Connie Blumenthal

The Most Seasoned Real Estate Connoisseur in Greater Seattle and Mercer Island Luxury Real Estate Markets

A Note From Cathi : Auction of Washington Wines

Last Saturday evening, the hottest in the last 365 days, Ken and I attended the Auction of Washington Wines Gala at Chateau Ste. Michelle Winery.  The event was held in a big tent.  The tent was very hot so the guests were all pleased to find a fan at each place when they sat down.  Both men and women were waving their fans vigorously during the early part of the evening until the temperature cooled a bit and became more comfortable.
Vladlinna & Eric Fulton, Peggy Reddy

The theme of the Gala was "be WOW'd with the best wines of Washington" and following some very entertaining video clips of local celebrities drinking Washington wines, it kicked off with a high-energy original song written and performed by entertainer/composer, Richard Gray along with a cast of entertainers and winemakers.  All of the proceeds of the evening benefitted uncompensated care at Seattle Children's Hospital and the Washington Wine Education Foundation.

Ben Smith, Gaye McNutt, Mary Holmes

ZINO Society organized two tables of members and friends and our assigned winemakers included Gaye McNutt and Ben Smith of Cadence WineryEric Dunham of Dunham Cellars and Anna Schafer of àMaurice Winery.  Each winemaker brought wine to share with their tablemates.  Anna Schafer brought the new release of her àMaurice Viognier Sparrow, but we didn't get to taste it because it flew away when she left it unattended for a few minutes.

Seated at our tables in addition to the winemakers, were Amin & Afshan LakhaBob Cremin,  Douglas Howe & Robin DuBrinCarole EllisonMary HolmesBrian VowinkelSherri RogalskiEric & Vladlinna FultonJoe & Betty Sasenick and Peggy Reddy.

Sam Baker, Sandra Fowler
Ken with Joyce Taylor

Some of the additional ZINO Society members and other friends participating in the festivities included Ron & Bonnie ElginTed & Joanne BaselerMichael & Patti BrustkernSteve & Bridget GreisselPatti PayneGordy ProutySam BakerSandra FowlerErnie PinoConnie BlumenthalDuell FisherStacy & Greg LillBob & Cathy BetzJoyce TaylorNorm & Virginia McKibbenDick BousheyChad & Jennifer McKay.  By the way, following the auction when the music started, Jennifer was my favorite dance partner!

Rich Gray and Flash Mob

The Auction Gala turned out to be a huge success under the leadership of new Executive Director of Auction of Washington WinesSherri Swingle, with $500,000 raised during the "Raise the Paddle" segment and a total of $1.5 million for the entire event.  We were all WOW'd!

In featured image: Douglas Howe, Robin DuBrin, Eric Dunham
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