31st Annual Auction of Washington Wines Raises $4.1 Million

Last weekend’s 31st Annual Auction of Washington Wines surpassed the organization’s fundraising goal, raising nearly $4.1 million for Seattle Children’s Hospital and Washington State University’s Viticulture & Enology Program.

Since 1988 when AWW first launched, the organization has raised more than $45 million for Seattle Children’s and WSU’s wine science-related programs.

Highlights of the 2018 event, which took place Aug. 16-18, include the following:

Private Barrel Auction (Aug. 16): This event allowed retailers and restauranteurs to bid on one-of-a-kind wines produced specifically for the sale. The event raised $251,500 for WSU’s Viticulture & Enology Program.

Winning bids included:

  • $16,000, Lot 7, Leonetti Cellar Cabernet Sauvignon, Holly Roller Vineyard
  • $16,000, Lot 30, DeLille Cellars “Old Block” Cabernet Sauvignon, Ciel du Cheval Vineyard
  • $13,000, Lot 22, Cadence Old Vine Cabernet Franc, Tapteil Vineyard
  • $11,000, Lot 20, Woodward Canyon Old Vine Cabernet Sauvignon Blend, Champoux & Woodward Canyon Estate Vineyards
  • $10,000, Lot 32, Cellars Tannat, River Vineyard

Winemaker Picnic & Barrel Auction (Aug. 16): More than 1,400 people attended the picnic, which featured food from Tulalip Resort Casino, wine tastings from more than 80 Washington wineries, and silent auctions.


Guests enjoy outdoor activities at the winemaker picnic. Photo by Curbow Photography.

Winemaker Dinners (Aug. 17): Private estates throughout the greater Seattle area hosted dinners including winemakers like Quilceda Creek, Abeja, and Leonetti Cellar, and chefs such as John Howie, Jason Wilson, and Jason Stoneburner.

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A scene from a winemaker dinner. Photo by Chelle Caldwell.

Columbia Winery Charity Walk & Run (Aug. 18): This year’s annual run featured food, wine, and live music and raised $100,000 for Seattle Children’s Hospital. Now in its 12th year, the event has raised over $1 million for the hospital.

Columbia Winery’s Sean Hails and John Sportelli present a $1 million check to Shelley Tomberg of the Auction for Washington Wines, representing the total amount donated to Seattle Children’s Hospital (Photo courtesy Columbia Winery).

Gala (Aug. 18): Notable moments of the gala, which featured live and silent auctions, included the following:

  • The highest bid ($160,000) was for a trip to Bordeaux courtesy of DeLille Cellars, and was won by Tom Sweeney and Rod and Kim Stohler.
  • Another high bid ($115,000) by Paul and Connie Kapioski was placed on a restored 1935 antique Ford Roadster. A matching $100,000 contribution was given by The Ellison Foundation.
  • Fifteen-year-old Cassidy Huff, a patient at Seattle Children’s, sang the song “This is Me.”
  • Prominent attendees included Jon and Gretchen Jones (Brighton Jones), Doyle and Alane Simons (Weyerhaeuser), Jeff and Amie Sperring (Seattle Children’s CEO), John and Deanna Oppenheimer (Columbia Hospitality), Stein and Linda Kruse (Holland America Group), Charles Smith (Charles Smith Wines), WSU President Kirk Schulz and wife Noel, Jim and Jan Senegal and Sherry and Larry Benaroya.

Photo by Curbow Photography.

See the full list of participating wineries, including Chateau Ste. Michelle, Columbia Winery, DeLille Cellars, Finn HillIntrinsic Wine Co., and Novelty Hill Januik, here.

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