HistoryLunch 2017: The Remarkable Story of Wine in Washington State

Join us for HistoryLunch, HistoryLink’s annual fundraiser, 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.

Reception from 11:30 to noon featuring

Oysters by Taylor Shellfish paired with Domaine Ste. Michelle sparkling wine, and sparkling water

First Course at noon

Mozzarella, Tomato Salad, Basil, Arugula, Pesto Dressing

Main Course

Pan Roasted Mahi Mahi, Carrot Ginger Purée

Sweet Potato and Yukon Potato Gratin, Snap Peas

Riesling Cream Sauce

 Vegetarian Option

Spinach Stuffed Portobello Mushroom

 Sundried Tomato, Bleu Cheese Crumbles

 Goat Cheese Polenta, Balsamic Reduction

(Vegan Versions Available)

Paired with wines from

Hedges Family Estate, Woodward Canyon, L’Ecole No 41, Betz Family Winery, DeLaurenti and Chateau Ste. Michelle


Burnt Sugar Ganache, Lemon Ganache, Dark Salted Vanilla Caramel and Velvet Vegan Ganache from Theo Chocolates

We hope you bring an appetite.


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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 and American Executive Chef

Bob Betz, Founder, Betz Family Winery

Gary Figgins, Founder, Leonetti Cellar

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 Vintners

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