SEATTLE – Etched magnums, collectible cabernets and syrahs, exclusive dinners and wine tastings, and romantic overnight getaways are just a few of the items that will be up for bid at the seventh annual “A Celebration of Washington Wines” auction Jan. 26.
 
Wine enthusiasts can attend the black-tie event, which includes a reception, silent and live auctions and dinner.
 
Tickets are $225 per person and can be reserved by calling Britta Nitcy at (509) 335-6479 or e-mail to nitcy@wsu.edu.
 
The annual gala, held at Chateau Ste. Michelle winery in Woodinville, has grossed more than $1 million over its six-year history to benefit WSU’s program that trains aspiring wine makers and grape growers. Last year’s event raised more than $235,000 toward an endowed fund for a chair in the Viticulture and Enology Program at WSU. The goal is to raise more than $1.5 million to fund the endowment.
 
The Jan. 26 gala will begin at 6 p.m. with a reception and silent auction. Dinner, prepared by the award-winning culinary staff at Chateau Ste. Michelle, includes wine paired with each course.
 
The auction will again feature the CEO Collection, a mixed collection of bottles from the private cellars of Washington state business executives who are invited to donate a bottle of their favorite Washington wine. New this year is the Sommelier Selection, a collection of favorite Washington wines donated by sommeliers and wine stewards from around the state.
 
For more information on A Celebration of Washington Wines, visit www.wineauction.wsu.edu.