Thursday, June 18 at 5:30pm PST
This kick-off virtual tasting sets the tone for the whole series and features visionary individuals who have been instrumental in the growth of the Washington wine industry over the past 40 years. Learn how Washington state began its foray onto the national and international scene and how a small town has become an internationally acclaimed wine region.
Thursday, July 2 at 4:00pm PST
Family winemaking has been happening for centuries in Europe and other areas of the world. As Washington wine grows up, new generations are taking it to the next level while keeping the family traditions alive. This session includes the Auction’s Honorary Grower and Co-Chair.
Thursday, July 16 at 4:00pm PST
Three of Washington’s top women winemakers join Karen to share how they created a “seat at the table” in the wine industry. Each comes from a different kind of winery: a recently launched winery that’s on a fast track; an established boutique winery; and the largest winery in the state. We’ll talk about the impact they are making and their innovative approaches.
Thursday, July 30 at 4:00pm PST
Washington’s smallest AVA produces some of the most sought after Washington wines. Washington’s best winemakers covet grapes from this “pseudo mountain” and many compare Red Mountain wines to those from Napa Valley. Learn why Red Mountain terroir creates such exceptional Bordeaux style wines.
Thursday, August 6 at 4:00pm PST
The quality of Merlot from Washington State is unprecedented and these top winemakers will share why. As a stand-alone varietal or as an essential part of the Bordeaux style blends that Washington is known for, Merlot is very compelling. Could Washington be the home of the best Merlot in the United States? We’ll explore the reasons it just might be.
Thursday, August 13 at 4:00pm PST
Cabernet is the most famous grape in Bordeaux and in Napa Valley and it’s on the rise as Washington’s number one wine grape as well, surpassing Chardonnay and Riesling. But so many varietals grow well in Washington that one grape has never defined the industry. Join Karen and three visionary winemakers, as we talk about Washington’s past, present, and future.
Thursday, August 20 at 4:00pm PST
This group of wineries showcase how diverse and innovative wineries are in Washington. From a focus on straight varietal wines, to establishing an estate winery on the new horizons of Lake Chelan to a Washington brand that has stood the test of time, the wineries in this session tell a great story of Washington determination and innovation.
Thursday, September 10 at 4:00pm PST
With a deep connection to and respect for the land, all of these wineries are uniting a respect for tradition with a passion for innovation. By combining natural farming methods with new technologies, there is exceptional attention to detail in each bottle and the terroir shines through with every sip.
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 $55 million since our inception in 1988.