Auction of Washington Wines lines up winemakers, chefs

By on July 4, 2015
More than 100 winemakers — including Marty Clubb of L'Ecole No. 41, left, and Trey Busch of Sleight of Hand Cellars — poured during the Auction of Washington Wines' Picnic and Barrel Auction on Thursday, Aug. 14, 2014 at Chateau Ste. Michelle in Woodinville.

More than 100 winemakers — including Marty Clubb of L’Ecole No. 41, left, and Trey Busch of Sleight of Hand Cellars — poured during the Auction of Washington Wines’ Picnic and Barrel Auction on Thursday, Aug. 14, 2014 at Chateau Ste. Michelle in Woodinville. (Photo by Eric Degerman/Great Northwest Wine)

WOODINVILLE, Wash. — The 28th annual Auction of Washington Wines has announced its lineup of wineries and chefs participating next month in the Picnic & Barrel Auction and Winemaker Dinner Series.

Registration has begun for each of the three days of festivities, which starts Thursday, Aug. 13, with The Winemakers Picnic on the historic grounds of Chateau Ste. Michelle and concludes with The Winemakers Gala on Saturday, Aug. 15, near the barrel room of Chateau Ste. Michelle.

The Auction of Washington Wines, created in 1988, has raised more than $31 million, with a majority of it benefiting uncompensated care at Seattle Children’s Hospital. The auction also supports Washington State University’s viticulture and enology program.

DeLille Cellars, grower Dick Shaw and journalist Andy Perdue have been chosen as the 2015 honorees of the Auction of Washington Wines. And this year, Marty and Megan Clubb, owners of L’Ecole No. 41 Winery in Lowden, Wash., and Seattle Times Publisher Frank Blethen, and his wife, Charlene, complete their two-year terms as co-chairs.

Auction expands help for Seattle Children’s Hospital

Last year’s series of events within the Auction of Washington Wines raised a total of $1.8 million.

This year, the Auction of Washington Wines expanded the focus of its funding as proceeds will benefit three phases of the work at Seattle Children’s Hospital. Uncompensated care continues to receive funds, but efforts also will help support cancer clinical trials as well as autism.

On average, it costs $50,000 per child to go through the four phases of a cancer trial. And last year, Seattle Children’s Autism Center handled 26,076 calls and appointments for 3,680 patients. However, more than 1,000 families remain on the waiting list for help because autism is the fastest-growing developmental disability in the U.S. as 1 in 88 children are diagnosed with autism.

Those interested in volunteering at an upcoming event should contact Kira Haller at [email protected] Roles needed include Class 12 wine servers, sommeliers,  greeters and picnic table movers.

Winemakers Picnic and Barrel Auction

More than 100 winemakers — including Victor Palenica and Paula Ramirez of Palencia Wine Co. in Walla Walla — poured during the Auction of Washington Wines' Picnic and Barrel Auction on Thursday, Aug. 14, 2014 at Chateau Ste. Michelle in Woodinville.

More than 100 winemakers — including Victor Palencia and Paula Ramirez of Palencia Wine Co. in Walla Walla — poured during the Auction of Washington Wines’ Picnic and Barrel Auction on Thursday, Aug. 14, 2014 at Chateau Ste. Michelle in Woodinville. (Photo by Eric Degerman/Great Northwest Wine)

The annual Picnic and Barrel Auction allows patrons to chat with Washington winemakers and bid on special releases while dining on regional appetizers from the team of chefs at Tulalip Resort Casino in Marysville.

Ticket packages start at $150 per person.

Wineries participating in the Barrel Auction include:
Adams Bench
Alleromb
Avennia
Baer Winery
Boudreaux Cellars
Cadence
Corliss Estates
DeLille Cellars
Dunham Cellars
Druthers by Chateau Ste. Michelle
Kevin White Winery
Reininger Winery
Result of a Crush
Reynvaan Family Vineyards
Sparkman Cellars
Walla Walla Vintners
WSU Blended Learning

The Picnic Roam and Pour list includes:
Ambassador Wines of Washington
Ancestry Cellars
AniChe Cellars
Armstrong Family Winery
Barrage Cellars
Bartholomew Winery
Brian Carter Cellars
Cadence Winery
Cave B Estate Winery
Chandler Reach Winery
Chateau Ste. Michelle Winery
Chinook Wines
Col Solare Winery
Columbia Crest Winery
Cooper Wine Co
Corvus Cellars
Double Canyon
Dusted Valley
EFESTE
Elevation Cellars
Kaella Winery
Lawrelin Wine Cellars
Lobo Hills Wine Co.
Love That Red Winery
Mercer Estates
Milbrandt Vineyards
Northstar Winery
Nota Bene Cellars
O•S Winery
Obelisco Estate
Owen Roe
Patterson Cellars
Reininger
Stottle Winery
Revelry Vintners
Stottle Winery
SYZYGY
Tapteil Vineyard
The Bunnell Family Cellar
Treveri Cellars
Tulip Valley Winery
Upland Estates Winery

Tulalip Resort Casino will handle the catering, and the list includes executive chef Perry Mascitti, pastry chef Nikol Nakamura and chefs David Buchanan, Brent Clarkson, John Jadamec, John Ponticelli and Gerry Schultz.

Winemakers Dinners

Bob Betz is the founder and winemaker for Betz Family Winery.

Bob Betz, founder and winemaker for Betz Family Winery, is involved in a winemaker dinner during the 2015 Auction of Washington Wines. (Photo by Andy Perdue/Great Northwest Wine)

The Winemaker Dinners lineup for Friday, Aug. 14, features:

  • Andrew Will and Boudreaux Cellars at the Lake Union houseboat of Kent Thoelke and Kevin Gaspari.
  • JM Cellars and Chinook Wines at JM Cellars in Woodinville with chef Chris Schwarz of Tom Douglas Restaurants.
  • Betz Family Winery, Gramercy Cellars and W.T. Vintners at the Mercer Island home of Walt Pisco with chef David Varley of RN74. Float plane rides are available.
  • Quilceda Creek Vintners and Duckhorn at the home of Peter and Julie Rose with chef Roy Breiman of Copperleaf Restaurant and Bar.
  • EFESTE, Hamilton Cellars and Sparkman Cellars at the Kirkland home of Greg and Heidi Rankich with chef Aaron Leopold of Crush.

Cost for each dinner is $500 per person.

Columbia Winery Charity Run and Walk

auction-of-washington-wines-lineup-2015-posterGallo-owned Columbia Winery in Woodinville continues to play host to the start and finish of the Auction of Washington Wines’ Charity Run and Walk. Proceeds from the 10-kilometer race, 5k run/walk and Kids’ Dash help fund uncompensated care.

The event, formerly known as The Covey Run, has raised more than $300,000 since it began in 2007 when Katy Michaud served as winemaker for Covey Run Vintners.

Entry fee is $30 through July 31 with an increase to $35 until Aug. 12. Race day entry is $40, and onsite registration begins at 7 a.m. The 10-k field finishes up along the Sammamish River Trail. The award ceremony and race festival runs 10-11:30 a.m.

Winemaker Gala

Winemakers, wine collectors and philanthropists gathered Saturday, Aug. 16, 2014 in Woodinville at Chateau Ste. Michelle for The Wine Gala, the finale for the Auction of Washington Wines. The three-day event has raised more than $30 million since its inception in 1988 for Seattle Children’s Hospital and wine research at Washington State University.

Winemakers, wine collectors and philanthropists gathered Saturday, Aug. 16, 2014, in Woodinville at Chateau Ste. Michelle for The Wine Gala, the finale for the Auction of Washington Wines. The three-day event has raised more than $30 million since its inception in 1988 for Seattle Children’s Hospital and wine research at Washington State University. (Photo by Eric Degerman/Great Northwest Wine)

Last year’s Winemaker Gala at Chateau Ste. Michelle gathered more than 650 winemakers, wine collectors and philanthropists, which included a surprise appearance by Seattle Seahawks placekicker Steven Hauschka and the Vince Lombardi Trophy from the 2014 Super Bowl..

This year, the Winemaker Gala on Saturday, Aug. 15 begins at 5 p.m. at Chateau Ste. Michelle. Cost is $500 per person. A friendship table for eight guest plus winery hosts is $4,000. A corporate table sponsorship is $8,000.

A SIP Weekend Package includes entry to the Picnic & Barrel Auction, a winemaker dinner and the Winemaker Gala is $1,000 per person. Other packages are available.

About Eric Degerman

Eric Degerman is the president and CEO of Great Northwest Wine. He is a journalist with more than 30 years of daily newspaper experience and has been writing about wine since 1998. He co-founded Wine Press Northwest with Andy Perdue and served as its managing editor for 15 years. He is a frequent wine judge along the West Coast and contributor to Pacific Northwest Golfer magazine, the region's longest-running golf publication.

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