The Gala

date: Saturday, August 19, 2017
time: 4:00 pm
location: Chateau Ste. Michelle Winery, Woodinville
price: $500 per person

This is the Grand Finale and not-to-be-missed wine event of the year! Vintner table hosts will guide guests through the evening with wines alongside a multi-course dinner served by renowned Seattle area chefs.

The evening will be filled with one-of-a-kind auction lots focusing on wine, food, travel and unique experiences you can't find anywhere else.

This year, Gala begins earlier in the day with chef tasting tents, a barrel auction on the lawn and more before we gather in the tent for dinner and a live auction full of amazing opportunities.

4:00 PM - Arrival Party and Social Hour on the Lawn

6:00 PM - Dinner and Live Auction in the Main Tent

9:00 PM - Dancing and Late Night Dessert

Hot Auction Lots

Total Eclipse Experience

Alaska Airlines Solar Eclipse Flight, in First Class for Two

Alaska Airlines is chasing "The Great American Eclipse" on August 21, and they have reserved two First Class seats for the highest Auction of Washington Wines Bidder! This is an invitation-only special charter flight for astronomy enthusiasts and eclipse chasers to experience totality from 35,000+ feet above the earth. "The Great American Eclipse" is the first coast-to-coast total solar eclipse in United States history since 1918. 


Auction - Total Eclipse Experience

37 Years of Washington Wine History

37 year vertical of Leonetti Cellar Cabernet Sauvignon signed by winemaker Gary Figgins

Stunning Cabernet Sauvignons have been the hallmark of Leonetti Cellar, and this is your chance to be a part of each year of its 37-year legacy as one of the oldest and most premium wineries in Washington State.

Every vintage year is represented, beginning in 1978 through 2014. These wines have been stored with great care and limited movement in a temperature-controlled environment.

Auction - 37 Years of Washington Wine History

Golf and Wine, as it was meant to be


Rugged, wind-swept land defined by nature and the elements of the day. This is the tradition of two time-honored pursuits: links golf and viticulture. And this trip combines both in the most dramatic form.

Known for its relentless commitment to crafting world-class Cabernet Sauvignon, Quilceda Creek made Washington wine history in June when Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate bestowed its sixth 100 point rating on the estate. Bandon Dunes courses rank at #2 and #7 on Golf Digests’ Top 100 Public Golf Courses in the U.S.

Experience the Beauty of East Africa

10-Day Excursion Offers a Unique and Authentic Look at Life in Kenya

Few opportunities in life afford a better sense of fulfillment and perspective than a trip abroad. A globe-trotting couple in search of their next destination will join a group from Brighton Jones on a trip to Kenya that will include highlights of Nairobi, visits to local non-profit organizations working to support underserved communities, and a five-night, four-day safari to the iconic Maasai Mara National Reserve.

Auction - Experience the Beauty of East Africa

Paper, Liquid, Glass

Original Dale Chihuly Drawing and Etched Hand-Blown 30-Liter Bottle and 30 Liters of Long Shadows Wine

This is a lot to inspire the art lover in all of us. In honor of the Auction of Washington Wine's 30th Anniversary, Chihuly's Glass studio has blown a one-of-a-kind 30-liter glass wine bottle. This lot also includes 30 liters of Long Shadows Vintners 2014 Pedestal wine. Long Shadows is a continuation of Allen Shoup's ongoing commitment to building the reputation of Washington wines, and Gilles Nicault, director of winemaking and viticulture, was awarded Winemaker of the Year last year by the Washington State Wine Awards and Seattle Magazine.

Party Across the Pond

Posh London Christmas Experience

This trip will put you in the holiday spirit! This Posh Christmas package includes exceptional accommodations at The Langham, a 5-star hotel, a Christmas High Tea Welcome reception at The Shard, two shared Christmas Parties, London Style with Washington wines, private dinner and tasting in the cellars of Berry Brothers & Rudd, two seats at a first run West End play and much more!

Antinori Classico

Discover the Roots of Col Solare Deep in the Antinori Vineyards of Tuscany - Trip for Three Couples with Bob and Cathy Betz

Col Solare was born from a vision of two treasured wineries, Chateau Ste. Michelle and Marchesi Antinori, creating a Washington wine with an Italian soul. Three couples will uncover the heart of this partnership while exploring the Antinori vineyards and cellars of Tuscany and Umbria where the Antinori family has been making wine for more than 625 years. The winners will travel, taste and experience -- for 8 days/7 nights -- the family’s iconic estates, appreciating the inspiration for Col Solare while enjoying the magic of this unparalleled region.

Auction - Antinori Classico


An intimate dining experience with Christophe Baron and Thierry Rautureau

This is your chance to mingle, meet, drink and eat with Christophe Baron (aka The Bionic Frog) of Cayuse Vineyards and Chef Thierry Rautureau (aka The Chef in the Hat) of Luc and Loulay Kitchen & Bar.  One creates wine, the other creates meals – together, an unforgettable evening is created. Each couple will also gain immediate Membership onto the mailing Lists of Cayuse Vineyards, Horsepower Vineyards, and No Girls Wines bypassing those who have been on the Wait Lists for years


Social Hour Menu

Social Hour Menu

Hama Hama and Island Creek Oyster Bar - Renee Erickson, Bar Melusine

 Grilled Octopus heirloom corn sope, Summer squash mole, almond - John Sundstrom, Lark

Papdi Chaat crispy wheat puffs topped with a medley of vegetables; dressed with tamarind and mint chutneys - Lisa Nakamura, Project Feast and Gnocchi Bar

Dungeness Crab Salad celery, shallots, lemon-cayenne aïoli, micro greens, house baguette - Robb Kirby, Purple Cafè and Wine Bar

Bay Scallop Ceviche melon, lime, and mint  - Janet Hedstrom, SMWE

Smoked Lamb compressed watermelon, haricot vert, corsican cheese, green olive - Thierry Rautureau, Luc and Loulay Kitchen & Bar

Gala Dinner Menu

Gala Menu

First Course
Chilled Smoked Sablefish & Dungeness Crab Cocktail horseradish vinaigrette and roasted pear tomato - Paul Duncan, Ray’s Boathouse

Second Course
Charred Summer Cabbage, sprouts & seeds, banyuls, yarmuth farms tomme - Josh Henderson, Huxley Wallace Collective

Entree Course
Kalbi Short Rib klesick’s farms sugar snap pea puree, enoki and grilled fennel marinated salad, white horse farms blueberry jam, garlic chive - Perry Mascitti, Tulalip Resort Casino

 (Vegetarian, gluten and dairy free main course option) Kalbi Marinated Grilled Tofu with Cucumber Kimchi - Klesick Farms sugar snap peas puree, enoki and grilled fennel marinated salad, white horse farms blueberry jam, garlic chive

Peterson’s Cheese Course (plated by Tulalip)
Le Pommier Camembert; Fourme D Albert, Terre Des Volcans; Comte Summer Milk, Saut Du Doubs; Cheddar Traditional W Wine, Irish Creamery; Nuts Over Olives, BobbySue’s Nuts; Sour Cherry Jam, Divina; and Mini Croccantini, LaPanzanella

Dessert Buffet - Nikol Nakamura, Tulalip Resort Casino
Huckleberry Sundae vanilla ice cream, Huckleberry syrup, lemon curd, oat streusel, whip cream and topped with a purple macaron
Nectarine Galette summer nectarines baked in a pate brisee crust; topped with vanilla ice cream
Champagne Bon Bons
Wine Gummy Bears
Red Wine Brownies


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This is the day to let your summer style shine. Cocktail attire is recommended, no tie or jacket required. Colors, hats, accessories and great shoes encouraged! NOTE: Due to the nature of the outdoor gathering on the lawn, we'd recommend wedges over pointed-heel shoes. You may want to bring a wrap or jacket for later in the evening and possibly a second pair of shoes for when the dancing starts!