Wine Galore! Five Wineries Pour for SSU Millennials – Silver Oak, Twomey Cellars, Corkscrew, Azari Vineyard and Dutcher Crossing

By Guest Author Jenna Riggan – The SSU Wine Sense club was fortunate enough to have five awesome wineries pour for us at the most recent Food & Wine Pairing! 50 students tasted wines from Silver Oak, Twomey Cellars, Corkscrew, Azari Vineyard and Dutcher Crossing. Our chefs prepared delicious food as usual, including tri-tip, asparagus and raspberry brownies.


Favorite Wines  

The first favorite wine of the evening was a 2009 Dutcher Crossing Stuhlmuller Vineyard Alexander Valley Chardonnay.  ($34.00)  This wine was an instant favorite with its floral aromas, and lemon, vanilla and crème brulée flavors. Dutcher Crossing Winery is located in Dry Creek Valley. For more information on Dutcher Crossing Winery, see

The second favorite wine of the evening was a 2009 Twomey Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir. ($49.99) This Pinot Noir wowed tasters with aromas of blackberry, blueberry and pepper, and big flavors of dark cherry and spices. Twomey Cellars is a winery that was started by the same family that owns Silver Oak, and focuses on sustainable wine practices in southeastern Napa Valley. For more information on Twomey Cellars, explore!/welcome.


The third favorite wine of the evening was a 2008 Azari Sonoma Coast Shiraz. The Azari wines are available through the “Contact Us” page on the winery website. For more information on the award winning estate vineyard, visit


What are Favorite Argentina Wines of SSU Millennials?

By guest author, Jenna Riggan – SSU Wine Sense goes to Argentina! We kick-started spring break with a special presentation of five Argentinean wines. SSU students enjoyed exploring new and different wine styles, accompanied by an internationally inspired menu. Our two chefs grilled two large pork loins, served with chimichurri sauce, multi colored potato salad, and dulce de leche crepes.

Favorite Wines 

The first favorite wine of the evening won by a landslide. This 2011 Crios de Susana Balbo Rose of Malbec ($11.99) from the Mendoza region of Argentina wowed tasters with its bright red color, and just a touch of sweetness to the crisp, red berry flavors. Susana Balbo is a reputed winemaker from Argentina, and was the first Argentine winemaker to be hired as a consultant for wines outside of Argentina! For more information on Susana Balbo Winery and wines offered,

The second favorite wine of the evening was a 2010 Tercos   Torrontés ($12) from the Salta region of the Andean North West, Argentina. This dry wine is very refreshing, with grapefruit, peach, apple, melon and pineapple flavors.  For more information on Tercos,  Fun fact: this winery’s label was featured in an online article for the Wall Street Journal for its “kicking” label! Read the article here,