Category Archives: Wine Culture

Event Recap: Welcome Back Tasting with Chardonnay

Posted by Michaela Laird on September 25, 2013.


Wine Tasting, 9/20/13, 6:30pm, The Lodge, Theme: Chardonnay

The Society of Wine and Jurisprudence started this year the way many people start their wine tasting career, with Chardonnay.  Last Friday we held our first tasting of the year, focusing entirely on this popular grape and the widely varied wines made from it. The event was a success, as you can see from the pictures, and we tasted Chardonnays from many different regions- from local Finger Lakes wineries to the grape’s homeland in the Burgundy region of France.  Below are a couple of our picks from the event.

Favorite Foreigner: Terra Nova Chardonnay

This Chilean wine was the surprise hit of the evening.  Appraised by our tasters as being, “smooth,” “full-bodied,” and “buttery” this crisp and fresh-flavored wine left a positive impression on all.  And at only $7.99, it also wins our “Best Bargain” award.

Easiest Going Down: Edna Valley Chardonnay, 2011

The most popular wine of the evening was a Californian.  From an up-and-coming region for Chardonnay, this medium-bodied wine was praised as being “balanced” and “crisp” with a “fantastic dry finish.”

Final Take-Away: One grape, many flavors. And the new members learnt just how much fun we can have!


How to Taste Wine

420672_2836276950540_1604260635_nPosted by Theresa Cederoth on September 12, 2013.

Drinking wine is not the same as tasting wine.  Even those of us who have been wine drinkers for years may never have stopped to appreciate the full experience of our beverage.  To truly taste wine, you need to slow down and pay attention to your senses of smell, sight, and touch, as well as taste.  You don’t need to be a wine expert to become a proficient wine taster—all that’s required is a little focus.  Here’s a cheat sheet to guide you through the basic aspects of wine tasting.

Step 1: Control Your Tasting Conditions

Start with a clean wine glass, since the taste and smell of dust or detergent can affect the wine’s flavor.  (Along similar lines, avoid strong perfumes while wine tasting.)  Whenever possible, choose a good wine glass.[1]  The glass should have a large bowl so that you can swirl and aerate the wine, and the rim should bend inward to help funnel the aromas to your nose.  A clear glass, rather than colored or printed, will give you an unimpeded view of the wine (which becomes important in Step 2).  The rim should be thin, as wine flows more cleanly and evenly over a thin rim than a thick rolled one.

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An Intro (for Dummies) to “Intro to Wines”

Intro to Wines

Posted by Lilian M. Loh on May 2, 2013.1

So you’re done with 1L and now looking to fill your upperclass course load with a senioritis mentality.  Have a Wednesday afternoon gap?  Why not sign up for Cornell’s famous Introduction to Wines class?

You might be hesitant because it is the most-failed class at Cornell.  Professor Mutkoski will be the last to deny that: he wants you to work for those two credits.2  However, these two credits don’t apply to law students.  For $30, you get zero credits towards your legal education, but you get approximately 72 ounces of wine and a clarinet-like case containing three wine glasses.  Here are a few tips on how to get through (and maybe even pass) this course:3 Continue reading

2013 Cornell Law Squash Tournment

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On March 30, the Society of Wine & Jurisprudence and CLSA co-hosted the 2013 Cornell Law School Squash Tournament. The competition was held at the Grumman courts on the Cornell campus. The event had a great turnout of about thirty players with a variety of skill levels, ranging from beginners to veteran squash players. After a first round of group play, the finalists were announced while attendees were provided lunch by CLSA. Continue reading

The Veuve Clicquot

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Posted by Carlisle Overbey on March 25, 2013.

Champagne brings many things to mind: bubbles, celebration, luxury.  This post has another quality to add to the list: feminism.  One of the most famous brands of champagne, Veuve Clicquot-Ponsardin, was brought into prominence in the nineteenth century by a woman, and the brand bears her name to this day.  The Widow Clicquot (Veuve is French for widow) used her business acumens and political ties to promote and distribute the brand widely within Europe despite significant obstacles and restrictive expectations of women in the Napoleonic era.1

Philippe Clicquot founded Veuve Clicquot in 1772.2  Barbe-Nicole Ponsardin married Philippe Clicquot in 1798.3  Both her family and his family invested in the business.4  Sadly, Philippe died in 1805 (either of typhoid or suicide—history is unclear on this point).5 Continue reading

2nd Annual Cornell Law School Wine Tasting

Stella's Tasting Flyer

In the spring of 2013, the Society of Wine and Jurisprudence had the pleasure of hosting it’s 2nd annual law school wine tasting at Stella’s Restaurant, Bar, & Café in Ithaca. We had a fantastic turnout, with over 40 students and guests attending. The eight wines of the evening–4 reds, 3 whites, and a sparkler–were presented by Theresa Cederoth, Byron Crowe, Carlisle Overbey and Jon Underwood. We would like to extend a special thanks to Kelsey Gardner, Stella’s catering manager, who did a tremendous job in helping us put the event together. The full wine list is below along with a few photos from the evening.

1)     Atwater, “Bubbles,” sparkling Riesling (Finger Lakes, NY, non-vintage)
2)     Domaine Fournier, Sauvignon Blanc (France, 2011)
3)     Vinosia, Falanghina (Italy, 2011)
4)     Herman J. Wiemer, Chardonnay (Finger Lakes, NY, 2011)
5)     Herman J. Wiemer, Cabernet Franc (Finger Lakes, NY, 2009)
6)     Bourgeois Family, Cuvee Stephi, Pinot Noir (Languedoc-Roussillon, FR, 2010)
7)     Quattro Mani, Barbera (Piedmont, IT, 2010)
8)     Domini Castellare di Castellina, “Poggio alla Guardia” Super Tuscan (Tuscany, IT 2009) Continue reading