Now in its 24th year, the Auction of Washington Wines (Aug. 18-20) is the premiere charity wine event in the northwest. I have personally attended this event for the past 16 years and watched it evolve and mirror the growth of the Washington Wine industry. Here’s our list of the top reasons you should attend this year (read to the end for a chance to win tickets!!):
It’s for a Great Cause: Last year the Auction of Washington Wines raised more than $2.25 million dollars for it’s benefitting charities, Uncompensated Care at Seattle Children’s Hospital (see reason #5 for more information about this program) and the Washington Wine Education Fund. Since it was founded in 1987, the Auction of Washington Wines has raised more than $23 million dollars for its charities.
Prepared to be “WoW’d”
The Auction of Washington Wines is the original, largest and best charitable event that focuses solely on Washington wines. Drawing people from all over the country, it’s one of the most anticipated wine events of the year. It’s Washington’s time to showcase the state’s growing wine industry with three days of sipping, toasting and partying. There is something for everyone here.
Picnic With the Winemakers: The most casual of the Auction events, Thursday’s Picnic & Barrel Auction (Aug. 18) let’s you rub elbows with some of Washington’s best winemakers. Located on the Chateau Ste. Michelle concert lawn, the evening is filled with great food (Tulalip Resort Casino chefs are fabulous), carnival games (who’s up for a game of wine bottle ring toss?), barrel auction (participating wineries donate cases of unreleased wines that winning bidders receive following production) and roaming winemakers pouring some of their best new vintages. Check out the list of wineries here.
The Auction Lots: Sailing around the world with Betz Family Winery? Attending the final runway show of TV’s Project Runway and meeting host Heidi Klum? Hosting a dinner party with a James Beard Award Winner serving as your personal chef for the night? These are just a couple of extra special auction lots available to bidders this year. There are also silent auction lots and a variety ways to give-back that don’t break the bank so everyone can participate.
Did We Mention it was for a Good Cause?
Uncompensated Care at Children’s Hospital has been the main beneficiary of the Auction of Washington Wines since the beginning. Seattle Children’s Hospital serves as the pediatric and adolescent academic medical referral center for the largest landmass of any children’s hospital in the country (Washington, Alaska, Montana and Idaho. Uncompensated care ensures that all children in our region receive the best medical care available, regardless of insurance coverage. When a hospital bill exceeds a family’s ability to pay, Seattle Children’s financial assistance program provides relief. No child ever turned away. Now that’s a cause to get behind.
There is so much Good Food: The Culinary aspect of the Auction of Washington Wines is huge. Where else will you find more than 15 of Washington’s best chefs volunteering their time and culinary skills for the Washington Wine industry? Some of this year’s chefs include: Peter Birk (Ray’s Boathouse), John Sarich (Chateau Ste. Michelle), Jason Stoneburner (Bastille), Frank Magana (Picazo 7 Seventeen), the Chefs of Tulalip Resort Casino and many more.
The Gala: Held under a huge tent on the grounds of Chateau Ste. Michelle, the grand Wine Gala is the final event of the weekend on Sat. Aug. 20. Attendees will feast on a six-course dinner prepared by the area’s top chefs and expertly paired with Washington wines. This year Washington winemakers will be sitting at every table and pouring their collections personally. There is live entertainment, fabulous music and a lavish auction…plus so much great wine. This is a recipe for decadent evening.
The Intimate Winemaker Dinners: Hosted at private estates, wineries and local restaurants, the Winemaker Dinners are intimate events where you dine with winemakers on Fri. Aug. 19. Each dinner is expertly prepared by a guest chef and paired with the featured winemaker’s wines.
Get Moving at Covey Run: The weekend isn’t all about wine. For the athletic-minded, there is the 5th Annual Covey Run on Sat. Aug. 20. The 5k or 10k fun run starts and ends at Red Hook Brewery and winds its way around Woodinville. Join the celebration after with wine tastings (there has to be a little bit of wine involved).
We can’t say it enough; it’s for a good cause!
“Going, going, gone.” See you there!
BONUS REASON #11 – Go to the Picnic Aug. 18 because you won 2 free tickets from Peha Promotions and Table Talk Radio! That’s right, anyone who joins the Big P Party list (upper right corner of this page) between August 5-12 is entered to win 2 tickets to PICNIC!