Wine Festival


Supporting Student Success since 2001

Wine Festival Event Series

Tickets available November 24

2024 EVENTS

  • SATURDAY, MARCH 2- WINE AT THE WAREHOUSE - Thanks to those who attended!
  • SATURDAY, APRIL 13- PREVIEW DINNER - Scroll to see additional details
  • SATURDAY, MAY 18- WINE TASTING-  Tickets purchased after May 8 will be held at the will-call tent on the day of the event

More event details below


The St. Ambrose University Wine Festival is about so much more than just fine wine. It's about supporting our students and raising much needed scholarship dollars to support their dreams and ambitions. Through the generous support of our community, alumni, and donors, we have raised $1.7 million in our 22-year history. Those dollars support driven, dedicated, and creative students as they chart their own path. 

Make plans to join in 2024. Whether you are new to wine tasting or are a bit of a connoisseur, consider taking part in all 3 of our events (yes, there are 3 Wine Festival events) and supporting our worthy cause. 

Come raise a glass with us and make the future so much brighter for so many students. Here's to another record-breaking year. Cheers! 

Ed & Molly Carroll

2024 Wine Festival Committee Event Chairs 


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Cheers to Fine Wine and Scholarships


The St. Ambrose Wine Festival is a must for local wine lovers. We hope you'll join us for all of our events: Wine at the Warehouse, Preview Dinner, and Wine Tasting.

Wine Festival Event Series

Wine at the Warehouse

SATURDAY, MARCH 2, 2024
4-6PM
Dimitri Wine & Spirits
1735 W 3rd St, Davenport, IA, 52802

TICKET PRICES:
$40 until Feb 1
$50 Feb 2-Mar 1
$60 at the door on Mar 2


About the Event

Wine at the Warehouse is a casual tasting in the Dimitri Wine & Spirits warehouse. Dimitri Papageorgiou and his staff offer a sampling of their favorite wines while guests enjoy delicacies from several Quad Cities restaurants.

A special thank you to Dimitri and Kathy '94 Papageorgiou for hosting this annual event.

2024 Wine at the Warehouse Food Sponsors

The following restaurants generously provided hors d'oeuvres at Wine at the Warehouse on March 2, 2024.

  • Angerer Eats 
  • Antonella's II 
  • Bayside Bistro
  • Flaherty's Irish Candy Co. 
  • Happy Joe's Pizza
  • Mama Bosso
  • QC Coffee & Pancake House
  • Village Corner Deli
Preview Dinner

SATURDAY, APRIL 13, 2024
6:00pm
Rogalski Center Ballroom, St. Ambrose Campus
518 W Locust St, Davenport, IA 52803

TICKET PRICE:
$160/ Individual
*Preview Dinner ticket price includes ticket to Wine Tasting on May 18, 2024


About the Event

Preview Dinner is an elegant evening in the Rogalski Center Ballroom including featured wines froma selected vintner. Enjoy a delicious meal alongside a live and silent auction.


Ed and Molly Carroll- Preview Dinner Co-Chairs

Lisa and Paul Harrington- Preview Dinner Co-Chairs

About the Vintner

About Stu Smith, Founder & General Partner, Smith-Madrone


Brothers Stuart and Charles Smith are the vineyard managers and winemakers of
Smith-Madrone Winery. Also in the family attic is the Fetherolf family, German
farmers from the Palatinate region, who came to America on the Good Ship Thistle
in 1730. The name for the winery came as a tribute to the Smith brothers who
pursued their dream and to the Madrone trees which distinguish the property.In May
1971, with a partnership of family and friends, Stuart Smith bought the 'terroir' which
today is Smith-Madrone Vineyards & winery. Chardonnay, Riesling, Cabernet
Sauvignon were initially planted in 1972. Cabernet Franc and Merlot were added in
1998. Petite Verdot was added in 2007. Pinot Noir was planted in 1972 but grafted
over to Chardonnay in 1986. The vineyards sit at elevations between 1,300 and
2,000 feet, on steep slopes which range up to 34%. Stuart Smith chose specific
slopes with different exposures for specific varietals when planting the vineyards:
eastern exposure for Riesling, southern and western exposures across flat stretches
for the Cabernet Sauvignon and the coolest north-facing slopes for the Chardonnay.
There are numerous historical sights on the ranch, as well as the huge array of
natural beauty and wildlife.


He was 22 years old and had just received his B.A. in Economics from UC Berkeley
and was taking classes towards his Master's in Viticulture at UC Davis. In trying to
find land to plant vineyard in the Napa Valley, through a family friend he explored a
forest on the remotest and highest part of Spring Mountain and discovered that the
land had been a vineyard in the 1880s and in fact had been part of the wagon trail
route between Napa and Santa Rosa. Today he is respected for his expertise and
leadership as a mountain vineyardist. Stuart was born and raised in Santa Monica.
While pursuing his master's at UC Davis, Stuart was the first teaching assistant for
wine industry pioneers Maynard Amerine and Vernon Singleton in 1970-1971. He
taught enology at Santa Rosa Junior College and Napa Valley College; he has
chaired the 1986 and 2006 Napa Valley Wine Auctions. He is an active member of
the G.O.N.A.D.S. (the Gastronomical Order for Nonsensical and Dissipatory Society),
a group of Napa Valley vintners who started getting together for monthly lunches in
the 1980s. He served on Napa County's Watershed Task Force for several years,
appointed by the Board of Supervisors; in 2006 he was appointed again by the
Board of Supervisors to sit on Napa County General Plan Steering Committee,
responsible for updating Napa's General Plan, a three year project. Stu also serves
as auctioneer for an Omaha (NB) charity auction every year. Stuart served as Scout
Master for St. Helena's (Boy Scout) Troop One for many years and continues as the
Troop's Chair today. He is an avid canoeist, having canoed through the Quetico
Wilderness in Canada many times and often canoes the Klamath and Trinity Rivers in
California. He has five children and four grandchildren.

Chardonnay, Riesling, Cabernet Sauvignon were initially planted in 1972. Cabernet Franc and Merlot were
added in 1998. Petite Verdot was added in 2007. Pinot Noir was planted in 1972 but
grafted over to Chardonnay in 1986.

2024 Menu

MENU

Smith-Madrone Riesling- Spring Mountain District/Napa Valley, California 2019
Smith-Madrone Chardonnay- Spring Mountain District/ Napa Valley, California 2018
Smith-Madrone Cabernet Sauvignon- Spring Mountain District/Napa Valley, California 2019

HORS D'OEUVRES
Artisan Cheese with Baguettes

FIRST COURSE
Spinach & Arugula Salad
with a Honey Citrus Vinaigrette

SECOND COURSE
Green Garlic Creamy Risotto with English Peas
Tri-Colored Carrots with Calabrian Chilies
Roasted Salmon with Grilled Lemon Glaze
Marinated Steak with Shisto Salsa Verde

THIRD COURSE
Chocolate Torte with
Red Wine Poached Cherry Reduction

Boutique Wine Silent Auction

Thomas Mason IV '91 - Boutique Wine Chair


2024 BOUTIQUE WINE SILENT AUCTION ITEMS:

1 - Vintage One Gallon Beefeater Gin Bottle in Wood Swing Tilt
Value: Collector's Item - minimum bid $500
Donated by: Kathy '94 & Dimitri '21 (H) Papageorgiou

2 - Flight of 3 Enzo Boglietti Case Nere Barolo D.O.C.G
Includes: 2013, 2014, and 2015 vintages
Value: $365
Donated by: Tracy & Brian Matlock

3 - Hard to find 91 point Napa Valley Cab
2015 Sterling Vineyards Iridium Reserve Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
Value: $250
Donated by: Thomas Mason IV '91 & Rachel Mason '04

4 - 92 Point Oregon Pinot Noir
2016 Archery Summit Pinot Noir Dundee Hills - Arcus Vineyard Magnum
Value: $250
Donated by: Steve '98 & Sue Bird

5 - 2018 Smith-Madrone Cook's Flat
Value: $250
Donated by: Wendy '05, '22 & Sean '08, '16 Pondell

6 - 96 Point Young Howell Mountain Cab
2019 Dunn Cabernet Sauvignon - Howell Mountain/Napa Valley
Value: $250
Donated by: SAU Vice Presidents

7 - California Wine Country Package
Includes: 2014 Justin Isosceles Proprietary Red Blend, 2020 Kosta Browne Russian River Valley Pinot,
2021 Karia Chardonnay
Value: $250
Donated by: Annette Sherbeyn '98 & Sunder Subbaroyan

8 - 91 Point Russian River Valley Pinot Noir
2019 Kosta Browne Bootlegger's Hill Pinot Noir
Value: $225
Donated by: John Anderson '87

9 - Hard to find 95 Point Napa Valley Cab
Ehlers Estate 2019 1886 Cabernet Sauvignon - Napa Valley
Value: $215
Donated by: Thomas Mason IV '91 & Rachel Mason '04

10 - 2017 Dunn Cabernet Sauvignon - Howell Mountain/Napa Valley
Value: $200
Donated by: Ed Henkhaus '64 & Mary Blong

11 - 2019 VJB Cellars Boutique Estate Aglianico
Value: $180
Donated by: Ann & Joe Lohmuller

12 - 2021 VJB Cellars Boutique Estate Nero d'Avola
Value: $180
Donated by: Ann & Joe Lohmuller

13 - 2015 Stefano Accordini Amarone Della Valpolicella Classico Riserva Vigneto Il Fornetto
Value: $165
Donated by: Miles '11 & Katie Chiotti

14 - 2016 Oracle Red Wine Napa Valley (Bordeaux Blend)
Value: $165
Donated by: Jennifer & Tim Chen

15 - 2019 Vaca Vista Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon, Oak Knoll District of Napa Valley
Value: $145
Donated by: Jennifer & Tim Chen

16 - Approachable 93 Point Stags Leap District Cab
Chimney Rock - Elevage
Value: $140
Donated by: Tracy & Brian Matlock

17 - Mature 1999 Piedmont Barbaresco
Pelissero - Annata 1999 Barbaresco
Value: $125
Donated by: Tracy & Brian Matlock

18 - 2017 Pride Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon
Value: $125
Donated by: Laura "Divot" Ekizian '92, '97

19 - Smith-Madrone 3-bottle set
Includes: 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon, 2019 Riesling, 2019 Chardonnay
Value: $125
Donated by: SAU Alumni Association Board

20 & 21 - Central Coast Library Pinot Noir
Williams Selyem 2022 Central Coast Pinot Noir
Value: $120
Donated by: Ed & Molly Carroll

22 - Heart of Tuscany Beauty
2020 Tenuta Torciano Estate bottled Bolgheri "Gioiello" Tuscany
Value: $110
Donated by: Lisa & Paul Harrington

23 - 2022 David Coffaro Petite Sirah 3 bottle set
Value: $110
Donated by: Paul & Sheree Koch

24 - 3 Bottle Sample Set
Includes: 95 point 2021 Bargetto "Red Label - Regan Vineyards" Reserve Pinot Noir - Santa Cruz Mountains, California, 91 point 2021 Villa Sparina Gavi di Gavi - Piedmont, Italy, and a Lush 2010 Lex Julia Syrah - Alexander Valley
Value: $100
Donated by: Kathy '94 & Dimitri '21 (H) Papageorgiou

25 - Tycoga Winery & Distillery 3-Bottle Set
Includes: Tycoga Winery & Distillery Whiskey, Vodka, and Serenity Wine
Value: $100
Donated by: Insurance Planning Services-Paul Miller

26 - 2011 Materra Cunat Reserve Napa Valley
2011 Materra Cunat Reserve Napa Valley
Value: $100
Donated by: SAU Alumni & Advancement Office

27 - 94 point Spring Mountain Cab Franc
2013 Robert Keenan Cabernet Franc- Spring Mountain District/Napa Valley
Value: $100
Donated by: Jan & Bob McCabe

28 - 91 Point Sangiovese from Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
2014 La Gerla Brunello di Montalcino D.O.C.G.
Value: $100
Donated by: SAU Advancement & Alumni Office

29 - 93 Point Piedmont Barolo
2016 Abbona Pressenda Barolo D.O.C.G.
Value: $100
Donated by: SAU Advancement & Alumni Office

30 - 92 Point Sophisticated Howell Mountain Cab
2017 Highlands Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon
Value: $100
Donated by: Anne & Ethan Gannaway

31 & 32- 2018 Barolo Castiglione Vietti
2018 Barolo Castiglione Vietti
Value: $100
Donated by: SAU Alumni & Advancement Office

33 - 94 Point 40th Anniversary Burnello di Montalcino
2018 Casanova Di Neri Brunello "White Label" Brunello di Montalcino
Value: $100
Donated by: Tim '80,'89 & Jennifer Kilfoy

34 - 2019 Cabernet Sauvignon Chappellet Signature
2019 Cabernet Sauvignon Chappellet Signature Napa Valley
Value: $100
Donated by: Kathy '01 & Steve '99 Anderson, Eric Anderson '00 and Katy Miller

35 - Oakville Beautiful Cab
2020 Ghost Block Estate Cabernet Sauvignon
Value: $100
Donated by: Thomas Mason IV '91 & Rachel Mason '04

36 - Michael Shaps 2 Bottle Set
Includes: 2020 Merlot Monticello, 2022 Viognier Virginia
Value: $100
Donated by: Ed & Mary Littig

37 - Williamette Valley Pinot Noir
2021 Daffodil Pinot Noir - Eola-Amity Hills AVA
Value: $100
Donated by: Kyle '12 & Hillary Wehr

38 - 2022 David Coffaro Carignan 3 bottle set
Value: $100
Donated by: Paul & Sheree Koch

39 - 2022 David Coffaro Italiano Style 3 bottle set
Value: $100
Donated by: Paul & Sheree Koch

40 - 2022 David Coffaro Petit Verdot 3 bottle set
Value: $100
Donated by: Paul & Sheree Koch

41 - 2022 David Coffaro Pinot Noir 3 bottle set
Value: $100
Donated by: Paul & Sheree Koch

42 - Samples of the Northwest
Includes: Jefferson's Reserve Pritchard Hill Cabernet Cask Finish - Kentucky straight bourbon whiskey, 2013 Townshend Late Harvest Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley, Townshend Huckleberry Dessert Wine Columbia Valley
Value: $100
Donated by: Kathy '01 & Steve '99 Anderson, Eric Anderson '00 and Katy Miller

43 - 91 Point Anderson Valley Pinot Noir
2018 Charles Vineyard PapaPietro Pinot Noir Anderson Valley
Value: $95
Donated by: John Anderson '87

44 - 93 Point Australian Shiraz
2021 Molly Dooker Carnival of Love
Value: $90
Donated by: Ann '08 & Josh '08 McIntyre

45 - 92 Point Australian Shiraz/Cab Blend
2021 Molly Dooker Enchanted Path
Value: $90
Donated by: Ann '08 & Josh '08 McIntyre

46 - 92 Point Hard to find Syrah
2012 Donelan Syrah Walker Vine Hill
Value: $80
Donated by: Mike & Diane Puthoff

47 - 2022 David Coffaro Sangiovese 3 Bottle Set
Value: $75
Donated by: Paul & Sheree Koch

48 - 92 Point Unique Italian/California Red Blend
2011 Bargetto "La Vita" Red Blend - Santa Cruz Mountains, California
Value: $65
Donated by: Kathy '94 & Dimitri '21 (H) Papageorgiou

49 - "One of the finest Malleolus vintages so far"
2014 Emilio Moro "Malleolus" Ribera del Duero, Spain
Value: $65
Donated by: Kathy '94 & Dimitri '21 (H) Papageorgiou

50 - 2011 Donelan Cuvee Christine Syrah
2011 Donelan Cuvee Christine Syrah
Value: $60
Donated by: Kyle '12 & Hillary Wehr

51 - Velvety Elegance From A Queenly 94 Point Barbaresco
2019 Fontanabianca Barbaresco D.O.C.G.
Value: $60
Donated by: SAU Advancement & Alumni Office

52 - Affordable 93 Point Amarone della Valpolicella
2018 Pasqua Amarone della Valpolicella
Value: $60
Donated by: Mike & Diane Puthoff

53 & 54 - Napa Valley Gem
2021 Post & Beam Cabernet Sauvignon
Value: $60
Donated by: Ed & Molly Carroll

55 - Sonoma County Petite Sirah
Buena Vista 2021 Karoly's Selection Petite Sirah
Value: $55
Donated by: Jane & Mike Coryn

56 - Fabulous American Bordeaux Blend
2016 Superfecta Meritage Seabiscuit Ranch
Value: $50
Donated by: SAU Alumni & Advancement Office

57 - 2020 Truchard Syrah Carneros Napa Valley
Value: $50
Donated by: Linda '02 & Norm Bower

58 - 2019 Estate Riesling Smith-Madrone Napa Valley
Value: $40
Donated by: SAU Alumni & Advancement Office

59 - 2022 Albarino Crawford Vineyard
Value: $40
Donated by: Kathy '01 & Steve '99 Anderson, Eric Anderson '00 and Katy Miller

60 - 92 Point Rhone Valley Red Blend
2012 Oratorio Gigondas - Rhone Valley, France
Value: $35
Donated by: Kathy '94 & Dimitri '21 (H) Papageorgiou

61 - 2021 Clearwater Canyon Cellars
2021 Vintage Carmenere Phinny Hill Wineyard
Value: $35
Donated by: Kathy '01 & Steve '99 Anderson, Eric Anderson '00 and Katy Miller

2024 Live Auction Items

2024 LIVE AUCTION ITEMS:

#1 A Suite Deal in Ames
Description: See the Cyclones in style with four tickets to the Athletic Director's Suite. Cheer on the Iowa State Cyclones as they take on the University of North Dakota Fighting Hawks on Saturday, August 31st. Package includes a parking pass and free food and drinks during the game. You can even access the suite 90 minutes prior to kick-off. Time to fight with might for Iowa State!
Donated by: Iowa State University Athletics
Valued at: $1,000


#2 Gourmet Dinner for 8
Description: Prepare for a gourmet experience like no other. This elaborate multi-course dinner for 8 people is prepared and hosted by Chef Mike and Myra Daniel in their home. You'll enjoy fresh, unique, and in-season ingredients. Each course will be expertly paired with fine wine. It's an unforgettable way to spend the evening with a group of friends or family.
Donated by: Myra & Mike Daniel
Valued at: $2,000


#3 Rare Smith-Madrone Methuselah
Description: Have you ever wondered why large format wine bottles have biblical names? You'll have time to ponder this mystery and many more as you enjoy this 6L 2004 Cabernet Sauvignon. It is one of 3 that were made in the entire world. On the palate it is big, smooth, full and has a velvety mouthfeel. Combine that with a very dark, purplish and very deep ruby-black, red color. The aroma is just as intriguing, with briary and black cherry aromas, distinct suggestions of crushed violets and lavender and underneath it all are the elegant notes of dark chocolate. But don't take our word for it. Stu can tell you everything you need to know about this rare offering.
Donated by: Stu Smith, Smith-Madrone Vineyards
Valued at: $1,200


#4 Door County Getaway
Description: Enjoy a couples' weekend up north! Visit Door County, Wisconsin for a three-night stay. This package includes accommodations at Baileys Harbor Yacht Club for one couple (sleeps 2) and the Cottage Loft private apartment above O'Meara's Irish House for the other (sleeps 2). Together, you will enjoy a wine tasting for four at Door 44 Winery in Sturgeon Bay, as well as a round of golf with carts at Horseshoe Bay Golf Club. After hitting the links, enjoy dinner at the golf club, where $250 has been provided for your dining experience. Plenty of time remains during the weekend to explore the "Cape Cod of the Midwest."
Donated by: Brooke ‘02 and Kevin Heckinger '00, Megan O'Meara '95, Jim Stangle ‘82
Valued at: $2,700


#5 Come to the Table with the Novaks!
Description: Enjoy a special evening of invigorating conversation and fellowship with Amy and Ken Novak at their home this November. The Novaks will host dinner for you and up to seven guests, complete with a variety of domestic and imported beers and wine. Don't miss out on this unique experience in a relaxed atmosphere, complete with "dad jokes" from Ken and the potential of a friendly ping-pong competition if you're up for the challenge.
Donated by: Amy & Ken Novak
Valued at: Priceless


#6 Deep in the Heart of Texas
Description: This isn't any ordinary sports package. We've got four tickets to a Dallas Cowboys game. The seats are located mid-field behind the Cowboy's bench (section C110, row 9, seat 11-14 to be exact). But wait...there's more! This package gets you access to The Owner's Club before, during, and after the game where you'll enjoy free food, drink, and sometimes entertainment. The views from the seats and the club are nothing short of fantastic. This package gives you access to one of seven home games including against the Washington Commanders, New Orleans Saints, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Detroit Lions, Baltimore Ravens, Cincinnati Bengals, or Houston Texans.
Donated by: Joe '72 and Joyce O'Rourke
Valued at: $5,000


#7 Cruise the Mississippi
Description: Enjoy a boat ride for 6 departing from Rapids City, IL with Captain John Thompson and first mate Caroline Ruhl. Sip on drinks and nosh on hors d'oeuvres while you soak in the sights of the Mighty Mississippi. Dock at a restaurant on the river and take part in a complimentary dinner.
Donated by: Caroline Ruhl & John Thompson '70
Valued at: $1,000


#8 A Weekend with Touchdown Jesus
Description: Come watch head football coach Marcus Freeman and his Fighting Irish take on their opponent in "The House that Rockne Built!" You'll travel to South Bend in style in your Lexus for the weekend. Will you see the Irish take on Louisville (Sept. 28th) or Stanford (Oct. 12th)? That choice is up to you! This package includes two game tickets, a parking pass, (2) 2024 "The Shirt" t-shirts for you and your guest, hotel accommodations for the evening of the game, and 2 tickets to the Giving Society Tailgate. All you need is a little luck to be tonight's highest bidder.
Donated by: Thomas Mason IV ‘91 & Rachel Mason '04 and Todd Hopkins, GM - Lexus of the Quad-Cities
Valued at: $1,600


#9 A Delicious Experience
Description: General manager and experienced chef Sarjit Singh and his talented staff will offer a cooking experience that is a cut above. Your group of up to 12 will receive an entertaining and informative experience as you prepare a culinary delight. This cooking class offers hands-on, individualized instruction to be held on campus this summer. With your input, Sodexo will prepare a menu that's the perfect balance of flavor and fun. The experience ends with fellowship as your group sits down to enjoy your masterpiece. Carefully selected wine will accompany the class and the meal.
Donated by: Sodexo
Valued at: $1,500


#10 Weekend Lake House Getaway
Description: It's your chance to slow down and relax in the "Land of 10,000 Lakes." Enjoy four days and three nights (Thurs-Sun) on Ely Lake in Eveleth, Minnesota, located just north of Duluth. This 3 bedroom/1 bath house sleeps eight, perfect for some much needed R&R with friends or family. Start your morning on the deck overlooking the lake. Spend your afternoons on the water. You'll have direct lake access and use of a canoe and kayaks (motorboat or pontoon use may be available). Those with an adventurous spirit can take advantage of some of the best fishing and camping spots in the US. Don't let this opportunity pass you by.
Donated by: Meg Schebler & Sarah Anderson
Valued at: $1,200


#11 Time to Tee it Up x 5
Description: The links are calling your name this summer, but which course will prove to be your favorite? You and three friends will each get a vote as you enjoy a round of golf with carts at five area courses! Will you vote for picturesque Pinnacle Country Club (Milan), superb Short Hills Country Club (East Moline), captivating Crow Valley Golf Club (Davenport), outstanding Oakwood Country Club (Coal Valley), or the grand Geneva Golf and Country Club (Muscatine)? We can't wait to hear the results. A $500 Gentry Shop gift certificate rounds out this offering.
Donated by: Eric Dane - PGA Professional at Oakwood, The Gentry Shop, Steve Hutton, PGA - GM Geneva Golf & Country Club, Elisa '90 & John '89 Klein, Bob Marriott '82, and John ‘97 & Mandy Pavelka
Valued at: $2,500


#12 Double the Fun in the Twin Cities
Description: We're seeing double with this new offering! Enjoy 2 nights in a private condo located in St. Louis Park, Minnesota, 15-20 minutes from Target Field. This 2 bedroom/2 bath unit, located on the 2nd floor, features easy elevator access, on-property free parking, a well-stocked kitchen, gas fireplace, and private rooftop patio access with gas fireplace and gas grill. During your stay, enjoy 2 bottles of red or white wine for those evenings on the rooftop patio, as well as 2 Minnesota Twins game tickets during the 2024 season. These seats are located in the premium Delta Sky360° Club area, which includes beverages and a variety of tapas-style foods. This package is too nice to pass up!
Donated by: Jeanne (Rauth) '79 and Jim Sheehan
Valued at: $1,000

Wine Tasting

SATURDAY, MAY 18, 2024
3-6PM
St. Ambrose Campus, West Lawn
518 W Locust St, Davenport, IA 52803

TICKETS:
$50 until May 17
$60 at the door on May 18


About the event

Sip your way through a spectacular assortment of 120 wines from around the world and enjoy culinary highlights from a number of Quad City restaurants. 

Our festival vintner, Dimitri Papageorgiou, offers his years of experience in the wine industry to assemble an impressive assortment of wines from California to Germany to New Zealand. The Wine Festival Wine Tasting has earned the reputation as a premiere Quad Cities event and draws nearly 1,000 people to campus annually to support student scholarships.


Chris '04 '06 and Kristen '07 '08 Mandle- 2024 Event Management Chairs


2023 Food Sponsors

  • Lagomarcino's
  • Flaherty's Irish Candy
  • Papa John's
  • Biaggi's
  • Bayside Bistro
  • Antonella's II
  • The Phoenix

2024 Wine Tasting Food Sponsors

The following restaurants generously provided hors d'oeuvres at Wine Tasting 2024:

  • Antonella's II
  • Bayside Bistro
  • Biaggi's Ristorante Italiano
  • Bix Produce
  • Core Foodservice 
  • Flaherty's Irish Candy Co. 
  • Lagomarcino's 
  • Mama Bosso Pizza
  • Papa John's Pizza
  • Steventon's
  • Sysco Iowa 
  • Waterfront Deli
  • The Garrison
  • The Phoenix

Wine Festival Support

Wine Festival Committee

The success of the Wine Festival is based largely on the volunteer role of the Quad Cities community and how it rallies behind this noble effort of supporting higher education.

The following group of individuals works diligently to ensure the Wine Festival is a success. We are grateful for the time and effort they commit to this important event trio.

Wine Festival Chairs
Ed and Molly Carroll

Event Management Chairs
Kristen '07, '08 MOT and Chris '04, '06 MPS Mandle

Media Chairs
Ann '08 and Josh '08 McIntyre

Communications Chairs
Nancy and John Hayes 

Preview Dinner Co-Chairs
Ed and Molly Carroll
Lisa and Paul Harrington

Boutique Wine Silent Auction Chair
Rachel '04 and Thomas Mason IV '91

Sponsorship Co-Chairs
Tracy and Brian Matlock 

Wine Festival & Vintner Chair
Dimitri Papageorgiou '21 Hon., Dimitri Wine & Spirits, Inc.

At Large
John '98 and Mandy Pavelka

St. Ambrose University Staff
Wendy Pondell '05, '22, Director of Alumni Engagement

Ex Officio
President Amy C. Novak, EdD, St. Ambrose University

2024 Sponsors

The success of the Wine Festival would not be possible without the generous support of many individuals and organizations. Wine Festival cash sponsors are deeply committed to supporting the academic success of our students. Their commitment is humbling and we can't thank them enough for all that they do. 

Sponsors recieve various perks depending on their level of commitment. If you're interested in becoming a Wine Festival cash sponsor, please contact Wendy Pondell.

2024 Reserva Sponsors

2024 RESERVA SPONSORS

  • Dimitri Wine & Spirits
  • Sodexo Campus Services
  • Tri- City Electric Co 
  • Lighting the QCA
2024 Malbec Sponsors

2024 MALBEC SPONSOR

  • Valley Construction 
2024 Cabernet Sponsors

2024 CABERNET SPONSOR

  • Treiber Construction Co.
2024 Bordeaux Sponsors

2024 BORDEAUX SPONSORS 

  • Advance Homes 
  • Crawford Company
  • Hornbuckle Heating & Air Conditioning 
2024 Merlot Sponsors

2024 MERLOT SPONSORS

  • Davenport Printing Co.
  • Dynamic Tube, Inc.
  • HES Facilities Management 
  • IMPACT / ILLOWA Construction Labor Management Council
  • Per Mar Security Services 
  • Andy and Debi Butler
2024 Chardonnay Sponsors

CHARDONNAY SPONSORS 

  • Studio 483 Architects 
  • Vollersten, Britt & Gorsline P.C. 
  • QCA Pools and Spas
  • Two West Advisors
2024 Preview Dinner Table Sponsors

2024 RESERVA SPONSORS 

  • Dimitri Wine & Spirits 
  • Lighting the QCA
  • Sodexo Campus Services 
  • Tri-City Electric Co. 

2024 TABLE SPONSORS

  • Brian '91 and Leslie '91 Bassier
  • Bush Construction 
  • Ed and Molly Carroll (2)
  • John and Nancy Hayes
  • Insurance Planning Service Corp., Paul Miller
  • Judy and Richard Kreiter
  • Mandle Design, Inc. 
  • Thomas '91and Rachel '04 Mason IV
  • Chris and Trish Townsend
  • NelsonCorp Wealth Management 
  • Quad City Bank & Trust  
  • Rock Island Dental Associates
  • Ruhl & Ruhl Realtors 
  • The Cities Private Wealth Group
  • Tyson Foods
2024 Individual Cash Sponsors

2024 INDIVIDUAL CASH SPONSORS

  • Helen Adam
  • Lisa and Chris '85 Ales
  • Berthel & Fisher Company 
  • Rita '97 and Mark Bawden
  • Ed and Molly Carroll
  • Dimitri Wine & Spirits 
  • Luan and Joseph D'Camp-Kovill
  • Anne and Ethan Gannaway
  • Rita Hickrod
  • KLK Leading Change Inc. / Lyn Ketelsen '98
  • Thomas '91 and Rachel '04 Mason IV
  • Tracy and Brian Matlock
  • Frank and Ann McCarthy 
  • Lorilei and Ron Moore
  • Rebecca '74 and Michael '73 Pracht
  • Debbie '07 and Mark Schwiebert 
2024 In-Kind Sponsors

2024 IN-KIND SPONSORS: 

  • Dave Baker Productions
  • Dimitri Wine & Spirits
  • D'Lux Events
  • Greenspace Associates 
  • John Mohr Photgraphy
  • Mandle Design, Inc. 
  • One Step Printing
  • Sodexo Campus Services
  • St. Ambrose Security Services
  • VictoryStore.com
  • Zimmerman Honda

MEDIA SPONSORS:

  • KALA Radio, St. Ambrose University
  • KWQC / Quad Cities Live 
  • The Catholic Messenger
  • WHBF-Living Local
Scholarship Facts

If you are interested in volunteering, becoming a sponsor, or donating an auction item, please contact Wendy Pondell in the Advancement and Alumni Engagement Office at 563-333-6057. Tickets to all events can be purchased online when they become available.

How am I helping?

Wine Festival supporters are an important piece of our students' education. Each time you attend a Wine Festival event, you are helping assist our students directly. Wine Festival supporters help in various ways from being an event sponsor, auction donor, table sponsor, and/or ticket holder.

Who benefits from this generosity?

Our students!

  • 99 percent of St. Ambrose students qualify for financial aid; that adds up to more than $27 million awarded each year from institutional and private support
  • Many of these students benefit from the more than $1.7 million that has been raised through the Wine Festival since its inception.

St. Ambrose continues to provide an environment where first generation college students and students from lower and middle income families can receive a values-based education.

These important dollars help support students that otherwise may not be able to attend a school that offers small classes, individualized attention, and supportive campus services.

What about the St. Ambrose budget?

St. Ambrose University is dedicated to providing a quality, affordable education. That's why nearly 30 percent of the university's operating budget is dedicated to scholarships and other forms of financial assistance. Even with this dedication, our residential students and their families pay an average of $11,000-$15,000 in out-of-pocket expenses.

Who plans the Wine Festival?

The Wine Festival is a volunteer, community-driven event. Supporters in the community come together as a committee each year to plan all three events - volunteering their time, talent, and treasure to raise money for student scholarships at St. Ambrose. The committee members devote countless hours promoting the events, planning the logistics, and garnering support from the greater community. These events would not be possible without them.

Sponsorship Opportunities

2024 Sponsorship Levels

To date, more than $1.7 million have been raised to help these students achieve a college education, and during our 22nd year, we would like to add $100,000 to this total.

Below you can see the 2023 sponsorship details. We hope to add you as a sponsor this year and tell our students about your generosity and dedication to their futures. 

Reserva - $10,000

Wine at the Warehouse
8 event tickets
Logo on banner and program

Preview Dinner
8 event tickets (1 table)
Exclusive invitation to pre-dinner tasting with vintner
Logo placement on dinner program and visual media
Special presentation of framed Wine Festival print

Wine Festival
8 event tickets
Corporate booth at the event
Logo placement on the complimentary cart shuttles, banner and promotional poster
Full page recognition ad in program

General
Logo on Wine Festival tickets
Visual recognition on print media and e-blasts
Listed on Wine Festival website

If you are interested in becoming a Reserva Sponsor of the 2023 Wine Festival series, call (563) 333-6290 or email alumni@sau.edu.

Malbec - $7,500

Wine at the Warehouse
8 event tickets
Logo on banner and program

Preview Dinner
8 event tickets (1 table)
Listing in dinner program and visual media

Wine Festival
8 event tickets
Logo placement on the banner and promotional poster
Full page recognition ad in program

General
Visual recognition on print media
Listed on Wine Festival website

If you are interested in becoming a Malbec Sponsor of the 2023 Wine Festival series, call (563) 333-6290 or alumni@sau.edu.

Cabernet - $5,000

Wine at the Warehouse
4 event tickets
Logo on banner

Preview Dinner
4 event tickets
Listing in dinner program and visual media

Wine Festival
8 event tickets
Logo placement on banner and promotional poster
Full page recognition ad in program

General
Visual recognition on print media
Listed on Wine Festival website

If you are interested in becoming a Cabernet Sponsor of the 2023 Wine Festival series, call (563) 333-6290 or alumni@sau.edu.

Bordeaux - $2,500

Wine Festival
8 event tickets
Logo placement on banner
Half page recognition ad in program

General
Listed on Wine Festival website

If you are interested in becoming a Bordeaux Sponsor of the 2023 Wine Festival series, call (563) 333-6290 or alumni@sau.edu.

Merlot - $1,000

Wine Festival
6 event tickets
Quarter page recognition ad in program

General
Listed on Wine Festival website

If you are interested in becoming a Merlot Sponsor of the 2023 Wine Festival series, call (563) 333-6290 or alumni@sau.edu.

Chardonnay - $500

Wine Festival
2 event tickets
Name recognition ad in program

General
Listed on Wine Festival website

If you are interested in becoming a Chardonnay Sponsor of the 2023 Wine Festival series, call (563) 333-6290 or alumni@sau.edu.

Preview Dinner Table Sponsorship - $1,600

8 tickets to Preview Dinner

If you are interested in becoming a Table Sponsor for the 2024 Preview Dinner, you can purchase a table here. 

It's Time to Connect

Are you ready to reconnect with your alma mater? The St. Ambrose University Alumni Office has so many ways to stay involved, no matter where you are in life. Become an engaged alumnus today!