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.
Dick and Wendy 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
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
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
Check out this video highlighting DeLille Cellars and Chris Upchurch
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.