Alumni and Friends Gather for Wine Tasting at the Center

Alumni and friends gathered in The Duncan Family Sky Room at the Mac Mahon Student Center for an insightful and informative presentation by Sommelier Ron Bartels, followed by wine tastings paired with cheeses and hors d’oeuvres on February 12. Guests enjoyed sampling seven varieties of high quality wines of the world, including old world vs. new world wines.

“Events such as the wine tasting provide a great opportunity for alumni and friends to gather together, relax and mingle, all while getting reacquainted with alma mater,” said Gloria Mercurio, executive director of alumni engagement at Saint Peter’s University.

Ron Bartels is a certified sommelier from Wente Vineyards in California and is the general manager of Wine Events USA. He was awarded first place in a blind wine tasting contest at a 2009 industry food and wine expo in Jersey City. Bartels is an active member of the Society of Wine Educators, U.S. Sommeliers Inc., Vibrant Rioja and the French Wine Society Organization.

Proceeds from the event supported the Mac Mahon Student Center, one of six fundraising priorities within Students at the Center: The Campaign for Saint Peter’s University. If you are interested in learning more about these priorities, or wish to make a gift to the Campaign, please visit

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