Washington Wine Event Feature

Auction of Washington Wines Events Not to Miss

Upon hearing, “Auction of Washington Wines” it’s easy to conclude it is a singular event. However, it is actually the name of an organization that works year round to produce a number of programs. If you’re a wine lover, here’s a little rundown on the Auction of Washington Wines events you need to know about.

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Up close and personal with Winemaker Andrew Latta

Last month we had a “Latta fun” at an Auction of Washington Wines Spring Winemaker Dinner with winemaker Andrew Latta of Latta Wines (sorry/not sorry!). Initially arriving at Rider Restaurant, we were whisked away up the elevator. Then the doors opened to a penthouse suite revealing a unique setting for the multi-course extravaganza. Throughout the night wines were poured, courses followed, and conversation flowed as freely as the wine. Andrew spoke pointedly regarding his preference for single variety, single vineyard wines, native fermentation, and minimal handling leaving wines unfined and unfiltered. The array of spectacular wines included Rousanne, Grenache, Mourvèdre, and Malbec. In short, the entire experience was fantastic and far exceeded my expectations.

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Guests enjoy the evening in the penthouse suite at Theodore Hotel

If that sounds compelling, be sure to attend an upcoming event!

June Event

The Wine and Music Festival on Red Mountain features a fun day of wine, music, and food at breathtaking Col Solare winery. On top of that, more than 20 Washington winemakers will gather to share tastes of over 60 wines. The Dakota Brown Band and Jack Rothwell will be performing, and delicious food from Porter’s Real BBQ and desserts from Fat Olives will keep you fueled.

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Photo credit: Richard Duval

August Events

One of the most anticipated events among wine lovers is the Winemaker Picnic and Barrel Auction. The experience takes place outdoors on the lovely grounds of Chateau Ste. Michelle. Most noteworthy, fans of Washington Wine get to meet winemakers, taste barrel samples, and bid on a case of a future release wine, before it’s available anywhere else. It is important to note, however, that not just any winery may participate in the barrel auction. I had the good fortune to participate as a member of the selection panel this year. Therefore, I can attest that there is a well thought out evaluation process. The 30 selected wineries include Walla Walla pioneers Woodward Canyon, cult winery Reynvaan Family Vineyards, and rising star Damsel Cellars to name a few.

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Picnic Wine Selection

Or, to enjoy a lovely upscale evening consider one of the Private Winemaker Dinners featuring such esteemed wineries as Avennia.

For Washington Wine fans looking for a lively evening bidding generously on special one of a kind auction lots, head to The Gala.

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Juan Munoz-Oca, Auction of Washington Wines Co-Chair, showcases a special wine at the Private Barrel Auction

Alternatively, seek out one of the special wines from the Auction of Washington Wines Private Barrel Auction. These wines are unique, and crafted by the most renowned wineries in the state. Purchased by retailers and restaurants, the wines become available to customers solely through these channels as they are released. For example, Seattle wine shop Esquin is exclusively offering Sparkman Cellars Black Dragon.

These events benefit the Washington State University Viticulture and Enology Program and Seattle Children’s. They also shine the light on the incredible wines of Washington State and the people who form an industry with a great spirit of camaraderie. By taking part in these events, wine lovers enjoy top tier experiences while supporting worthwhile causes.

Auction of Washington Wines Events Ticket Info

Wine and Music Festival
Location: Col Solare, Red Mountain
Saturday, June 1, 2019
6:00 pm

Winemaker Picnic and Barrel Auction
Location: Chateau Ste. Michelle Winery, Woodinville
Thursday, August 15, 2019
4:00 pm

Winemaker Dinners
Location: Private Estates around Puget Sound
Friday, August 16, 2019
6:30 pm

The Gala
Location: Chateau Ste. Michelle Winery, Woodinville
Saturday, August 17, 2019
4:00 pm

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In the interest of full disclosure, this is not a paid endorsement. I do what I can to raise awareness of this great organization and the causes it supports. Avennia and Esquin Wine and Spirits – VinoSocial clients – have not paid to be mentioned here. I have long been a fan of these businesses and the work they do to support the wine industry and local community.