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Auction of Washington Wines Achieves No. 3 Spot in U.S. Charity Wine Auction Rankings

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Wine Spectator Announces 2018 Wine Auction Rankings with Auction of Washington Wines Among Top 3

SEATTLE (March 20, 2019) —The Auction of Washington Wines (AWW) has bolstered its ranking among the nation’s largest charity wine auctions, landing third in Wine Spectator Magazine’s list of highest-grossing live charity wine auctions in 2018. AWW enjoyed a record-breaking year in 2018, raising over $2.7 million through live bids and over $4.3 million overall via its weekend of charitable wine events. The auction has raised over $46 million since its founding in 1988.

Funds raised go to Seattle Children’s Hospital and Washington State University’s Wine Science Research. AWW also gives to local organizations supporting the Washington wine community through its Industry Grant Program, launched last year.

Each year, Wine Spectator ranks the top charity wine auctions across the U.S. based on dollars raised in live auction bids, with AWW in the top three with Auction Napa Valley and Naples Winter Wine Festival this year.

“We are honored to be recognized as a part of a collective of auctions making a true impact on the future of the wine industry nationwide,” said Beth McCaw, Board President, Auction of Washington Wines. “To earn the number three spot this year is extremely exciting and validates the hard work and generosity of many individuals. Our Board and staff are humbled by the dedication we witness from the Washington wine community coming together year after year. We are excited to see what 2019 will bring!”

This year, AWW events will take place August 15-17, 2019. For more information, please visit http://www.AuctionofWaWines.org.

About the Auction of Washington Wines 

Since its inception in 1988, AWW has raised more than $46& million, benefitting Seattle Children’s Hospital and Washington State University Wine Science Research. Events hosted by AWW give wine lovers the chance to support the Washington wine industry and families in our communities around the region. The 2019 Auction of Washington Wines Events will take place August 15-17, 2019. Major sponsors include Wells Fargo, CenturyLink, Chateau Ste. Michelle, The John L. Scott Foundation, King 5, The Seattle Times and Wine Spectator Magazine. AWW was ranked among 2018’s top three highest-earning charity wine auctions in the nation by Wine Spectator Magazine. For more information, go to www.AuctionofWaWines.org or follow us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

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