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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!
Fall 2021 Releases
The Founders Red Series commemorates the seven young men who wanted something better in a fraternity during their collegiate experience, and from that recognition, a dream was born – the fraternity of Sigma Chi. This wine is the second of a seven year series.
The 2019 In Hoc “Wisdom” Founders Red Wine is an artful red blend created by winemaker Todd Heth. This wine 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. The second bottling honors the wisdom of Founder Thomas Cowan Bell.
This bottle is signed by Michael Codina, MD, CALIFORNIA-SAN DIEGO 1993, 22nd Grand Historian.
The second release of the The Sweetheart” Chardonnay is a real gem. Hailing from the cool and foggy climate for the Russian River Valley in Sonoma County, this beautiful medium-bodied wine was grown slowly to build intense flavors over time. This wine was aged in French oak and displays a beautiful balance of fruit, oak and liveliness on the palate and exhibits lush mango and toasted almond. Balanced fruit with tarte acidity makes this wine a classic example of Premium Russian River Chardonnay.
The Sweetheart is the symbol for the spiritual ingredient in the brotherhood and we hope this wine will be shared amongst friends and family in the same sentiment. This label showcases the iconic images of the sheet music of the Sigma Chi Sweetheart Song with the hat and flower.
This bottle is signed by Jacqueline DuPont Carlson, International Sweetheart 1989-1991 (SAN DIEGO – Alpha Delta Pi).
Wild Game Dinner – SOLD OUT
Brother Dr. W.M. “Red” Stevenson, OHIO 1922, was a successful physician and a big game hunter. In the late 1930’s, Brother Stevenson began the tradition of annually inviting Brothers to his home to enjoy a feast of wild game that he had brought back from his travels world-wide. After dinner, brothers would enjoy fine cigars and good brandy. Rumor has it that they may have also enjoyed a few “wild games of chance.”
By 1945, the annual function had outgrown Brother Stephenson’s home and it became an official Sigma Chi Alumni Chapter function. Other Brothers began chipping in and donating wild game such as deer, ducks, geese, and quail as well as fish and even alligator. The first official Sigma Chi Wild Game Dinner was held in 1945 at the Houston Club.
This beautiful red wine celebrates the 75th Annual Wild Game Dinner and the brotherhood that is near and dear to all our hearts.
Available to Non-Members on WGD landing page for $75 per 750ml
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Support Sigma Chi
Proceeds 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.”
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.”
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.”
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.”
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.”
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!”
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.”
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 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
Membership financially supports the Sigma Chi Fraternity & Foundation
10% off Fairwinds Estate wines offered