1856 Wine Club
1856 Wine Club Membership Financially Supports Theta Chi!
April 10th, 1856 holds a special place in all our hearts and binds us together. Since 1856, the bonds of our lifelong brotherhood have only grown stronger.
Theta Chi alumni now have the unique opportunity to support the initiatives of the Fraternity by becoming a member of the 1856 Wine Club. Brothers who join the 1856 Wine Club will receive handcrafted, limited production wines made exclusively for the Resolute Men of Theta Chi.
When you enjoy a glass of wine from Rattlesnake Napa Valley, you are supporting the Fraternity and the education of our collegiate brothers all while enjoying excellent wine from America’s most renowned wine country.
We would love for you to join the 1856 Wine Club to enjoy great wine and to give back to the organization that has such a special place in all our hearts.
Vive Le Theta Chi!
Fall 2021 Wines
Introducing the Fall 2021 varietals and labels!
On Thursday, April 10, 1856, Frederick Norton Freeman and Arthur Chase agreed to meet at 9 p.m., the hour before “lights out” in the Old South Barracks of Norwich University to establish the Theta Chi Society. Following their example, Theta Chi continues to nurture Resolute Men, inspire True Friendship, and extends a Helping Hand to all who seek it.
From dining halls, rec centers, classrooms, and halls of chapter houses to conference rooms, laboratories, factories, school boards, stages, board rooms, hospitals, battlefields, courtrooms, halls of Congress, outer space, and beyond. We believe in Theta Chi. We are Theta Chi. We are Resolute Men.
Our flagship Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon is a classic representation of the appellation’s preeminent varietal. Notes of of black cherry, blackberry and plum are complemented by hits 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.
To permanently mark Theta Chi’s birthplace in the granite hills of Vermont, a monument was unveiled and dedicated during the 75th Anniversary Convention in 1931.
Made of granite taken from the surrounding hills, it bears the following inscription: “On a site two hundred feet northeast of this monument in the Old South Barracks of Norwich University, Frederick Norton Freeman, ’57, and Arthur Chase, ’56, founded Theta Chi Fraternity at 9 P.M., April 10, 1856.”
We hope Granite Hills, our 2020 Pinot Noir, remains just as timeless and commemorates your special occasions, a meal with loved ones, or a time to relax and reflect.
Our Pinot Noir from Santa Barbara County experiences a lengthy and cool growing season that is similar to the climate of the Burgundy region of east-central France. Unlike Burgundy, our Pinot Noir experiences dense fog that rolls in off the Pacific Ocean; this fog contributes to the ideal climate for Pinot Noir, offering just enough moisture to be beneficial without lingering too long.
Granite Hills has aromas of cherries, raspberries, blackberries, and brown sugar with notes of baking spices. On the palate, the wine opens with bright, fruit flavors of strawberries, leading to a round mouthfeel on the mid-palate and soft, velvety tannins on a long, elegant finish.
“I’ll build her a palace, a mansion or two, or a castle way up in the sky…”
Just as you gathered with brothers to share friendship, joy, and love in song, we hope you gather together with other friends and loved ones for some festive songs and good cheer as you enjoy our 2020 Cuvee Blanc, Serenade.
This elegant white wine blend is alluring and complex, 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 Theta Chi
Giving back to Theta Chi
When you join the 1856 Wine Club, proceeds are supporting Theta Chi and our collegiate brothers!
With every shipment, members of the 1856 Wine Club extend a Helping Hand to support Theta Chi in the development of future Resolute Men.
Apply to join the 1856 Wine Club and support Theta Chi Fraternity while enjoying world-class wines from Napa Valley.
Hear about Rattlesnake
“Being a Theta Chi is a lifelong experience and joining the 1856 Wine Club is a great way to celebrate and support our great fraternity.”
International President, Theta Chi Fraternity
Enjoying a glass of wine from Rattlesnake Napa Valley provides Theta Chi alumni the opportunity to reflect on the past and reconnect with brothers from years gone by.”
Chief Executive Officer, Theta Chi Fraternity
“I am honored to make these wines for the Theta Chi brotherhood and cannot wait for you to share them with your brothers, family and friends!”
Proprietor & CEO, Fairwinds Estate Winery & Rattlesnake Napa Valley
Experience the benefits and lifestyle!
Two shipments of six bottles per year (minimum to retain club seniority)
Wine received in a keepsake vintage fire-branded wooden crate
Exclusive access to limited releases and library wines
Exclusive access to the gift website to gift wines and merchandise to friends and family
Free wine tasting experiences for you and guests at Fairwinds in Napa Valley
Special access to Theta Chi only events and parties
Your name honored on the Theta Chi 1856 Wine Club Founder Member Memorial at the winery
Membership financially supports Theta Chi
Fairwinds Estate wines offered at 10% off