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Wine & Cuisine Society: What does your $100 get you?

Annual membership fee – $100.
Eight glasses of Opus One — $15.
Cheese and crackers – complimentary.
Getting to meet the man behind the magic – included.
Enjoying great company that just gets better as the glasses go on – priceless.

With 350 members, the Wine & Cuisine Society is the only club permitted to serve its own alcohol on campus. We do so and we do it well replica breitling. Under the leadership of former sommelier Yuval Atsmon and E&J Gallo’s own Bill McMorran, the Wine & Cuisine Society this year boasted almost 50 events (averaging two per week) from a 14 glass “vertical” tasting of multiple years of the same Bordeaux to meeting Jack Cakebread of Cakebread Cellars to a McWilliams Australian wine tasting where roughly two bottles per person were opened for the enjoyment of our members.

Membership in the club ranges from serious wine aficionados trying to refine their palettes to newbies who are just beginning their love affair with wine to those looking for a warm up for DaedulusTuesday and the specter of a three case day. For our food lovers, events also include gastronomical journeys to restaurants such as L’Espalier, Harvest, and Sandrine’s. And for our strong of mind (and body) we also offer liquor tastings.

A few events are so popular that the club holds a lottery for entry. But, savvy members know that there are always a few empty places for those willing to show up at the door. For example, Opus One, the most popular tasting of the year, had four lonely seats sitting vacant when the event began replica watches uk. (Luckily the people next to those seats found a good use for the wine.)
Two capstone events take place: the Bacchus Ball and the Winter Holiday Party. Both give our members and their guests opportunities to dress up as the civilized, sophisticated MBAs we like our future employers to think we are. Showcasing numerous wines and delectable culinary treats, both events are heavily subsidized by member dues. This year, in true American style, Bacchus featured all-you-can-drink wine, a buffet dinner, and a stunning view of Boston from the panoramic windows of the Harvard Club.

Members also headed out to wine country on our annual NapaTrek which falls each year on the Saturday of WesTrek. Transported from San Francisco in a private bus, members winded their way up and down Napa’s storied Silverado Trail, imbibing glasses from BigHorn Cellars, Cakebread Cellars, Luna Vineyards, and Stag’s Leap District’s own Pine Ridge. Members also enjoyed artisan cheeses, picnic lunches provided by Oakville Grocery, as well as a much needed stop at In-N-Out Burger on the way home.

While we want to make sure to maintain both the quality and quantity of events from the past year, the incoming officers have been working hard on a veritable banquet of new initiatives. Initial thoughts center around a greater diversity of events, such as chocolate tastings, cooking classes, international liquors, and even a cigar event! We are also planning to host more events in famous Boston spotlights, such as No.9 Park and Sibling Rivalry and are negotiating special arrangements with local wine schools to offer sommelier classes to our members. The club is also looking at placing more emphasis on wine and food education, with classes on wine and food pairings, how to order wines in a business setting, and other courses that we’re shocked aren’t mandatory in the RC curriculum.

Some highlights from the past year:

”The Week of Four Tastings” – One tasting each night, ranging from New World Napa’s finest (Duckhorn vineyards with it’s 90+-rated wines) to the best Old World France has to offer (Chateau d’Issan and Chateau Lagrange), with two stops in Australia in between.

 Events co-hosted with other HBS clubs, such as the Inniskillan Ice Wine tasting with the Canadian Club, the Recanati Israeli wine tasting with the Jewish Student Association, as well as tastings with the Australia and New Zealand Club.

 Esteemed Wine and Spirits magazine editor, Josh Greene’s seminar on “Using Wine in Business, which came with a free subscription to the magazine for all attendees.

 The Dewar’s Scotch tasting, where ladies who were offended by the off-color Scottish humor were happily compensated with Dewar’s leather flasks.

 The Guigal wine dinner at Rialto featuring two glasses of wine (a red and a white) with each of the five courses. Drivers were instructed to leave their cars at home!

We look forward to drinking and eating and drinking with you next year!

May 8, 2006
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