The Friends of St. John’s College, in conjunction with Bay Ridge Wine and Spirits, welcome the community to the fourth annual wine event and fundraiser, “In Vino Veritas.” This two-day event is full of activities that will appeal to the both the connoisseur and the curious. With more than 100 wines, this year’s Grand Tasting takes participants on a tasting tour around the globe as well as to our own backyard, to visit the world’s premier wine growing regions and producers. Participants meet the vintners and sample the featured wines. An array of hors d’oeuvres rounds out the sampling. Throughout the afternoon, participants who want to learn more about the world of wine may attend workshops. A panel of St. John’s College alumni winemakers will discuss the trials, tribulations, and rewards of winemaking on the East Coast verses the West Coast. Music by Paul Cullen, former bassist for Bad Company, a silent auction, and sales of wine-related books and merchandise complement the tasting.
Tastings will be held in the Francis Scott Key Auditorium on Saturday, April 26 from 1 to 5 p.m. Tickets are $75 for general admission. Workshops will be held from noon to 4 p.m. Tickets are $45 to $110 for each workshop. To purchase tickets, and for a complete schedule of events: http://invinoveritasannapolis.com. Proceeds fund scholarships for St. John’s undergraduate students.
This year’s Judgment of Annapolis will feature a blind tasting and a discussion of terroir in America with David White, whose wine blog www.terroirist.com was voted 2013 Best Overall Wine Blog, and St. John’s College winemakers. Issues of sustainability and the pursuit of quality in winemaking will be addressed. St. John’s alumni winemakers include August Deimel (Keuka Spring Vineyards); Abe Schoener (The Scholium Project); Zach Rasmusen (Goldeneye); Rory Williams (Calder Wine Company); and Paul Speck (Henry of Pelham, Ontario). Following the Judgment of Annapolis, there will be dinner and wine in the spirit of the La Paulée de Meursault. The event will be held in McDowell Hall on Friday, April 25 from 5 to 9 p.m. Tickets are $225 per person. Limited to 60 participants. To purchase tickets: http://invinoveritasannapolis.com.
“In Vino Veritas” is sponsored by Advance, Alt Breeding Schwarz, Annapolis Painting Services, Bay Ridge Wine and Spirits, Cabot Creamery Cooperative, Chef’s Expressions, Georgie Berkinshaw, Hansen Architects, Houser Ford Group at Morgan Stanley Wealth Management, Liljenquist & Beckstead, Lowes Hotel, Louis Vuitton—Moet Hennessy, Minuteman Press, PNC, Quintain Marketing, The Capital, Towne Transport, Whole Foods Market Annapolis.
Schedule of Events
Friday, April 25
- 5 to 9 p.m. The Judgment of Annapolis. A blind tasting and a discussion of terroir in America with David White and St. John’s College winemakers. Issues of sustainability and the pursuit of quality in winemaking will be addressed. A dinner and wine in the spirit of the La Paulée de Meursault will follow.
Saturday, April 26
- 1 to 5 p.m. Grand Tasting. Sample more than 100 wines from around the globe, as well as from our own backyard.
- Noon to 4 p.m. Workshops.
- Noon to 1 p.m. The World’s Greatest Wine & Cheese Pairings. Join American Cheese Society Certified Cheese Professional Mia Jones, specialty department manager of Annapolis’ Whole Foods Market, and wine expert Katie Harper from Bay Ridge Wine & Spirits to sample classic wine-and-cheese pairings.
- Noon to 1 p.m. Grillin’ & Swillin’ Competition-Style BBQ meets Ultimate BBQ Wines. Join barbeque genius Chef Andrew Evans, of The BBQ Joint and the award winning BBQ competition team Walk the Swine, as he leads your tastebuds on an all-American journey into the world of Competition-Style Barbecue – beef brisket, pulled pork, pork ribs, picked chicken, rubs and sauces.
- 2 to 2:30 p.m. St. John’s Alumni Winemaker Discussion: East Coast vs. West Coast Wine-Making. Join St. John’s College alumni winemakers Abe Schoener, August Deimel, Rory Williams, Zach Rasmuson, Christina Turley and Paul Speck, as they discuss the trials, tribulations and rewards of winemaking on the East Coast verses The West Coast.
- 3 to 4 p.m. Champagne: Tasting the “Stars.” Join Belinda Chang, James Beard Award-winning sommelier and Moet Hennessy Brand Educator as she explains the vineyards, wines and traditions of France’s famous Champagne region.
- 3 to 4 p.m. Cocktail Craze: The American Still Life Collection. Learn the tricks of the trade from America’s leading portfolio of fine, craft distilled spirits, The American Still Life Collection.