About the Vintner Ball

Enjoy an eventful evening.

Sip and savor more than 100 wines from the best regions in the world. All wines have been hand-selected by our Presenting Sponsor, Kowalski’s. Enjoy unique food tastes from local restaurants, cheeses and desserts, a silent auction, wine seminars and live music from the Wayne Anthony Jazz Ensemble featuring Adi Yeshaya on Piano. For an idea of the quality of event the Vintner Ball provides, below is a small sample of favorites from years past.

Over the years, the Vintner Ball has raised nearly $1.8 million for Second Harvest Heartland, providing nearly 7 million meals to hungry people right here in our local community.


  • Chimney Rock Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Ruinart Champagne Blanc de Blanc
  • Banfi Brunello di Montalcino
  • Ridge Lytton Springs Zinfandel
  • Catena Zapata
  • ZD Chardonnay
  • Allegrini Amarone
  • Livio Felluga Pinot Grigio


  • Asparagus and Pear Roulade
  • Honey Smoked Salmon
  • Curried Chicken & Gougere
  • Bacon Wrapped Scallops
  • Petite Beef Wellington


  • Espresso Ganache Tartlet
  • Raspberry Mascarpone
  • White Chocolate Champagne Truffles
  • Salty Dog Cheesecake
  • Lemon Thyme Dessert Shooters


  • Parmigiano Reggiano
  • Pont l’Eveque
  • The Stag with Velvet Bees Honey Butter
  • Red Table Salbando with Grazier’s Edge
  • Marieke Golden with Marcona Almonds

Silent Auction

  • Vacation destinations and weekend getaways
  • Collectible and vintage wines
  • Gourmet dinners
  • Golf packages
  • Sports and theater tickets


  • “The Wine of NY’s Finger Lakes Region” explore not just the wines but also the growing conditions and personalities in Washington State and Oregon.
  • “Greener than Green” explore techniques by which some of the world’s leading estates are pushing organic farming practices to the limit and how this is dramatically changing the quality of wine for the better.
  • “New Zealand: Beyond Sauvignon Blanc” Learn more about all that New Zealand has to offer.

We would like to thank the former Vintner Ball hosts for their generosity in developing and supporting this unique event and empowering Second Harvest Heartland to continue the tradition.

Tim Aune and Anne Miller
Joel Moline
Jeff and Karen Morris
Kevin and Denise Spreng
John and Carrie Wanninger
Jim and Julie Wohlford