Napa or Sonoma? A Conversation and Tasting with CMC Vintners

Thursday, May 28 | 5:30 p.m. (Pacific)

Do you prefer Sonoma or Napa? Cabernet or Pinot Noir? Chardonnay or Sauvignon Blanc? Join us for a conversation on wine and the wine industry while tasting premium wines from California’s famous growing regions. We’ll discuss the wine industry with Tony Poer '90, national sales manager for Meyer Family Cellars, Christopher Strieter M'11, founder and sales manager of Senses Wines, and Evan Rutter '06, sommelier and assistant vice president for Alumni and Parent Engagement, as well as taste some of their best wines and regionally specific varietals.

Whether you’re a beginner or an expert, you won’t want to miss this deep-dive into the wine industry, or these great wines. Register today for discounted pricing – prices increase Wednesday, May 13.

Christopher Lloyd Strieter M'11 combined his dream to own a business with his passion for wine when he partnered with childhood friends Max Thieriot and Myles Lawrence-Briggs. Rather than pursuing a career in consulting, he worked vintage after graduating from Claremont McKenna with his Master’s degree in Finance. Inspired by his work with Jess Jackson of Jackson Family Wines and his time at cult-classic Williams Selyem Winery, Christopher decided to take the plunge and founded Senses Wines. Since the beginning, Christopher has been intimately involved with all aspects of the business.

Tony Poer '90 graduated from CMC with a B.A. in film studies, but a year-and-a-half sojourn in Paris in 1991-92—during which he worked as a garçon at the well-known Willi’s Wine Bar—caused the wine business to capture his professional interest. In his 20s and 30s, he held sommelier and restaurant buyer positions in San Francisco before permanently moving with his wife, Rachael, to Napa Valley in 2003. He signed on as national sales manager with Meyer Family Cellars in 2005 and has been instrumental in creating sales channels across the U.S. for this prestigious winery.

Package includes conversation with CMC vintners, Tony Poer '90, Christopher Strieter M'11, and Evan Rutter '06 and four bottles of wine for a guided tasting.

Total value, including shipping and tax $250. Bonus! Front row access to the Senses Wines mailing list. This exclusive opportunity allows you to bypass the multi-year waiting list and enjoy some of their best wines.


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Price includes a $5 donation to the Crisis Response Fund. No refunds after Wednesday, May 20.

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Thursday, May 28
5:30 PM - 6:45 PM
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