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Auction of Washington Wines lines up winemakers, chefs
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Roles needed include Class 12 wine servers, sommeliers, greeters and picnic table movers.
Winemakers Picnic and Barrel Auction
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:
Druthers by Chateau Ste. Michelle
Kevin White Winery
Result of a Crush
Reynvaan Family Vineyards
Walla Walla Vintners
WSU Blended Learning
The Picnic Roam and Pour list includes:
Ambassador Wines of Washington
Armstrong Family Winery
Brian Carter Cellars
Cave B Estate Winery
Chandler Reach Winery
Chateau Ste. Michelle Winery
Col Solare Winery
Columbia Crest Winery
Cooper Wine Co
Lawrelin Wine Cellars
Lobo Hills Wine Co.
Love That Red Winery
Nota Bene Cellars
The Bunnell Family Cellar
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.
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
Gallo-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.
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.