The auction, which is open to members of the wine trade, benefits Washington State University of Viticulture and Oenological Research.
This year’s Washington Wine Private Barrel Auction (AWW) will be held virtually for the first time. Registration is now open to registered members of the wine trade.
The private sale begins on Monday the 19th. April, 10 a.m. and ends Tuesday the 20th. April, 5:00 p.m. online. 30 exclusive lots in five cases from Washington winemakers will be auctioned.
Despite a brief hiatus in 2020, private barrel auctions are coming back stronger than ever, in a new virtual way, according to Jamie Peha, executive director of Washington Wines. Our relationships with members of the wine trade are critical to bringing Washington State wine to national prominence. By giving their members access to unique wines, they can offer their clientele something truly unique. The money raised will help train the next generation of winemakers through the State University of Washington’s viticulture and oenology research programs.
Exclusive to this year’s private auction, 25 cases of Dionysus Vineyard’s WSU 2019 vintage in the Columbia Valley. This unique collaboration between J.J.W. Hoffmann and J.M. Hoffmann emphasizes the bond between winegrowers and grape producers and is the first of its kind in the world. Bookwalter, Washington State University and Sagemoor Vineyards is a blend of Bordeaux – 50% Petit Verdot, 30% Merlot and 20% Cabernet Sauvignon. This unique wine was blended by winemaker J.J. Doyle. Bookwalter by Caleb Foster, director of viticulture and oenology at Washington State University and professor of oenology, Dr. Thomas Henick-Kling and his senior wine class. This lot will be auctioned on a case-by-case basis.
Of two. In March, representatives of the participating wineries will present highlights of their wines as part of the series of ten virtual wine-making seasons, open to the public. Each session will be moderated by Dr. Owen Bargreen, global wine critic, founder and managing editor of OwenBargreen.com. The series is sponsored by Northwest Farm Credit Services and the Washington Wine Commission.
Among the famous auction lots:
- Leonetti Cellar 2018 Malbec, Lessa Vineyard, Walla Walla Valley – Usually present in blends, this is the first time Leonetti Cellar offers Malbec as a single-varietal wine.
- Two Vineyards 2019 Grenache, Weather Eye, Red Mountain – 2019 marks the second harvest of Two Vineyards and the first bottling of Weather Eye red wine.
- DeLille Cellars 2018 Marguerite Sauvignon Blanc, Columbia Valley – Using Sauvignon Blanc grapes from Sagemoor Bacchus Block 5, one of the oldest plantings of this variety in the state, DeLille chose a single, large cigar-shaped barrel to age this wine for 18 months, while their famous Chaler Blanc matures for only six months.
The following options will be offered at the 2021 private barrel auction: Bordeaux, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Grenache, Italian blend, Malbec, Merlot, Mourvèdre, Rhone blend, Sauvignon Blanc, sparkling wines and Syrah.
In five years, the private barrel auction has raised more than $800,000 for important research at the Wine Science Center at the State University of Washington. In 2019, all exclusive private bulk wine auctions were sold to national and local members of the licensed wine trade for a record $301,900.
Sponsors of this year’s private barrel auction include Northwest Farm Credit Services, Washington Wine Commission, Tonnellerie Quintessence, TW Boswell, G3 Enterprises, DIAM, Trysk Print Solutions, Everyvine, Pollen Systems, Doubleknot Creative and Bloom.
For a complete list of wineries participating in the 2021 Private Barrel Auction, please visit the Washington Auction website.
About the Washington Wine Auction (AWW)
Since its inception in 1988, AWW has raised more than $52 million for the Washington State University of Viticulture and Oenology and the Seattle Children’s Association. AWW is one of the top five charity auctions in the United States, according to Wine Spectator. AWW’s mission is to support the growth and awareness of the wine industry in Washington State through a series of celebrated events that benefit the community. For more information, see www.AuctionofWaWines.org.