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Woodinville Wine Country to launch wine auction during harvest
It would explain why the inaugural WineCraft: Harvest Wine Auction at The DeLille Chateau will be 1-4 p.m., Oct. 25. That’s Week 7 in the NFL, but the Seahawks play on Thursday night, Oct. 22, in the Bay Area against the rival 49ers.
The theater-style, Sunday matinee auction will feature new releases, reserves and limited bottlings from more than 15 wineries with a presence in Woodinville and spotlight Baer, Chateau Ste. Michelle’s Artist Series, Col Solare, DeLille Cellars, Fidelitas, Gorman, JM Cellars, Lauren Ashton, Patterson Cellars and more.
Two of the Puget Sound’s top restaurants — El Gaucho and The Barking Frog — will provide hors d’oeuvres, and classical guitarist Enrique Henao will perform. A ticket costs $60.
WineCraft: Harvest Wine Auction spotlights Woodinville
WineCraft: Harvest Wine Auction comes two months after the historic Auction of Washington Wines at nearby Chateau Ste. Michelle. And the focus will be on Woodinville, rather than wineries from across the state.
“We are excited to showcase the best of Woodinville and offer an exciting event for wine collectors and aficionados from throughout the Pacific Northwest,” Sandra Lee, executive director for Woodinville Wine Country, said in a news release.
The emergence of Woodinville, a 30-minute drive from downtown Seattle, ranks as one of the most important developments in the Washington wine industry. Chateau Ste. Michelle was the first to arrive in 1976, but there were only 20 wineries in Woodinville as recently as 2004.
The number of wineries and tasting rooms near the Sammamish River has more than doubled in the past five years. Woodinville Wine Country reported 53 wineries in 2010. Last year’s total reached 108.
Woodinville Wine Country now counts 83 members, and more than two dozen of those members operate production facilities east of the Cascades.
The first Eastern Washington winery to establish a tasting room in Woodinville was Alexandria Nicole Cellars in 2006.