Private Barrel Auction

A live auction of Washington State’s Elite Wineries available exclusively to the Trade

3rd Annual Private Barrel Auction

date: Friday, August 18, 2017
time: 10:00 am
location: Novelty Hill-Januik Winery, Chateau Ste. Michelle Winery, Woodinville

Tickets are invitation only to licensed members of trade & media
Ages 21 + over only

An exclusive trade tasting and live auction of one-of-a-kind, limited production futures from Washington State’s most noted winemakers. A rare opportunity to acquire distinctive, exceptional lots not offered elsewhere.

Questions? Please contact


10:00am - 12:00pm

Novelty Hill - Januik Winery l 14710 Woodinville-Redmond Rd NE, Woodinville, WA 98072

Taste through more than 20 one-of-kind wine lots and meet the winemakers who created them.

12:00pm - 1:30pm

Lunch l Winery Current Releases l Bob Betz, MW Presents

Novelty Hill - Januik Winery l l 14710 Woodinville-Redmond Rd NE, Woodinville, WA 98072

Luncheon prepared by James Beard Award Winner Chef Seth Fernald paired with a selection of winemakers current releases. Bob Betz, MW presents Washington State overview.

1:30pm - 3:00pm

Wine Barrel Auction Live Bidding l World Renowned Auctioneer Ursula Hermacinski

Chateau Ste. Michelle l 14111 NE 145th St, Woodinville, WA 98072

Live auction bidding on wine lots.

3:00pm - 4:00pm

Sparkling Wine Post-Reception

Chateau Ste. Michelle

Auction Lots

DeLille Cellars

May’s Discovery Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon
100% Cabernet Sauvignon
Vineyard: May’s Discovery Vineyard
Winemakers: Chris Upchurch and Jason Gorski
Alcohol %: 14.1
Release Date: To be bottled June 2018

Perched above the Columbia River, the picturesque 40-acre Discovery Vineyard is rapidly gaining reputation for growing some of Washington’s best wine grapes. The vineyard is owned by Milo and Kay May, and managed by Milo and their son Oliver, a recent graduate of Walla Walla Community College’s Enology and Viticulture school.

This wine offers a highly aromatic nose of crushed raspberries and blueberries, cedar and exotic spice, with intriguing notes of gravel and delicate wood smoke.  It presents the fruit-forward and traditionally inherent varietal flavors typified by the Horse Heaven Hills AVA with a core of vibrant acidity, all supported on the finish by age-worthy tannin.

Forgeron Cellars & The Walls Vineyards

2016 Grenache Noir by Deux Dames du Vin
100% Grenache Noir
Vineyards: 50% Boushey/Yakima Valley AVA & 50% Red Heaven/Red Mountain AVA
Winemakers: Marie-Eve Gilla of Forgeron & Ali Mayfield of The Walls
Alcohol %: 14.6
Release Date: special blend for the auction, no commercial bottling

This Grenache Noir lot is a distinctive and exclusive collaboration from two of Walla Walla’s most respected female winemakers. Innovative and passionate, Marie-Eve Gilla and Ali Mayfield, have created a stunning wine from this niche Rhône varietal. Grenache is one of the most sought-after grapes in the state and is often referred to as the Pinot Noir of Washington.

Long Shadows Vintners

2016 Winemaker Selection
50% Cab Sauvignon/30% Petit Verdot/10% Malbec/10% Merlot
Vineyards: Sagemoor Farms/ The Benches/ Candy Mountain
Winemaker: Gilles Nicault
Alcohol %: 15.3
Release Date: Summer of 2018

Multi-layered wine with a vibrant character and a firm yet refined structure. It expresses a wide array of aromatics from dark fruit to spice to hints of tobacco. Aged in new French Oak for 22 months.

L’Ecole N° 41

2016 Estate Cabernet Sauvignon Block 2 – Seven Hills Vineyard – Walla Walla Valley
100% Cabernet Sauvignon
Vineyards: Estate Seven Hills Vineyard
Winemaker: Marty Clubb
Alcohol %: 14.5
Release Date: April 2019

Planted in 1997, Block 2 Cabernet Sauvignon is located at the highest eastern elevation of our Estate Seven Hills Vineyard.  Delivering the best of Seven Hills, this wine showcases the vineyard’s characteristic cedary, black cherry, and richly structured elegance. Nuances of earth, leather, and cocoa lead to its concentrated, persistent finish.

Quilceda Creek

Quilceda Creek
Vineyard: Champoux
Winemaker: Paul Golitzin
Alcohol %: 15.2
Release Date: 2017

Paul Golitzin crafted this Syrah from Estate grown fruit from Champoux Vineyard. It was cropped at 2 tons per acre with primary fermentation in stainless steel. Malolactic and aging were done in extremely rare Saury L’Ecrin barrels. In 2015, Only 200 of these barrels were made for the entire world!

The 2015 Quilceda Creek Champoux Vineyard Estate Syrah has a wonderful silky texture with amazing depth and length. Classic red and black fruit flavors coat the entire palate with nuances of smoke, meat, herbs, minerals and spice.

Woodward Canyon

2016 Woodward Canyon Horse Heaven Hills Cabernet Sauvignon
100% Cabernet Sauvignon
Vineyard: Champoux Vineyard
Winemaker: Kevin Mott
Alcohol %: 14.8
Release Date: Will bottle in late summer of 2018 for release 6 months later

Woodward Canyon is a partner in the renowned Champoux Vineyard. This wine is a blend of 2016 Champoux cabernet sauvignon from Blocks 1 and 2, the vines in which average 40 years. It will be aged 22 months in new French oak, and then bottled with no fining or filtration.

Absentee Bidding

The Private Barrel Auction now offers Absentee Bidding for those unable to attend in person.

These once in a lifetime wines are made solely for the trade by Washington State’s most elite winemakers.

If you are unable to attend in person and wish to participate in bidding, follow the easy steps below:

1) Review the Auction lots in the dropdown box ABOVE

2) Print out the Absentee Bid Form

3) Fill out lot numbers and maximum bids for each lot you want to bid on, credit card information and contact information

3) FAX the Absentee Bid Form to Attn: PBA at 425-491-5193 by 4pm, Thursday, August 17th

If FAXING doesn’t work for you, you can e-mail the lot number(s), name of the winery(ies) and the maximum price you are willing to pay along with your contact and credit information to

You will be assigned a bid number and the auctioneer will execute your bid in response to other bidders, up to your maximum amount only.

Absentee bidders must register for Private Barrel Auction HERE and e-mail a copy of a valid liquor license to

If you have any questions about the absentee bid process please call Jamie at 206-661-8243.

Locate Wines

Private Barrel Auction wines are purchased exclusively at auction by retailers and restaurateurs who make them available to their top clientele.

View locations below where you may purchase these wines.

Daniel’s Broiler

  • 2014 Leonetti Cellar Bordeaux Blend, The Oldest Blocks, Walla Walla Valley
  • 2014 Long Shadows Vintners Exclusive Release, Horse Heaven Hills l Red Mountain

Anthony’s Homeport

  • 2014 Col Solare Estate, 60/40 Blend, Red Mountain

Purple Cafe & Wine Bar  

  • 2014 L’Ecole No 41 Estate Ferguson, Seven Hills Vineyard Red Wine l Walla Walla Valley

Esquin Wine Merchants  

  • 2014 L’Ecole No 41 Estate Ferguson, Seven Hills Vineyard Red Wine l Walla Walla Valley


  • 2014 Abeja Estate Blend, Walla Walla Valley


Proceeds benefit:

WSU Viticulture and Enology Program