10th annual Celebrate Washington Wine features new auctions

PULLMAN – Tickets are still available for the 10th anniversary Celebrate Washington Wine, the annual black-tie gala dinner and auction to benefit the WSU Viticulture and Enology Program.
The gala will begin at 6 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 22, at the Chateau Ste. Michelle Winery in Woodinville.
Festivities will include two new features: a jewelry raffle and a bottle pull.
One hundred keys will be sold to attendees for $25 each, one of which will unlock a box containing a pair of one-half carat A+ quality diamond earrings valued at $1,200, donated by Warren Jewelers of Kirkland and Burlington.
In the wine pull, a $25 donation will enable buyers to select an anonymous bottle of wine from a special collection. Some of these wines are valued at prices well over the donation price.
Two perennial live auction favorites are back this year: A weeklong stay in a South African game lodge located within what is considered one of the world’s finest wilderness conservation areas, and a one-hour session for four flying a commercial airliner in the Boeing flight simulator.
As always, a wide array of fine dining and wine tasting experiences, golf getaways, sporting events and memorabilia, and special wine collections will be up for bid.
This year’s auction will also feature handcrafted and signed glass centerpieces by award-winning fused glass artist Deborah Barnard. Barnard’s glass studio is located in Richland’s Barnard Griffin Winery, which she co-owns with husband Rob Griffin. All of the 20 pieces were created specifically for the event and will be up for bidding.
Event tickets cost $250 and include a reception and gourmet dinner with wine pairings in addition to the silent and live auctions.
Click here to view the auction catalog, register to attend or check out the online auction that is already underway.