Honorary Vintner and Grower

Since 1999, the Auction of Washington Wines has honored industry leaders for their contributions to the Washington wine industry.  Each year, nominations are put forth by members of the industry and considerations include their service and/or leadership in any industry or affiliated organization(s) and overall contribution to the Washington wine industry and service to their communities. These honorees represent the state’s more than 350 wine grape growers and more than 700 vintners and this is a great honor selected by their peers.

Honorary Grower

Dick Shaw

Dick Shaw started in the vineyard industry in 1981, planting about 100 acres near Mattawa, Wash. His wife Wendy got involved in the years following, by working in the vineyards and starting a harvesting business when they had about 300 acres planted. Today, the Shaws have about 2,200 acres planted in eastern Washington, which include about 420 acres on Red Mountain.

 

The Shaws have strong ties to fellow wine industry partners including, Quintessence and Obelisco wineries, as well as Jack Jones in J&S, a 20,000-ton crushing facility in Mattawa. Dick and Wendy finally got into the winemaking business in 2010 with a winery named Henry Earl, named for their fathers. They opened a tasting room in Walla Walla in 2014.

 

But even after more than 30 years as growers, harvesters and wine makers, The Shaws are eager to launch new ventures. This summer they will open the Shaw Island Event Center near Bremerton. It will be a destination event center with 15 guest rooms, each with a fireplace and deck and plenty of open space for wine tastings, weddings and corporate events.  

 

 

Honorary Vintners

DeLille Cellars

DeLille Cellars is a boutique artisan winery located in Woodinville, Washington. The winery was founded in 1992 by Charles and Greg Lill, Pat Lill Jorgenson, Jay Soloff and celebrated winemaker Chris Upchurch. From the beginning, the winery has looked towards the prestigious Red Mountain AVA as the foundation of its wines, using grapes from its own vineyard in combination with fruit from other top sites in the Yakima Valley.

 

The Seattle Times named DeLille Cellars 2011 Four Flags as Wine of the Year in their 2014 Top 50 wines of Washington, Oregon, Idaho and British Columbia and DeLille Cellars was privileged to also have its wines requested at the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation Awards.

 

DeLille Cellars was honored to recently be nominated as “Winery of the Year 2014” by Wine Enthusiast Magazine and is the only Washington State winery to receive recognition in the “Top 100 Wines” by both Wine Spectator and Wine Enthusiast for two consecutive years.