Alumni Wine by Cornell Alumni Affairs brings wine made by alumni to alumni who love wine, in bottles featuring alumni-created renderings evocative of all things Cornell. We are proud to share the breadth, uniqueness, and quality of the wine being made by alumni across the country. The 2022 Collection was selected by Master Sommelier, Catherine Fallis ’83 and features abstract impressionistic artwork referencing Ithaca’s famous gorges by Barbara Mink, MA ’85.
$32 per bottle
Steve Hendricks ’76 and his wife Flora Habibi had a lifelong dream of owning a vineyard and making their own wine. The dream started in the Hotel School class, Introduction to Wines, spring term senior year. This dream became a reality when they purchased Beran Vineyards in 2012, one of the oldest intact original plantings in the Chehalem Mountains AVA, in the exclusive Laurelwood District sub-AVA.
Together, Steve and Flora now work on every aspect of the winemaking process at Ruby Vineyard, from driving the tractor to pouring flights for guests in the tasting room. They practice solely organic farming making wine with intent, vigilance, and as natural as possible hoping to carry forward the legacy of the Willamette Valley.
Ruby Vineyard makes naturally crafted wines from some of the oldest vines in Oregon wine country. Under the direction of veteran winemaker, Andrew Kirkland, our winemaking style pays homage to ancient techniques while continuing to delicately balance the flavors of traditional and natural wine. We take great care to ensure each bottle is expressive of place and the great depth and natural character imparted by the unique Laurelwood soils in our vineyard.
Located in the world-famous Willamette Valley, the winery’s fruit comes from mostly organic sites, including their estate vineyard, ensuring not only superb quality but minimal environmental impact.
$28 per bottle
Trestle Thirty One was established in 2015 by Cornell Alumnus Nova Cadamatre MW, ’06 and her husband, Brian Cadamatre. A winemaker with a wide and diverse background, Cadamatre started in wine on the East Coast as a winemaking apprentice with Stargazers Vineyard in 2003. After graduating from Cornell University in 2006 with a Bachelor’s in Viticulture, Nova moved to California. During her time in California, she worked with fruit from all over the state eventually settling in Napa and focusing on Bordeaux and Burgundian varieties from some of the top vineyards in the area including To Kalon, Vine Hill Ranch, MacDonald, Detert, and Hyde Vineyard. In 2015, she started her brand Trestle Thirty One in the Finger Lakes of NY and currently goes back and forth between Napa and the Finger Lakes to manage both her CA projects and her projects in NY.
In 2017, Nova was the first female winemaker in the US to achieve the title of Master of Wine. She has been named to Wine Enthusiast’s Top 40 under 40 list and has numerous 90+ scoring wines to her credit from both coasts.
Catherine Fallis ’83 (pronounced “fall is”) is the world’s 5th female Master Sommelier and Proprietor at Planet Grape® LLC, a wine consulting firm providing content, reviews, corporate & private tastings, restaurant wine program development, and speaking services. She created her alter-ego, grape goddess®, to help bring wine down to earth for consumers as well as those entering the wine industry. She is one of a handful of female professional sabreurs in the world, opening a bottle of Champagne with a sword in a dazzling theatrical performance. Catherine was recently inducted into Les Dames d’Escoffier and is a Board Member of The American Institute of Wine & Food.
Her diverse wine background as a salesperson, master sommelier, distributor, and supplier helped Catherine become the well-rounded and thorough expert she is today. She understands all facets of the wine business, and is a frequent speaker, event host, educator, and consultant for corporations, consumers and the wine trade. She is a highly sought after wine expert and spokesperson for the wine industry.
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Parlaying a wide-ranging intelligence and a long history as part of the local cultural establishment into a new career, the prolific and energetic artist has evolved from a painter of botanicals and lushly romantic landscapes into an eclectic, sensual abstractionist.
— Arthur Whitman, Ithaca Times, December 2020
Barbara Mink, MA ’85 was born in Buffalo, New York, started painting in 1999, and studied with two of Cornell’s renowned art professors, Stan Taft and the late Bente King.
I grew up with art all around me. My father was an abstract painter, and Buffalo featured a wonderful modern art gallery and a lively arts scene. I started painting relatively late, and went through as many styles, subjects, and media as I could, before coming happily to rest in the world of color and texture.
Mink moved to Ithaca, New York in 1976 where she pursued a PhD in Comparative Literature, was a freelance actor in television and radio commercials, News Director of WHCU radio station, and received an MA degree in History from Cornell University in 1985. In 1989 Mink was elected to the Tompkins County Legislature and served for 12 years. In 2001 she founded the Light in Winter Festival of Science and Art. She has taught Management Communication at Cornell University’s Johnson Graduate School of Management since 1986.
The two featured paintings—Gorge Walk Ithaca Falls is 4x4, acrylic and ink (white wine) and Gorge Walk Treman, 3x5, acrylic and ink (red wine)—are part of a series called Gorge Walks. They’re impressions, rather than representations, responses to the natural beauty that surrounds us. Gorge Walk Treman is from the collection of Carol Cohen and James Geletka.
Mink is an active member of the Greater Ithaca Art Trail, as well as the Buffalo Society of Artists and the Western New York Artists Group. Her work can be found online at www.barbaramink.com, and in homes and institutions around the world.
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