WOODINVILLE--This Saturday, Chateau Ste. Michelle is hosting the 1996 Auction of Northwest Wines to benefit Children's Hospital where, for $250 a seat, guests will have dinner prepared by top chefs from the Northwest while bidding on rare and collector bottles of wine.
Following in the footsteps of famous winemakers and critics in year's past, Piero Antinori, president of the Marchesi Antinori Winery in Florence, Italy, is this year's honorary chairman. Antinori has spent more than 25 years combining progressive and traditional techniques to dramatically improve and redefine winemaking in Italy.
Last year, the benefit raised $432,000 for the uncompensated care fund of Children's Hospital and Medical Center and was attended by nearly 700 people. The hospital provides more than $32 million in free care to children whose families cannot afford to pay, and the auction has raised $1.5 million for them in the past eight years.
Chefs Phillippe Boulet of Portland's Heathman Hotel and Alan Wong of Alan Wong's Restaurant in Honolulu will join three Seattle chefs: Fuller's Monique Barbeau, Ray's Boathouse's Charles Ramseyer, and Chateau Ste. Michelle's John Sarich. Dick and Sharon Friel are the auctioneers.
Included in the list of donated wines for the auction: