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Hand-crafted limited production wines made exclusively for the Kappa Alpha Theta Sisterhood. 20% of proceeds are given back to Kappa Alpha Theta.

Countdown to Spring Release!

We are excited to showcase the Spring 2022 Release! Don’t miss out joining the 1870 Club and finding the club level that best fits your budget & lifestyle which supports our great sorority!

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The 1870 Club

The 1870 Club Membership Financially Supports Kappa Alpha Theta!

Kappa Alpha Theta is excited to introduce the 1870 Wine Club! The year 1870 means so much to Theta. A year when few women were admitted to higher education institutions, Theta’s four founders established a space for women in higher education to support each other through sisterhood. Today, Theta links members across the globe. Black & Gold Napa Valley celebrates this history and legacy with historic labels.

The 1870 Club is an exciting new opportunity to experience and enjoy delicious wines from America’s most renowned wine country. Thetas who join can purchase exclusive labels from the Black & Gold Napa Valley collection, and receive two shipments (three bottles or six bottles) handcrafted, limited-production bottles delivered in a vintage fire-branded wood crate created exclusively for Kappa Alpha Theta.

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Spring Release

Introducing the Spring 2022 varietals and labels!

Birch Cottage

2019 Red Wine – Napa Valley

Home to Bettie Locke during her years at Indiana Asbury, Birch Cottage was one of many gathering places for the earliest members of Theta. “…decided to have a supper & jollification at Birch Cottage in the evening two weeks from this time… After talking and laughing until almost dark, we bade goodbye and left in high glee, for we had, a splendid time.” Hopefully, a bottle of Birch Cottage will bring Thetas together for jollification the same way Birch Cottage once did.

We introduce you to Birch Cottage. This 20019 Red Wine is an artful red blend created by winemaker Todd Heth. This wine exhibits dark blackberry, bing cherry and plum notes perfectly into layers of coffee and tobacco. The finish is dry with long-lasting berry fruit. Silky but firm tannins, this wine is enjoyable now but has the ability to age well in the cellar.
$95 / Bottle

Aspiring Theta

2020 Chardonnay – Russian River Valley

The aspirational messages of Kappa Alpha Theta are near and dear to the hearts of members along with the kite as a guiding symbol. For years, Thetas have aspired to grow into better versions of themselves whether it’s through personal or professional endeavors. Aspiring Theta captures the essence of what it means to be a member of Kappa Alpha Theta.

We introduce you to Aspiring Theta. This 2020 Chardonnay is a real gem. Hailing from the cool and foggy climate for the Russian River Valley in Sonoma County, this beautiful medium-bodied wine was grown slowly to build intense flavors over time. This wine was aged in French oak and displays a beautiful balance of fruit, oak and liveliness on the palate and exhibits lush mango and toasted almond. Balanced fruit with tarte acidity makes this wine a classic example of Premium Russian River Chardonnay.
$56 / Bottle

Black & Gold

2018 Sparkling Brut – Méthode Champenoise – Napa Valley

For more than 150 years, the black and gold kite has remained the most recognizable symbol of our beloved Fraternity. Walking proudly to the front of the chapel, our founders proudly donned their kite badges for all to see that the sisterhood of Kappa Alpha Theta was taking flight. The Black & Gold Brut was created in honor of celebrating the best of times with our Theta sisters.

This premium sparkling wine – meticulously and artfully made in the traditional champagne method – rivals anything found from the best Champagne houses in Épernay and Reims. Blended superbly from Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, this magnificent Napa Valley Brut exhibits rich fruit aromatics of strawberry and delicate white cherry that follow through to a creamy mid-palate accompanied with highlights of lime and wet minerality and a lingering vibrant finish.
$85 / Bottle

Club Format and Cost

In order to receive discounted shipments and additional lifestyle benefits, you must be a member of 1870 Club. A $50 one-time, non-refundable deposit will be processed to secure your 1st shipment only. This deposit will be deducted from your 1st club shipment cost. Wines are released in two 3-Bottle or 6-bottle shipments each year based on the club level you select. The cost will range based on your selections. The cost of a bottle ranges from $35 to $75 + tax & shipping.
Each club shipment for three-bottle members will arrive in a cardboard shipper that can be upgraded to a fire-branded Kappa Alpha Theta wooden crate for a discounted price of $25 ($50 Value). All club shipments for 6-bottle members will arrive in a wooden crate at no additional cost ($99 Value). Except for your one-time, non-refundable $50 deposit, your card will not be charged until the Release date. Again, the $50 deposit will be deducted from your first shipment cost.
Each club shipment can also include a special welcome package and gift at no additional cost ($30 Value). Depending on the club level you choose, you can customize your wine selections! New, library and special edition wines will be offered for your selection. There is no long-term commitment, and you may cancel at any time.
Please review 1870 Club member levels and benefits on comparison matrix presented on the Club page. Enjoy your wine, and remember, when you share a glass, gift a bottle or visit the Fairwinds tasting room in Napa Valley together, you are supporting Kappa Alpha Theta!

Support Kappa Alpha Theta

Proceeds are given back to Kappa Alpha Theta’s greatest areas of need.

Kappa Alpha Theta created a space for women in higher education to support each other through sisterhood over 150 years ago. With each shipment, members of the 1870 Club can celebrate and support Theta for another 150 years.

 

 

Hear about Kappa Alpha Theta

Each bottle of Black & Gold Napa Valley allows the opportunity to reflect on the rich history of Kappa Alpha Theta while supporting her future.
Mandy Burgett Wushinske, Zeta Sigma/Ohio Northern
Kappa Alpha Theta Fraternity President
We are proud to offer alumnae Black & Gold Napa Valley. Membership in the 1870 Wine Club is the perfect way to show your Theta pride and enjoy time with sisters.
Liz Sinnock Drake, Beta/Indiana
Director of Alumnae Engagement
I am honored to make these wines for the Kappa Alpha Theta sisterhood and cannot wait for you to share them with your sisters, family and friends!
Significant Sig Brandon Chaney (Indiana 1993)
Proprietor & CEO, Fairwinds Estate Winery and Black & Gold Napa Valley

Experience the benefits and lifestyle!

 

Membership financially supports Kappa Alpha Theta.

Club membership options to best fit your budget and lifestyle

Two shipments of three or six bottles per year (minimum to retain 1870 Club seniority)

Wine received in a handmade vintage Kappa Alpha Theta fire-branded wooden crate

Exclusive access to limited releases and library wines

Discounted access to online store to replenish your cellar and gift wines to friends & family.

Free wine tasting experiences at Fairwinds in Napa Valley

Special access to Kappa Alpha Theta only events and parties

Your name honored on the Kappa Alpha Theta 1870 Club Charter Member Memorial at the winery

Membership financially supports Kappa Alpha Theta Sorority

Fairwinds Estate wines offered at 10% off

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