He climbs mountains, he runs marathons, he hosts a cooking show and now Chapman University President Jim Doti can add lending his name to an award-winning wine to his resume. The
 Doti-Sodaro Estate 2008 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
took home the gold medal for wines $60 and over at the 2012 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition, which is the largest competition of American wines in the world.

We invite our alumni and Chapman Family wine aficionados and enthusiasts to enjoy the second vintage of the Doti-Sodaro Cabernet Sauvignon, which is now 
available for purchase online
Through your purchase of the 2009 Doti-Sodaro Cabernet Sauvignon you won’t just be enjoying fantastic wine that was awarded 95 points by
Wine Enthusiast
, you’ll be supporting Chapman students. For every bottle of sold, $25.00 will be contributed to the Chapman Scholarship Fund.
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President Jim Doti and Trustee Donald Sodaro

Noted wine critic Robert Parker specifically alerted wine aficionados to the following text on the back label on every bottle of the most recent vintage: “For three decades, Donald Sodaro and Dr. Jim Doti have dedicated their friendship to the shared goal of elevating the standards of higher education. This year, we are proud to release our third vintage of the Doti-Sodaro Cabernet Sauvignon. Crafted from the finest blocks of grapes in our vineyard, this wine reflects the passionate commitment of people dedicated to the vision of creating a truly distinctive and noble wine.”

Sodaro Estate Winery
, founded in 1998 and located in Napa Valley, Calif., is owned by
Deedee and Donald E. Sodaro
, emeritus chair of the Chapman University Board of Trustees.