vinNEBRASKA Wine Event 2012
|Kathleen Heitz-Myers from our Honorary Winery, Heitz Cellars|
Thank you to all those who participated in the vinNEBRASKA Spring Wine Event, 2012!
Due to your generous support, this year's event brought in a record-breaking $200,000+, which will greatly benefit the students of the Partnership.
The weekend event kicked off at Happy Hollow Country Club, with a Winemakers’ Reception and Gourmet Dinner. Nearly 230 guests arrived for a tasting reception beginning at 6p.m. and at 7p.m. everyone adjourned to the ballroom for dinner to be served. Winemakers were seated at each guest’s table to discuss the wines being poured and to answer guests questions about the winemaking business.
Mutual of Omaha Bank served as the Friday Presenting Sponsor with Mike and Shelley Homa as honorary chairs for the evening.
On Saturday, March 31st the festivities continued with a Grand Tasting & Auction at the Mutual of Omaha Dome. Nearly 850 guests attended and tasted premier wines from 25 of the top wineries and vineyards in the country. Guests also sampled delectable hors d’oeuvres from some of Midtown Crossing’s best restaurants including Blanc Burgers + Bottles, Cantina Laredo, CRAVE, Delice, Ingredient, Grey Plume, Portovino Ristorante, and Wohlner’s Grocery.
Partnership founders and original board members served as Saturday's honorary chairs and were recognized for their dedication and innovation in building the program. Honored members included: Dr. Gail and Mike Yanney, Cookie and Jerry Hoberman, Dick Holland and his late wife, Mary, and David and Nancy Jacobson.
After the last auction lots were won, the party continued at Midtown Crossing. Event attendees were offered exclusive vinNEBRASKA After-Hours specials at many of the participating Midtown restaurants.
Thank You To The 2012 Participating Wineries and Merchants!
2012 Attending Wineries:
Chamisal Vineyards *NEW for 2012!
Cliff Lede Vineyards *NEW for 2012!
European Wine Imports, Inc.
Fourth Estates Vineyards
Hahn Family Wines
Hess Collection Winery*NEW for 2012!
Heitz Wine Cellars *2012 Honorary Winery!!
Jacuzzi Family Vineyards
Mill Creek Vineyards
Pine Ridge Vineyards *First time since 1993
Robert Sinskey Vineyards
Rombauer Vineyards *NEW for 2012!
Seghesio Family Vineyards
Sokol Blosser Winery
Silver Oak Cellars
Valley of the Moon Winery
Additional Event Sponsors:
Borsheims -Raffle Sponsor
CRAVE Restaurant -Vintner Reception Sponsor
Lund-Ross Constructors -Wine Glass Sponsor
Midtown Crossing -Host of vinNEBRASKA After-Hours
Mutual of Omaha Bank -March 30th Event Sponsor
The Element Hotel -Lodging Sponsor
The Winery -Wine Glass Sponsor
Wright Printing -Printing Sponsor