Wine Festival

A celebration of wine, friends, and St. Ambrose

The St. Ambrose University Wine Festival provides funds for student scholarships. It is a community-driven volunteer event that raises dollars and awareness for the needs of future, current, and past students. We see the incredible need our young people have for financial assistance, and this trio of events helps meet that need.

If you've not attended one of these events in the past, consider joining us! Individual event details are included below.

Preview Dinner: In an effort to mitigate the spread of COVID-19, the Preview Dinner has been rescheduled for Saturday, October 3. 

Wine Festival Wine Tasting: May 16, 2020 - Register here


Chris & Kristen Mandle
2020 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 in March, Preview Dinner in April, and Wine Tasting in May.

Wine Festival Event Series

Wine at the Warehouse

Saturday, March 7, 2020
4-6 p.m.
Dimitri Wine & Spirits, Inc. (1735 W. 3rd St., Davenport)
$35 in advance; $45 at the door

Join us for a casual tasting in the Dimitri Wine & Spirits warehouse. Dimitri Papageorgio and his staff are eager to offer you a sampling of their favorite wines while you enjoy delicacies from several Quad City restaurants.

A special thank you to Dimitri & Kathy '94 Papageorgiou for hosting the event.

Preview Dinner

Given our current understanding of COVID-19 pandemic, St. Ambrose University has determined it is in the best interest of all involved to postpone the Wine Festival Preview Dinner.

Because this event plays a vital role in providing student scholarships, the Preview Dinner will be rescheduled once the health concerns have passed. Once a new date is set, you will be made aware. No additional steps are needed for those who pre-registered. Your information will automatically transfer to the new date.

This event is unique in that admission to the Preview Dinner includes a ticket for the May Wine Festival Wine Tasting event. For those who have registered for the Preview Dinner, please know you will still receive your ticket to the May event as planned.

We understand that these changes may lead to questions. Please know the St. Ambrose Alumni Office is available to answer any questions you may have regarding these events. They can be reached at 563/333-6290 or

As always, thank you for your support of student scholarships. While we are disappointed we won't be able to gather in a few weeks, we look forward to gathering with you soon as we raise a glass to making students' dreams come true.

Preview Dinner Co-Chairs Ed and Molly Carroll and Kurt and Kristyn Tjaden along with Event Chairs Chris and Kristen Mandle and Vintner Chair Dimitri Papageorgiou cordially invite you to the Preview Dinner.

Saturday, October 3, 2020
6 p.m. Judd's Hill Wine Reception
7 p.m. Dinner & Wine Presentation
St. Ambrose University Rogalski Center Ballroom
$140 per person by April 5 (includes your ticket to the May Wine Tasting event)
$1,300 table sponsorship (includes eight tickets to the Preview Dinner, eight tickets to the Wine Festival, your name listed in the Preview Dinner program, and your name listed on the Wine Festival website)

Join us for an elegant evening with Judd's Hill Winery who will be on hand to showcase their wines. The select wines will be paired with menu items prepared by the St. Ambrose University culinary team.  After dinner, enjoy silent and live auctions. This is a black-tie optional event.

2020 Dinner Menu

Hors D'Oeuvres
Artisan cheese display with baguette rounds
Judd's Hill Sauvignon Blanc, Napa Valley
Judd's Hill Merlot, Napa Valley

First Course
Spinach and arugula atop grilled pineapple with julienned jimaca, roasted red peppers, sliced red onions, diced cucumbers and toasted coconut drizzled with a mango habanero dressing
Judd's Hill Unoacked Chardonnay, Los Carneros, Napa Valley

Second Course
Slow roasted beef tips in a demi glaze, pan seared crab cake with a sweet chili sauce, fresh green beans, parmesan herb polenta cake
Judd's Hill Unoacked Chardonnay, Los Carneros, Napa Valley
Judd's Hill Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley

Third Course
Chocolate tuxedo bombe with a sweet wine berry sauce and whipped cream
Judd's Hill GSM Grenache-Syrah-Mourvedre, Sierra Foothills

Wine Tasting

Saturday, May 16, 2020
3-6 p.m.
St. Ambrose University campus
(518 W. Locust St., Davenport)
$50 per person before May 15, $55 after
Click here to register in advance 

Sip your way through a spectacular assortment of 200 wines from around the world and enjoy culinary highlights from a number of Quad Cities 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.

Sponsorship Opportunities

2020 Sponsorship Levels

What's our secret for a successful St. Ambrose Wine Festival? Tremendous community support!

That support has resulted in more than $1 million for scholarships, impacting hundreds of students in their pursuit of a college education. For 18 years, businesses and organizations in our community have chosen the St. Ambrose University Wine Festival to make an impact on students and their futures.

Be a part of this year's success! Your sponsorship provides financial assistance to St. Ambrose students and all sponsor levels receive several perks, such as recognition at our three events. Below you will find information about sponsorship levels, including sponsoring a table at the Preview Dinner. If we can assist you in any way, please don't hesitate to contact us for more information at 563-333-6290. We hope you'll be a part of this year's success.


Wine at the Warehouse
-Eight event tickets
-Logo on banner
-Logo on program
-Opportunity to display print media

Preview Dinner
-Eight event tickets (one table)
-Exclusive invitiation to pre-dinner tasting with vintner
-Logo placement on dinner program and visual media
-Special presentation of framed Wine Festival print
-Opportunity to display print media

Wine Tasting
-Corporate booth at the Wine Tasting
-Logo placement on the complimentary cart shuttles
-Eight event tickets
-Logo placement on the banner and promotional poster
-Full page recognition ad in program

-Logo on Wine Tasting tickets
-Visual recognition in all Wine Festival TV commercials and print media
-Listed on the Wine Festival website

If you are interested in becoming a Reserva Sponsor of the 2020 Wine Festival series, please contact Bobby Harris at (563) 333-6290 or


Wine at the Warehouse
-Eight event tickets
-Logo on banner
-Logo on program

Preview Dinner
-Eight event tickets (one table)
-Listing in dinner program and visual media

Wine Tasting
-Eight event tickets
-Logo placement on the banner and promotional poster
-Full page recognition ad in program

-Visual recognition in all Wine Festival TV commercials and print media
-Listed on the Wine Festival website

If you are interested in becoming a Malbec Sponsor of the 2020 Wine Festival series, please contact Bobby Harris at (563) 333-6290 or


Wine at the Warehouse
-Four event tickets
-Logo on banner

Preview Dinner
-Four event tickets
-Listing in dinner program and visual media

Wine Tasting
-Eight event tickets
-Logo placement on the banner and promotional poster
-Full page recognition ad in program

-Visual recognition in all Wine Festival TV commercials and print media
-Listed on the Wine Festival website

If you are interested in becoming a Cabernet Sponsor of the 2020 Wine Festival series, please contact Bobby Harris at (563) 333-6290 or


Wine Tasting
-Eight event tickets
-Logo placement on the banner and promotional poster
-Half page recognition ad in program

-Listed on the Wine Festival website

If you are interested in becoming a Bordeaux Sponsor of the 2020 Wine Festival series, please contact Bobby Harris at (563) 333-6290 or


Wine Tasting
-Six event tickets
-Logo placement on the banner and promotional poster
-Quarter page recognition ad in program

-Listed on the Wine Festival website

If you are interested in becoming a Merlot Sponsor of the 2020 Wine Festival series, please contact Bobby Harris at (563) 333-6290 or


Wine Tasting
-Two event tickets
-Name recognition ad in program

-Listed on the Wine Festival website

If you are interested in becoming a Chardonnay Sponsor of the 2020 Wine Festival series, please contact Bobby Harris at (563) 333-6290 or

Preview Dinner Table Sponsorship

Purchasing a table sponsorship at the St. Ambrose University Wine Festival Preview Dinner makes an immediate impact on hundreds of students each year. The table sponsorship includes the following: 

-Eight tickets to the Preview Dinner (April 4)
-Eight tickets to the Wine Tasting (May 16)
-Name listed in the Preview Dinner program
-Listed on the Wine Festival website

If you are interested in becoming a Table Sponsor at the Preview Dinner, please contact Bobby Harris at (563) 333-6290 or

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.

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

Event Management Committee
Kathleen Logan '95

Food Chairs
Thomas Mason IV '91
Tom Dalton

Internal Food Chair
Stephen Finn '02 MBA, Sodexo Campus Services

Media Chairs
Josh '08 and Ann '08 McIntyre
Joe and Nora Riley

Preview Dinner Co-Chairs
Ed and Molly Carroll
Kurt and Kristyn Tjaden

Boutique Wine Silent Auction Chairs
Mike and Diane Puthoff

Sponsorship Chairs
Gene and Susan Krueger

Sponsorship Committee
Paul Harrington 
Brian Matlock and Tracy Schuster-Matlock

Vintner Chair
Dimitri Papageorgiou, Dimitri Wine & Spirits, Inc.

At Large
John and Nancy Hayes

St. Ambrose University Staff
Anne Gannaway, Executive Director of Advancement
Bobby Harris, Executive Administrative Assistant

Ex Officio
President Joan Lescinski, CSJ, PhD, St. Ambrose University

2020 Sponsors

The success of the Wine Festival is built upon the commitment of many community volunteers and donors.

Sponsorship of the Wine Festival supports scholarship for students at St. Ambrose. With your sponsorship, you receive several perks including tickets to the very popular Wine Festival Wine Tasting event in May that attracts nearly 1,000 guests to campus.

2020 Cash Sponsors
Dimitri Wine & Spirits, Inc.
Mandle Design, Inc.
NelsonCorp Wealth Management
Sodexo Campus Services

Russell - Construction & Development 

Advance Homes Inc. 
Estes Construction
Hornbuckle Heating & Air 

Jeff's Car Corner
Two Rivers Bank & Trust 
US Bank

Follett Higher Education
Studio 483 Architects
Treiber Construction Co Inc. 

2020 Table Sponsors
Builders Sales & Service Company
Bush Construction
C&J Laundry
Dimitri Wine & Spirits, Inc.
Estes Construction
Genesis Health Systems
John & Nancy Hayes
Impact Illowa Construction Labor Management Council 
Kathleen Logan
Mandle Design, Inc.
NelsonCorp Wealth Management
Quad City Bank & Trust
Ruhl & Ruhl Realtors
Mark Seter
Sodexo Campus Services
Kurt & Kristyn Tjaden
Chris Townsend / Thomas Mason 
Make & Dana Wilkinson / Paul & Lisa Harrington

Media Sponsors 
KIIK 104.9
Mix 96
Quad-City Times
Tap On It  

In-Kind Sponsors
Dimitri Wine & Spirits, Inc.
D'Lux Events
I Do Events
John Mohr Photography
Mandle Design, Inc.
One Step Print Solutions
SAU Security
Sodexo Campus Services

Food Sponsors
Combine/Bass Street
QC Coffee & Pancake House
Sodexo Campus Services
Tantra / Sriracha Thai Bistro & Oyster Bar
Trattoria Tiramisu
Village Corner Deli 

2019 Live Auction Items

Beer & Bourbon with Sr. Joan
Only a handful of people can say they've had happy hour with St. Ambrose University's president, and this is a chance to add your name to that list. Enjoy a variety of domestic and imported beers, as well as an assortment of bourbons at the home of Sr. Joan Lescinski. Sixteen people can partake in this unique experience, which includes hors d'oeuvres in a relaxed atmosphere.
Donated by: Sr. Joan Lescinski, CSJ, Ph.D.

Chicago Getaway
Enjoy some of the best Chicago has to offer with this weekend getaway. You and three guests will start by cheering on the Chicago Cubs against one of their biggest rivals, the St. Louis Cardinals, on Friday, May 3rd at 1:20 p.m.  There will be time to fit in a bit of sightseeing before your group heads to see a matinee performance of Hamilton the next day.  You'll enjoy Orchestra level seating of the Broadway production that has swept the nation.
Donated by: Jennifer and Dan Molyneaux, Jr. and the SAU Alumni Office

Dinner for 8 at Ruthie's
From the sixth floor of Rhythm City Casino, you and your party will experience the finest food and drink the Quad Cities has to offer. Ruthie's chef will prepare a four course "Farm-to-Table" meal for you, paired with the appropriate wine and spirits. As you dine on delicious entrees that almost look too good to eat, take a moment to enjoy the spectacular view. It will be a night to remember, and one you'll talk about well into the future.
Donated by: Rhythm City Casino Resort

Experience Materra
Immerse yourself in the beauty of Napa Valley with a two night stay for six at Materra Cunat Family Vineyards. Three couples will stay in three rooms at the brand new Materra guest house. During your stay, you'll take a wine tour and enjoy a reserved tasting on site. Your time at the vineyard will show you first-hand the Cunat family's passion for winemaking and the Materra brand. Offer good through May 2020.
Donated by: Brian Cunat, Materra Family Vineyards

Fight, Fight, Fight for Iowa State
Don't miss your chance to cheer on the Cyclones at home versus your choice of UNI, Louisiana-Monroe, TCU, Oklahoma State, Texas, or Kansas. You'll enjoy a premier parking pass, four tailgate party tickets, and four game tickets located in the 12th row on the 45 yard line. Be a part of the excitement this year!
Donated by: Kristyn & Kurt Tjaden

Gourmet Dinner for 8
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

Pedrocelli Wines in CA and QCA
Don't let your Pedroncelli experience end this evening. Make plans to visit Pedroncelli Winery in Sonoma, California to enjoy a tour and tasting with box lunch for four. Dimitri will personally arrage additional winery visits for your group to enjoy while you're in wine country. In addition, you'll take home two bottles of "Three Vineyards" Cabernet Sauvignon, Dry Creek Valley this evening. One is a 2001 Double Magnum (3L) and the other is a 2013 Magnum (1.5L), both signed by Jim Pedroncelli.
Donated by: Jim Pedroncelli, Pedroncelli Winery

Sonoma County Wine Week
It's the perfect, customizable vacation that's a hit each year at the Preview Dinner. Spend five days in Geyserville, California in the famed Sonoma County. You'll stay at a beautiful two bed, two bath condo near wineries, restaurants, and breathtaking views. No matter if you choose to spend your days sipping fine wine, horseback riding in the country side, or just enjoying the California sunshine, you'll be experiencing a little slice of paradise.
Donated by: Tom Higgins '67

The New York Theater Experience
Have you ever wanted to see a Broadway show with the original cast in its opening weeks? See Hadestown before everyone is talking about it. This hell-raising journey to the underworld and back is sure to grab you and never let go! Tonight's winner will receive a pair of tickets to the show, along with $150 to dine at Becco, located on New York's famed Restaurant Row and known for their extensive $33 wine list. This package also includes a $250 VISA gift card to use during your travel and $500 to the Gentry Shop, which offers a fine selection of men's and women's clothing!
Donated by: Ed & Molly Carroll, Rachel Chavkin, Ted Stephens III & Dmitry Yakimchuk, and The Gentry Shop

The Ultimate Experience
It's a fun-filled event for 20 guests at TBK Bank Sports Complex. Your group will enjoy a private room catered with the ultimate hors d'oeuvres package. Enjoy all the amenities the complex has to offer, including unlimited bowling and laser tag missions for your group and an escape room experience of your choice. All your guests will receive their own arcade game cards. Get ready for some friendly competition!
Donated by: TBK Bank Sports Complex

2019 Boutique Wine Auction Items

2006, 2007 & 2008 Rubicon - 3 bottle set
Dr. Mark & Dana Wilkinson - $550

2012 Paradigm Cabernet Sauvignon Oakville District, Napa Valley Magnum
Ed & Molly Carroll - $400

2006 Seabiscuit Ranch Superfecta Meritage Magnum
Carol & Bill '78 Brockway - $300

Far Niente Winery - 4 bottle set
Carol & Bill '78 Brockway - $300

2013 Dunn Vineyards Cabernet - 2 bottle set
Anne & Ethan Gannaway and Ed Henkhaus '64 - $300

2009, 2011, 2013 Williams Selyem Zinfandel - 3 bottle set
Sue & Steve '98 MBA Bird - $249

2011 Colgin Cariad Red Wine, Napa Valley
Lori & Todd Johnson - $235

1993 Moet Chandon Champagne Cuvee Dom Perignon
Carol & Thomas '74 Roederer - $225

2011 Chateau Ste Michelle Artist Series Meritage Red Wine - 3 bottle set
Jeff Rose - $225

2016 Mollydooker Velvet Glove Shiraz
Regina & Michael Matheson - $200

2014, 2015 & 2016 Rombauer Vineyards - 3 bottle set
SAU Vice Presidents: Sandy Cassady, Jamie Loftus, Paul Koch, Mike Poster '88, Jim Stangle '82  - $200

2012 Bremer Family Cabernet Sauvignon - 2 bottle set
Mary Anne & Kelly Carroll - $185

2016 Chistopher Creek - 2 bottle set
Dale & Marie Ziegler - $180

2010 Adamvs Quintvs Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley
Dick Kleine '13 DBA - $175

2013 Silver Oak Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley
Rita '97 & Mark Bawden - $150

2014 Alpha Omega, Napa Valley - 2 bottle set
PJ '01 '05 & Molly Foley - $150

2012 La Casa Brunello di Montalcino Caparzo - 2 bottle set
Paul & Lisa Harrington - $150

W. & J. Graham's 30 year Tawny Porto
Diane & Michael Puthoff - $150

2013 Caspar Estate Cabernet Sauvignon Rutherford, Napa Valley
Rachel '04 MBA & Thomas IV '91 Mason - $140

2010 Pride Mountain Vineyards Cabernet Franc, Sonoma County Magnum
Fred `03 MOL & Kerry Smith - $135

United States Wine Tour - 6 bottle set
Ed & Mary Littig - $130

2014 Trio of Pinot Noir - 3 bottle set
Jane & Mike Coryn - $120

2003 Dow's Vintage Porto, Portugal
Doug & Lynne Dvorak - $120

2003 Dow's Vintage Porto, Portugal
Doug & Lynne Dvorak - $120

2014 Alpha Omega Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley
Christy & Steve '02 MBA Finn - $120

2012 Keenan Mernet Reserve, Napa Valley
Sr. Joan Lescinski, CSJ, PhD - $120

2016 Cakebread Cellars Chardonnay, Napa Valley Magnum
Ed & Molly Carroll - $116

2013 Frank Family Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley Magnum
Ed & Molly Carroll - $110

2000 Imported Cockburns Vintage Porto
Tim Althaus - $100

2009 Badia a Coltibuono Sangioveta di Toscana, IGT
Kathy '94 & Dimitri Papageorgiou - $100

2015 Merry Edwards Pinot Noir, Russian River Valley
Joe & Nora Riley - $100

2015 Titus Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley
Dr. Sana '95 & Nidal Harb - $95

2014 Russiz Superiore & 2016 LiVeli Susumaniello - 2 bottle set
Kathy '94 & Dimitri Papageorgiou - $95

2012, 2016 Crossbarn by Paul Hobbs - 2 bottle set
Kathy '01 & Steve '99 Anderson - $90

2008 Hewitt Cabernet Sauvignon Rutherford, Napa Valley
Dale & Marie Ziegler - $90

2010 Corte Pavone Loacker Brunello di Montalcino
Rachel '04 MBA & Thomas IV '91 Mason - $85

2014 Bardessono Vineyards Selvaggio Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley
Rachel '04 MBA & Thomas IV '91 Mason - $85

2016 Leviathan Proprietary Red Blend, Napa Valley Magnum
Ed & Molly Carroll - $81

2012 Donelan "Walker Vine Hill" Syrah, Russian River Valley
Kathy '94 & Dimitri Papageorgiou - $80

2016 Papapietro Perry Zinfandel, Dry Creek Valley
John H. Anderson '87 - $75

2012 Silver Oak Cabernet Sauvignon, Alexander Valley
Lori & Todd Johnson - $75

2011 Laetitia "Reserve du Domaine" Pinot Noir, Arroyo Grande Valley
Kathy '94 & Dimitri Papageorgiou - $70

2014 Katherine Goldschmidt Cabernet Sauvignon, Alexander Valley Magnum
Ed & Molly Carroll - $60

2011 Chateau Des Karantes "La Clape", Languedoc
Kathy '94 & Dimitri Papageorgiou - $60

2008 Skouras "Megas Oenos" Red Blend, Peloponnese, Greece
Kathy '94 & Dimitri Papageorgiou - $55

2015 Louis M. Martini Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley
Dr. Sana '95 & Nidal Harb - $50

2014 Rock Wall Obsideana Red Blend, Red Hills/Lake County
Kathy '94 & Dimitri Papageorgiou - $50

2011 Pedroncelli "Alto Vineyards" Sangiovese, Dry Creek Valley
Kathy '94 & Dimitri Papageorgiou - $30

*750 ml bottles unless otherwise noted

Scholarship Facts

How am I helping?

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

If you are interested in volunteering, becoming a sponsor, or donating an auction item, please contact Anne Gannaway in the Advancement and Alumni Engagement Office at 563-333-6283. Tickets to all events can be purchased online when they become available.

Who benefits from this generosity?

Our students!  Ninety-nine 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 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 may  not otherwise 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 $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. 


Alumni Engagement Office
Alumni House: 1527 Brady St.
Mail: 518 W. Locust St.
Davenport, IA 52803

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