On August 14, 2017, Vineguard Wine Auction co-hosts the first annual Vineguard Hybrid Wine Competition.

It’s been over two years since Washington wineries were given the opportunity to participate in the H2 Award, Washington’s premier wine and spirit competition. The H2 Award, which started in 2009, was the first of its kind in Washington, DC, and has helped to establish the quality of Washington’s wine scene. The annual tasting event has also helped to create lasting relationships between wineries and consumers. This year, the H2 Award will take place on Friday, August 14, at the Marriott Marquis in Washington, DC.


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The biggest charity wine auction in Washington returns with in-person and virtual mini-Galas; the online silent auction features special wine lots and celebrity appearances.

Auction-of-Washington-Wines-Hosts-2021-Wine-Music-WeekSEATTLE (July 20, 2021) — The Auction of Washington Wines (AWW) announces a return to in-person events with a hybrid approach for 2021. After moving to a virtual format for the first time in 2020, this year’s 34th annual Gala, presented by the John L. Scott Foundation, features both in-person and virtual events. All proceeds from the weekend benefit Seattle Children’s, Washington State University Viticulture & Enology Research and the AWW Industry Grant Program. Registration and tickets for all events are now open.

The annual Gala, which attendees may attend electronically or in person at one of three mini-Galas held at vineyards in Woodinville, Washington, is part of this year’s event.

“Knowing we will be meeting in person this year, even if in a reduced capacity, is amazing, particularly given the difficulties experienced by small business owners and our winery partners over the past 16 months,” AWW Executive Director Jamie Peha said. “When we decided to go virtual last year, we were encouraged by the support of our sponsors, winery partners, and participants, and we believe that this year’s hybrid of a completely virtual and in-person format is the appropriate move for our 35th anniversary next year.”

“Expect high-caliber online and live auction lots and more of them,” Peha said of this year’s week-long series of activities. Everyone may bid at their level in support of the Washington wine industry, with over 100 lots ranging from under $100 to $25,000.”

The Online Auction will take place from August 10 to 14, 2021.

The online silent auction featuring unique wine packages, wine-themed goods, and winery-hosted tours and experiences begins for bidding on Tuesday, Aug. 10, 2021. Bid big and often until the online auction ends on August 14 at 8:30 p.m. PDT.

The following are some of the lots up for bidding:

Magnum Collection by Long Shadows Vintners

A wine collector’s dream, this collection of ultra-premium Columbia Valley 1.5-liter bottles. The winning bidder will get one bottle of each of Long Shadows’ six renowned red wines, packed together in a gorgeous wood box, including a 2016 Pirouette Proprietary Red, which received 97 points from Jeb Dunnuck. In addition, Gilles Nicault, Long Shadows’ chief winemaker, will give you a private tour and tasting for six people at the vineyard in Walla Walla, Washington.

Surrell’s Chef Aaron Tekulve prepares an Avennia dinner for eight people (on Madison)

Enjoy an evening of Washington wines and skillfully matched cuisine at Marty and Colleen Taucher’s newly constructed home in Kirkland, Washington. Chef Aaron Tekulve of Surrell on Madison will prepare a dinner for eight people. Avennia will supply the wines, but visitors may also be treated to some surprises from the Taucher’s personal collection.

Vintage Years 2006–2017 Leonetti Cellar Cabernet Sauvignon 12 Bottle Verticals

The Figgins Family has been making highly sought wines at Leonetti Cellar, which was founded in 1977 by Gary and Nancy Figgins and was the first winery in Walla Walla. What began as a dream to produce world-class wines has blossomed into a genuine success story. Today, Leonetti Cellar produces some of the world’s most coveted Bordeaux wines, and this lot offers the opportunity to possess a vertical of each of their Cabernet Sauvignons, Washington’s most popular and acclaimed variety.

Vintage Years 2006–2009 Unparalleled Quilceda Creek Vertical Collection

AWW dug deep into the Library Cellar to retrieve four large-format bottles of Columbia Valley Cabernet Sauvignon etched with the signature and likeness of Paul Newman. Each bottle was inspired by Newman’s SeriousFun Camps and specifically designed in 2005 for Camp Korey, a haven for families dealing with childhood illness founded by Tim Rose in honor of his son, Korey. The real magic lies inside as each 5-liter bottle is filled with an award-winning Cabernet Sauvignon of either 99 or 100 points from Quilceda Creek.

Ticketed Events

Participants who want immediate satisfaction may attend one of two exclusive buy-in events. Each event is restricted to 40 individuals, with tickets costing $500 per person.

Doubleback and Touchdown with Passing Time

Football stars turned winemakers Damon Huard of Passing Time and Drew Bledsoe of Doubleback will participate in an unique virtual interaction with Coug and Husky fans alike. Two bottles of trademark wine and a customized tasting for two at each vineyard are included in this celebrity experience. The chance to bid on rare DoubleTime magnums, the result of the two wineries’ cooperation, is included in this buy-in event.

WOWW stands for Washington Wine Women.

A dozen women from the Washington wine industry will participate in a night of socializing, eating, wine tasting, and partying. Stacy Lill, AWW co-chair and proprietor of Lill Family Wines, and AWW board member Jessica Munnell of Wautoma Springs are co-hosting the event. An all-female cast of winemakers from Baer Winery, Columbia Crest, Damsel Cellars, Frichette Winery, Hedges Family Estates, Hightower Cellars, Leonetti Cellar, Orr Wines, and Warr-King Wines, as well as guest chefs Bre Beike of Heritage Kitchen and Bar and Sabrina Tinsely of La Spiga, will be on hand for the event. Three autographed bottles of wine will be given to each attendee during the event. 

The Gala will be place on August 14, 2021.

There are many ways to become involved in the annual Gala, which has been named one of the Top 5 Wine Charity Auctions in the United States by Wine Spectator (2020).

Gala on the Internet

To participate in the live bidding, tune in to the virtual Gala, which will be streamed live from Chateau Ste. Michelle. As customers join the bidding through their mobile phones, the live Gala will be livestreamed on YouTube and watched from the other mini-Gala sites.

This year, attendees at home may purchase the “Gala in the Box,” a four-course dinner from Bellevue’s FogRose Atelier that includes a choice of a seafood, meat, or vegetarian main dish. Orders may be made until August 5, 2021, and picked up at the restaurant before the live event.

Mini-Galas for a Small Group Washington Wineries is hosting the event, which is sponsored by the John L. Scott Foundation.

This year, AWW is providing three in-person “mini-Galas” at vineyard partners in Woodinville, which are new this year. A multi-course meal with wine, participation in the Virtual Gala, and a few surprises will be included in each mini-Gala. Guests may buy tickets for each event for $500 apiece.

  • Chateau Ste. Michelle can accommodate up to 250 people.
    • Chateau Ste. Michelle, Col Solare, Tenet Wines, Domaine Ste. Michelle, Columbia Crest Winery, Northstar Winery, and Spring Valley Vineyard are among the featured wineries.
    • Douglas Jones, Aerlume; Maggie Trujillo, AQUA; Ken Palmer, AQUA by El Gaucho; Margarito Moreno, El Gaucho are among the chefs featured.
    • AWW Honorary Chair Karen MacNeil, Honorary Vintner Marie-Eve Gilla, and Honorary Grower Rob Mercer are among the special visitors.
  • Maryhill Winery can accommodate up to 100 people.
    • Maryhill Winery, Pepper Bridge Winery, J. Bookwalter, Alexandria are among the featured wineries. Nicole Cellars is a winery located in the town of Nicole
    • Featured chefs: Michael McFarland, Maryhill Winery; Ryan Donaldson, Stone House and Gather Kitchen & Bar; Breanna Beike, Heritage Restaurant|Bar
  • The Winemakers Reserve can accommodate up to 160 people.
    • Matteo Wines, DeLille Cellars, and Rotie Cellars are among the featured wineries.
    • Catering by Columbia Hospitality’s Roy Breiman; Osteria La Spiga’s Sabrina Tinsley; and Ben Paris’ Quentin Stewart

Those who are unable to attend the online events may donate directly to the Auction at washingtonwine.ejoinme.org/Donate.

Collectors may buy Commemorative Magnums for $300 at aoww2021.ggo.bid. The Cabernet Sauvignon from V Square Vineyard in SeVein is featured in this year’s large-format bottle, which is supplied by AWW 2021 Honorary Vintner Marie-Eve Gilla of Valdemar Estates.

Visit https://auctionofwawines.org/events/ to learn more about this year’s annual auction weekend.

About the Washington Wine Auction (AWW)

Since its inception in 1988, AWW has raised more than $52 million to benefit Seattle Children’s, Washington State University Viticulture & Enology Research and the AWW Industry Grant. AWW is listed in the top five wine charity auctions in the U.S. by Wine Spectator. AWW’s mission is to support the growth and awareness of the Washington state wine industry through a series of celebrated events benefiting the community. Key supporters for the 2021 season of events include Ste Michelle Wine Estates, The Seattle Times and Winebow Fine Wine & Spirits. For more information, visit www.AuctionofWaWines.org. 

The John L. Scott Foundation is a non-profit organization founded by John L. Scott

The John L. Scott Foundation was established in 1997 to commemorate John L. Scott, a community leader and philanthropist who believed in the importance of giving back. Our sales colleagues and support team members donate generously and give their time to the John L. Scott Foundation. The John L. Scott Foundation is able to assist fund events that raise millions of dollars for children’s healthcare each year thanks to these voluntary donations. Their goal is to assist children in being healthy and staying at home.


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