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MAY 9 AND 10, 2014

WineFest No. 19
A Toast to Children’s Health


Complex children’s health challenges. Tenacious pediatric physicians and researchers. And absolutely astonishing breakthroughs. At University of Minnesota Children’s Hospital, children and families find strength and hope.

Come celebrate revolutionary medical advances at WineFest No. 19—A Toast to Children’s Health. Sip exceptional wines of the Pacific Northwest, indulge in gourmet fare, bid on one-of-a-kind auction lots, and enjoy captivating entertainment. Proceeds benefit pioneering pediatric research and care at the University of Minnesota.

The festivities

All events take place at The Depot in Downtown Minneapolis

Friday, May 9

Go West Wine Symposium

5:30 to 7:00 p.m. — Program begins promptly at 5:30 p.m.

Tickets: $125 ($80 tax-deductible)

Engage your senses as our Pacific Northwest Honorary Winemasters take you on a journey from grape to glass. Sample premier wine and learn about the growing practices that cultivate the Pacific Northwest region’s distinct vines. Delectable bites from Tria and W Hotel’s Prohibition and the Living Room make this tasting extraordinary. Brian “B.T.” Turner of 96.3 K-Twin will moderate the panel of experts.


Grand Tasting

6:30 to 9:30 p.m.

Tickets: $95, $110 at the door ($65 tax-deductible)
Attend the spectacular Grand Tasting, where you can mix, mingle, sip, and shop. The festivities include more than 400 wines for sampling, enriched by melt-in-your-mouth morsels from top restaurants of the Twin Cities. Between tastings, you’ll have the chance to bid on must-have auction items. Hosted by myTalk107.1’s Jason Matheson and Alexis Thompson, this night will be unforgettable.

Join us for both events! Your discounted admission is $175

($100 tax-deductible)

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



Saturday, May 10

Special Reserve Reception

5:30 to 6:30 p.m.

Tickets: $500, includes the Fine Wine Dinner ($350 tax-deductible)

Begin this memorable night with the Special Reserve Reception—an exclusive affair for WineFest No. 19 sponsors, community leaders, and VIPs—sponsored by the Blythe Brenden-Mann Foundation. Meet our Honorary Winemasters and savor their hand-selected reserve wines.


Fine Wine Dinner

6 p.m. to Midnight

Tickets: $350, ($250 tax-deductible)
The main event is the Fine Wine Dinner, beginning with bubbles at the stunning sparkling reception and silent auction. Then let yourself be transported across the country with a multicourse, Pacific Northwest menu paired with exquisite Washington and Oregon wine varietals. Enjoy fantastic entertainment and a live auction of exclusive trips and experiences. Then dance the night away with Power of 10. The evening will be emceed by local foodie Jason DeRusha and one of our own, U of M alumna Jamie Yuccas, both of WCCO-TV.

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

Help us build an even brighter future: To learn more, become a sponsor, or donate to the event, contact Nick Engbloom at 612-626-8429 or engbloom@umn.edu.


WineFest 19: A Toast to Children’s Health

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See a photo gallery from WineFest No. 18 event on our Facebook page.