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Virtual Tasting Series with Karen MacNeil


Join award-winning wine author Karen MacNeil (The Wine Bible) as she hosts a series of exciting in-depth Live Virtual Tastings with vintners and winemakers from across Washington State. Karen is the Honorary Chair of the Auction of Washington Wines 2020-21 and the winner of numerous major wine awards, including the James Beard Foundation’s Wine and Spirits Professional of the Year. In this seven-part series, Karen goes deep with some of the most preeminent vintners and winemakers who have helped make Washington State a “great American wine region.”


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SESSION 1: WASHINGTON WINE TRAILBLAZERS

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.

Allen Shoup

Long Shadows Vintners

2017 Dance Chardonnay, Yakima Valley

Rick Small

Woodward Canyon Winery

2017 Estate Reserve Bordeaux Blend, Walla Walla Valley

Marty Clubb

L'Ecole No 41

2017 Ferguson, Estate Ferguson Vineyard, Walla Walla Valley

SESSION 2: FROM GENERATION TO GENERATION

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.

Rob Mercer

Mercer Family Estates

2017 Mercer Bros. Cabernet Sauvignon, Horse Heaven Hills

John Bookwalter & Caleb Foster

Bookwalter Winery

2018 Suspense Cabernet Franc, Columbia Valley

Andrew Januik

Januik Winery

2017 Cabernet Sauvignon, Red Mountain

SESSION 3: WASHINGTON WOMEN IN WINE

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.

Leah Adint

Chateau Ste. Michelle

2015 Chateau Ste. Michelle Cold Creek Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon, Columbia Valley

Lisa packer

Warr-King Wines

2015 Cabernet Sauvignon, Kiona Vineyard, Red Mountain

Jessica Munnell

Wautoma Springs

2016 Behemoth Cabernet Sauvignon, Wautoma Springs Vinyeard, Columbia Valley

SESSION 4: RED MOUNTAIN AND BORDEAUX-STYLE WINE

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.

Darel Allwine

Col Solare

2016 Col Solare Cabernet Sauvignon, Red Mountain

Charlie Hoppes

Fidélitas

2016 Quintessence Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon, Red Mountain

Chris Sparkman

Sparkman Cellars

2016 Kingpin Cabernet Sauvignon, Red Mountain

UPCOMING SESSIONS:

  • Session 5: Top Quality Washington Merlot - Thursday, August 6 at 4pm PST
  • Session 6: Is Cab King in Washington? - Thursday, August 13 at 4pm PST
  • Session 7: One-Of-A-Kind Approach to Washington Wine - Thursday, August 20 at 4pm PST
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