The Allen Shoup Memorial Fellowship was established in 2023 in honor of Allen Shoup, who believed deeply in collaboration and community, working his entire career to promote Washington wine around the world. Allen played a leading role in developing Washington’s wine industry as the longtime head of the state’s biggest winery, Ste. Michelle Wine Estates, and later as the owner of his own acclaimed winery, Long Shadows Vintners. Allen served on nearly every major industry board and was instrumental in founding the Washington State Wine Commission and the Auction of Washington Wines. This fellowship is a collaboration between the Auction of Washington Wines, the Washington Wine Commission, and the Washington Winegrowers Association. 

Fellowship Details

To honor Allen’s legacy, the industry has created a fellowship for writers interested in learning about Washington wine. This fellowship will award one writer annually with an immersive experience in Washington wine country to include the following tailored to the individual’s interests: 

  • Roundtrip airfare to Washington from any U.S. city
  • A robust two-week research itinerary to include vineyard and winery visits, along with meetings with key growers, vintners, educators, and industry representatives
  • All meals and accommodations
  • Travel stipend

An expert panel of renowned wine writers, sommeliers and educators will choose the fellowship recipient, with input from the industry advisory committee.  


The goal is to raise $100,000 now to fund the fellowship for the next five years. 


The application will be available to writers soon. 

For questions about the fellowship please contact Heather Bradshaw at  

Thank you to our donors

Ste Michelle Wine Estates
Beth McCaw and Yahn Bernier
Moe & Suzy Krabbe
Peter & Julie Rose
Bob & Cathy Betz
Arlen Prentice
John & Kathy Harnish
Amy Figgins
Dick Olsen
Yahn Bernier & Beth McCaw
Dick & Luanne Boushey
Teresa Spellman Gamble
Arlen Prentice
Kent Waliser
Mark Takagi
Carole Viney

A look back at Allen at the Gala over the years


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The Northwest Wine Benefit Foundation, DBA Auction of Washington Wines, is committed to supporting the growth and awareness of the Washington state wine industry through a series of celebrated events benefiting our community. We have raised over $63 million since our inception in 1988. 

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