Esteemed wine expert and distinguished Georgetown Alumnus Robert Wagner gave his world-famous presentation, “The History of Wine and its Global Impact.” Robert Wagner has done tremendous things for his alma mater, Georgetown University. He has funded six scholarships there, and raised more than $5 million to refurbish the alumni house named after him and his wife. He is a 2003 winner of the John Carroll Award, the Georgetown Alumni Association’s highest honor.
The Georgetown Club of Las Vegas participants were well aware of Robert Wagner’s generous contributions to Georgetown, but may have been less aware of his expertise in the wine space.
Robert is a distinguished wine broker, public servant, and widely-recognized wine connoisseur who has studied wines for 60 years. He has traveled to every state in the nation and been to every continent as a wine globetrotter. The ”Versace of Vino” has shared his knowledge on both land and sea from the White House to the decks of the Queen Elizabeth II. He introduced the famous “grapes of the world” to Bob Hope, Bing Crosby, and Bill Clinton.
A former senior senator of the California State Legislature and delegate to the White House Conference on Aging, Robert has a high respect for education. Wagner’s wine cellar includes a valuable 1970 Mouton Rothschild, and a commemorative cabernet sauvignon from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service, where he attended.
The luncheon was held Maggiano’s Italian Restaurant in the Fashion Show Mall. Attendees enjoyed a delicious three-course lunch as well as a blind tasting of three different wines. Robert provided a wealth of information and personal stories. The Georgetown Club of Las Vegas was honored to share an hour in such an intimate space with this amazing man.