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Auction of Washington Wines Sets Fundraising Record - $1.8 Million

August 24, 2003

The Washington wine community and its supporters gathered this weekend at Chateau Ste. Michelle raising $1.8 million, a fundraising record, during the 16th annual Auction of Washington Wines.

The Washington wine community and its supporters gathered this weekend at Chateau Ste. Michelle raising $1.8 million, a fundraising record, during the 16th annual Auction of Washington Wines.

WOODINVILLE, WA, August 24, 2003 - The Washington wine community and its supporters gathered this weekend at Chateau Ste. Michelle raising $1.8 million, a fundraising record, during the 16th annual Auction of Washington Wines. Throughout the two-day event - PICNIC on Thursday, August 21 and the gala on Saturday, August 23 - more than 1,500 auction patrons enjoyed a wide selection of Washington wines and foods prepared by Seattle area chefs. Proceeds benefit uncompensated care at Children's Hospital & Regional Medical Center and the Washington Wine Education Consortium. The Auction of Washington Wines is one of the nation's largest charity wine auctions netting nearly $12 million since 1988.

The 2003 celebration, From the Earth to the Table, to What Matters Most, focused on the grower/winemaker partnership and Washington's world-class wine industry. Representing the state's more than 240 wineries David Lake, Master of Wine and winemaker for Columbia Winery was chosen as the honorary vintner chairman. Mike Reed, Columbia Valley wine grape grower was this year's honorary grower chairmen, representing more than 300 wine grape growers statewide.

The gala auction began as winemakers, wine grape growers and guests arrived decked out in tuxedos and formal gowns. Throughout the reception guests checked out items for bid and tasted Washington wines and Hor d'oeuvres prepared by chefs Vicky McCaffree, Yarrow Bay Grill; Nick Musser, icon Grill and Ludger Szmania, Szmania's. The auction block featured Washington wines - large format bottles, special verticals, unique wine dinners - all items not available through regular retail channels. The bidding was underway as auctioneers Dick and Sharon Friel along with Mardin Newman took the stage and the six-course dinner was served.

The single highest bid of the evening was $22,000 for a 12-person dinner prepared by Chef McCaffree of the Yarrow Bay Grill at the new Quilceda Creek winery. Six, three-liter bottles of the 2001 Quilceda Creek Cabernet Sauvignon (one for each of the six couples) designed by Fresh Northwest Design accompanied the lot. Dinner will be hosted by Alex, Jeanette, Paul and Lori Golitzin in their newly completed winery located in Snohomish. The multi-course feast will be accompanied by an eight-year vertical of Quilceda Creek's cult Cabernet Sauvignon.

The top auction lot, a contribution directly to Children's Hospital and Regional Medical Center, raised $510,000 for uncompensated care. Uncompensated care turns away no child in need and helped more than 40,000 patients in 2002.

Oversized bottles of Washington wine, wine verticals, special wine dinners and wine destination trips raised top dollars. Highest bidding lots and money raised for each include:

· Betz Family Winery four three-liter bottles 2001 vintage - Pere de Famille, Cabernet Sauvignon;
Clos de Betz, La Serenne Syrah and La Cote Rousse Syrah - and a San Juan Island experience - $20,000
· Leonetti Cellar 18-liter bottle of 2000 Walla Walla Valley Cabernet Sauvignon and tour/tasting for
six persons - $20,000
· Cayuse Vineyards 90 bottles from 1997 to 2000 vintages - $19,000
· Matthews Cellars 18-liter bottle of 2000 blended red wine and Chihuly blown glass sculpture -$18,000
· Abeja Artisan Weekend in Walla Walla for four couples (three nights accommodations at Inn at Abeja), a multi-course dinner prepared by Chef Musser of icon Grill, three three-liter bottles of Abeja's inaugural release, and ceramic and stainless dinnerware - $17,000
· DeLille Cellars ten year magnum vertical of Chaleur Estate from 1992-2001 - $16,000
· DeLille Cellars diner for 20 persons prepared by El Gaucho and one five-liter imperial of DeLille Cellars Chaleur Estate - $16,000
· Magnum Party for 40 persons including Hors d'oeuvres and 1.5 liter magnums from Matthews Cellars 2000 Yakima Valley Red Wine; Dunham Cellars 1999 Dunham Cabernet Sauvignon; Basel Cellars 2001 Merriment; Baer Winery 2000 Ursa and Barrel Sample of 2001; Buty Winery 2001 Columbia Valley Cabernet Franc and Merlot and 2001 Walla Walla Valley Rediviva; Mark Ryan Winery 2000 Dead Horse, 2000 Long Haul; Ross Andrew Winery 2000 Red Table Wine and Stevens Winery 2001 Cabernet Franc - $16,000
· Dunham Cellars winemaker dinner for six persons at the winery in Walla Walla, three six-liter bottles of Dunham Cellars 2002 Frenchtown Syrah, sand-carved and hand-painted and one 3'x3' painting by Eric Dunham - $15,000
· Columbia Winery and Seattle Symphony - "Symphony on Wheels" party for patient group at Children's Hospital, tickets for four to three select performances of Seattle Symphony and tickets to VIP Founders Room, one three-liter bottle of Columbia Winery 1999 Red Willow Syrah - $13,000
· Walla Walla Pioneers experience for five couples at Leonetti Cellar, Woodward Canyon and L'Ecole No. 41. Winery tours and tasting at each location, multi-course dinner prepared by Chef Brian Scheehser of the Sorrento Hotel's Hunt Club, overnight accommodations at the Marcus Whitman and 15 bottles of wine - $13,000

PICNIC featured a gourmet meal of grilled beef and portabella mushroom sandwiches prepared by Chef Jacques Boiroux of Metropolitan Markets. The six course gala meal was prepared by John Sarich, culinary director at Chateau Ste. Michelle, Janet Hedstrom executive chef at Chateau St. Michelle; Charles Ramseyer, executive chef at Ray's Boathouse; Kaspar Donier, chef and owner of Kaspar's; Johnathan Sundstrom, executive chef at Earth & Ocean; Brian Scheehser, executive chef at the Hunt Club in the Sorrento Hotel and Tom Black, executive chef at Barking Frog.


The Auction of Washington Wines, the wine industry's philanthropic organization, is organized by the state's wine industry with support from the wine enthusiasts and more than 200 volunteers. The event is hosted by Chateau Ste. Michelle. Community co-chairmen in 2003 Cameron Myhrvold, partner and founder of Ignition Partners and Gary McLean, president of Interstate Distributor helped ensure another fundraising success.

The Auction of Washington Wines is a 501C-3 not-for profit organization facilitating the Washington state wine industry's philanthropic support. For more information about the AWW, call 206-667-9463 ext. 206 or 204.

About Seattle Children's Hospital

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