Wine Spectator Scholarship Foundation

Wine Spectator’s New York Wine Experience is a celebration of great wine. Over the course of three days, attendees taste an exciting variety of wines with the world’s best vintners, including top scoring bottlings and rare older vintages.


Proceeds from the Wine Experience support the Wine Spectator Scholarship Foundation, which provides grants and scholarships to a wide variety of wine-related and culinary programs. To date, more than $20 million has been raised, made possible by the generosity of vintners around the world, who donate the wine for the Wine Experience Grand Tastings and seminars, as well as the thousands of wine lovers who attend the event each year.



Sonoma State University,
Wine Spectator Learning Center:

$3 million to construct a new home for SSU’s Wine Business Institute.

Florida International University Hospitality School, Wine Spectator Restaurant Management Lab:

$1 million

University of California, Davis:

$3.6 million to the Department of Viticulture and Enology for scholarships. To date we have awarded 790 scholarships.

Culinary Institute of America hyde park, NY:

Wine Spectator Tasting Room, $167,000

Culinary Institute of America, ST. HELENA:

$1 million

University of California Berkeley:

Wine Spectator California Wine Pioneers Oral History Series, Brancroft Library: $394,000 for a series of interviews and recordings of 62 winemakers and prominent scholars in the field of wine to preserve historical information and memories.

The many other beneficiaries include:

Cornell University: School of Hotel Administration (scholarship endowment); University of Miami: School of Communication (scholarship for wine journalism); American Institute of Wine and Food Society of Wine Educators; James Beard Foundation.


UPDATE: Proof of COVID-19 vaccination is now required to attend the 2021 New York Wine Experience. Proof of a negative PCR test is no longer sufficient to attend. MUST BE 21 YEARS OF AGE OR OLDER TO ATTEND: Please bring valid government-issued photo identification such as a driver's license or passport for proof of age. We encourage responsible drinking. Event sponsor reserves the right to refuse admission to any applicant.

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