Winemaker Picnic & Barrel Auction

Date: Friday, Aug. 12 
Time: 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm
VIP Start Time: 4:00 pm

Venue: Chateau Ste. Michelle Winery


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Join the Auction of Washington Wines’ largest wine and culinary event on the beautiful grounds of Chateau Ste. Michelle. Whether you are an expert or wine curious, you’ll meet winemakers who will “roam and pour”, or you can choose from over 100 wines at the tasting bars. Challenge your pairing skills by indulging in global BBQ, featuring Korean, Indian, Northwest, and traditional southern-style bites. Try your hand at a game of chance or step up to place your name on the board to bid on a case from 30 Washington wineries in the Barrel Auction.


Early Bird (limited quantity available): $125
VIP: $250, includes early entry and access to VIP Tent
General Admission: $150


VIP Tent Sponsor

Featured Chef, John Howie

Get VIP Access

With one-hour early entry, you have room to roam before the rest of the crowd arrives, and exclusive access to the VIP tent.

Inside the tent, you will find a lounge area featuring the Reserve Wine Bar and gourmet bites from local superstar chef John Howie.

Mix, mingle, and relax VIP style!

Meet the Winemakers

The Winemaker Picnic is the perfect opportunity for you to meet and mingle with the winemakers behind the bottles! Whether you’re an expert or wine curious, you’ll meet winemakers who will “roam and pour” you a taste of what’s in their bottle, or you can choose from over 100 wines at four tasting bars.

Grab a Nosh

Challenge your pairing skills by indulging in global BBQ, featuring Korean, Indian, northwest, and of course, southern US-style, just to name a few. We have some incredibly talented chefs to bring it! 

Place Your Bids!

Serious about your wines? The Barrel Auction is your chance to taste barrel samples and be one of five bidders to secure a case of future wine releases! 

Take your pick from 30 wineries, talk to the winemakers about their wines, the aging process, the grapes, and ask the winemaker to explain how the wine will change before being bottled.

When you have tasted the wines, place your bid. Watch your bids closely! Every bid placed after yours must be higher, and only the top five bids for each lot will stay on the board.

The highest winning bidder of each lot will receive a commemorative barrel head!

Barrel Auction Lots

  • Amos Rome Vineyards
  • Armstrong Winery
  • Avennia
  • Baer Winery
  • Barrage Cellars
  • Brian Carter
  • Cairdeas Winery
  • Damsel Cellars
  • DeLille Cellars
  • Dunham Cellars
  • Everyvine
  • Fidélitas
  • Guardian Cellars
  • J.B. Neufeld
  • L’Ecole N° 41
  • Martedi Winery
  • Naches Heights 
  • Patterson Cellars
  • Pearl & Stone
  • Reininger Winery
  • Revelry
  • Sagemoor Group
  • Ste. Michelle Winery
  • Structure Cellars
  • Tinte Cellars
  • Treveri Cellars
  • Two Vintners
  • Warr-King
  • Wautoma Springs
  • WSU Blended Learning

Featured chefs

Kristi Brown


Stew Navarre

Jack’s BBQ

Gaurav Raj


Kevin Murray

Ray’s Boathouse

Heong Soon Park

Meet Korean BBQ

Chia Ling (Amy) Tung


Joshua Beckham


Meet Bender & Jodi

Two of your favorite radio personalities and veteran Seattle Children’s Hospital supporters, Bender and Jodi from 95.7 The Jet Seattle, return as emcees. They’ll keep you apprised of what’s happening during the event, as well as moderate the Barrel Auction to keep the peace once the bids begin to fly as the clock runs out! 

Try Your Luck

Everyone’s a winner at these games whether you’re at the John L. Scott Foundation Wine Bottle Ring Toss, Chip-a-Cork, or buying a raffle ticket. 


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The Northwest Wine Benefit Foundation, dba the Auction of Washington Wines, is committed to supporting the growth and awareness of the Washington state wine industry through a series of celebrated events benefiting our community. We have raised over $55 million since our inception in 1988. 

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