30th Annual Wine Tasting Gala and Auction

Thank you to our guests and supporters! The 2020 Annual Wine Tasting is in the books!

Performing Arts Wine Tasting Gala and Auction: FAQ

Jack Keegan, Performing Arts Series advisory board member and Miami wine expert
Patti Hannan Liberatore, Performing Arts Series Director and Assistant Dean for External Relations

How many wines will be available?

Keegan promises around 200 wines to taste. Most of those are included in your admission price; however, a few very special wines are served in the Premium Pour area for which you must purchase pour tickets separately.

Where do all these wines come from?

Keegan’s career and avocation has resulted in an outstanding network of wineries, distributors, and private collectors. Keegan calls on his network each year and his efforts result in the donation of an impressive variety of wines.

What are Premium Pour wines?

“Many people open their cellars and you have a chance to taste wines that are no longer on the market and would be impossible to get,” explains Keegan. Where else could you taste wines that are priced as high as $600 - $700 a bottle for $5?

Is it just wine sipping?

No. The evening features more than just wine. MIA Restaurant + Studio provides delicious hors d’oeuvres and desserts. There are fun casino games to test your luck. In addition, there is a silent auction, with items ranging from big name concert and event tickets to pieces by local artists and craftspersons.

After all the tasting, nibbling, gaming, and bidding is done, where do the funds raised go?

“Profits from our annual Wine Tasting fundraiser are invested back into the campus and community,” said Patti Hannan Liberatore. “Each year the Series brings nationally and internationally acclaimed artists to Oxford, and the proceeds from our fundraiser mean we have the resources to have them perform extra residency or outreach activities around the campus and community.”

Pictures from the 29th Annual Wine Tasting Gala and Auction, February 2, 2019

Beverage glasses arrayed on a table. Each glass contains a printed name card.

Tasting glasses waiting in anticipation for their owners to arrive

Jack Keegan holds a bottle toward the camera

The man of the day, Jack Keegan, shows off this year's apéritif

A smiling woman and man hold their glasses

Attendees stop for a snap in front of our Premium Pours table

An elevated view of the guests and the action

Millett Hall was transformed into a chic showcase for wine, games and society

Guests trying wines

Attendees chat with about the wide variety of wines available to taste

Three people pose in front of the 'uncorked' backdrop while another person snaps their photo

Pose like you're on the red carpet in front of our "Uncorked: All in for the Arts" banner

People staff the wine table as guests browse the wines

The hardest part of the event may be trying to decide which of our hundreds of wines to try next

Guests pose together as a group

A good time is had by all with spectacular wine, food and conversation

A smiling man pours wine

Fill your glass for the 29th Annual Performing Arts Wine Tasting!