Get Tickets For The June 13-15 Celebrate Walla Walla Valley Wine Event

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Celebrate Walla Walla Valley Wine is Walla Walla’s largest wine tasting event of the year. This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to experience what makes Walla Walla such a special place for winemaking.

More than 60 Walla Walla Valley wineries, guest winemakers from the world’s leading wine regions, and esteemed speakers will headline the 7th annual Celebrate Walla Walla Valley Wine – The World of Cabernet Sauvignon June 13-15, 2019.

Celebrate showcases a different wine varietal each year, comparing and sharing the similarities and differences of the Walla Walla Valley with other leading wine regions around the world.

The 2019 Celebrate event series will kick-off Thursday afternoon at the Gesa Power House Theatre with a talk hosted by Dr. Kevin Pogue, Director of Geology at Whitman College, and Sabrina Lueck, Director of Enology at Walla Walla Community College Institute for Enology & Viticulture. Learn about the terroir, growing conditions, and the cultural significance of Cabernet Sauvignon.

Thursday evening also includes Vintage Pour hosted at Tranche, where guests can sample 1999-2012 library wines from more than 40 Walla Walla Valley wineries.

On Friday, winemakers from Italy and California will join Walla Walla Valley winemakers for a panel discussion and tastes of their Cabernet Sauvignons. Moderated by Owen Bargreen, editor of the Washington Wine Blog and contributor to the International Wine Report, the Wine Panel Presentations and Tastings will demonstrate how wines can vary among the world’s leading regions. Attendees will get to taste Cabernet Sauvignon from these six producers:

  • Dan Wampfler, General Manager & Winemaker | Abeja, Walla Walla Valley

  • JJ Menozzi, Owner & Winemaker | Aluvé, Walla Walla Valley

  • Josh McDaniels, President & Winemaker | Doubleback, Walla Walla Valley

  • Elizabeth Vianna, General Manager & Winemaker | Chimney Rock Winery, Napa Valley, California

  • Christopher Tynan, Winemaker | Cliff Lede Vineyards, Napa Valley, California

  • Nicolò D'Afflitto, Director of Winemaking | Frescobaldi, Tuscany, Italy

Ashley Mahan, Chief Operating Officer of the Walla Walla Valley Wine Alliance, said, “Attendees will gain access to a once-in-a-lifetime experience to learn, taste, and engage with the hand-picked panel of prominent American and Italian winemakers.”

The Wine Panel Presentations and Tastings take place on Friday, June 14 from 1 – 3 p.m. at the historic Marcus Whitman Hotel & Conference Center.

Friday’s events culminate with the Cabernet Sauvignon Grand Tasting at Waterbrook Winery. This is the largest organized tasting event of the year in the Walla Walla Valley with over 50 wineries pouring their latest Cabernet Sauvignon releases, whites and rosés.

To conclude the Celebrate Walla Walla Valley Wine – The World of Cabernet Sauvignon series of events, guests can reserve a seat at a table with winemakers during the Saturday, June 15 Collaborative Winemaker Dinner Series. Ticket holders will experience an exclusive evening in the Walla Walla Valley as winemakers and local and guest chefs band together to create extraordinary, intimate food and wine experiences. A limited number of seats are offered at the dinner tables of ten locations throughout the Walla Walla Valley.


Thursday, June 13, 2019

  • World of Cabernet Sauvignon: Kick-Off Event at Gesa Power House Theatre | 2:30-4 p.m.

  • Vintage Pour at Tranche | 4:30-6:30 p.m.

Friday, June 14, 2019

  • Wine Panel Presentations and Tastings at Marcus Whitman Hotel & Conference Center | 1:00-3:00 p.m. Cabernet Sauvignon Grand Wine Tasting at Waterbrook Winery | 4:30-6:30 p.m.

Saturday, June 15, 2019

  • Collaborative Winemaker dinner series throughout the Walla Walla Valley | 6-9 p.m.

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