The Gala

Date: Saturday, August 18, 2018
Time: 4:00 pm
Location: Chateau Ste. Michelle Winery




The Gala is sold out.

Please contact Martine at mkulesa@washingtonwine.org to add your name to the waitlist, or to pay for tickets you've already reserved.

Arrival Party and Social Hour

Kick off the evening outdoors on the lawn of the Chateau Ste Michelle winery. Enjoy a glass of wine from the various tasting bars and food from Chefs Renee Erickson (The Walrus & The Carpenter), Trevor Pierson (Purple Café and Bar), Brian Scheehser (South Seattle Community College), Thomas Griese (RN74) and Paul Duncan (Ray’s Boathouse). This is also your chance to reserve your spot at one of the fantastic buy-in lots, as well as bid on our silent and super silent auction lots.

Make your way Inside the Tent

After Social Hour, make your way into the tent, find your table, and settle in to a multi-course meal, served by Seattle’s favorite chefs, paired by your table’s winery host. Sit back, visit with friends, and be prepared to raise your paddle high to support our beneficiaries.

Your chefs for the evening

Aaron Pate

Chef, Shiro's

Brian Scheehser

Chef, South Seattle Community College

Derek Simcik

Chef, Scout PNW at The Thompson Hotel

Janet Hedstrom

Executive Chef, Chateau Ste. Michelle Winery

Kurt Dammeier

Chef/Owner, The Butcher's Table

Morgan Mueller

Chef, The Butcher's Table

Nikol Nakamura

Pastry Chef, Tulalip Resort Casino

Paul Duncan

Executive Chef, Ray's Boathouse

Perry Mascitti

Chef, Tulalip Resort Casino

Renee Erickson

Chef/Owner, The Walrus & the Carpenter

Thomas Griese

Chef, RN74

Trevor Pierson

Chef, Purple Cafe and Wine Bar

Bid High & Bid Often!

The Gala is about celebrating Washington wine while giving back generously to our beneficiaries. Our supporters have helped us to offer incredible auction lots, giving you the opportunity to add legendary bottles to your cellar, or leave the event with one of our unique experiences. There is something for everyone, whether it is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to explore Chile and Patagonia with our industry co-chairs, Juan Muñoz-Oca & Jessica Munnell; a chance to jet across the country for dinner with legendary wine reviewer Robert Parker; or the opportunity to buy seats at an exclusive dinner featuring Figgins Family Wine Estates wines and a meal crafted by the Butcher’s Table.

Take a sneak peek at our available auction lots, note your favorites, and plan your strategy for the evening!

Patagonia Paradise

Experience Santiago & Patagonia Like Only Insiders Can with AWW Co-Chairs Juan Muñoz Oca & Jessica Munnell

The Best of Bordeaux

Enjoy five nights at a Bordeaux Chateau with DeLille Cellars for two couples!

Dinners of Deliberation

Dinner with Robert Parker at the Magdalena for six with private flights + dinner at Le Diplomate

Paper, Liquid, Glass

Original Dale Chihuly Drawing and etched 18-liter bottle along with 30 liters of Long Shadows 2015 Pedestal

The World of Corliss

Walla Walla Weekend Experience, courtesy of Mike and Lauri Corliss, including private plane transport and private accommodations at the Corliss Estate.

Own a Piece of Red Mountain: A Vintners Experience

Full barrel winemaking experience with Fidélitas and Quintessence Vineyards including your own custome created barrel of wine (25 cases total!)

Keep the Evening Going

At the conclusion of the Live Auction, head to the after-party tent for dancing, dessert and late night noshes.

Tips for Enjoying the Evening


Cocktail attire is recommended, no tie or jacket required. Due to the nature of the outdoor gathering on the lawn, we recommend wedges over pointed-heel shoes.

Bring your phone!

The super silent auction will be hosted on a mobile platform –please make sure to bring your cell phone (fully charged) so you can bid on these exciting lots!


Valet parking will be provided, however for your safety and convenience we encourage you to consider a car service or designated driver.


Please get in touch by August 8th at noon with any food allergies or dietary restrictions. Email Martine at mkulesa@washingtonwine.org or call (206) 326-5768.

Terms & Conditions

All sales are final. All events are rain or shine. In the case of inclement weather, dress appropriately. Tickets will not be refunded. Please taste responsibly and use a designated driver.

By attending the event, you agree to permit your photo or video image to be used in Auction of Washington Wines promotion materials. Must be 21 years or older to attend. No infants, toddlers or children will be admitted to this event.


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