Summer Staycation Guide

Tip #3: Tour the Napa region

Tour and taste Sensorium's award-winning Cabernet

The Napa region has made its mark in the wine world and Sac State alumni are one reason why. It is just a short drive away from Sacramento and an ideal one-day getaway, with views of the vineyards—highlighted by green trees and fresh grapes—and the bonus of tasting a variety of wines.

With the high popularity of wineries in the Napa region, it has emerged as the top destination for prospective tasters, with people calling it the Disneyland of vineyards. Sensorium Wines is a contributor to the popularity of Napa wines. It was started by Lee Ritchey ’67 (Electrical Engineering).

 “In 1997, I decided to be part of the wine business. Partnering with John Zasio and wine maker Jeff Ritchey, we created Sensorium Wines. We produce some of the best wines in the Napa region,” Ritchey says.

Sensorium Wines is well-known for its cabernet.

 “I’m excited to be featuring cabernet at Vintage ’47, as it just received a 90 point rating from Wine Enthusiast Magazine,” Ritchey says.

Vintage ’47 is Sacramento State’s wine and food event on Aug. 24, with proceeds going toward the newly created Green & Gold Scholarship. The scholarship benefits undergraduate students who show perseverance to obtain their degree, despite personal, financial or other difficulties.  

“Growing up my parents didn’t have much, and I knew I wanted to have more for my life,” says Ritchey. “Putting myself through Sac State taught me a lot, it gave me the skills I needed to become a leader and a success. That’s why I continue to give back, because scholarships will reward our future leaders with opportunity.”

For further information or to purchase tickets, visit Vintage ’47 food and wine event.

Submitted by new alumnus Luis Kischmischian ’14 (Communication Studies)

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