Since 1999, the Auction of Washington Wines has honored leaders for their contributions to the Washington wine industry. Each year, nominations are made by members of the industry and considerations include service, leadership and overall contribution to the Washington wine industry and their communities. The honorees represent the state’s more than 400 wine grape growers and more than 1,000 vintners.

Honorary Vintner

John R. Bookwalter

President, J. Bookwalter Winery

Honorary Grower

Kevin Corliss

Vice President of Grape Resources for Ste. Michelle Wine Estates

Honorary Chairs

Marchese Piero Antinori

Honorary President, Marchesi Antinori Spa

Renzo Cotarella

CEO, Marchesi Antinori Spa

Marvin R. Shanken


Past Honorees

Past Honorary Chairs

Marven R. Shanken
Renzo Cottarella
Marchese Piero Antinori
Karen MacNeil
Stephen Tanzer
Ray Isle
Thomas Matthews
Jeb Dunnuck
Andy Perdue
Leon Adams
Piero Antinori
Spencer Christian
Brian Croser
Ernest Gallo
William Hill
Hugh Johnson
Sarah Kemp
Robert Mondavi
Robert M. Parker, Jr.
Marvin Shanken
Harvey Steiman
Andre Tchelistcheff
W. Phillip Woodward

Past Honorary Vintners

John R. Bookwalter
Marie-Eve Gilla
Mark McNeilly
Chris Gorman
Charlie Hoppes
Chris and Kelly Sparkman
Mike Januik
DeLille Cellars
Hedges Family Estate
Allen Shoup
Chateau Ste. Michelle
Chris Camarda
Rob Griffin
Bob Betz, MW
Kay Simon
Brian Carter
Marty Clubb
Gary Figgins
Doug Gore
David Lake
Alex Golitzin
Women in Wine
Rick Small
Mike & Gary Hogue

Past Honorary Growers

Kevin Corliss
Rob Mercer
Scott Williams
Marshall Edwards
Tom Merkle
Todd Newhouse
Dick and Wendy Shaw
Olsen Brothers
Kent Waliser
Jerry Bookwalter
Dr. Wade Wolfe
Norm McKibben
Jim Holmes
Bill Den Hoed
Paul Champoux
Patricia Gelles
Mike Sauer
Mike Reed
Dick Boushey
Rick Small
Mike & Gary Hogue


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