HistoryLunch 2017: The Remarkable Story of Wine in Washington State

Join us at the Four Seasons Hotel, 99 Union St., Seattle, on September 7 at 11:30 am as we explore the history of wine in Washington.

In the early 1960s climatologist Dr. Phillip Church’s study of Eastern Washington revealed its close similarity to France’s famed Burgundy region. Then everything changed. Now, much to the surprise of the rest of the world, Washington is the second largest producer of premium wine in the United States.

Ted Baseler, President & CEO of the critically-acclaimed Ste. Michelle Wine Estates, and one of the individuals responsible for the dramatic growth of winemaking in Washington, will be the speaker at this year’s HistoryLunch.

Bob Betz, Founder of Betz Family Winery and a key figure in the development of Washington wines, will be our master of ceremonies.

We are excited to serve Domaine Ste. Michelle, a lovely sparkling wine, to accompany the tasty oysters Taylor Shellfish will be shucking in the foyer. And, as a wonderful perk of having Washington’s wine history as our topic, we will enjoy wines donated by Hedges Family Estate, Woodward Canyon, L’Ecole No 41, and Betz Family Winery, during lunch. We can’t wait to sample the subject!

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Thank You To This Year’s Sponsors

Honorary Chair

Ted Baseler, President and CEO, Ste. Michelle Wine Estates

Honorary Committee

Christine Gregoire, Former Governor of Washington state

Tom Douglas, Restaurateur, American Executive Chef, and Recipient of the James Beard Award

Bob Betz, Founder, Betz Family Winery

Thomas Henick-Kling, PhD, Director and Professor, WSU Viticulture & Enology

Andy Perdue, Wine Writer, The Seattle Times and Wine Press Northwest

Allen Shoup, Founder, Long Shadows Wineries

Steve Warner, President, The Washington State Wine Commission

Alex Golitzin, Founder, Quilceda Creek Vintners

Kay Simon, Founder, Chinook Wines

Rick Small, Owner and Director of Production, Woodward Canyon

Tom Hedges, Owner, Hedges Family Estate

Greg Lill, President, CEO, and Owner, DeLille Cellars

Marty Clubb, Managing Winemaker and Owner, L’Ecole No. 41 Winery

Abbey Cameron, Executive Director, Walter Clore Wine & Culinary Center