Congrats, vinNebraska!

Smith-Madrone has participated in vinNEBRASKA since it began in 1990. For many years—including this year—Stu has served as the auctioneer.

Over the past thirty years, vinNEBRASKA has raised more than six million dollars for charities including the Ronald McDonald House, Partnership 4 Kids, Easter Seals, Girls Inc., the Omaha Public Library Foundation, Omaha Hearing School for Children, Inc., All Our Kids, KVNO Public Radio, and the Omaha Public Schools Foundation. In 2021, the vinNEBRASKA Dave Deao Memorial Scholarship was established in the culinary arts program at Metropolitan Community College, and offered a full ride scholarship to aid one Nebraska Youth in pursuing a culinary arts degree. Beginning in 2022, vinNEBRASKA is excited to partner with the Stephen Center to help raise money for their important work.

Festivities kick off Friday, April 8 with a sponsor-only The Winemakers’ Reception and Gourmet Dinner at The Omaha Marriott Downtown. Guests will enjoy a multi-course meal paired with various wines per course. Vintners will be seated at each table.

The Public Wine Tasting and Grand Auction takes place on Saturday, April 9 also at the Omaha Marriott Downtown.  A plated dinner is included with the program; this precedes the Grand Auction, with an opulent selection of fine wines, wine lots, and private winery tours/experiences donated by the 20+ nationally and internationally recognized participating wineries.

Only silent auction items are available to buy via online bidding at this link.

Send your generosity-karma to Omaha on April 8 and 9 and wish Stu successful auctioneering!

Author: corkingnapa

Julie Ann Kodmur is a second-generation Californian who was born in San Francisco and grew up in La Jolla. As an eighth grader she was the runner-up in the state spelling bee. She’s lived in Italy and New York and now lives in the Napa Valley with her family. She is a marketing and publicity consultant in the wine industry. Her business life can be seen at This is the home for the overflow. The ‘title’ is a reference to a sculpture honoring an Argentinean journalist who practiced his craft in the 1930s before literally dying for his words. No such drama here, just hopefully some provocative fun.

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