The Wine Gala

Saturday, August 16, 2014 at 5:00pm

Chateau Ste. Michelle Winery, Woodinville

The Grand Finale. The Wine Gala, held on the grounds of Chateau Ste. Michelle under the stars of the northwest sky. Take your seat at a table and enjoy the ride through your Winemaker hosts selection of wines, paired exquisitely with a six-course dinner created by local Chefs. The evening will be filled with one-of-a-kind collectable wine lots, trips to destinations around the world, and much more. This is the closing ceremonies to a weekend of events that will leave you wanting more. It's the Ultimate Party.

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Auction Items

The Wine Gala features fabulous wine opportunities and experiences during the Live Auction.

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South Africa Safari and Adventure for Four

Betz Family Winery is doing it again...these folks know South Africa and they know it well. Four people will take off for this luxurious adventure…a trip of a lifetime. Your adventure starts in Johannesburg, where you’ll be met and whisked  through the VIP line at customs before heading to the 5-star Fairlawns Boutique Hotel & Spa. On day three you’ll fly directly into Madikwe Game Reserve and stay in the 6000 ft2 Presidential Suite at Molori Safari Lodge. Molori Safari Lodge has only seven rooms, each of which has hosted movie stars and presidents. You’ll fill your days with game drives in open vehicles with expert guides tracking lions, elephants, rhinos, buffalo, and other extraordinary species. While there, you will be part of a presevation team that will tag two rhinos, aiding in the country's efforts to protect this endangered animal. After a thrilling day, watch an African sunset while sipping cocktails or fine wine in the middle of nowhere. Be delighted by gourmet food specially prepared for you by the Lodge’s executive chef and paired with great South African and Betz Family wines. End your day in the Boma around a roaring fire regaling stories of what was seen that day and what comes tomorrow. Then on to Victoria Falls where you will enjoy three nights at the historic Victoria Falls Lodge and an elephant riding safari. This ultimate in luxury and adventure begins with Business Class air on Emirates from Seattle to South Africa. Click here for a video.

Doubleback and the 2013 Apple Cup

It's a rivalry that dates back to 1900 and this lot offers you an exceptional opportunity to do the Apple Cup unlike it's been done before. Two people will attend the 2013 Apple Cup, (ahem…in the new Husky stadium) on November 29, 2013 and your companions for the day will be the legendary Drew Bledsoe and Jack Thompson! These former WSU and NFL QB’s will meet you for some pre-game tailgating and be right by your side for the entire day!  The lucky winner will also be the recipient of three future years of shipments from Doubleback as well as a pair of rare 6-Liters personally signed by proprietor, Drew Bledsoe and consulting winemaker, Chris Figgins of Leonetti Cellars. These 6-Liters are a collection of 2008 Doubleback Cabernet Sauvignon and 2009 Doubleback Cabernet Sauvignon which are no longer available. Go Cougs!

Seabourn 7-Day Mediterranean Cruise

Sailing with Seabourn is ultra-luxury cruising at its finest. Seabourn’s intimate ships and genuine, intuitive style of personalized service have consistently been honored with many prestigious travel awards including "World's Best Small- Ship Cruise Line" by the readers of both Travel + Leisure and Condé Nast Traveler magazines. Choose from several itineraries in the Mediterranean and take in the beautiful  sights from the private verandah of your thoughtfully appointed suite. Enjoy extraordinary cuisine in a choice of dining venues; open bars throughout the ship; fine wines poured at lunch and dinner; and an elegantly relaxed atmosphere that makes you feel right at home. Seabourn’s acclaimed crew is passionate about crafting a perfect experience for you. And let Delta Air Lines get you to your port in Business Class.

ABC's of LA - Wine, Dine and Dance with the Stars!

Four people will take flight to Los Angeles for three nights of debauchery! Your trip includes four VIP tickets to a live broadcast of  “Dancing with the Stars”,  special seats at Jimmy Kimmel Live and dinner with Eric Dunham and Kyle MacLachlan at famed Chef Thomas Keller’s “Bouchon” in Beverly Hills. To commemorate this star-studded trip, you will also take home a 9-Liter of Dunham's 2006 Lewis Vineyard Syrah and a hand-blown 9-Liter of Kyle's 2009 Pursued by Bear Cab.

Quilceda Creek 6-Liter of 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon and Dinner with Alex and Jeannette Golitzin

Alex and Paul Golitzin’s family winemaking heritage is almost as legendary as the Cabernet Sauvignons Quilceda Creek crafts today.  In fact, the Golitzins count among their cousins the late prince Lev Sergeyevich Golitzin, acclaimed vintner to Tsar Nicholas II and founder of the famed Massandra Collection.  From the family’s ties to Russian royalty comes this one-of-a-kind etched, 6-Liter 2011 Quilceda Creek Cabernet Sauvignon. Depicting the spectacular St. Basil's Cathedral in Moscow’s Red Square, the wine’s lineage is equally impressive with the last nine vintages of these coveted Cabs averaging 99 points in Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate. To celebrate your purchase, join Alex and Jeannette at El Gaucho Bellevue for an evening.

Remote Wilderness Luxury Alaska Adventure for Four

Winterlake Lodge sits near the western edge of the Alaska Range, in a remote and peaceful location along Alaska’s Iditarod Trail with views of the Trimble Glacier and the beginnings of the Rainy Pass. Four people will be invited into this secluded and spectacular corner of the world for three glorious nights. Floatplane to the lodge, helicopter adventure to the glaciers, mushing, fly-fishing, can have it all and much of it's included. Not to mention you have one of the best Chefs in Alaska at your service. Now this is how you experience Alaska!

A Celebration of Seattle Music Legends - Pearl Jam

“ICONIC” and “LEGENDARY” are just two words used to describe this group of Seattle musical visionaries. Kick in an up-and-coming cult winemaker and James Beard award-winning Chef, and you will be spellbound. This lot not only includes memorabilia from Sub Pop Records, but two tickets to Pearl Jam's concert at Key Arena on December 6, 2013 and tickets to see The National and Martin Short as VIP's at the Paramount Theater. Sleight of Hand Cellars winemaker Trey Busch will wine and dine you at Chef Ethan Stowell's Tavolata before heading over for the concert. He'll also give you four collector 3-Liters of Archimage and Illusionist featuring a unique label showcasing these music icons. Oh, and did we mention the autographed Fender Telecaster...yeah, one of those too.

Cayuse Collection

Eleven extraordinary creations from Cayuse Vigneron Christophe Baron. Among these rare, almost impossible to purchase three-liter bottles, will be the 2011 Impulsivo, which received a 100-point score from The Wine Advocate for the 2008 vintage. Then there’s the 2011 Bionic Frog—the one The Wine Enthusiast rated 100 in 2008, not to mention the streak of 99-point scores The Wine Advocate gave the wine for five years in a row. Oh, and did we mention the two spots on the mailing list?

Wine Down Under - Australia Wine Tour April 1-14, 2014

Two wine enthusiasts will join WSU Wine Science Director Thomas Henick-Kling along with Washington winemakers and growers on an insider tour through the most famous wine regions of Australia. This tour will highlight the finest of the regional wines with explanations from top winemakers and grape growers from Yarra Valley, Peninsula, Launceston, Hobbart, Coonawarra, Adelaide Hills, Barossa Valley, and McLaren Vale regions. Travel in style with two business class tickets on Qantas Air. 

Dinner at the Chihuly Boathouse

Now this is what we call ACCESS! Six people will join artist, Dale Chihuly, and his wife Leslie, at the Chihuly Boathouse for an unforgettable evening!

But that's not all - joining you will also be 2013 Honorary Vintner and founder of Long Shadows, Allen Shoup, and his wife Kathleen. The ten of you will dine amidst the artwork and personal collections of Chihuly with wine pairings by Long Shadows. Take in the views of Lake Union and watch Team Chihuly blow glass. You will also be presented with The Forsythia's Spark print signed by the artist and a 3-liter bottle of Pedestal signed by both Dale and Allen.

Nothing less than spectacular about this lot.

New York City James Beard Chef Tour

The James Beard Foundation has recognized these Chefs for their talents and many consider them some of the most creative culinary artists in the world. Four very hungry guests will fly to New York City first class compliments of Delta Air Lines and spend private time with each chef of these talented individuals. Chef David Burke, David Burke Townhouse, will host you in his kitchen before dining in the restaurant. You will join members of the Maccioni family at Le Cirque's chef’s table in the kitchen. And Chef Jacques Torres, Jacques Torres Chocolate, will give you a tour and share some techniques in making decadent chocolates. And of course, you will dine at the James Beard House while there. It's a culinary trip of a lifetime.

Have Yacht, Will Fish (Have Jet, Will Invite Friends!)

Four people will have a rare 3-day fishing adventure next summer. You will be wheels-up in a Falcon 50 Private Jet departing Seattle towards Klawock, Alaska where you will be transported via boat to the 90’ M/V Annandale where this adventure sets sail. Onboard the Annandale, you will be greeted by your host,
Joe Bundrant, president of Trident Seafoods and join your fishing companions, Stein Kruse, Auction Co-Chair/CEO & President of Holland America Line/Chairman of Seabourn, and Greg Lill, President & CEO of DeLille Cellars. It’s first class fishing, wine and great conversation! This is a rare catch!

After Hours Party at the Original Starbucks with Chef in the Hat, Thierry Rautureau

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to have a Starbucks all to yourself? How about the original store in the Pike Place Market? Starbucks and Thierry Rautureau, Chef In The Hat, invite 20 friends to the ultimate Starbucks experience. Top Chef Masters contestant and James Beard award winning Chef, Rautureau, will prepare heavy hors d’oeuvres to be paired with wine compliments of Starbucks CEO, Howard Schultz. Live music will play while  you and your friends soak in the history and ambiance of the original Pike Place store… long after hours. At the end of the evening a Coffee Master from Starbucks will guide you through the ultimate dessert & coffee pairing.

Leonetti Cellar & FIGGINS - A Figgins Family Wine Estate Rare Offering

Among Washington's winemakers, the Figgins family is known for its history of producing world-class wines. Besides having started the first and most venerated winery in Walla Walla, Leonetti Cellar in 1977, the Figgins family also produces wine under their family name FIGGINS. Their wines consistently sell out upon release, and a name on their "List" is highly coveted. The lucky winner of this package will be bestowed with some of the Figgins Family's finest work to date with a total of 6 etched and painted 3-liter bottles of current and past vintages of Leonetti Cellar and FIGGINS wines, all signed by winemaker Chris Figgins. Includes Leonetti Cellar 2010 Reserve, 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon, 2011 Merlot, and 2010 Sangiovese and FIGGINS 2008 and 2009 Estate Red wine. Oh, and you also get a spot on that coveted "List"! 

South Florida Sun and Wine

South Florida has it all: beautiful beaches, incredible food and wine, major league sports and eclectic and exciting enclaves such as South Beach. South Florida native, former restaurateur, avid wine collector/consumer and Auction of Washington Wines friend, Tom Ferraro will host four guests for seven nights filled with delicious local dining and wine tasting experiences, golf at legendary Doral G&CC and tickets to major league sporting events. And there's more....Chef Rudolph Sodamin, consulting Chef for Holland America Line, will treat you to the dining experience of a lifetime in your condo or at his home. 

Sunshine, here we come! 

Sweet Dreams in the Vineyard for 8 in May 2014

Four couples will spend some time amid some of our state’s oldest and most beloved dirt – Bachus and Dionysus Vineyards – for an overnight exclusive glamping experience. Old vine cabernet planted in 1972 awaits with four luxurious tents along with your private Chef and fellow outdoorsmen John Abbott of Abeja, Rob Newsom of Boudreaux Cellars and John Bookwalter of J. Bookwalter wines. 2013 Honorary Grower, Kent Waliser, of Sagemoor Vineyards will be your host for the adventure, insuring fireside chats and perhaps a bit of glow-in-the-dark Bocce ball.

Fly Fishing in Alaska with Rob Newsom and a 12-Liter of Boudreaux Cellars 2008 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon

The picture says it all.

Gore-Tex fly fishing wader product developer / musician / winemaker / working-class alpinist extraordinaire / adventurer Rob Newsom needs a buddy to join him on a six day luxury fly fishing trip of a life time.

Mission Lodge is located on the shores of Lake Aleknagik in the heart of the world famous Bristol Bay region of Southwest Alaska. You will join Rob and venture out every day in your waiting floatplane to fish for all five species of salmon, trophy rainbow trout, arctic char, arctic grayling, Dolly Varden and lake trout. Bristol Bay has the most prolific runs of wild Pacific salmon in the world. 

Who wants to go?


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