SEATTLE – 2. March 2021 – Washington Wines Auction (AWW), a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting Washington’s wine industry, today announced its calendar of events for the 2021 season. After AWW switched to virtual and online events last year, the format remains primarily online, but also hosts in-person events at smaller, more intimate venues.
This year the AWW will host the event from the 19th to the 20th. April a private barrel auction, from the 18th to the 23rd. May the week of wine and music and from 10 to 16. The 34th annual week in August.
The year 2021 is a new beginning that we all look forward to. This seemed like an ideal time to show our support for the community that supports us, said Jamie Peja, Executive Director of AWW. We are proud to be advocates for Washington’s wine industry and our goal is to inspire the world to discover all that our region has to offer.
Private Barrel Auction, 19-20 April
The year of the event begins with the private barrel auction, which this year is just around the corner. Thirty wineries offer lots, five of which are wholly owned. Of two. In March, a series of interviews with winemakers will be hosted by wine expert Dr. Owen Bargreen via Zoom.
Wine and Music Week, ages 18 to 23. May.
AWW is proud to present its Wine and Music Week in May, which will take place online and in Washington D.C. wine country. The week begins with a virtual concert with other performances throughout the week. The online auction offers more than 100 lots of bottles, as well as regional and travel wines. For those wishing to experience Washington wines in a breathtaking setting, AWW is hosting small country dinners, as required by existing security restrictions, at Bookwalter Wine and Hightower Cellars Vineyard [email protected]. Details about the musicians and the cellars involved will be announced soon.
In August, AWW will hold both an online auction and a virtual gala, providing many opportunities for Washington wine lovers. The online silent auction will take place from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. More than 150 items from Washington’s wineries will be auctioned in August, including exclusive bottles, winery tours, and culinary and wine experiences.
The main event is the virtual gala on Saturday, August 14, where up to 20 unique items will be offered for live auction. In the second year, fans can take the gala home by purchasing a gala dinner from local chefs or special sets of Washington wines to enhance the experience at home.
AWW is adding mini-gala dinners this year. The luxury winery dinners are held at four major Seattle-Woodinville wineries and meet all social and safety standards. Renowned local chefs offer a multi-course dinner with wine pairing. Each location offers a selection of live auction items, exclusive tastings and surprises.
In addition to this news, the AWW welcomes Stacy and Greg Lill of Chateau Lill & Lill Family Wines and Emeritus DeLille Cellars as co-chairs for 2021. They join current co-chairs Gretchen and John Bookwalter of J. Bookwalter Wines. As co-chairs, they plan to promote AWW’s 2021 event season to support the symbiotic collaboration between AWW, the Seattle Children’s Foundation and WSU’s Viticulture and Oenology program.
For more information on AWW and an update on enrollment for registrations, see https://auctionofwawines.org/.
About the Washington Wine Auction (AWW)
Since its founding in 1988, the AWW has raised more than $52 million for research at Washington State University of Viticulture and Oenology, the Seattle Children’s Home and the AWW Industry Grant. AWW is one of the top five charity auctions in the United States, according to Wine Spectator. AWW’s mission is to support the growth and awareness of the wine industry in Washington State through a series of celebrated events that benefit the community. The event’s title sponsors for the 2021 season are Ste Michelle Wine Estates, The Seattle Times and Winebow Fine Wine & Spirits. For more information, see www.AuctionofWaWines.org.
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