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 contributions to the Washington wine industry and their communities. 

2024 Honorary Chair

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Leslie Sbrocco

Award-winning author, speaker, consultant, and television host

2024 Honorary Vintner

Christophe Baron

Vigneron, Bionic Wines

2024 Honorary Grower

Miguel Rodriguez

Robert Rivera

Grower, Goose Ridge Estate Vineyard

Past Honorees

Honorary Chairs

Annette Alvarez-Peters
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

Honorary Vintners

Ben Smith and Gaye McNutt
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

Honorary Growers

Miguel Rodriguez
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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