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Seniors were able to sit at “family-unit” tables with their roommates or housemates and remove their masks while at their tables.

Senior Wine-Tasting a Smashing Success

After one tough year, SNC seniors were thrilled to be able to attend the college’s 15th annual Senior Wine-Tasting. The March 6 gala marked the first time the Class of 2021 was able to celebrate as one body, in person – albeit in a socially distanced manner and via two locales. Students could also elect to attend virtually.

President Brian Bruess ’90 and his wife, Carol (Sessler) Bruess ’90, hosted the live-streamed affair, which featured a three-course dinner with wine-pairing. The evening began with a charcuterie plate appetizer paired with Cupcake prosecco, a sparkling wine. Next came the entrée: chicken saltimbocca with lemon-herb rice cakes and roasted pesto vegetables. The featured wine was a Chardonnay by 14 Hands. The final course was a decadent cupcake (Death by Chocolate), accompanied by a Trapiche Malbec from Argentina.

“The event was the most fun we have had on campus since being sent home a year ago,” says Ben Peper ’21. “Being together gave us hope that eventually things can get back to normal.”

During the wine-tasting, the students learned about each wine, some pairing principles and what wine glasses to use with different varietals. The event ended with a senior toast, followed by a final toast from President Bruess.

Seniors who attended in person were able to sit at “family-unit tables with their roommates or housemates. Those who attended virtually picked up a box beforehand containing a commemorative wine glass, charcuterie plate and list of the wines being served. They then had the option of purchasing the same wines or selecting their personal favorites.

“Senior wine-tasting lived up to all of the hype,” says Allie Fisher ’21. “It was done so well, and it was a great way to safely celebrate our senior year.”

Jack Perrin ’21 says he and his classmates were stoked to be together again, while Mitchell Gray ’21 enjoyed the excitement that built up the week prior.

Clare Kelly ’21 offers this summary: “This was a great kick-off to the final part of our senior year, and to get us excited for the steps that are next for all of us.”


March 19, 2021