Live auction lot no. 14, an 18-liter bottle of 2010 DeLille Cellars Harrison Hill.
A soggy August 15 did not deter picnickers from enjoying Chateau Ste. Michelle for this year’s Auction of Washington Wines Picnic & Barrel Auction, the first of three action-packed days that culminated in Saturday’s 26th annual Wine Gala, where a record crowd turned out for the glitzy evening, and enjoyed samples from more than 70 local winemakers, a wine-paired dinner prepared by 10 notable local chefs and the always impressive auction. The top-earning lot, a South African safari adventure for four, caused a bidding frenzy and brought in $58,000, which helped contribute to the four-day overall total of more than $2 million raised for Washington State University’s viticulture and enology program and uncompensated care at Seattle Children’s Hospital.