Like so many events this year, the 33rd annual Auction of Washington Wines is affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. However, organizers stress that AWW is not canceled. Rather, they are finding new ways to increase a broader audience’s appreciation of Washington wines in a new virtual environment.
We are long-time supporters of this excellent non-profit organization. Therefore, we now look forward to participating in the virtual events. Here are some of the changes.
AWW 2020 Virtual Wine Events Scheduled (So Far)
This year’s annual eastern Washington event, the Wine & Music Festival, will become an online auction on May 6-10. The festival features lots from 28 Washington wineries. Firstly, bidding registration is now open. Secondly, you can review a list of participating wineries and auction lots. Thirdly, bidding begins on May 6 at 9 a.m. Lastly, the highest bidder will be determined when the auction ends on May 10 at 5 p.m.
Meanwhile, the wine weekend of events in August — such as the Winemaker Dinner Series and the Winemaker Picnic and Barrel Auction — shifts to a virtual auction that you can enjoy in the comfort of your home on Aug. 15. The auction features a select number of lots as well as a digital raise-the-paddle component.
The Auction is Not Canceled
AWW made the difficult decision to go virtual after considering all the options with regard to the safety of patrons, donors, sponsors, winemakers and staff.
Beth McCaw, President of AWW’s Board of Directors, stresses: “The Auction of Washington Wines is most certainly not canceled.” And Jamie Peha, AWW’s Executive Director, says organizers are “thrilled for the opportunity to re-imagine what this year’s programming will look like in a virtual environment.”
“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.”
See Jamie’s message here.
About the Auction
Since its inception in 1988, AWW raised more than $50 million, benefiting Seattle Children’s Hospital and Washington State University Wine Science Center. Wine Spectator listed AWW in the top five U.S. Charity Auctions in the nation.
Additional details about the annual summertime celebration will be announced soon.
Margot and Dave