Auction of Washington Wine Hits New Charity Milestone

The Auction of Washington Wines hit a new milestone during its annual weekend extravaganza of charitable wine events Aug. 15-17. This year, auction events raised more than $4.5 million, exceeding last year’s record $4.1 million. Proceeds benefit Seattle Children’s Hospital and Washington State University’s Viticulture & Enology Program.

“The Washington wine industry and its community are the perfect pair for this annual event, which had a new, palpable energy this year that attracted a vibrant audience, including veteran attendees and newcomers alike,” said AWW Executive Director, Jamie Peha.

On Aug. 15, we attended the Winemaker Picnic & Barrel Auction at Chateau Ste. Michelle. All the Washington wines we tasted at the picnic were terrific, but there was a handful of standouts that really pleased our palates.

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Coming Soon: Auction of Washington Wine Picnic and Barrel Auction

We always have a wonderful time at the Winemaker Picnic & Barrel Auction at Chateau Ste. Michelle, which is the kickoff to the annual summer weekend extravaganza hosted by Auction of Washington Wines.

This incredible non-profit wine event is just around the corner, Aug. 15-17. Focused on elevating awareness of Washington state wines, proceeds benefit Seattle Children’s Hospital and the Viticulture and Enology program at Washington State University.

This August marks the 32nd year of the event, which raised more than $4 million last year, and more than $46 million since 1988.

The highlight for us is always the AWW Picnic & Barrel Auction, and the good news is there are still tickets left. But run, don’t walk, because this is an amazing summer happening every year. We can’t wait!
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Saint Clair New Zealand

During our recent visit to New Zealand, we stopped by the beautiful tasting room of Saint Clair Family Estate. Set in the midst of rows of Marlborough grape vines, the tasting room and its Vineyard Kitchen offer views of the dramatic Richmond Range. We knew we had a treat waiting for us. Winemaker Hamish Clark is the 2017 Winestate New Zealand Winemaker of the Year, and his Saint Clair wines are award-winning.
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Rockford Barossa

The third Cellar Door we visited in the Barossa, Rockford, provides a unique Australian experience. The winery was built in the same style as the original 1850’s stone cottage and barn. Their trademark is the use of traditional wine-making equipment, principles and practices in the vineyard. Everything is hand-pruned and hand-picked. In the words of famed Australian wine critic James Halliday, “Rockford can only be described as an icon, no matter how overused that word may be.” (Hear, hear.)

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