Columbia Alumni Wine Industry Network's Top Picks for Valentine's Day

Ken Catandella
February 06, 2019

The Columbia Alumni Association's Ken Catandella, member of the Columbia Alumni Wine Industry Network, curated a list of wines—made or distributed by your fellow alumni—to help make your Valentine’s Day celebration special.


2017 Angels & Cowboys Rosé (Yoav Gilat '06BUS, Founder and CEO: Share a Splash Wine Co.)

2017 Tres Sabores "Ingrid & Julia" (Julie Johnson '79NRS, Owner: Tres Sabores)

2017 Bodewell - First Leaf (Philip James '05BUS, Founder: Bodewell Wines)

2017 Folktale Estate Rosé (Greg Ahn '05BUS, President & CEO: Folktale Winery and Vineyards)     

2017 13th and Third Rosé (Julie Rothberg ‘01BUS, Co-Founder and CEO: 13th and Third Wines)

NV The Drop Rosé (Alexis Beechen '15BUS, Co-Founder and CEO: The Drop Wine)


2017 Altaneve Rosé (David Noto '11BUS, Owner: Altaneve)

NV Alit Blanc de Blanc Growers Champagne (Mark Tarlov '77LAW, Founder: Maison L’Envoyé)

2015 Flying Goat Blanc de Noir (Kate Griffith '84SIPA, Chief Philosopher and Proprietor: Flying Goat Cellars)

NV Folktale Rosé Brut (Greg Ahn '05BUS, President & CEO: Folktale Winery and Vineyards)

2017 Banfi Rosé Regale Brachetto (Cristina Mariani May '99BUS, President and CEO: Banfi Wines)

Chocolate-Friendly Reds

2016 Dry Creek Valley Zinfandel Grist Vineyard (Brent Bessire '91CC, Co-Owner: Fogline Vineyards)                 

2015 Alit Willamette Valley Pinot Noir (Mark Tarlov '77LAW, Founder: Maison L’Envoyé)

2015 High Dive Cabernet Sauvignon (Yoav Gilat '06BUS, Founder and CEO: Share a Splash Wine Co.)

2015 Larkmead Cabernet Sauvignon (Dan Petroski ‘95CC, Head Winemaker: Larkmead Vineyards)

2014 Tres Sabores Zinfandel (Julie Johnson '79NRS, Owner: Tres Sabores)


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