In early March, Wine at the Warehouse served as an introduction to this year's St. Ambrose University Wine Festival, the opening act of a trifecta that's proven its staying power since the festival debuted 10 years ago.
Next up is the Wine Festival Preview Dinner on April 14, which allows patrons to meet a featured vendor, Smith Madrone Vineyards, and try their wines.
"Plus, guests can bid on specialized auction items that focus on wine trips and specialty wines," said dinner chairperson Molly Carroll. "In recent years we've had a theme that made it more exciting, so that you feel like you're in the heart of wine country."
In the past decade, the wine festivals have raised more than $500,000, much of that as a result of the efforts of several volunteers who have no immediate connection to St. Ambrose.
"It's incredibly compelling that the mission of the university still speaks to them," said Alumni Director Amy Hoover Jones '02.
There has been a concerted effort to make the festival a bigger event through the three components. For example, at the Preview Dinner this year, there will be a boutique wine auction featuring wine that can't be purchased in the Quad Cities.
An additional enticement to attend the Preview Dinner is that the $125 ticket price includes a ticket to the May 19 Wine Festival.
MORE LIKE THIS:Scene