Washington Wines auction brings in $4 million
“Thanks to our incredibly generous wineries, donors and sponsors, AWW can continue its mission to elevate Washington’s wine industry and increase its efforts to support healthy communities and healthy lands in Washington State” , said Jamie Peha, executive director of the auction. Washington wines.
“With our philanthropic partners, Seattle Children’s, WSU Viticulture & Enology Research and Industry Grant Partner Vital Wines, we are ensuring that our charitable efforts resonate deeply within the Washington wine industry,” she added.
The virtual auction, aimed at top Washington wine collectors, offered unique five-case lots of wine from 20 of Washington’s best-known producers, including Cellars of Lille, School n°41 and Leonetti Cellar. The highest bid ($14,000) was for a 2019 red blend of Leonetti Cellar of Malbec and Cabernet Sauvignon. The virtual event raised $165,000 for winemaking and viticulture research in Washington.
The weekend began with an inaugural dinner and awards ceremony; TOAST! The event honored some of Washington’s longtime industry giants and the “next generation” of emerging industry leaders. The Lifetime Achievement Award was presented to Bob Betz MW for his pioneering and decorated career in Washington wine spanning more than 25 years.
The winegrower’s picnic and barrel auction was an outdoor event with over 1,000 attendees. Thirty wineries offered five cases of wines that had not yet come out to public auction. The event included different versions of the barbecue featuring Korean, Indian, Texan and Northwestern style pairings to accompany wines served by 100 Washington wineries. The event raised $108,000.
The 35th edition Gala was back in full swing after covid changes in 2021. DeLille Cellars sponsored the event’s top auction lot, “Best of Bordeaux” – a five-night trip to Bordeaux with executive winemaker Chris Upchurch, including including visits to some of the region’s great Châteaux. It made $250,000. The “Antinori Classico” bundle included two trips to discover the roots of Col Solare deep within the Antinori family vineyards in Tuscany. Courtesy of Ste. Michelle Wine Estates and Marchese Antinori, this lot sold for $200,000.
Since its inception in 1988, AWW has raised more than $59 million to benefit Seattle Children’s Hospital, Washington State University Wine and Wine Research, and the AWW Industry Grant. . Vital Wines, the 2021-22 Industry Grant Partner, used the grant to help fund a bilingual Promotora de Salud Community Health Worker position in the Walla Walla Valley.