VEAA Suspends A Celebration of Wine for 2014

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A Celebration of Wine, the major annual fundraiser for the Viticulture and Enology Alumni Association and the V.E. Petrucci Library in the Department of Viticulture and Enology, has been suspended for the 2014 year.

While a successful event for over 30 years, declining attendance and profits in recent years has made the A Celebration of Wine less viable as a fundraiser. The VEAA remains committed to supporting the V.E. Petrucci Library, however, and is using this pause to reflect and plan for other events and benefits to continue meeting the financial needs of the library.

The VEAA, the V.E. Petrucci Library, and the Department of Viticulture and Enology would like to thank all of the wineries, restaurants, vendors, sponsors, volunteers, and attendees that made A Celebration of Wine successful for so many years. Please watch for news from the VEAA and the Department of Viticulture and Enology for future events, and if you would like to make a contribution to support the VEAA and the V.E. Petrucci Library, please consider donating to our $40,000 matching challenge.

We had a great time and can’t wait to see you again!

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Thanks again to all our alumni and friends who joined us at our regional Viticulture and Enology Alumni events in the last several weeks.  Thanks, also, to our generous sponsors for their support!

Sonoma- Simi Winery

Napa Valley-Freemark Abbey

Central Coast- Le Vigne

Lodi- Michael David Winery

Be sure to check out the Department of Viticulture and Enology Facebook page for photos of the events:

Sonoma Alumni & Friends

Napa Alumni & Friends

Central Coast Alumni & Friends

Lodi Alumni & Friends

Interested in making these events happen next year?  Want to be involved with the VEAA?  Nominate yourself for an open office, or email with your interest in serving as an officer or regional contact.

We’re coming to Lodi!

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Lodi, we’re coming your way!  Join us for the evening to catch up with old friends and make new connections:

Lodi Regional Alumni Gathering

May 14, 2014, 5p- 7:30p
Michael David Winery
4580 W. Highway 12, Lodi, CA  95242
This event is generously sponsored by Michael David Winery
No charge– Advance registration encouraged by 5/8

Register here for our Lodi Regional Alumni Gathering

Sonoma and Napa Alumni, We’re Coming Your Way!

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Alumni and friends in Sonoma and Napa: join us for an evening of friendship and connections!

Sonoma Regional Alumni Gathering

April 2, 2014, 5p- 7:30p
Simi Winery
16275 Healdsburg Ave., Healdsburg, CA
Facility & Hors d’oeuvres hosted by Constellation- Keith Horn
No charge– Advance registration encouraged by 3/31

Register here for our Sonoma Regional Alumni Gathering

Napa Regional Alumni Gathering

Apr. 3, 2014, 5p- 7:30p
Freemark Abbey Winery
3022 St. Helena Hwy., St. Helena, CA, 94574
Facility hosted by Jackson Family Wines- Mariano Navarro
No charge– Advance registration encouraged by 3/31

Register here for our Napa Regional Alumni Gathering

VEAA Annual Meeting: Join us at the Vineyard Restaurant & Bar in Madera Feb. 22

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Please join your friends from Fresno State at the Viticulture and Enology Alumni Association’s Annual Dinner & Meeting on Saturday, February 22 at the Vineyard Restaurant and Bar in Madera.

We encourage all of our alumni and friends and students, staff, and faculty from the Department of Viticulture and Enology to join us for this social event that will include dinner, dessert, wine, and an important meeting.

Get involved, give back, renew old friendships and be a part of this organization that has a history of providing support to the viticulture and enology program at Fresno State!

RSVP for the dinner by February 19Click on the link to register now!

Matching challenge to support Petrucci Library to be announced at wine symposium

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The Fresno State Viticulture and Enology Alumni Association will announce a matching challenge  of up to $40,000 during an alumni reunion at the Unified Wine & Grape Symposium in Sacramento on Wednesday. The matching challenge is from former department chair Dr. Robert Wample and his wife Pam.

The Fresno State Alumni and Friends Reunion, 6:15 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 29 in the Sacramento Hyatt Regency, is part of Fresno State’s participation in the symposium, presented by the American Society of Enology and Viticulture and the California Association of Winegrape Growers.

Billed as the largest of its kind in North America with an estimated 13,000 participants, the symposium runs Jan. 28-30 at the Sacramento Convention Center (1400 J Street).

The challenge will be announced by Wample, who is now president  of the Viticulture and Enology Alumni Association, and Dr. Jim Kennedy, chair of Fresno State’s Department of Viticulture and Enology and president of the American Society of Enology and Viticulture’s board of directors.

The alumni association has a history of providing support to the viticulture and enology program at Fresno State with its primary mission to raise funds for the V. E. Petrucci Library, named for the founder of those programs.

“The Viticulture and Enology Alumni Association remains committed to helping build and strengthen the library and the department’s educational programs,” said Wample, who served as department chair and as director of the Viticulture and Enology Research Center from 2000-2009. During that period he helped to raise more than $500,000 of industry funding for the research program. To demonstrate their personal support the Wamples have offered a dollar-for-dollar match up to $40,000 on gifts to the Viticulture and Enology Alumni Association until Dec. 31, 2014 in the hopes of raising a combined $80,000.

“Pam and I invite all others to contribute to this $40,000 match. We encourage those that can to help us exceed our expectations by the end of the year,” said Wample.

Kennedy said the Petrucci Library is a huge asset for the program and serves as an invaluable tool for researchers and industry members who desire to keep up with international developments.

“There is no other entity that touches all aspects of who we are,” Kennedy said. “From the enrichment in education to providing a space for student interactions, the Petrucci Library provides our students with the skills to thrive in the 21st century.”

According to Kennedy, Fresno State’s focus at the symposium will be to reinforce its strong connections with alumni.

“The Unified Symposium not only provides an educational forum for our industry, but it enables us to connect with our alumni and industry leaders throughout the state and world,” Kennedy said. “We look forward to connecting with our friends and colleagues about how they can be a part of the Viticulture and Enology Alumni Association and our joint mission to prepare our students for careers in the grape and wine industry.”

The symposium provides practical information important to wine and grape industry professionals with a trade show featuring more than 650 suppliers and speakers who will discuss industry needs.

Viticulture and Enology faculty and staff will represent Fresno State at the department’s trade show booth Wednesday and Thursday.