Early Sunday morning, a wildfire (codenamed Glass) started burning near St. Helena. The California leadership team and senior leaders in Hyde Park including President Ryan monitored conditions throughout the day and prepared for a possible evacuation of campus. Late last night, we evacuated 119 students from the residence halls. Most students were able to connect with family or friends for overnight accommodations; 18 students were provided lodging arranged by the CIA through the county. The California team was in continuous contact with CIA leadership throughout, and due to their efforts, the evacuation went smoothly with all students safe and accounted for. Students remained calm and in good spirits despite the situation. They have been real troopers.

While the fire came too close for comfort, Greystone and our residence halls on campus and on Pratt Avenue were untouched.

Currently the Greystone campus is without power as damage is assessed and fires continue to be active in the area. All members of the campus community have been asked to work remotely. We are using The CIA at Copia as a base camp for our operations, and many students will be spending time there today. We will continue to update students, faculty, and staff, by e-mail as needed. Parents, please urge your student to share these notifications, so you have the latest information.

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CIA at Copia Uncorks Wine Tasting Showcase

The Culinary Institute of America at Copia introduces its Wine Tasting Showcase—an interactive and immersive tasting experience featuring a rotating selection of wineries from the Napa Valley and beyond. The Showcase is located in the CIA at Copia’s newly installed Wine Hall of Fame, offering visitors a unique opportunity to taste wines from six different wineries in one place.

Established in 2007 and originally housed at the CIA at Greystone, the Wine Hall of Fame moved to Copia to give broader public recognition to the men and women whose vision and determination have made the American wine industry what it is today. This free exhibit consists of bronze bas relief sculptures of inductees, along with their biographies.

The Wine Tasting Showcase utilizes six custom-built wood bars, designed by local artist Luigi Oldani, that serve as the tasting stations. Each winery offers a selection, and guests can choose which wineries they want to visit and which wines they’d like to taste, giving them the freedom to create their own tasting experience. Stations are hosted by the wineries’ own educators so guests can learn about the wines directly from a winery representative. The collection of wineries will change every few months.


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