Winemaker Dinners

date: Friday, August 17, 2018
time: 6:30 pm
location: Private Estates around the Puget Sound

In celebration of our 30th year (we know, we can’t believe it either!) we’ve put together another set of sparkling and unprecedented winemaker dinners. These one-of-a-kind evenings take place in exclusive private homes, some with breathtaking views and new this year, we’ll be taking the dinner experience to the winemakers themselves. Dinners are conceived, created and served by award-winning, all-star local chefs and paired with some of the best wines produced in Washington State, poured by the winemakers who make the magic in the barrels happen. Join us, won’t you?

Presented by:

Brighton Jones


SOLD OUT - Tradition at its Finest!
Hosts: Chris and Kathleen Kosmos
Location: Shoreline, The Highlands
Chef: Roy Breiman
Wineries: Betz Family Winery and DeLille (Steve and Bridgit Griessel, Jay Soloff and Catherine Hay)

Sweeping views of Puget Sound are on tap from the bluff-situated, stately home of Chris and Kathleen Kosmos in the Highlands. Elegant gardens outside and a baby grand inside complete the backdrop. The main event? World-class cuisine from award-winning chef, cookbook author and bester of Bobby Flay (!)  Roy Breiman — known for his adventurous palette and traditional techniques gleaned from many years of working in Michelin-Stared restaurants in Europe and his extensive travels to Asia. And the cherry on top of this fabulous sundae? Wines from two of our most venerable, well-established Washington wineries! Betz Family Winery, well-established crafters of compelling wines, represented by owners Steve and Bridgit Griessel and DeLille Cellars, the true Doyenne of the Woodinville scene, poured by co-founder Jay Soloff.


SOLD OUT - Island Getaway
Hosts: Mike and Liz McConnell
Location: Vashon Island
Chef: Josh Henderson
Wineries: Andrew Will and Cadence (Will Camarda and Robin Pollard, Ben Smith and Gaye McNutt)

Hop a ferry to Vashon and join prolific restaurateur and StarChefs-recognized chef Josh Henderson for a rustic dinner cooked al fresco, over fire. Mike and Liz McConnell are waiting to welcome you to their bold, soaring home originally designed and built to make the most of all the land has to offer for the founders of K2 Sports. You’ll be surrounded by stunning terraced gardens, dine on pastoral lawns and drink in the view from the L-shaped deck that surrounds the pool. Fellow Vashonites (and 2011 Auction of Washington Wines Honorary Vintner) Chris Camarda and Robin Pollard from Andrew Will Winery will have plenty of their vineyard-forward Bordeaux wines on hand. And artisan producers Ben Smith and Gaye McNutt from Cadence Winery will keep your glasses full of their celebrated wines but have promised not to make you sing for your supper (and yes, we’re as relieved as you are!). An evening full of Bordeaux-inspired, terroir-showcasing wines sourced from AVAs in the center of the state sure to delight the palette!

*Please note the early start time of 5pm for this dinner due to Ferry traffic and schedules


SOLD OUT - A Wild Ride
Cost: $500 per person
Hosts: Walt Pisco and Liana Zepeda
Location: Mercer Island
Chefs: Jason Stoneburner and Ethan Stowell
Wineries: Mark Ryan and Gorman (Mark McNeilly and Chris Gorman)

ChefStallions Ethan Stowell and Jason Stoneburner are pairing their unique take on Italian cuisine with plush and powerful wines from the true Dissident Mark McNeilly from Mark Ryan Winery and Chris “The Devil You Know “ Gorman from Gorman Winery. The wild boys of food and wine are perfectly matched with their host Walt Pisco, famous (or infamous!) for taking guests on a wild and wonderful ride each year by throwing in a surprise or two and always allowing an additional fundraising opportunity for generous guests who wish to give a little more to the cause . Breathtaking views are in store from the Mediterranean manse, perched at the northwest tip of Mercer Island. Without giving too much away, we’ll just say you may want to keep your eyes peeled on the way in for a certain hot rod (did someone say Ferrari?!) in the driveway. Vroom, vroom!


SOLD OUT - Hunts Point

Hosts: Jim and Jan Sinegal

Location: Hunts Point
Chef: Lisa Dupar, Pomegranate Bistro
Wineries: JM Cellars and Sinegal Estate
Enjoy an evening of superb wine and dine at the stunning Hunts Point waterfront home of Jim and Jan Sinegal. This collaboration of Washington and Napa Valley is unprecedented as John and Peggy Bigelow of JM Cellars partner with rising star Sinegal Estate, whose roots run deep in Washington. Chef Lisa Dupar, cookbook author and past recipient of the Julia Child Award, will create a menu inspired by her southern upbringing to complement the wines of Bramble Bump and the historic Inglewood Estate. All proceeds from this dinner will support the Odessa Brown Children’s Clinic.


SOLD OUT - Beach Party 
Cost: $500 per person
Hosts: Jay and Jennifer Stelly
Location: Medina, Evergreen Point
Chef: Jason Wilson
Wineries: Pepper Bridge and Sparkman Cellars (Jean-François Pellet and Chris Sparkman)

Grab a glass and drink in the view as the  transports you from the tippity top of Medina down to the beach of Evergreen Point! Acclaimed Chef Jason Wilson brings his soon-to-be-opened Lakehouse concept (also chef-owner of Miller’s Guild and Civility & Unrest) to the Beach House of Jay and Jennifer  Stelly. Experience vibrant, farm-inspired craft cooking with plenty of opportunity to feel the sand between your toes on the beach and relax in Adirondack chairs. Family-owned estate winery destination Pepper Bridge’s winemaker and Auction of Washington Wines co-chair Jean-Françoise Pellet (a French charmer of note!) will keep your glass full of their venerable wines. And the Southern hospitality of Sparkman Cellars and 2017 Auction of Washington Wines Honorary Vintners Chris and Kelly Sparkman are sure to keep  their whimsical wine — and stories! — flowing.