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 Awards $15,000 to Support Adult Education in the Yakima Valley

Grant recipient La Casa Hogar offers education for Latina farmworkers, wine grape growers, pickers, wine producers and their families

Feb. 11, 2020 — Auction of Washington Wines (AWW) today announced it will award its 2019 Industry Grant of $15,000 to La Casa Hogar, a community organization which connects and educates Latina families in Yakima Valley, Wash. The grant will support La Casa Hogar’s Adult Education Programs for farmworkers, including wine grape pickers, growers and wine producers, as well as their families.

La Casa Hogar primarily serves people in Yakima county, but also touches Kittitas, Grant and Chelan counties. Its Adult Education program includes six levels of English classes, civic engagement, leadership development, pre-GED, health and nutrition and Spanish and English language exchange. Annually, over 700 individuals are served across adult education, early learning and citizenship programs. By investing in education, La Casa Hogar promotes educational equity, access and leadership among Latina communities of Yakima Valley.

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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

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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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Auction of Washington Wines’ 2019 Wine and Music Festival in Eastern Washington to Feature 60+ Washington Wines, Live Music

Event in the Heart of Washington Wine Country to benefit Seattle Children’s and Washington State University Wine Science Research

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On Saturday, June 1, 2019, Auction of Washington Wines’ Wine and Music Festival will showcase over 60 outstanding Washington wines along with live music from Dakota Brown Band and Jack Rothwell. More than 20 of Washington’s award-winning wineries will be in attendance. Guests will nosh on food from Porter’s Real Barbecue and Fat Olives Restaurant & Catering. Proceeds benefit Seattle Children’s and Viticulture and Enology Research at Washington State University.

As a part of the weekend, the Auction of Washington Wines’ 2019 Honorary Grower, Scott Williams of Kiona Vineyards, will host a Vineyard Dinner in Benton City on Friday, May 31, 2019. Guests will enjoy Kiona Vineyards’ award-winning wines paired with dishes from Fat Olives Restaurant & Catering.

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Auction of Washington Wines Appoints Jamie Peha Executive Director

Wine industry veteran steps in to lead nonprofit event.



The Auction of Washington Wines (AWW) named industry veteran Jamie Peha its interim Executive Director, effective immediately.

Peha has already played a key role as part of the AWW team. As Director of the event’s Private Barrel Auction, she grew the program from eight wine lots in 2015 netting $48,000 to 31 lots and a record-breaking $251,000 in 2018. Peha’s career highlights include building Taste Washington into a nationally recognized event, growing the Seattle Wine and Food Experience into a two-day financially viable event and serving as interim director for both Woodinville Wine Country and the Walla Walla Valley Wine Alliance.

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Auction of Washington Wines Announces 2019 Honorary Vintner and Honorary Grower

Nonprofit names Chris Gorman as Honorary Vintner and Scott Williams as Honorary Grower During Taste Washington Wine Month

SEATTLE (March 12, 2019) The Auction of Washington Wines (AWW), Washington state’s only nonprofit wine event that has been around for 32 years, today recognized Chris Gorman of Gorman Winery as its 2019 Honorary Vintner and Scott Williams of Kiona Vineyards as its 2019 Honorary Grower. The individuals were selected because they exemplify leadership in the industry and have made significant contributions to the Washington wine community. These honorary positions are peer-nominated and reserved for leaders who deeply invest in and positively impact the Washington state wine community.

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