WineFest No. 23
MAY 11-12, 2018
Renaissance Minneapolis Hotel, The Depot
Book your room now at the special WineFest group rate.
FRIDAY, MAY 11, 2018
5:30 to 7 p.m.
Wine Symposium • Event sold out • sponsored by Minnesota Monthly
Wine is the lifeblood of Italian vintners, many of whom labor at centuries-old vineyards to create their elegant, memorable, and drinkable wines. That’s where you come in: You’re invited to meet our honorary Italian (as well as those Italian inspired) winemasters as they touch on the history of winemaking, explain their innovative production methods, and share their perspective on how to enjoy wine. Plus, you’ll sample their premier and specialty vintages and get your wine questions answered. Reed Fischer, senior editor of Minnesota Monthly, and Stefano Follego with Wine Merchants moderate this unique experience.
6:30 to 9:30 p.m.
Grand Tasting • $125 ($73 tax deductible)
Revel in the best festa all year – the Grand Tasting, spotlighting our own Italian Village, featuring dozens of signature selections from the Twin Cities’ best restaurants, plus our 400 distinctive wines from Italy and around the world. Mingle with winemakers, taste standout vintages, and bid generously on tempting silent auction items. Finally, crush the dance floor at the Grape Stomp After-Party, sponsored by the Blythe Brenden-Mann Foundation. Alexis Thompson of MyTalk107 hosts this evening bash.
Cocktail casual attire on Friday. WineFest attendees must be 21 years of age or older.
SATURDAY, MAY 12, 2018
5:30 p.m. to midnight
Special Reserve Reception and Fine Wine Dinner • $500 ($220 tax deductible)
Begin an exceptional evening at WineFest by attending the Special Reserve Reception. Enjoy high-end vintages selected by our honorary winemasters, raise your glass a time or two, and socialize with WineFest sponsors and community leaders who annually attend this chic fete. Cin cin!
6:30 p.m. to midnight
Fine Wine Dinner • $400 ($205 tax deductible)
Fine Wine Dinner Table of 10 • $4,000 ($2,050 tax deductible)
Sarà una bella notte, — it will be a beautiful night for toasting medical discoveries, hearing inspirational patient stories, and honoring individuals and organizations that support University of Minnesota Masonic Children’s Hospital. The main event will be an exquisite dinner, each course paired perfectly with a wine selected by an Italian winemaster. And don’t forget to bid generously at the silent and live auctions, featuring unique culinary experiences, celebrity meet-ups, once-in-a-lifetime trips, and more. Lastly, enjoy dance tunes performed by Rock With U. Jason DeRusha and Ali Lucia of WCCO emcee this celebration.
Black tie optional on Saturday. WineFest attendees must be 21 years of age or older.
Because of your commitment, we have raised more than $15 million over two decades for groundbreaking research and innovative care at University of Minnesota Masonic Children’s Hospital.
Please visit WineFest on Facebook to see photos from WineFest No. 22.