Exploring Cabernet Sauvignon the Chicago Way: Wine Tasting

Chicago Booth Alumni Club of Chicago

March 11, 2011: 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Join fellow alumni in a unique wine tasting. You’ll learn the classic approach to tasting wine, how to distinguish the key characteristics of cabernet sauvignon, and sample an exquisite selection including wines made by winemakers from the University of Chicago family.  We’ll explore a range of cabernets, from Bordeaux style blends to single-estate wines. Each of three flights will feature a classic style from the region alongside a boutique wine made by a member of our University of Chicago family. This progression will provide an understanding of how the varietal’s characteristics change by terroir and appellation and how the winemaker leverages growing, blending, and winemaking techniques to create the final flavor in the bottle. A Level One Sommelier, also a Booth alum, Deenya Rabius will guide us through the tasting. Seating will be limited to 30 to ensure an intimate setting that engenders discussion and dialog. Food is limited to bread and crackers to clean the palette.


Kopecky, Schumacher & Bleakley, P.C.
16th Floor Atrium
203 N. LaSalle St.
Chicago, Illinois

Event Details

Flight 1: Bordeaux Style Blends

  • Cain Cuvee, Napa Valley, GM/Winemaker Chris Howell AB '75
  • Coppola Claret, Diamond Collection

Flight 2: Washington State Cabernet Sauvignons

  • J. Bookwalter, Foreshadow, Columbia Valley Owner/Winemaker John Bookwalter brother of MBA '91
  • L'Ecole No 41, Columbia Valley

Flight 3: California State Cabernet Sauvignons

  • Robert Craig, Mt Veeder, Napa Valley – Owner/Vintner Robert Craig MBA '66
  • Priest Ranch, Napa Valley


$85.00 for Chicago Booth Club Members and Guests; Booth Students
$100.00 for Non-member Alumni


Register Online

Deadline: 3/11/2011

Speaker Profiles

Deenya Rabius (Moderator) '90

Deenya Rabius is a Level One Sommelier and a Booth alum. She is also a member of the Chicago Booth Alumni Club Continuing Education Committee.


Elizabeth Bleakley, '02