Friday, August 15, 2014




ABOUT AUCTION: The Auction of Washington Wines is the 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization of the Washington wine industry and has raised more than $30 million since its inception in 1988.

It’s the wine event of the year! THE 27TH ANNUAL AUCTION OF WASHINGTON WINES includes three days of sampling superb wines, visiting with leading winemakers and growers and celebrating Washington’s bounty. We’re personally looking forward to the opportunity to support two deserving local causes and savor cuisine created by acclaimed regional chefs. Join us for one day or all three—you’re sure to enjoy this year’s Auction of Washington Wines! Sample world-class wines, and savor local cuisine created by acclaimed regional chefs. Meet the winemakers. Toast new friends. Your participation at Auction of Washington Wines benefits uncompensated care at Seattle Children’s Hospital and supports the winemakers of tomorrow through viticulture and enology research at WSU.

We are grateful to Washington winemakers, our dedicated sponsors and generous guests like you for coming together each year to support these eagerly anticipated events. Join us at one or all three days and make a difference for a healthier and more vital Washington.

ABOUT AIMEE: Executive director responsibilities include organizational management and growth of the Auction of Washington Wines (AWW), including leadership, strategic planning, fundraising and donor development.

Aimee brings more than twenty years of non-profit leadership to this role, previously raising financial support for organizations such as Boys & Girls Clubs, The Salvation Army and PAWS. During her tenure with these organizations, she was not only charged with strategic planning, organizational development, team dynamics and capacity building; Aimee also facilitated major events such as the PAWS Wild Night gala and auction, which set fundraising records year after year, and a million dollar gala and 1500 person breakfast for Boys & Girls Clubs.

A native of Eastern Washington, Aimee was raised in a family of farmers, giving her an agricultural savvy that will provide depth when interfacing with the vineyards. In her down time, Aimee spends time at home with her husband and their children, dogs and cat.



ABOUT CHATEAU STE MICHELLE: Chateau Ste. Michelle combines Old World winemaking traditions with New World innovation. In fact, Chateau Ste. Michelle is one of the few premium wineries in the world with two state-of-the-art wineries, one for red and one for white. The whites are made at the Chateau in Woodinville, WA, while the reds are made at our Canoe Ridge Estate winery in Eastern Washington.

At Chateau Ste. Michelle, the health and vitality of our community is integral to how we do business. We take great care in making mindful, sustainable decisions that promote the long-term wellness of the communities we serve—the people, the environment, the businesses. Above all, we promote a safe culture of balance and moderation, and foster an honest, collaborative spirit within the industry to keep forging continued innovation in sustainable practices. As industry leaders, we demand of ourselves continual betterment. It is our responsibility to act in a way that inspires trust and confidence in our company and our products for years to come.

At the Chateau, we appreciate where we're going as much as where we've been. Because of this, we've made sustainability a huge priority. It fills us with pride to know that we've been acknowledged as an industry leader. Our conservation efforts include the reduction of energy consumption, water conservation and solid waste reduction and management. We've implemented a wide range of winery recycling programs for materials such as glass, paper, cardboard, pallets, stretch wrap, cell phones, batteries and fluorescent bulbs. For our efforts, we've also become a Washington State certified EnviroStar business. And, since the 2009 vintage, both Cold Creek and Canoe Ridge Estate vineyards received LIVE and Salmon Safe certification.

WINEMAKING PHILOSOPHY                                                                                                          
Our winemaking philosophy is to highlight the style, quality and expression of our Washington state vineyards. We strive to respect the varietal characters and individuality of each location, yet still craft each wine to give you a pleasurable, food friendly experience.

ABOUT BOB: Bob has maintained Chateau Ste. Michelle’s legacy of crafting awarding-winning Chardonnay, Riesling, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon, while putting his own signature on the wines. “I have learned from Ernst Loosen, our German winemaking partner on Eroica Riesling, how to protect fruit purity and produce fresh, fruit-driven Rieslings.

Prior to joining Chateau Ste. Michelle, Bob made his mark at Hambrecht Vineyards and Wineries with their Belvedere and Bradford Mountain labels. In his formative years out of UC Davis, he gained valuable mentoring from such renowned winemakers as Bob Sessions at Hanzell Vineyards and David Ramey at Chalk Hill. Wanting to gain an even broader experience with a wide variety of grapes and viticulture areas, Bob also worked at Gallo of Sonoma for five years, helping to bring a smaller winery mentality to the larger facility.

For Bob, the move to Chateau Ste. Michelle in 2003 was not only the chance to make wine for one of Washington’s most acclaimed wineries, it was a chance to come home. He was born in Seattle, went to school in nearby Idaho, and has most of his family living in the Seattle area. Bob has a degree in chemistry from Boise State University and an MS in food science and enology from University of California at Davis.