf Tournament, (9 a.m.-3 p.m.)
- Sept. 25: Fig Garden Wine Walk (5-8 p.m.)
The Fresno State Winery also holds weekly wine tastings at the Gibson Farm Market (3-6 p.m., Friday through Sunday).
(Jodi Raley, University Communications student news assistant, contributed to this copy.)