As a teenager, Art Carroll asked his father why he drank wine with dinner. A wine collector, his father replied that wine is satisfying to the soul. Carroll then asked if a teenager’s soul could use some satisfaction. His father allowed him to take a taste, and they talked about the importance of drinking responsibly. That was the beginning of Carroll’s life-long love for wine.
“Enjoying wine is a tradition in my family,” Carroll says. “My father and I would spend an hour or two tasting wine and talking about my education, my future and life in general. It created a special bond with my dad, one that has been passed on to my own children and two of my grandchildren.”
In 1982, Carroll came up with the idea of the Loyola Marymount University Wine Classic to share his passion for wine and raise money for financial aid. He invited mostly small wineries seeking to be better known in the marketplace, as a way to benefit both them and LMU.
“I wanted to give back to the university out of the appreciation I had for my education at Loyola,” Carroll says. “The idea of lending a helping hand is very important, and I am delighted to be able to help people.”
Over the years, the Wine Classic has become what some wine vendors call one of the premier consumer-tasting events in the state. Only about 46 wineries participate, and tasters can meet and talk with owners and vintners, not just sales representatives. In 2008, the event raised more than $52,000 for the Alfred J. Kilp, S.J. ’30 and the Ramund McKay, R.S.H.M., student scholarships, which are awarded to children and grandchildren of alumni.
The 28th Annual Wine Classic will be held this Sunday, Feb. 8 from 2 – 5 p.m. For more information, please click here.