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The Norman P. and Evelyn Kiken Wine Studies Endowment

The Norman P. and Evelyn Kiken Wine Studies Endowment was established in 2009 by Norman P. Kiken, Class of 1964, honoring the memory of Evelyn Kiken.  The fund provides experience tasting, using, and enjoying wine so that participants will be better able to understand and use a wide variety of wines in personal and professional settings.

Norm Kiken was once a New York accountant, but now is a renowned winemaker in the Napa Valley area of Northern California.  Norm’s interest in wine started back in 1973, when he read an article about wine in his dentist’s office while waiting for a root canal.  With his characteristic enthusiasm, he plunged into intense study and tasting.  Twenty years later, to the shock of his New jersey wine tasting group, he quit his job as chief financial officer and headed west.

He bought 40 acres on Diamond Mountain in the Napa region, outside Calistoga and built a home and winery, called Reverie.  His modest goal was to make “the best red wine in the world.”  Norm now sells every bottle he produces and his wines are on the lists of four star restaurants across the nation.

November 28th, 2011

Professor Grant’s Picks: Cabernet Sauvignon

High-quality wines at reasonable prices… Professor Grant’s Picks for affordable bottles of Cabernet Sauvignon from reliable producers (region is in parentheses).  Choices were announced at “Taste the Weather: Cabernet Sauvignon”, the advanced wine tasting on Tuesday, October 18. CHILE Viña Santa Rita Casa Real (Valle del Maipo, Central Valley) Casa Lapostolle Cuvée Alexandre (Valle del Colchagua, Central Valley) Miguel Torres (Central Valley) BORDEAUX Château Poujeaux (Moulis en Médoc) Château Tayac  (Côtes de Bourg) WASHINGTON L’Ecole No. 41 (Walla Walla Valley, Columbia Valley) Château Ste. Michelle, Canoe Ridge Estate (Horse Heaven Hills, Columbia Valley) Columbia Crest Walter Clore Private Reserve (Columbia […]

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November 28th, 2011

Hello Again

The official Above the Norm wine blog of the is up and running once again. We will cover the Wine Tasting Series, Professor Grant’s top picks for choice wines and bargain deals, and other wine-related topics such as the wine industry, climate concerns, varietals and years. Enjoy!

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April 30th, 2011

Critics Blind Sided At Tasting

It is typically the case that only during blind tastings are major revelations made. At this particular tasting there was also a major announcement that left the audience and critics dumb founded, but this was no blind tasting…

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April 13th, 2011

What an “A.S. Kiken” Wine Tasting!

To start with I want to give a huge thank you to Norm Kiken for an amazing wine tasting last week. We all had an amazing time, learned a lot, and were lucky enough to taste some incredible wines.

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April 3rd, 2011

Tinto Fino From Ribera del Duero

Two weeks ago now we had a wine tasting that was all about Spanish wines. I had been looking forward to this tasting for weeks and when it finally came, it did not disappoint.

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March 11th, 2011

Thoughts on Back to the Basics

Thank you to everyone who came to the Back to the Basics Wine tasting! 

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February 23rd, 2011

The Red Ribbon Cutting Post

Welcome to the Above the Norm Wine Tasting Series blog! This is the first of what I hope to be many posts on this site! I’m currently a senior at Bucknell and I volunteered to help with the wine series program and I love every second of it! I first started to get into wine over the summer of 2010. I picked up every book I could find, searched the web, conducted wine tastings with my family, and now studying wine has become the thing I love most. It is true that when I first started, I thought learning the […]

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