Great Northwest Wine
June 6, 2018

WOODINVILLE, Wash. – Donations have reached a record number and 15 new wineries will be participating in the Auction of Washington Wines Private Barrel Auction with 31 exclusive five-case lots up for bid Aug. 16 in Woodinville at Novelty Hill-Januik.

Each of the 31 wineries were invited to the Private Barrel Auction based on ratings of 92 points or greater through major wine publications and impressions from Auction of Washington Wines co-chairs Bob Betz, Master of Wine, and Juan Muñoz Oca, head winemaker of Columbia Crest.

“Each wine offered at this auction is a unique blend, each built on that winery’s foundation of excellence, some exploring new varieties, new vineyards, new techniques or barrels, but each wine a reflection of the very best that winery makes,“ Betz stated in a news release.

The Private Barrel Auction helps kick off the three-day Auction of Washington Wines, which Allen Shoup, a Washington Wine Hall of Fame inductee, helped launch in 1988. Last year’s event ranked as the fifth-largest charity wine auction in the country after raising $4.1 million for Seattle Children’s Hospital and Washington State University’s viticulture and enology program. Read the entire article on Great Northwest Wine

PHOTO: Members of the wine trade and participating winemakers toast the 2017 Private Barrel Auction for the Auction of Washington Wines. (Photo by Richard Duval Images)