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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.
Theta believes that leadership is not conveyed by a title. Leadership is a process to push ourselves and others to strive for more. Thetas aren’t afraid to stand out; to be authentic; to make a difference together. Adapted from the handwriting of Bettie Locke Hamilton, the Leading Women script on the front of this bottle honors the original leading woman. Let us celebrate the sisters of Kappa Alpha Theta, past, present, and future, who work together to move the Fraternity forward.
Introducing the Fall 2022 varietals and labels!
As a young college woman, Bettie Locke would share baked goods with her brother and his Phi Gamma Delta brothers. Because of her brother’s membership and her support for the chapter, the brothers of Phi Gamma Delta extended a badge to Bettie. She said that only if she could be a fully initiated member would she wear it. The Phi Gams declined. As a result, Bettie went on to found Kappa Alpha Theta, the first Greek-letter fraternity for women.
To share their congratulations, the men of Phi Gamma Delta gifted a cake basket. In 2016, the original cake basket was donated by Bettie Locke Hamilton’s family to Kappa Alpha Theta headquarters where it resides today underneath a portrait of Bettie herself.
We introduce you to our flagship Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon, Cake Basket. This is a premium and classic representation of the appellation’s preeminent varietal. Notes of black cherry, blackberry and plum are complemented by hints of toasted oak, dried currant and baking spice. Fine-grained tannins and ample brightness on the palate give way to a polished mouthfeel and exceptionally long finish.
Ideals of Gold
In their journey to noblest womanhood and truest sisterhood, Thetas are guided by ideals of gold. Inspired by pieces of Theta jewelry found within the archives the elegant designs paired with the ideals of gold name share exactly what Theta members can find within truest sisterhood, the best version of themselves.
We introduce you to our Ideals of Gold Pinot Noir. From the Russian River Valley AVA of Sonoma County, this beautiful wine is influenced mostly by the fog of the AVA and is very aromatic, with a velvet mouthfeel, and has a fruit character that is ripe and intense.
Shared between Thetas for decades, Theta Love and Mine (TLAM) is a special term of endearment. Whether it’s sent in a text, email, letter, or spoken to one another, TLAM communicates the strong link members can find within Kappa Alpha Theta’s sisterhood.
We introduce you to our elegant TLAM Cuvée Blanc. This is an alluring and complex white wine blend, with a sensuous offering of tropical fruits, white flowers and subtle spice. The nose is like a bouquet of flowers and jumps from the glass with ripe lemon, white peach and orange blossom followed by notes of toast and white pepper. On the tongue, lemon bursts forward with pineapple and other tropical fruit, with undertones of vanilla. The finish is bright and zingy and mellows with vanilla and subtle spices in its length.
Club Format and Cost
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.
Kappa Alpha Theta Fraternity Former 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.
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!
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