Author: Laura Kleinhofs

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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Auction of Washington Wines Hits Another Record, Raising over $4.5 Million During 32nd Annual Event

Washington’s premier charitable wine event benefits Seattle Children’s and Washington State University’s Viticulture and Enology Program

WOODINVILLE, Wash. (Aug. 19, 2019) – Auction of Washington Wines (AWW) celebrated its 32nd annual weekend of charitable wine events August 15 – 17, 2019, raising over $4.5 million and hitting a new milestone for the second year in a row. The highest bid of the evening was $225,000 for a 1928 vintage Ford Roadster Hot Rod, receiving a $200,000 match from the Ellison Foundation, for a total of $425,000, the highest amount ever received for an auction lot in AWW’s history. The lot was purchased by John Goodman, a local real estate developer.

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Auction of Washington Wines Toasts Washington Wine with Annual Weekend of Events, August 15-17, 2019

Events Include a Winemaker Picnic, Exclusive Winemaker Dinners and a Formal Gala, All to Raise Funds for Seattle Children’s and Washington State University’s Viticulture and Enology Research

Photo credit Richard Duval Images for Auction of Washington Wines

SEATTLE July 3, 2019

The Auction of Washington Wines announces its annual weekend of events, from August 15th-17th, celebrating the bounty of Washington wines – from Chardonnay to Cabernet Sauvignon. All events benefit Seattle Children’s and Washington State University’s Viticulture and Enology Research. The festivities begin with the Winemaker Picnic & Barrel Auction on Thursday, August 15. Raise a glass with Washington winemakers and sip on the state’s most exciting and desirable wines – more than 100 wines will be poured at this outdoor event held on the grounds of Chateau Ste. Michelle Winery. Then, on Friday, August 16, the Winemaker Dinners will give wine lovers the opportunity to dine at some of the Puget Sound’s most exclusive estates. Each dinner pairs award-winning local chefs with Washington winemakers. The weekend’s grand finale, The Gala, will feature an exciting live auction, ranked among 2018’s top three highest-earning charity wine auctions in the nation by Wine Spectator Magazine. 

All events are 21+. 

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Auction of Washington Wines Anticipates Its Largest Private Barrel Auction to Date


The Auction of Washington Wines (AWW) announces its largest Private Barrel Auction to date will be held at Novelty Hill-Januik in Woodinville, Washington on Thursday, August 15, 2019. Now in its fifth year, the 2019 Private Barrel Auction will feature a record 47 lots.

The Private Barrel Auction offers top-caliber wine buyers intimate access to extraordinary, unique futures in five case lots from more than 40 premier Washington winemakers. Last year, the Private Barrel Auction brought in a record-breaking $251,500, an 83% increase over the previous year. All proceeds benefit Washington State University’s Viticulture and Enology research programs.

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