AUCTION OF WASHINGTON WINES RAISES $4 MILLION DURING 35th YEAR OF PHILANTHROPIC WINE EVENTS

(Washington’s premier philanthropic wine events benefit Seattle Children’s, Washington State University Viticulture & Enology Research, and Industry Grant Partner Vital Wines. Photos: Curbow Photo) 

SEATTLE — August 16, 2022 — Auction of Washington Wines (AWW), a nonprofit devoted to advancing awareness of Washington state wine, celebrated its 35th year of hosting a series of philanthropic wine events increasing funds raised by 66% over the previous year. After a two-year hiatus, the majority of celebrations returned to in-person gatherings, including TOAST!, a new industry-focused honoree celebration recognizing individuals and organizations who have gone above and beyond to advance the Washington wine industry. 

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TOAST THE TOP OF THE INDUSTRY: AUCTION OF WASHINGTON WINE REVEALS WINNERS TO BE RECOGNIZED AT CHATEAU STE. MICHELLE ON AUGUST 11  

List features peer-selected recipients representing all aspects of Washington’s thriving wine community; TOAST! tickets on sale now 

SEATTLE — July 14, 2022 — TOAST!, a new event and awards program from The Auction of Washington Wines reveals its award recipients. These peer-reviewed honorees are recognized in seven categories, lauded for keeping the Washington wine community thriving and focused on its bright future. The public is invited to celebrate these achievements at TOAST! being held at Chateau Ste. Michelle on August 11 with a four-course dinner prepared by El Gaucho chefs paired with top wines from Washington state.  

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AUCTION OF WASHINGTON WINES HOSTS PRIVATE BARREL AUCTION WITH ONE-OF-A-KIND WINE LOTS, AUGUST 8 

SEATTLE — May 18, 2022

Calling trade and private collectors to bid on 22, one-of-a-kind wines from select winemakers.  

Aerial view of Lake Chelan wine country, photo credit Washington State Wine Commission

SEATTLE — May 18, 2022 — Auction of Washington Wines (AWW), a nonprofit devoted to advancing awareness of the Washington wine industry, announces details for its Virtual Private Barrel Auction August 8th from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. Open to trade and collectors by registration, the online auction will feature 22 premium Washington wineries offering five-case lots for exclusive ownership.  

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Auction of Washington Wines Returns for its 35th Year With Lineup of Charitable Tasting and Toasting Event Beginning May 2022

SEATTLE — March 9, 2022

Kicking off with a Wine Country Celebration in May and culminating in August with the Winemaker Picnic and Annual Gala, events benefitWashington State University Viticulture & Enology Research, Seattle Children’s, and Industry Grant Partner Vital Wines

Venture out to Eastern Washington with friends to experience the best that wine country has to offer with specially curated events

Auction of Washington Wines (AWW), a nonprofit devoted to advancing awareness of the Washington wine industry, announces a return to in person events just in time for its 35th anniversary. Mark the calendar for Wine Country Vintner Dinners in Eastern Washington in May and look further afield for the Winemaker Picnic & Barrel Auction and Gala at Chateau Ste. Michelle in August. Note the addition of a new event, the industry-focused honoree celebration, TOAST!

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Auction of Washington Wines Raises More Than $2.2 Million During First-Ever Hybrid Auction

SEATTLE — August 21, 2021

Proceeds benefit Seattle Children’s, Washington State University Viticulture and Enology Research and AWW’s Industry Grant Program

USA, Washington, Woodinville. Auction of Washington Wines Gala 2021.

The Auction of Washington Wines (AWW) marked another historic year after hosting its first hybrid auction event presented by the John L. Scott Foundation. Through fundraising events over the past year, which includes the week-long online auction from Aug. 10-14 and galas held across Woodinville, Washington on Saturday, Aug. 14, AWW has raised a total of $2,220,720. Proceeds benefit Seattle Children’s Odessa Brown Children’s Clinic and Uncompensated Care, Washington State University Viticulture and Enology Program research and the AWW Industry Grant program.

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In Response to Allegations of Institutional Racism at Seattle Children’s

To our community of supporters,

The mission of the Auction of Washington Wines (AWW) has always been and continues to be focused on elevating awareness of the Washington wine industry. The success of the Washington wine industry is AWW’s north star, and as an independent non-profit organization, AWW has a responsibility to conduct business with transparency and accountability.

Like you, AWW is concerned about the allegations within the Seattle Children’s hospital system. While we are deeply saddened that it took the departure of Dr. Ben Danielson, a dedicated and well- respected 21-year leader of the Odessa Brown Children’s Clinic, to take such actions, we strongly support Seattle Children’s in its efforts to evolve and change for the betterment of society while it launches an independent third- party examination into the hospital system’s race and equity practices. In a statement released last week, Seattle Children’s shared the goal of these actions: “This assessment, along with recommendations for action, will assist Seattle Children’s leadership to accelerate the pace of our existing work to become a truly anti-racist organization.” The leadership of AWW has communicated to Seattle Children’s an expectation that the recommendations for action will be taken seriously and must be implemented with urgency.

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Auction of Washington Wines raises over $1.74 million during first-ever virtual event series

SEATTLE – Aug. 17, 2020 — The Auction of Washington Wines (AWW) pivoted online for its 33rd series of charitable wine events from Aug. 11–15, 2020. Through online auctions and a live streamed virtual gala presented by Seattle Bank, the organization raised over $1.74 million. Proceeds from the August events benefit Seattle Children’s, Washington State University Viticulture & Enology Program research, as well as AWW. Top auction lots of the virtual live gala were the “PPP – Post-pandemic Pool Party hosted by Macklemore,” a trip to London to see the premiere of the next Bond movie and the chance to explore Napa, “The Other Wine Country” with AWW 2020-2021 Honorary Chair, Karen MacNeil. The total raised for these items was $117,500.

“We are so grateful for the incredible show of support for the Washington wine industry, which is such a key part of the overall Washington state economy,” said AWW board president Beth McCaw.

USA, Washington, Seattle. 2020 Virtual Gala, produced by the Auction of Washington Wines.

Auction of Washington Wines takes Events Online, Aug. 11-15

Participants can bid on exclusive wines and experiences including Honorary Chair Karen MacNeil’s Washington-Napa experience, a pair of Honorary Vintner Mark McNeilly’s Mark Ryan Winery engraved 9-liter bottles and a 22-year vertical of Leonetti Cellar Sangiovese

The Auction of Washington Wines‘ (AWW) annual August weekend of events will move online Aug. 11–15, 2020 for the first time in its 33-year history. The nationally lauded organization will feature a series of online and virtual auctions with more than 100 exciting auction lots. Presented by Seattle Bank, proceeds will benefit Seattle Children’s and Washington State University Viticulture & Enology Research. Registration for all events is now open.

Auction of Washington Wines Moving to Virtual-Only Events in 2020

This year’s Winemaker Picnic and Barrel Auction, Private Barrel Auction, the Gala Live Auction and other signature events will become a virtual celebration in support of the Washington wine industry and Seattle Children’s


SEATTLE — April 30, 2020 — Auction of Washington Wines (AWW), a nonprofit elevating awareness of Washington wines through a series of annual events, announced its decision to move its 2020 events to a virtual-only format in response to the current public health crisis. AWW’s 33rd annual wine weekend of events in August will shift to a virtual auction for participants to enjoy in the comfort of their homes on Saturday, Aug. 15, 2020. Additional details about the annual summertime celebration will be announced soon. AWW leaders made the decision with consideration for the safety and wellbeing of all patrons, donors, sponsors, winemakers and staff. The organization is working to explore new ways of reaching broader audiences and building more support for Washington’s wine industry, which is being significantly economically impacted by the pandemic.

“We must find new ways to come together and are thrilled for the opportunity to re-imagine what this year’s programming will look like in a virtual environment,” said Jamie Peha, AWW’s Executive Director. “We know our supporters will continue to celebrate our region’s wines while helping us raise the necessary funds for our partners at Seattle Children’s, Washington State University Viticulture and Enology research and the Auction of Washington Wines organization. We look forward to toasting to Washington wine with our supporters in our new virtual environment in the coming days and months.”

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