|Cheers to Washington Wines! - Photo by Wasabi Prime|
The Picnic and Barrel Auction is held at Chateau Ste Michelle winery in Woodinville, which is a perfect setting. "Picnic" sounds quaint and charming, but it's really quite an impressive and elegant garden party with multiple tasting bars full of wines, live music, wine-themed carnival games, many food tables with a variety of tasty bites, and the winemakers themselves are walking around, serving up pours throughout the evening. It's a wonderful, big party and you inevitably run into many familiar faces -- it was so good to see so many folks from the food and wine world.
|Don't rain on my parade, Northwest Weather! - Photos by Wasabi Prime|
|A little of this... a little of that... enjoying all the favorites - Photos by Wasabi Prime|
|Reynvaan - a new favorite to keep an eye out for - Photo by Wasabi Prime|
|Inside the coveted barrel tasting tent - just one glass, please! (a big one) - Photos by Wasabi Prime|
|Ready...steady... sip. - Photo by Wasabi Prime|
|Not your typical wine and cheese party - food by Tulalip Resort Casino - Photos by Wasabi Prime|
|Sliders big and small, and elegant salads and soups - Photos by Wasabi Prime|
|Food, wine, and of course coffee - Photos by Wasabi Prime|
|Lamb carpaccio with many microgreens - Photos by Wasabi Prime|
|So much color! Beautiful food - Photos by Wasabi Prime|
|Christmas in... August? - Photos by Wasabi Prime|
|Drinking games - Photos by Wasabi Prime|
UPDATE: The big Saturday auction raised $1.8 million for Seattle Children's Hospital and WSU's Viticulture and Enology Program, and the Picnic and Barrel Auction raised $93,000 - CHEERS!