WSU Student Support Fund


Be a part of the future of Washington wine by supporting a
Viticulture & Enology student in need.

Did you know that many WSU Viticulture and Enology students balance a 20-hour work week and the responsibility of caring for their families alongside their academic studies?

Pursuing higher education can be expensive and something as small as a flat tire or medical need can impact their ability to keep up with their academics.

WSU’s V&E student support fund aims to remove these obstacles and provide resources for unforeseen challenges, ensuring students can remain focused on their studies.

No student should have to choose between meeting basic needs and pursuing education. 

Join us in shaping the future of Washington wine today!

Your Donation
Makes a Difference

  • $1,000 covers most unexpected medical expenses
  • $600 covers one month’s rent
  • $500 covers textbooks for a year
  • $300 covers a month’s worth of groceries
  • Any amount can make a difference in a student’s life.

Empower the next generation of wine industry professionals

“The student support fund equips students with resources for the unexpected, big or small, and removes obstacles so students can be here consistently without additional stress.”

– Tom Collins, Assistant Professor of Wine Chemistry

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Barbara and Eric Mann

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Eight Night African Safari Experience in Celebrity Style


Eight Night African Safari Experience

This is a once-in-a-lifetime Safari trip for two lucky couples at two of the most exclusive safari lodges in Africa. 

Indulge in a once-in-a-lifetime trip where you’ll be treated like celebrities from the moment you arrive. Prepare to be pampered with VIP service, greeted at the plane door, and escorted to a private charter flight. This exclusive safari adventure offers the chance to stay at not just one, but two of the most sought-after safari lodges in Africa. From the beginning, you’ll feel like true royalty as you embark on an extraordinary journey filled with luxury, adventure, and the enchantment of the African wilderness. Get ready to create lasting memories that will make you feel like you’ve stepped into the pages of a glamorous travel magazine.


Step into a world of opulence and grandeur as you spend four fabulous nights at Molori Safari Lodge in the breathtaking Madikwe Game Reserve. This exclusive lodge boasts only five suites and a dedicated staff of 35, including world-class chefs and award-winning guides. Prepare to be awe-struck by the incomparable 6,000 square foot Presidential suites, complete with their own private swimming pools and hot tubs. These remarkable suites have been graced by celebrities from all corners of the globe, offering an extraordinary level of luxury and privacy. Immerse yourself in the allure of this exclusive haven, relish the lavish amenities, and experience the ultimate indulgence in the heart of the African wilderness.


Embark on an adventure of a lifetime in Molori, where you will be taken on private game drives, both in the morning and afternoon, into the sprawling 175,000-acre Madikwe Game Reserve. Prepare to witness the awe-inspiring beauty of Africa’s wildlife up close and personal. From the magnificent lions and majestic elephants to the elusive cheetahs and graceful leopards, the chance to encounter these extraordinary creatures is within your reach. With expert guides by your side, your journey through this pristine wilderness will be truly life-changing. Brace yourself for heart- pounding encounters, breathtaking sightings, and the serenity of being surrounded by the untamed beauty of nature. Each moment spent in this wild paradise will be etched into your memory forever.


Prepare your taste buds for a culinary experience like no other. The executive chef and his team are dedicated to delighting your senses with every meal, expertly paired with South Africa’s finest wines and a selection of Betz Family wines. Indulge in a feast of flavors and textures, as the world-class chefs create culinary masterpieces that showcase the richness of African cuisine fused with international influences. To enhance your dining experience, a special spot in Molori’s wine cellar will be reserved for you, stocked with exceptional wines for your enjoyment.


After four magical nights at Molori Safari Lodge, your adventure continues as you become one of the privileged few to enjoy Molori’s brand new lodge in the famed and protected World Heritage site, Mana Pools, Zimbabwe. Journey commercially up to Harare or Victoria Falls, then board a shared charter flight directly into Mana Pools. In this tranquil and pristine environment, you’ll find Molori Mashuma Lodge, nestled on the banks of Mashuma Pan. Surrounded by the diverse wildlife and birdlife of the game-rich concession, this luxury tented camp offers absolute comfort and stunning views. Immerse yourself in the untamed beauty of the African bush, where sightings of hippos, elephants, buffalos, and a myriad of bird species are the norm. 

This lot includes:

Eight-night Southern Africa safari for two couples

VIP meet and greet to clear customs and immigration in Johannesburg

Private vehicle transfers to and from charter flights

Private, round-trip air charter directly to Molori Safari Lodge from Lanseria Airport in Johannesburg for two couples

Four night stay in two Presidential Suites at Molori Safari Lodge in Madikwe Game Reserve

Selection of Betz Family wines and fine South African wines 

hand selected for the winners by Steve Griessel in your own area of the wine cellar at Molori

Private transfer from Lanseria Airport to Johannesburg International Airport

Commercial flight between Johannesburg and Victoria Falls, Molori Mushuma, Mana Pools, Zimbabwe

Four night stay in two luxury pool suites for two couples at the Molori Mashuma Lodge

Shared charter flight between Harare or Victoria Falls into Mana Pools

Four duffel luggage bags for the trip that work in light aircraft

Three magnums of the following wines: 

o 1.5-liter, 2018 Betz Family Winery Pere de Famille Cabernet Sauvignon (98 points, Jeb Dunnuck)

o 1.5-liter, 2019 Betz Family Winery, Heart of the Hill Cabernet Sauvignon (98 points, Robert Parker)

o 1.5-liter, 2019 Quinta Essentia Chenin Blanc, Stellenbosch South Africa

One spot for each couple on the Betz Family Winery’s private member mailing list, which is currently closed with a wait list

All meals, drinks, activities, game drives, and laundry service throughout your stay at Molori Lodge

Live Africa VIP Tour Operator and Concierge Planning Services

24/7 on the ground VIP concierge service for all your needs 

Terms & Conditions: 

International flights to and from South Africa are excluded

Meals and beverages outside the two Molori Lodges are excluded

Trip to be scheduled for mutually agreeable dates

Must be booked by August 12, 2024 and is based on availability at Molori Safari Lodge

Thank you: Bridgit & Stephen Griessel of Betz Family Winery

Value: Priceless

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Hop on the List

Hop on the List

10 3-Liter Bottles of Cayuse Wines, PLus a Spot on Three Christophe Baron Membership Lists

Snagging a spot on a Cayuse membership list is the stuff of fairy tales, but now you can make like a Bionic Frog and leap to the top. This money-can’t-buy lot includes membership on the following lists:  

Cayuse Vineyards — immediate spot on the waiting list

(near 10-year wait) 

Horsepower Vineyards — immediate spot on the waiting list

(near 5-year wait)  

No Girls Wine — immediate spot on the waiting list

(near 5-year wait)  

But you will not need to wait for your first shipment to enjoy these estate-grown wines made by the first biodynamic wine producer in Washington state! This wine-lovers dream lot also comes with 10 large-format bottles of 100 percent estate-grown fruit. Each bottle is uniquely numbered.

Bottles will be shipped directly to the winning bidder.

This lot includes:

Ten 3-liter bottles:

Etched bottle 2020 Armada Vineyard Syrah  

Etched bottle 2020 The Lovers  

Etched bottle 2020 God Only Knows Grenache  

Etched bottle 2021 Bionic Frog Syrah 

Etched bottle 2021 Cailloux Vineyard Syrah  

Etched bottle 2021 Camaspelo  

Etched bottle 2021 The Widowmaker  

2021 Impulsivo Tempranillo   

2017 Horsepower Vineyards, Sur Echalas Vineyard Syrah  

2017 No Girls Wine, La Paciencia Vineyard Grenache  

Thank you: Cayuse Vineyards, Christophe Baron

Value: Instant Gratification

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Tuscany Wine Paradise

Tuscany Wine Paradise

Seven Nights for Eight People

Experience the enchanting world of Tuscany’s wine country, where rolling vineyards and ancient olive groves paint a breathtaking landscape. With a lineage tracing back centuries, this is a rare opportunity to experience the beauty that Tuscany has to offer. You and seven additional people will enjoy superb cuisine, stunning vistas, and the splendors of Italian art all while tasting incredible wines from esteemed Italian regions. 

Your Tuscan adventure includes a seven-night stay in a four-bedroom villa overlooking the expansive Tuscan countryside near the charming town of Cortona. The villa is surrounded by iconic olive and cypress trees and rolling green hills — the perfect backdrop for your Italian excursion. The villa also boasts a private pool, a gazebo overlooking breathtaking views of Cortona, and spacious green gardens. Your own private chef is onsite to prepare daily breakfasts and dinner one of the nights. 

Your first day will take you on a wine tour in the Montalcino area, a beautiful village immersed in the breathtaking Val d’Orcia Natural Park, renowned for its production of Brunello. The visit will include tastings at two esteemed wineries as well as lunch. 

The next day you will be whisked off to the Chianti region, revered as one of the most beautiful areas in Tuscany. This charming region stretches from Florence to Siena and is famous for its unique landscape characterized by olive groves, winding country roads, and undulating green hills covered with vineyards. You will taste at two of the area’s esteemed wineries alongside lunch. 

Your trip is capped off with a trip to Montepulciano, a walled hill town full of elegant Renaissance palaces, ancient churches, and vast panoramas embedded in a picture-postcard landscape. Montepulciano is considered to be one of the finest winemaking regions in the world, best known for its Vino Nobile, one of Tuscany’s most globally valued wines made from grapes grown in vineyards that surround the town. 

If you desire and time allows, appointments can be made at neighboring wine estates to further discover wines of the region, or visits to the villages and ancient abbeys of Tuscany can be arranged. 

In advance of your Italian excursion, you will be treated to dinner at COMO waterfront restaurant in Kirkland with the winemaker of Va Piano Vineyards, Justin Wylie. Justin will share his insights on Italy, the wine region and the delectable cuisine to get you prepared for your trip. He may even provide a lesson in Italiano!

This lot includes:

Seven nights in a stunning four-bedroom villa including

a private pool in the Tuscan countryside near the charming town of Cortona 

Daily breakfast prepared by a private chef 

Full day wine tour in the Montalcino area, including tastings 

at two wineries and lunch

Full day wine tour in the Chianti region, including tastings

at two wineries and lunch 

Full day wine tour in the Montepulciano region, including tastings at two wineries and lunch 

Excursions with your private driver with the option

to add extra activities 

One dinner in the villa prepared by a private chef with

wine pairings led by a professional sommelier 

Transportation included all week for eight hours per day

(max 200 km per day) 

Travel assistance and concierge service 

Pre-dinner with Justin Wylie, winemaker for Va PIano, at COMO

Terms & Conditions: 

Excludes airfare 

Transportation not included on arrival/departure day Upchurch’s home in Kirkland

Thank you: HHT, Va Piano Vineyards

Value: Tutto Italiano

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The Ultimate VIP Concert Experience

The Ultimate VIP Concert Experience

Courtesy of Chateau Ste. Michelle

For nearly four decades, concerts at Chateau Ste. Michelle have been a quintessential part of a Pacific Northwest summer. Over the years, this has become one of the mosy beloved concert series in the region.  

You and your favorite plus-one will be whisked away to a select 2024 Live Nation® concert where you’ll rock out to a premiere act from the comfort of the best seats in the house.

You’ll enjoy premium hotel accommodations, as well as ride in style to the airport (and back again) by limousine. You’ll be treated like a rock star the whole way. 

Naturally, you’ll need some wine. 

Celebrate your concert with a three-bottle set of the 2019 Chateau Ste. Michelle Artist Series Red Blend. 

Just as winemakers and artists have drawn inspiration from each other for centuries, their winemaking team have crafted exceptional Bordeaux-style blends of unique power and character that honor world-class artists. The 2019 vintage labels showcase the artist Jazz Brown, who describes his technique as ‘consciousness on canvas’.   

Notes of black cherry and spice are wrapped around a beautifully elegant structure and a refined finish, made up of a combination of 61% Cabernet Sauvignon, 31% Merlot, 6$ Malbec, and 2% Cabernet Franc, aged for 18 months in French oak barrels. 

We like to think of our winemakers as our own rock stars. And we want you to experience that too. 

You can toast your rock star adventure with your own, personally blended vintage. 

This package also includes a Blend Experience at Chateau Ste. Michelle for you and 15 of your best pals. 

Blend Experience for 16: Their wine experts will guide you through creating your own red wine blend as you taste different varietals and discover their attributes

This unique hands-on experience takes you through the five different wine varietals from their award-winning vineyards. They provide the tools so you can mix and refine you blend until it’s just right. 

Upon completion you can bottle your blend with a custom label, take home, and enjoy!

This lot includes:

Two VIP concert tickets to a select 2024 Live Nation® concert

of your choice with top notch seating

Round-trip airfare for two 

Premium hotel accommodations for two nights and three days 

Money for ground transportation 

A limousine from your home to the airport (point of origin) and a limousine ride back upon your return 

Three-bottle (750ml) set of 2019 Chateau Ste. Michelle Artist Series Red Blend 

A Blending Experience for 16 people at Chateau Ste. Michelle 

Terms & Conditions: 

Concert must be a mutually agreed-upon event with

available seats 

Ground transportation stipend provided in the form

of a pre-paid cash card 

Guests must be 21 or older to enjoy the Blend Experience  

Thank you: Ste. Michelle Wine Estates, Live Nation®

Value: Best Seats in the House

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San Sebastian to Bordeaux From Vino to Vin

San Sebastian to Bordeaux From Vino to Vin

Six Nights, Three Couples

Get swept away by the enchanting coastal city of San Sebastian, shimmering above the breathtaking Concha Bay. This idyllic town is nestled in the heart of Spain’s Basque Country, framed by golden beaches and lush hillsides. It’s known as the Pearl of the North due to its stunning architecture and world-renowned culinary scene.  

Your luxurious week-long getaway with five additional people includes a three-night stay at a boutique hotel located in Donosti overlooking iconic La Concha Bay, where each morning will be greeted by breathtaking views of the sea. To start your experience, you will enjoy a variety of Spain’s famous tapas in a private walking tour of the city.  

The next day, you will travel to a wine tasting and tour in Rioja, where you will be immersed in its rolling wheat fields, lush green terrain, and exceptional wines. Rioja might be Spain’s second smallest region, but it packs a punch when it comes to their wine, made famous by their Tempranillo grapes. You’ll have a rare opportunity to participate in cellar tastings at two wineries where lunch will also be provided.   

From there, you will be chauffeured to Bordeaux, where you will stay for the next three nights at the Villa Victor Louis Hotel. This lavishly restored, 18th century townhouse offers high-end accommodations with large, light-filled rooms, Empire-style chandeliers, and spacious bathrooms. Breakfast is laid out every morning in a grand conservatory overlooking the garden, where the aromas of freshly baked croissants serve as a preview for the spread of breads, organic jams, fruits, and freshly squeezed orange juice.   

Your first day will take you to the captivating region of Saint-Émilion, nestled in the heart of the Bordeaux wine region. Immerse yourself in the area’s timeless beauty as you explore its charming, cobbled streets, historic châteaus, and renowned wineries. Perched on one of the many hills that form the Bordeaux wine-growing area, it is the first in the world to be listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Taste why the region is known around the world for their Merlot-based wines in private cellar tastings from two of the area’s best wineries.   

The next day you will visit the charming towns of the Medoc region, where you will revel in the picturesque landscapes of charming chateaus, rolling green vineyards, and one of the most famous wine districts in France. Begin your adventure with a private cellar tasting, where you’ll savor the finest Bordeaux wines and witness the intricacies of the winemaking process firsthand.  

To get you excited for your excursion, you are invited to the home of Chris and Thea Upchurch of Upchurch Vineyard for dinner in Woodinville, paired with wines from their cellar. Chris and Thea are well-travelled in the San Sebastian and Bordeaux regions, and they will provide highlights and insight in advance of your trip.   

This lot includes: 

  • Three- night stay (three rooms) in Sercotel Europa in San Sebastian with breakfast included 
  • Basque Pintxo Tour. Taste the most famous tapas of Spain with a fun and private walking tour of the city
  • Full day wine tour in Rioja, the most famous wine region of Spain. Visit and tastings at two cellars with lunch and transportation included
  • Chauffeured transportation from San Sebastian to Bordeaux
  • Three-night stay (three rooms) in Villa Victor Louis hotel in Bordeaux with breakfast included
  • Full day wine tour in St Emilion discovering the holy land of Merlot. Visit and tastings at two cellars with lunch and transportation included
  • Full day wine tour in the Medoc region. Visit and tastings at two cellars with lunch and transportation included 

 Thank you: HHT, Upchurch Vineyard

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Where World Champions Are Made

Where World Champions are Made

Two-day VIP Seahawks & L’Ecole No 41 experience for four people on October 21-22, 2023

This Ultimate VIP Seahawks Experience for four with Coach Pete Carroll, Seahawks Legend Mack Strong and L’Ecole Owner and Managing Winemaker Marty Clubb will be the envy of all 12th Fans and wine lovers.   

On Saturday, October 21st, meet Head Coach Pete Carroll at the Seahawks Virginia Mason practice facility. Enjoy a private tour and watch the players prepare to take on rivals Arizona Cardinals.  That evening join Marty & Megan Clubb, and Mack & Zoe Strong for a private L’Ecole 40th Anniversary Wine Dinner featuring internationally awarded L’Ecole wines and gems from the winery’s library at the premium steakhouse, Walla Walla Steak Co., in Woodinville. 

Sunday begins on Lumen field with a VIP sideline experience among the players as they prepare to take on the Cardinals.  Watch the game in the comfort of premium Club Level seats where the 12th Man will keep the house rocking.  In the Club Level, enjoy fresh Northwest inspired food and premium beverage selections, in an atmosphere that takes you back to rich traditions in Seahawks history. 

To get you pumped up for your experience tonight’s winning bidder will feel like a World Champion taking home two (2) etched 3-Liter bottles of L’Ecole’s “Special 40th Anniversary” wine.  In addition, throughout the season the winning bidder will receive 3 shipments (6 bottles each) of L’Ecole’s world-class, award-winning wines hand selected by Marty Clubb.  

This lot includes: 

  • Four people to join Pete Carroll at the Seahawks Virginia Mason practice facility for a meet and greet followed by a private tour of the facility on October 21, 2023
  • A private dinner with Megan & Marty Clubb, and Mack & Zoe Strong to celebrate L’Ecole’s 40th Anniversary at Woodinville’s Walla Walla Steak Co. restaurant on October 21, 2023
  • Four pregame sideline passes and four premium Club level seats with a parking pass at the Seahawks home game, October 22, 20232, with the Arizona Cardinals
  • Two (2) 3.0L etched bottles of L’Ecole No 41 “Special 40th Anniversary” wines
  • A selection of world class and award-winning wines from L’Ecole No 41 shipped to your home during the season; three shipments of (6) bottles each.

Thank you: Seattle Seahawks, Pete Carroll, Mack and Zoe Strong, L’Ecole No 41, Marty & Megan Clubb, and Walla Walla Steak Company  

Terms & Conditions: Valid only for the Arizona game weekend, no substitutions, or additions.   

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Leonetti Cellar 18-Year Vertical Reserve Magnum Collection

Leonetti Cellar 18-Year Vertical Magnum Collection 

2003 – 2020, Etched and Hand-painted 

Leonetti Cellar is Walla Walla Valley’s founding winery, playing a pivotal role not just in establishing the valley as a premier wine growing region, but also in setting the tone for Washington’s reputation for quality. What began as Gary and Nancy Figgins’ dream to make world class wines in Walla Walla over 40 years ago, has become a true success story for the region.  

Best known for crafting some of the best Bordeaux-inspired wines in the state, the winery has received both national and international acclaim, which has only further cemented their place as one of the top wineries in Washington state.  

 You have an incredibly rare opportunity to own this special 18-year vertical (2003 – 2020) of Leonetti Cellar Reserve magnums to taste a piece of the winery’s rich history over the years. You will also receive a spot on their coveted wine club list! Each magnum is etched and hand-painted, which makes for a true collector’s item.   

Thank you: Leonetti Cellar 

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A Taste of Porto

A Taste of Porto

Seven Nights, Eight People

Experience the breathtaking beauty and enchanting allure of the Douro Valley with this exclusive auction lot. Immerse yourself in Portugal’s renowned wine region, known for its picturesque vineyards and stunning, terraced landscapes. This extraordinary trip offers a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to explore the birthplace of Port wine and indulge in the region’s rich culinary traditions.   

 Your trip includes a seven-night stay in a private villa in north Portugal, 30 minutes east of Porto. Your villa includes expansive patios, perfectly curated gardens, and a large swimming pool. Be prepared to be pampered on your first night with a private welcome dinner at the villa.   

The next day, you will be taken via private transportation to experience the renowned cellars as you explore centuries-old vineyards in the Douro Valley and savor the essence of Portugal’s winemaking heritage. You will participate in tastings at two different wineries in the area where lunch will also be provided.   

The following day, you will take a three-hour walking excursion of Vila Nova de Gaia – a town situated on the far bank of the Douro and best known for their port wines, immaculate gardens, and breathtaking views of the city’s iconic Ribeira district. You will have the opportunity to taste from three different wineries in private curated tastings.   

In advance of your Porto excursion, Hedges Family Estate will host you at their palatial Red Mountain property for an exquisite dinner paired with their estate wines, including their signature Port-style wine that uses the classic Portuguese varieties dating back to 1996. The Hedges are remarkable visionaries for biodynamic farming and true stewards of their land, which has earned them the Robert Parker Green Emblem awarded in recognition of the most extraordinary cases of sustainable efforts in our wine industry as well as the 2023 Auction of Washington Wines’ TOAST! award for Healthy Land, Healthy Communities. Pending availability, winery owners Tom and Anne-Marie Hedges will be joining you for dinner. Afterwards, retreat to the comfort of The Lodge at Columbia Point, the area’s only 4-star luxury property, for an overnight stay. 

This lot includes: 

  • Seven nights for eight people in a private villa in north Portugal, a 30-min drive east from the city of Porto
  • Welcome dinner  
  • Traditional Portuguese dinner prepared in villa with private Fado music show
  • Full-day wine tour in the spectacular Douro Valley including visits to two wineries, tastings, lunch, and transportation  
  • Private three-hour walking tour of the Vila Nova de Gaia and tastings at three wineries  
  • Travel assistance and concierge service  
  • Dinner prior to your trip at Hedges Family Estate on Red Mountain along with an overnight stay at The Lodge at Columbia Point 

Terms & conditions: 

  • Does not include airfare
  • Excludes transportation to and from Red Mountain. 

Thank you: HHT, Hedges Family Estate 

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Karen MacNeil Virtual Tastings

Virtual Tasting Series with Karen MacNeil

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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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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



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



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



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


2016 Quintessence Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon, Red Mountain


Chris Sparkman

Sparkman Cellars

2016 Kingpin Cabernet Sauvignon, Red Mountain



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.

Kelly Hightower

Hightower Cellars

2017 Merlot, Red Mountain


David “Merf” Merfeld

Northstar Winery

2015 Merlot, Columbia Valley


Jean-François Pellet

Pepper Bridge Winery

2017 Merlot, Walla Walla Valley


SESSION 6: Is Cab King In Washington?

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.   

Louis Skinner

Betz Family Winery

2016 Pere de Famille, Red Mountain


Brian Rudin

Canvasback Wines

2016 Cabernet Sauvignon, Red Mountain


Jason Gorski

DeLille Cellars

2017 Chaleur Estate, Red Mountain


SESSION 7: One-Of-A-Kind Approaches To Washington Wine

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. 

Kevin Correll

Barrage Cellars

2016 Cabernet Sauvignon, Red Mountain


Sean Hails

Columbia Winery

2017 Cabernet Sauvignon, Red Mountain


Shane Collins

Rocky Pond Winery

2017 Syrah, Columbia Valley


SESSION 8: Aiming High – From The Ground Up

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. 

Kerry Shiels

Côte Bonneville

2012 Bordeaux Blend, DuBrul Vineyard, Yakima Valley


Josh McDaniels

Doubleback Winery

2017 Cabernet Sauvignon, Walla Walla Valley


Sarah Hedges Goedhart

Hedges Family Estate

2017 “Bio” Syrah, Red Mountain



  • Stay tuned for details on the next series!

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