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WineFest No. 22

 

Renaissance Minneapolis Hotel, The Depot

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Twenty-two years ago, while we toasted the very first WineFest, many of our 2017 honorary winemasters and physician-researchers were only scratching the surface of greatness. Today, these next-gen geniuses—whether producing crowd-pleasing vintages or developing revolutionary medical advances—are doing so with guts and gusto.

Book your tickets today to join these smart and generous rock stars at WineFest No. 22. We promise to provide unparalleled wines, delectable gourmet fare, intriguing auction items, and memorable entertainment—all while we help more children survive and thrive around the world.

All proceeds benefit pioneering pediatric research at the University of Minnesota.


Friday, May 12, 2017

5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Wine Symposium • $150 ($105 tax deductible) SOLD OUT

Presented by: Minnesota Monthly

Toasting life’s special moments calls for great wine. That’s where our honorary winemasters come in. They’re not just connoisseurs— they’re enterprising winemakers and principals who work the land, harvest the grapes, and create the sought-after wines in which we all delight. Come sample premier and specialty vintages by these ambitious wine pros, and get your wine questions answered. Presented by Minnesota Monthly, Rachel Hutton and Joy Summers will preside over this in-demand panel event.


6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
Grand Tasting • $125 ($95 tax deductible) SOLD OUT

Grand Tasting Program Preview


Presented by:

Concord USA

With 400 distinctive wines and dozens of delectable entrees from Twin Cities’ top restaurants, this party can’t start soon enough. Your toughest task? Determining which wine to try next. And don’t forget your wallet for the always enticing silent and live auction lots. MyTalk 107.1’s Alexis Thompson will host this evening bash. Then, turn it up! The evening’s festivities spill into our annual Grape Stomp After-Party, sponsored by the Blythe Brenden-Mann Foundation.


Join us for both events!

Your discount admission is $225 ($150 tax deductible).

Cocktail casual attire on Friday. WineFest attendees must be 21 years of age or older.


Saturday, May 13, 2017

Fine Wine Dinner Program Preview
Fine Wine Dinner Menu
Live Auction Preview

5:30 p.m. to midnight
Special Reserve Reception and Fine Wine Dinner • $500 ($350 tax deductible)

You’ll feel like royalty when you glide into the Special Reserve Reception. There, you will be handed your first glass of the evening—a high-end vintage selected by one of our elite honorary winemasters. As you sip, compare wine notes with your friends and greet the honorary winemasters, WineFest sponsors and community leaders who never miss this elegant affair. Cheers!

6:30 p.m. to midnight
Fine Wine Dinner • $400 ($300 tax deductible)
Fine Wine Dinner Table of 10 • $4,000 ($3,000 tax deductible)


The popular Fine Wine Bar is back! Guests will be able to enjoy a glass of spectacular wine for a suggested donation of $25, $50, or $100.  Thank you to our Fine Wine Bar partners: Paul Campbell, Lee Kitzenberg, Dale Roberts, David Johnson and Scott Harris.

It’s a fine night for drinking wine and giving in to the temptation from a myriad of silent auction items. And that’s just the opening reception. Then, find your seat for a decadent feast of gourmet foods, each paired with a vintage selected by one of our brilliant honorary winemasters. Throughout the evening, you’ll learn of groundbreaking medical discoveries, be inspired by amazing patient stories, and honor individuals and organizations that support University of Minnesota Masonic Children’s Hospital. Then, consider treating yourself to one of the dozen or so once-in-a-lifetime trips and experiences available during our live auction. Finally, plan to cut loose on the dance floor to Fusion. Jason DeRusha, Kylie Bearse, and Ali Lucia from WCCO-TV emcee this extravaganza.

Reserve your tickets today!
Claim your spot today or call 612.624.2345.

For reservation questions, please call 612.624.2345.
UofM ticket office hours: Monday–Friday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Black tie attire preferred on Saturday. WineFest attendees must be 21 years of age or older.


Because of your commitment, together we have raised more than $13 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. 21.

Make a Gift - Children's Health Research Discovery Fund