Wine a Bit and You'll Feel Better (Part 1)
Punch down
Blythe Pollack '13
Wednesday, January 16, 2013 - 9:45am

My route to Wine Society (co)presidency started years ago when I fell in love with wine on a trip to France. I had the most incredible bottle of Meursault and that was it.  Years later, I can still remember how smooth it was, how the buttery taste coated my tongue and excited my taste buds, and how the finish lasted for minutes.  Needless to say, I have been enjoying wine ever since, and my wine journey has continued at Columbia.

Wine Society is one of the most active clubs on campus.  We host at least one event per week and we focus on both wine education and wine enjoyment.  A few events from this past fall include:

In early October, we took a trip to the Finger Lakes, a wine region in upstate New York.  We visited six wineries and tasted some incredible Dry Rieslings.  The best part of the trip was the tour we took at Standing Stone Vineyards that included wine samples straight from the barrel and the opportunity to punch down red wine in the making.  (See photo.)

In late October, we hosted a port tasting with The Fladgate Partnership where we sampled a selection of eight tawny and ruby ports.  Also, I had the opportunity to try my first-ever port cocktail, and I have to admit that it exceeded expectations. 

Interesting fact: Did you know that port can only come from Portugal?  If you want to make sure you are purchasing the real deal then look for the word porto on the label.

Many more exciting events will take place this spring.  Be sure to check back for updates! 



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