I have to admit that I had a lot of trepidation going into this event – a picnic and barrel auction riddle with rich wine snobs. I’m sure you know the kind; those that go around swirling their glass around while they talk about their recent trip to some tropical private island or big-game hunting trip in Africa. Fortunately, I did not run into anyone one like that – I did bring a pair of running shoes, however, incase I had.
The pristine grounds of Chateau Ste. Michelle, the Auction of Washington wines is a huge fund-raiser for the Children’s Hospital in Seattle. The cause of this event is undeniably noble and I’m sure everyone involved would agree that’s it’s a very good cause.
Last night’s picnic and barrel auction had a cover-charge of $150 per person (again, it’s for charity) which covered their food and all the wine tasting the wanted to do. It was a great way to spend an evening with other wine-lovers and help out a great cause to boot. Two of the best wines I tried were an upcoming Cab/Syrah blend from Sleight of Hand Cellars and Rick Small’s Cab.
A part of the event is the silent barrel auction where participating wineries auction off a barrels-worth of wine in case quantities – the winners are announced at the end of the evening.
Rick and Darcey Small – winemaker/owner’s of Woodward Canyon
John Hurley – former host of Evening Magazine TV Show
Trey Busch from Sleight of Hand Cellars
Nobody told me that Bono was going to be at this event!