The latest guidelines from the CDC recommend canceling all events of 50 or more people for the next eight weeks. Acting in alignment with this recommendation, the University of Minnesota Foundation is canceling all events through May 31.

As a result, WineFest No. 25 - A Toast to Children's Health will be postponed until July 24-25, 2020 at The Renaissance Hotel, Depot in Minneapolis. We will continue to evaluate the information available to us and will share additional communication and details soon so that you can plan accordingly. If you have immediate questions, please contact Emily Katsuma at

WineFest No. 25 - A Toast to Children's Health

A sterling event to benefit children's health research, education, and care at University of Minnesota Masonic Children's Hospital.

July 24 - 25, 2020
Renaissance Minneapolis Hotel, The Depot
Book your group rate for Winefest No. 25

WineFest popped its cork in 1995 when Twin Cities friends dreamed up this stellar event to advance the work of University of Minnesota physician-scientists, their groundbreaking research, plus world-class pediatric care. Ever since, our community has gathered each spring to wine and dine, raising our glasses and more than $18 million along the way.

For our silver anniversary, we'll unite and sip exceptional vintages, savor amazing cuisine, win once-in-a-lifetime auction packages, and burn up the dance floor. Plus, favorite Honorary Winemasters will return for the fête and acclaimed new vintners will join us for the celebration.

Mark your 2020 calendar today to connect with other wine lovers and people devoted to children's health for WineFest No. 25 – A Toast to Children's Health. Come join us as we help children survive and thrive around the world.

FRIDAY, JULY 24, 2020

5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.
$150 ($130 tax deductible)

Famed sommelier DLynn Proctor, frequently seen in national media and featured in the acclaimed SOMM wine documentary, leads an expert panel at this exclusive wine tasting. Sample premier and specialty vintages while our somms reveal all the deets you want to know—the five main wine characteristics, the importance of terroir, and more. Book your spot today—limited seating is available.

5X5 Tasting Experience
5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.
$250 ($175 tax deductible)

You can always count on Jester Concepts to bring the fun to the table. Mike DeCamp, culinary director of this Minnesota hospitality company is known for top-notch restaurants including Borough, Parlour, Monello, Constantine and P.S. Steak, guides you through this tasting experience with our Honorary Winemasters. Think speed dating only better: Enjoy five delectable foods paired with five delicious wines. Yes, please! Book your ticket today—space is limited.

Grand Tasting presented by Celebrity Cruises
6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
$150 ($100 tax deductible)

Draw a big circle on your calendar and then spread the word to friends—the Grand Tasting is one party you don't want to miss. Take your pick of dozens of sample-sized entrées from Twin Cities' hottest restaurants, plus 400 distinctive wines from around the world. Rub elbows with our winemakers, bid generously on unique silent auction items, and learn a bit more about the amazing pediatric care offered at University of Minnesota Masonic Children's Hospital. Finally, kick off your shoes for the Grape Stomp After-Party—once again sponsored by the Blythe Brenden-Mann Foundation with Rock With U as the live band. 

WineFest attendees must be at least 21 years of age. Cocktail casual attire suggested.

Discounted ticket packages available!

SommTalk and Grand Tasting package
$275 ($200 tax deductible)

5x5 Tasting Experience and Grand Tasting package
$350 ($225 tax deductible)


Special Reserve Reception (presented by Taft (formerly Briggs) and Fine Wine Dinner
5:30 p.m. to midnight
$750 ($530 tax deductible)

Your exceptional Fine Wine Dinner experience starts early when you attend the Special Reserve Reception. This meaningful mixer brings together WineFest sponsors, community leaders and passionate supporters of University of Minnesota Masonic Children's Hospital. Begin the evening with a fine vintage selected by our Honorary Winemasters.

Fine Wine Dinner
6:30 p.m. to midnight
$500 ($305 tax deductible)

Fine Wine Dinner Table of 10
$5,000 ($3,050 tax deductible)

This perennial elegant event celebrates past pediatric discoveries and future medical excellence. Along the way, you hear inspirational patient stories, honor individuals and organizations that support University of Minnesota Masonic Children's Hospital, and dine to your heart's content. Each course is paired perfectly with a wine selected by one of our favorite Winemasters. Silent and live auctions tempt you with unique culinary experiences, celebrity meet-ups, once-in-a-lifetime trips, and more. And finally, you hit the dance floor as Brat Pack plays popular tunes. Jason DeRusha and Jamie Yuccas return to emcee this silver anniversary event.

To learn more, become a sponsor, or donate to the event, please contact Emily Katsuma at or 612-626-7946.


WineFest No. 25


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WineFest No. 24

WineFest No. 24: Imagine Award -- Zucker

WineFest No. 24: Ambassador Award --- Hatch & Severt

WineFest No. 24: Corporate Citizen Award -- Northwestern Mutual