This year’s class of university graduates definitely has earned a toast, whether the next step is an advanced degree or the job market. Salute!
BA — The bright, fruity and dependable 2014 Shafer Red Shoulder Ranch Chardonnay ($52).
BS — The slightly spicy, dark-fruit driven 2013 Three Sticks Bien Nacido Vineyard Pinot Noir ($60).
MBA — The balanced, complex, long-finish 2013 Chappellet Signature Cabernet Sauvignon ($60).
MSW — The inviting, graceful, age-worthy 2013 Donum Russian River Estate Pinot Noir ($72).
MFA — The citrusy, tropical fruit, minerally 2013 Robert Mondavi To Kalon Vineyard Fume Blanc Reserve ($50).
DD — The refined, floral, plummy 3013 TK Cliff Lede Stags Leap District Cabernet Sauvignon ($78).
DEng — The very bubbly, gilded, rich, vanilla-note nonvintage Charles Heidsieck Brut Reserve Champagne ($65).
PhD — The celebratory, round, floral 2008 Domaine Carneros Le Reve Blanc de Blancs sparkling wine ($110).
JD — The ruby-shaded, expressive, refined 2011 E. Guigal Cote Rotie Brune et Blonde red Rhone wine ($75)
MD — The red-fruit forward, expressive, art-and-science, nonvintage Bollinger Brut Rose Champagne ($90).
And if you’re graduating and plan to raise a glass to classmates, there are many more modestly priced choices.
The 2014 FEL Anderson Valley Pinot Noir ($38) is full of berries and has accents of spice, too. The 2014 Kim Crawford Small Parcels Wild Grace Chardonnay ($30) vividly delivers citrus and peach. The 2015 Nobilo Icon Sauvignon Blanc ($22) uncorks balanced, juicy, with a hint of lemon. And the 2014 Inama “Vin Soave” Soave Classico DOC ($15) is a bargain to spark a party.