USD Wine Classic Brings Taste of Napa and Sonoma to San Diego

San Diegans won’t need to go any further than the beautiful University of San Diego campus this summer to get a taste of some of the best wineries from the Napa and Sonoma valleys.

The second annual USD Wine Classic takes place Sunday, July 25 at 2 p.m.  in the Garden of the Sea overlooking Mission Bay and the Pacific Ocean at the university’s Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace & Justice. The event features more than 25 USD family wineries (owned or managed by USD alumni, parents and friends) with wines poured by the owners and vintners. Participating wineries include Caymus Vineyards, Charles Krug, Joseph Phelps, St. Francis Winery, and Ferrari-Carano Vineyards and Winery. 

Proceeds from the event are expected to raise more than $40,000 to support student scholarships at USD. Approximately 65 percent of all undergraduate students at USD receive some form of financial aid.

“This is a wonderful opportunity to enjoy a gourmet experience at an affordable price and support deserving students at the same time,” said Martin Kaplan, director of Alumni Relations at USD.  The event includes the wine tasting along with gourmet paired food, music and a silent auction. More than 500 tickets have already been sold and fewer than 100 remain for the event that is becoming one of the premiere wine-tasting events on the West Coast.

Along with wineries from Napa and Sonoma, several of the biggest names in Baja wineries are also participating including Adobe Guadalupe, L.A. Cetto and Monte Xanic.

Tickets are $75 per person and are available at Call (619) 260-4819 for more information.

The University of San Diego is a Catholic institution of higher learning chartered in 1949; the school enrolls some 7,800 undergraduate and graduate students and is known for its commitment to teaching, the liberal arts, the formation of values and community service. The fall 2007 establishment of the Joan B. Kroc School of Peace Studies brings the University's total number of schools and colleges to six. Other academic divisions include the College of Arts and Sciences and the schools of Business Administration, Leadership and Education Sciences, Law and Nursing and Health Sciences.

About the University of San Diego

The University of San Diego sets the standard for an engaged, contemporary Catholic university where innovative Changemakers confront humanity’s urgent challenges. With more than 9,000 students from 69 countries and 50 states, USD is the youngest independent institution on the U.S. News & World Report list of top 100 universities in the United States. The university's eight academic divisions include the College of Arts and Sciences, the School of Business, the Shiley-Marcos School of Engineering, the School of Law, the School of Leadership and Education Sciences, the Hahn School of Nursing and Health Science, the Joan B. Kroc School of Peace Studies, and the Division of Professional and Continuing Education. USD's Envisioning 2024 strategic plan capitalizes on the university’s recent progress and aligns new strategic goals with current strengths to help shape a vision for the future as the university looks ahead to its 75th anniversary in the year 2024.