2018 Wine Classic

The Wine Classic is the University of San Diego Alumni Association’s signature scholarship fundraising event and has become San Diego’s “can’t miss” event of the summer. You're invited to join us for our 10th Anniversary!

Vintners Dinner

Saturday July 14, 6 p.m.
La Gran Terraza
Hahn University Center

This intimate evening includes a reception followed by a unique dining experience with wine pairings.

Price: $150  SOLD OUT


Wine Classic

Sunday, July 15, 2 p.m.
Joan B. Kroc Institute
for Peace & Justice

Enjoy quality wines from over 25 USD-affiliated wineries and a special wine-oriented silent auction as you savor delectable bites.

Price: $95
Walk-Up Price: $100


VIP Add-On +
Crush Reception

Sunday, July 15, 12:30 p.m.
Donald P. Shiley Center for Science & Technology Atrium

Puchase a VIP add-on and gain exclusive access to the Crush Reception. Enjoy beer, wine and culinary delights while mixing and mingling with participating wineries and fellow sponsors prior to the Wine Classic.

VIP add-on includes a set of USD wine charms and a USD wine tote (see merchandise page).

Price: $40  SOLD OUT

The Main Event

This year, we will celebrate the 10th Anniversary of this exceptional wine-tasting event, which has raised more than $450,000 for the Alumni Endowed Scholarship Fund. The event was founded by the USD Alumni Association Board of Directors and is held on the USD campus in the beautiful Garden of the Sea overlooking Mission Bay. More than 700 wine aficionados from across Southern California will enjoy tastes from a selection of wineries (owned or operated by USD alumni, parents, and friends), gourmet food, and live entertainment. Guests also have the opportunity to participate in the Wine Wall, Silent Auction, special Napa Getaway Raffle, and have the chance to purchase 10th Anniversary Wine Classic mementos.

Sponsorship opportunities are available at a variety of levels and provide the chance to entertain clients, promote your company or organization, and support outstanding student scholars. All sponsorship levels qualify memberships into USD’s President’s Club, providing additional opportunities to network with USD’s most prominent benefactors throughout the year.


Vintners Dinner

In addition to Sunday’s main event, guests are invited to participate in the Vintners Dinner, featuring an intimate evening that begins with a reception followed by a unique dining experience with wine pairings from Wine Classic winemakers. The Vintners Dinner is held at La Gran Terraza, USD’s fine dining restaurant. Featured wineries include:

  • Husch Vineyards
  • Odette Estate Winery
  • PlumpJack Estate Winery


Silent Auction, Wine Wall, and Wine Country Raffle

The Silent Auction features dozens of items, including magnums of wine, tasting experiences, sailing adventures, and more. Additionally, guests can take home their own piece of the USD Wine Classic by participating in the Wine Wall. For $25, guests get the chance to pull a bottle of wine valued from $25 to $150. Need an escape? Enter the raffle for a chance to win a luxury getaway in the heart of California Wine Country! Proceeds from all opportunities directly support the Alumni Endowed Scholarship Fund.


About our Co-Chairs

Nadia Pandes ’93, ’01 is a member of the USD Alumni Association Board of Directors and is co-chairing the USD Wine Classic for the second year in a row. She is the founder of Kettle Steam, a wedding and event planning company. Chad Beville ’05 is a member of the USD Alumni Association Board of Directors and is the past president of USD’s San Diego Torero Club. He is a co-founder of the Reveel Group, a shipping consolidation service with offices across the U.S.