Winemaker Picnic & Barrel Auction

Start: Friday, August 9, 5:00 pm
End: Friday, August 9, 8:30 pm

Location: Chateau Ste. Michelle Winery


VIP Tent Sponsor

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Tasting Bar Sponsors


Join our largest wine and culinary event on the beautiful grounds of Chateau Ste. Michelle! Meet the winemakers in person, visit the tasting bars where you can choose from more than 100 wines, graze your way through each chef station, and enjoy the camaraderie of the Washington wine industry! Try your hand at a game of chance for wine prizes or have fun at the Barrel Auction and take your chance on winning as you bid on reserve wines from 35 Washington wineries

Date: August 9
VIP Early Access: 4:00pm SOLD OUT! (Please contact to be put on the waitlist)
General Admission: 5:00pm

Tickets on sale now!

VIP Tickets: $275 (limited quantities available!)
General Admission: $175

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 explore the Washington Wine or Sparkling & Rosé Tasting Bars that are sponsored by Hub and Pure Insurance!

NEW FOR 2024!

Meet the Vintners Station
Meet the winemakers at our brand-new-to-2024 Vintners Station at the Winemaker Picnic & Barrel Auction on August 9! You’ll have the opportunity to taste wines typically only reserved for their wine club members or exclusive one-of-a-kind bottles not available to the public! Head to the video link HERE to catch a sneak peek at who will be pouring at this station and earmark the wines you want to try!

Sparkling Wine + Rose Station
Are bubbles and Rosé more your speed? Lucky for you, we will have a station dedicated to pouring an incredible selection of sparkling wines and Rosés from Washington state!

Barrel Auction Sponsor

Full Pull

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! 

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 donated by Tonnellerie Quintessence!

2024 Barrel Auction Lots

Armstrong Family Winery
Baer Winery
Cairdeas Winery
Baer Winery
Cairdeas Winery
Echolands Winery logo
JB Neufeld
Kevin White Winery
L'Ecole No 41 - Square Logo
Pearl and Stone Wine Co.
Sparkman Cellars
Treveri Cellars
WSU Logo

Grab a Nosh

Challenge your pairing skills by indulging in some local flavor from some of the best chefs around town! They’re going to be dishing up Pacific Northwest favorites ranging from local seafood to BBQ!

2024 Featured restaurants

Agave Cocina & Cantina

Chef Miguel Covarrubias


Chef Kristi Brown

Conversation Kitchen & Bar at Thompson Seattle

Chef Chris Ingmire

Cookie’s Country Chicken

Chef Brian Chandler


Chef Jordy Patashnik

Jack’s BBQ

Chef Stew Navarre

Peterson’s Cheese

Ray’s Boathouse

Chef Kevin Murray


Chef Aaron Tekulve

Trophy Cupcakes

VIP Tent Sponsor

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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 chef Jacy Thomson from Ben Paris!

Mix, mingle, and relax VIP style!

2024 Featured Wineries

Armstrong Family Winery
Baer Winery
Caprio Cellars
Cairdeas Winery
delille cellars
J. Bookwalter Winery
L'Ecole No 41 - Square Logo
Wine & Music Winery
Pearl and Stone Wine Co.
Rocky Pond

Let iHeart Entertain you

Two of your favorite radio personalities, Bender (veteran Seattle Children’s supporter) and Jodi from iHeart’s 95.7 The Jet, will serve as your 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!

What’s a party without some music? Seattle DJ/remixer/radio producer for iHeart media, DJ Phase, will be playing Seattle’s new hit music and all-time favorites!


Shutter Bus Co. is back this year by popular demand! Make sure to round up the crew to snap a few shots in their signature van!

2024 Participating Wineries

Volunteer with us!

The Winemaker Picnic and Barrel Auction is made possible because of a powerhouse of volunteers that help with tasks ranging from set up, registration/check-in, assist with games of chance, or bidding in the barrel auction. For more information and to sign up, head here. 


Refunds will not be issued for any cancellations. If you find you can no longer attend, please reach out Elizabeth Tveit Flajole and they can transfer your ticket purchase into a 100% tax deductible donation towards the Auction of Washington Wines and our beneficiaries.


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