'Friday Night Flights' wine tastings kick off summer weekends
Fresno State winery staff and students will showcase many of their favorite wines at the first of four “Friday Night Flights” outdoor wine tasting events this summer 4:30 to 7 p.m. Friday, July 2 at the campus winery (2360 E. Barstow Ave.).
Each event will feature a rotating list of fine white, rosé and red wines made by Viticulture and Enology Department staff and students and is open to the public for $7.
The event is free to Fresno State wine club members who also enjoy free annual membership and a 20% discount on three shipments during the year.
Other upcoming Friday wine tastings will be held 4:30 to 7 p.m. July 16, July 30 and August 13.
All of the winery’s vintages use grapes harvested from the 120-acre campus vineyard and other fine grape-growing areas in the Central Valley, Sierra Nevada foothills and Central and Northern Coast areas.
Wine enthusiasts can also enjoy a special, mix and match offer for $30 that includes six bottles of the 2017 vintages of wines of Petite Sirah from Papagni Vineyards, Syrah from Saviez Vineyards and Presidents Reserve Syrah from the campus vineyard.
“This is a great chance to stop by before dinner and visit with our students and winemaking staff and learn how they make such great wines,” said Kevin Smith, winery sales and marketing manager. “The outdoor location is really convenient on our shaded back pad, and it’s a casual, fun way to start your weekend.”
Each event will be limited to 100 people, and registration for the event on July 2 is available here.
Parking is available for free next to the winery in parking lot 19 (Barstow and North Jackson Ave).
The campus winery is the nation’s first and largest bonded commercial winery on a university campus. Fresno State wines have won over 300 awards since the winery was officially started in 1997.