When you think of an auction event what probably comes to mind is an action-packed evening gala where you and other elegantly dressed guests bid on amazing one-of-a-kind items and experiences; and the Auction of Washington Wines will deliver on that and so much more. Over the course of 3 days in August the Auction hosts multiple unique events tailored to a variety of interests from casual to formal and from intimate to lively, so there really is something for everyone. It’s no wonder that the organization has been around for 31 years and has raised over $41 million benefitting the local community, including Seattle Children’s Hospital, and continuing research to elevate and enhance the Washington wine industry.

Among these memorable events, one that’s not to be missed is the Winemaker Picnic and Barrel Auction. Hosted on the beautiful grounds of Chateau Ste. Michelle winery guests have the opportunity to choose from over 100 wines, oftentimes being poured by the Washington winemakers themselves. And of course, with great wine comes great food and this year’s menu is no exception. The team of talented chefs at Tulalip Resort and Casino have developed an international menu, “Al Fresco International,” which features tasty savory and sweet bites from destinations around the world including Belize, Germany, Japan, Sweden and more. Also new this year, the Auction has added five wineries to their lineup, all led by female winemakers. We’ll drink to that! And to top it off, guests can try their luck at the picnic games and go home with special prizes, including an opportunity to win a Holland American Line cruise. You certainly won’t want to miss out on the all the fun and we hope to see you this there this Thursday, August 16th at 4pm.

If a more intimate setting and an incredible view is more your style, the Auction hosts a handful of exclusive winemaker dinners hosted at gorgeous, local private waterfront homes with handcrafted meals created and served by award-winning chefs paired with delectable Washington wines. These dinners allow guests to mix and mingle with both the chefs and winemakers while taking in breathtaking views. If a memorable food and wine experience is what you’re after, look no further. There are still a few tickets available to these winemaker dinners.

There are a lot of ways to enjoy the Auction of Washington Wines weekend and none of it would be possible without the help of over 250 volunteers working behind the scenes! It is truly incredible to experience the impact the Washington wine industry is making in our local community and certainly makes every sip even more enjoyable. To learn more about Auction of Washington wines and how you can get involved, visit their website.

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