Hundreds of wine enthusiasts are gearing up for the annual Auction of Washington Wines Picnic & Barrel Auction

The Auction of Washington Wines is one of the most anticipated events on the event calendar. With 4 highly entertaining events, there is definitely an event for everyone’s palate. This year, Stems and Legs is proud to accept an invitation to attend The Picnic & Barrel Auction on August 18th from 4:00pm – 8:30pm. This fun-filled event features some of Washington State’s best & upcoming wineries with a special picnic catered by the fine chefs at Tulalip Casino. Throughout the event, 25 of our state’s winemakers will be offering barrel samples of their finest well-aged juice for you to taste and buy.

This year, Auction of Washington Wines has graciously offered a special $25 discount that we’re passing along to all of you! The promo code for this special discount is “Stems&Legs” and the discount will be applied towards your ticket purchase. See below for full details on the event:

Picnic & Barrel Auction

THURSDAY, AUGUST 18, 2011 AT 4:00PM

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

The Picnic & Barrel Auction will feature a myriad of activities on the grounds of the beautiful Chateau Ste. Michelle Winery. Participants will rub elbows with Washington winemakers as they mingle among the crowd to pour tastings of their newest and oldest releases. Guests will enjoy bidding on some of Washington’s most coveted limited-release wines during the exciting Barrel Auction while enjoying gourmet picnic fare presented by the talented team of chefs from Tulalip Resort Casino.

The Barrel Auction

Twenty-five of our state’s finest vintners will be offering samples of their still-aging wine from a future barrel for you to taste and to buy.  When you find a wine you like and are ready to bid, simply write your bid number and name on one of our wooden placards and give it to our volunteers. It will then be placed on the bid board for that winery. Each winery will offer five cases and at the end of the auction, the top five bidders will win one case each.

WOW! John L. Scott Foundation will be challenging bidders to bid high during the Barrel Auction. For every barrel that gets bid to its fair market value, John L. Scott Foundation will donate $1,000!

What’s New This Year!

Grab a ride on Pedicab from your car to the Chateau!

Event iCal Link

About The Auction of Washington Wines

The Auction of Washington Wines is an annual event held in Washington state that benefits uncompensated care at Seattle Children’s Hospital and the Washington Wine Education Foundation. Originally created by a partnership between the Washington Wine Commission and the Enological Society of the Pacific Northwest, the Auction of Washington Wines is now structured as an independent entity.  Northwest Wine Benefit Foundation, the official name of the organization,  is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that was established in 1988.

Since 1988, Chateau Ste. Michelle has hosted the auction, which has grown dramatically in attendance and dollars raised in each of its 23 years.  In 1988, slightly more than 100 people gathered at the Chateau for the first Auction of Washington Wines, raising more than $20,000. Today, the event is comprised of five events over four days with a total attendance of approximately 3,000 people and a fundraising total of more than $24 million.

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