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In Hoc Napa Valley is thrilled to release three new red wines at Grand Chapter in Scottsdale, AZ in June. Stay tuned for the unveiling of these exciting new labels that will be available for purchase on the new member store!

Countdown to the Fall 2021 Shipment!

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In Hoc 1855 Club

Membership Financially Supports Scholarships of the Sigma Chi Foundation!

Our seven Founders recognized that a principle-driven lifestyle should be paramount in an individual’s lifelong quest to achieve progressive development, and that the world in which they lived had a great need for ethical leaders whose core principles were based on the possession of remarkable character.

In Hoc Napa Valley’s mission to deliver world-class wines, celebrate Sigma Chi’s rich history and brotherhood, support scholarships for our undergraduate brothers, and most importantly, enhance the Sigma Chi lifelong experience beyond our college years.

Nothing brings the brotherhood together better than wine!

If you have any questions about the 1885 Club, please review our FAQs or don’t hesitate to reach out to us!

Spring Releases March 2021

Norman Shield

2019 Pinot Noir – Russian River Valley, Sonoma

From the beginning of Roman history, soldiers used two basic types of shields: the great scutum, in either its oval or rectangular form, and the round bronze clypeus. It was not until the 12th century that Europe was to see a new type of kite-shaped shield that became known as the Norman style. Since arms were originally painted on shields, it is now a basic part of any coat of arms. Our Norman Shield represents friendship, justice and learning. While friends can have a profound impact on our experiences in life, this wine aspires to develop brotherhood – a deeper and more enduring type of friendship found only in the bond of the battlefield and a full goblet of wine post victory.

The 2019 Norman Shield Pinot Noir is from the Russian River Valley AVA of Sonoma County. This beautiful wine is influenced mostly by the fog of the AVA and is very aromatic, with a velvet mouthfeel, and has a fruit character that is ripe and intense.
$55 / Bottle

Norman Shield

2018 Pinot Noir – Los Carneros, Napa Valley

From the beginning of Roman history, soldiers used two basic types of shields: the great scutum, in either its oval or rectangular form, and the round bronze clypeus. It was not until the 12th century that Europe was to see a new type of kite-shaped shield that became known as the Norman style. Since arms were originally painted on shields, it is now a basic part of any coat of arms. Our Norman Shield represents friendship, justice and learning. While friends can have a profound impact on our experiences in life, this wine aspires to develop brotherhood – a deeper and more enduring type of friendship found only in the bond of the battlefield and a full goblet of wine post victory.

The 2018 Norman Shield Pinot Noir is from the Carneros AVA of Napa Valley. This intriguing wine is influenced by the windy and cool climate and terroir. Our Napa Valley Pinot Noir brims with bright red and black fruits chock full of verve. Notes of lilac and ginger weave into the fresh berry, cherry and plum notes with a hint of sandalwood and allspice.
$50 / Bottle

The White Rose

2019 Rosé of Cabernet Sauvignon – Napa Valley

Memory brings to me
Girls I knew and lov’d in days that used to be;
I recall best of all
One who wears the rose of Sigma Chi for me.

One white rose true love shows
Emblem of a sweetheart’s love that cannot die;
True to me she will be
So my girl is like the rose of Sigma Chi.

The 2019 White Rose is a Rosé of Cabernet Sauvignon. The watermelon and strawberry notes burst out of the glass. When served cool on a warm day, the juicy acidity of the 2019 White Rose makes for a very refreshing and versatile wine to share at any occasion.
$29 / Bottle

The White Rose

2019 Nouveau of Cabernet Sauvignon – Napa Valley

The “White Rose” 2019 Nouveau is a special and limited produced wine. Due to its limited supply (only 50 cases), may not be available to all 1855 Club members.

Nouveau wines are vinified quickly, via carbonic maceration, and made in a drink-now style. Our Nouveau is a fully formed wine, despite its exceptional youth. The color is a bright, ruby red. The nose is serious and wild; crushed raspberries and roses. The palate is surprisingly structured with a length uncommon in a wine of its age. We recommend serving chilled and enjoy with the return of the spring flowers.
$35 / Bottle

Constantine

2018 Napa Valley Brut Sparkling – Méthode Champenoise

Marching toward Rome on October 27, 312 A.D., Emperor Constantine’s forces were pursuing the armies of Maxentius, a challenger to the crown. According to legend, before going into battle, Constantine saw a cross in the sky that inspired him to victory. The Sigma Chi heraldry is influenced by this legendary feat of Constantine, a man who demonstrated a remarkable commitment to an ideal.

Our premium sparkling wine – meticulously and artfully made in the traditional champagne method – rivals anything found from the best Champagne houses in Épernay and Reims. Blended superbly from Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, this magnificent Napa Valley Brut exhibits rich fruit aromatics of strawberry and delicate white cherry that follows through to a creamy mid-palate accompanied with highlights of lime and wet minerality and a lingering vibrant finish. Constantine Brut should be shared during all of life’s great victories. In Hoc Signo Vinces!
$65 / Bottle

Library Add-On Selections

Courage

2018 Red Wine – Napa Valley ***Library***

If you missed the inaugural shipment in October 2020 or you just want to re-stock, we will be offering “Courage” as an add-on to your Spring Shipment – based on inventory availability.

Benjamin Piatt Runkle, MIAMI (OHIO) 1857, was 18 years old when Sigma Chi was founded and was, perhaps, the most rebellious of the seven Founders – noted by throwing his ΔΚΕ badge on the table during an 1855 dinner meeting and his adamant stance when confronted by ΔΚΕ alumni. He, along with Founder William Lewis Lockwood, MIAMI (OHIO) 1858, designed Sigma Chi’s badge and convinced the Founders to base the Fraternity’s symbolism after the vision of Constantine.
He entered the Chapter Eternal on Sigma Chi’s 61st birthday at the age of 79. He is remembered for his courage: first in college by standing firm on his principles and later on the battlefield.

This proprietary red blend – from our award winning winemaker Todd Heth – exhibits dark blackberry, bing cherry and plum notes perfectly into layers of coffee and tobacco. The finish is dry with long lasting berry fruit. Silky but firm tannins, this wine is enjoyable now but has the ability to age well in the cellar.
Garnet in the glass with cherry, leather and earthy notes balanced nicely with juicy acidity. Tannic tasty raspberry and toasty oak long finish. Pair this blend with a juicy steak or any smoked meat.
$75 / Bottle

The Sweetheart

2019 Chardonnay – Napa Valley ***Library***

If you missed the inaugural shipment in October 2020 or you just want to re-stock, we will be offering “The Sweetheart” as an add-on to your Spring Shipment as supply lasts.

Written in 1911 by two undergraduates at Albion College in Michigan, The Sweetheart of Sigma Chi has become the most popular college fraternity song in history. Byron Stokes, 1913, wrote the words one June day while in class. He took the words to his Sigma Chi Brother Dudleigh Vernor, 1914, who was practicing the organ in the campus chapel; Vernor completed the music that day. It was first sung by Harry Clifford, ALBION 1911, who designed the drawing on the original sheet music, and published by Richard Vernor, ALBION 1913, brother of Dudleigh Vernor.

From the chalky soil of the Carneros region in southern Napa Valley, this delightfully light Chardonnay with tarte lemon and a kiss of honeysuckle on the nose and lips. Very faint hints of vanilla and toast in a long sweeping finish. This lovely beauty pairs nicely with a summer day. Have a glass with your sweetheart!
$45 / Bottle

Club Format & Cost

Wines are allocated based on sign-up date seniority. A $50 one-time non-refundable deposit will be processed to secure your March 2021 allocation. This deposit will be deducted from your March 2021 club shipment cost. Wines are released in two 6-bottle shipments each year in March and October.
The cost for this spring’s 6-bottle shipment is $246 to $315 +tax/ship; depending on your selections. Each shipment will arrive in a fire-branded wooden crate. Nothing will be charged to your credit card (except your one-time $50 deposit) until a week before each bi-annual shipment.
You will be able to customize your wines. New, library and special edition wines will be offered for your selection. There is no long-term commitment and you may cancel at anytime.
Enjoy your wine and remember, when you share a glass, gift a bottle or visit the Fairwinds tasting room in Napa Valley together, you are supporting Sigma Chi and its future leaders. In Hoc Signo Vinces!

Support Sigma Chi

20% of your purchases are given back to Sigma Chi to endow scholarships for the International Balfour Award winner and finalist.

With every shipment, members of the 1855 Club support the scholarships for the International Balfour Award winner and finalist.  The winner receives $10,000 and the each finalist $2,000 to further their post-graduate education.

Hear About 1855 Club

“As Sigma Chis, we can create great things in life – but if we don’t share them, it is meaningless. I am proud of being a Sigma Chi and feel honored to make these wines for you. I hope you will enjoy and share them generously in the years ahead.”
Significant Sig Brandon R. Chaney, INDIANA 1993
Proprietor & CEO – Fairwinds Estate Winery & In Hoc Napa Valley
“Being a Sigma Chi is a lifelong experience and joining the 1855 Club is a great way to celebrate and support our great fraternity.”
Ashley Woods, EAST TENN STATE 2000
President & CEO – Sigma Chi Foundation
“I love how In Hoc Napa Valley helps bring our brotherhood together with not only amazing wine, but also special events to make memories that will last a lifetime.”
Significant Sig John Forst, GEORGE WASHINGTON 1984
Chairman – Sigma Chi Foundation, Board of Governors
“During these trying times, it has been such a blessing to watch our Sigma Chi alumni celebrate our great history with a glass of In Hoc Napa Valley.”
Order of Constantine Sig Steven Schuyler, ARIZONA 1979
71st Grand Consul – Sigma Chi Fraternity
“Sigma Chi is such a big part of our lives and it is truly an honor to be members of the 1855 Club to support scholarships for the International Balfour Award.”
Order of Constantine and Significant Sig Keith & Metta Krach
64th Grand Consul & 1997-99 International Sweetheart
“In Hoc Napa Valley is more than great wine. It is a celebration of our brotherhood and the history of our great fraternity. Karina and I are proud members of the 1855 Club to give back to Sigma Chi!”
Order of Constantine Sig Dan & Karina Shaver
Sigma Chi Philanthropy Committee Chairman & 1995-97 International Sweetheart
“I love what Brandon is doing with In Hoc Napa Valley because it enhances the Sigma Chi lifelong experience beyond our college years.”
Significant Sig Stewart McClaurin, ALABAMA 1981
President – White House Historical Association
“I cannot thank Brandon and all the 1855 Club members enough for supporting this amazing wine program and helping undergraduate brothers further their education. I promise to make the Sigma Chi brotherhood proud. “
2020 International Balfour Award Winner Samuel Romes, LOUISVILLE 2020
2020 In Hoc Napa Valley Scholarship Recipient – $10,000

 

Join Today & Enjoy the Benefits!

 

Two shipments a year of 6 bottles (minimum to retain club seniority)

Wine received in a handmade vintage fire-branded wooden crate

Exclusive access to limited releases and library wines

Exclusive access to the Gift Website to gift wines & merchandise to brothers

Free wine tasting experiences for you and guests at Fairwinds in Napa Valley

Special access to Sigma Chi Only Club events, cruises and parties

Your name honored on the Sigma Chi Founder’s Memorial at the winery

20% of sales are given back to the Sigma Chi Fraternity

15% off Fairwinds Estate wines offered

Join Today!