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.

Be sure to mark your calendars for the 2018 Wine Festival events. If you've not attended one of these events in the past, consider joining us this year!

Wine at the Warehouse: March 3, 2018
Preview Dinner: April 14, 2018
Wine Festival Wine Tasting: May 19, 2018

Chris & Kristen Mandle
2018 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. All proceeds support student scholarships, allowing the next generation of professionals to achieve their dreams.

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Wine at the Warehouse

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 food from several Quad City restaurants.

Thanks to everyone who joined us on March 3 at the warehouse!  We will post event photos as soon as they are available.  A special thank you to Dimitri & Kathy '94 Papageorgiou for hosting the event.  Our event next year is scheduled for March 2, 2019.

See this year's event photos

Preview Dinner

An elegant evening showcasing wine and fine food. Selected wines will be carefully paired with menu items prepared by the St. Ambrose University culinary team.  After dinner, enjoy a live and silent auction.

Saturday, April 14, 2018
6 p.m. Wine Reception, 7 p.m. Dinner
Rogalski Center Ballroom (St. Ambrose campus)
$130/person (price includes ticket to the May 19 Wine Festival event)
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The Menu:
Pear and Gorgonzola Salad in Radicchio Cups with a Pear Balsamic
Seared Salmon with Fresh Dill and Lemon
Braised Beef Short Ribs with a Red Wine Reduction and Demi-Glace Sauce
Garlic Mashed Potatoes
Sea Salt Roasted Asparagus
Guinness Brownie with Bailey's Irish Cream Frosting

See last year's event photos

Wine Tasting

Sip your way through 180 wines from around the world and enjoy culinary highlights from a number of local restaurants. 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.

Saturday, May 19, 2018
3 - 6 p.m.
St. Ambrose University campus
$45/person in advance, $50/person at the door to only attend the May 19 event
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Note: In the event of inclement weather, the event will still be on campus, but moved indoors.

See last year's event photos

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 work diligently to ensure the Wine Festival was 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

Food Chairs
Thomas Mason IV '91

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

Media Chair
Joe and Nora Riley

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

Boutique Wine/Silent Auction Co-Chairs
Josh '08 and Ann '08 McIntyre
Mike and Diane Puthoff

Sponsorship Chairs
Gene and Susan Krueger

At Large
Paul Harrington
John and Nancy Hayes
Richard and Lisa '86 Ware

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

St. Ambrose University Staff
Anne Gannaway, Director of Alumni Engagement & Special Events
Bobby Harris, Administrative Assistant

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


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.

2018 Cash Sponsors
Dimitri Wine & Spirits, Inc.
Mandle Design, Inc.
NelsonCorp Wealth Management
Sodexo Campus Services

Tim Martin Ruhl & Ruhl Realtors
U.S. Bank

Advance Homes, Inc.
Hornbuckle Heating & Air Conditioning
Russell Construction

KONE Elevator
Two Rivers Bank & Trust

Friemel Chiropractic & Salt Holistic Health
Molyneaux Insurance, Inc.
Studio 483 Architects
Treiber Construction Co., Inc.
Wessels & Wierman, P.C.

2018 Table Sponsors
Bush Construction
C&J Laundry
Dimitri Wine & Spirits, Inc.
Genesis Health Systems
John and Nancy Hayes
Impact Illowa Construction Labor Management Council
Gene and Susan Krueger
Lane & Waterman LLP
Mandle Design, Inc.
NelsonCorp Wealth Management
Powell Financial Group
Quad City Bank & Trust
Sodexo Campus Services (2)
Terracon/Shive Hattery

In-Kind Sponsors
To be announced


The items and experiences available for bid at the 2018 Wine Festival Preview Dinner will be announced soon.

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

So, what's next?

Are you ready to take the next step? St. Ambrose offers more than 60 programs and 27 athletic teams and sports to join on campus. Become an Ambrosian today!