The 2015 In Vino Veritas, a much anticipated annual, two-day wine event, opens with a dinner and wine tasting that celebrates the legacy of great American winemaking.
On February 27, special guest Warren Winiarski (St. John’s College, Class of 1952), founder of Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars, joins a panel of notable winemakers and connoisseurs in an exclusive evening of wine tasting. Stag’s Leap produced the winner of the 1976 Judgment of Paris. This historical wine event had a revolutionary impact on the wine industry, putting California wines firmly on the world wine map. A bottle of the award-winning 1973 S.L.V. Cabernet Sauvignon wine is on display at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History. In its November 2013 issue, “Smithsonian” magazine included this bottle as one of the “101 Objects that Made America.”
Napa winemakers LarryTurley, founder of Turley Vineyards; John Williams, founder of Frog’s Leap Winery; and Zach Rasmuson, Chief Operator of Duckhorn Wine Company, will join Winiarski for a discussion moderated by Abe Schoener, founder of The Scholium Project. Turley, Rasmuson, and Schoener are also St. John’s College alumni. St. John’s College is known for its visionary winemakers; The New York Times magazine describes Schoener as a “fearless, risk loving winemaker.”
On February 28, guests at the Grand Tasting can explore more than 100 wines from around the world, premier wine growing regions and producers, meet the vintners, and sample wines and hors d’oeuvres. Workshops will be offered throughout the afternoon.
For prices, tickets, and more information about this two-day fundraiser sponsored by the Friends of St. John’s College, visit the website.
St. John’s College is located in the heart of historic Annapolis, Md. The college, which also has a campus in Santa Fe, N.M., is known for its distinctive curriculum that focuses on the foundational works of Western civilization. The college also offers a graduate-level program based on these same principles.