Auction of Wash Wine 2015 honorees
This year's Auction of Washington Wines will honor an impressive group of leaders in the wine industry during the 28th annual weekend of events August 13-15, 2015. Andy Perdue, who’s been covering the wine industry as a journalist for many years, is Honorary Chair; Dick Shaw, founder of Shaw Vineyards, is Honorary Grower; and DeLille Cellars, a leading winemaker in Washington state for more than 20 years, is Honorary Vintner.
Andy Perdue, 2015 Honorary Chair:
Andy Perdue, who has been covering the wine industry for 18 years, is a third-generation journalist and Washington native who writes about Pacific Northwest wine on a full-time basis. Andy co-founded Wine Press Northwest Magazine in 1998 with Eric Degerman and served as its editor-in-chief for 16 years. Today, he is the editor and publisher of Great Northwest Wine, a news and information company, which he co-owns with Eric.
In addition, Andy is a celebrated wine columnist who regularly contributes to The Seattle Times. He also co-authors a weekly wine column that is syndicated in 21 newspapers in Washington and Idaho. Andy wrote the bestselling book "The Northwest Wine Guide: A Buyer's Handbook" (Sasquatch, 2003) and has contributed to four other books about Northwest wine and travel.
DeLille Cellars, 2015 Honorary Vintner:
DeLille Cellars is a boutique artisan winery located in Woodinville, Washington. The winery was founded in 1992 by Charles and Greg Lill, Pat Lill Jorgenson, Jay Soloff and celebrated winemaker Chris Upchurch. From the beginning, the winery has looked towards the prestigious Red Mountain AVA as the foundation of its wines, using grapes from its own vineyard in combination with fruit from other top sites in the Yakima Valley.
The Seattle Times named DeLille Cellars 2011 Four Flags as Wine of the Year in their 2014 Top 50 wines of Washington, Oregon, Idaho and British Columbia and DeLille Cellars was privileged to also have its wines requested at the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation Awards.
DeLille Cellars was honored to recently be nominated as “Winery of the Year 2014” by Wine Enthusiast Magazine and is the only Washington State winery to receive recognition in the “Top 100 Wines” by both Wine Spectator and Wine Enthusiast for two consecutive years.
Dick Shaw, 2015 Honorary Grower:
Dick Shaw started in the vineyard industry in 1981, planting about 100 acres near Mattawa, Wash. His wife Wendy got involved in the years following, by working in the vineyards and starting a harvesting business when they had about 300 acres planted. Today, the Shaws have about 2,200 acres planted in eastern Washington, which include about 420 acres on Red Mountain.
The Shaws have strong ties to fellow wine industry partners including, Quintessence and Obelisco wineries, as well as Jack Jones in J&S, a 20,000-ton crushing facility in Mattawa. Dick and Wendy finally got into the winemaking business in 2010 with a winery named Henry Earl, named for their fathers. They opened a tasting room in Walla Walla in 2014.