HistoryLunch 2017
The Remarkable Story of Wine in Washington State
September 7, 2017

Thank you for making HistoryLunch a great success! We raised $110,000 for HistoryLink that we will put to use building our site content and pursuing new initiatives. We can’t thank Bob Betz, Gerry Johnson, and Ted Baseler enough for making the program fun and interesting. And, thanks to Hedges Family Estate, Woodward Canyon, L’Ecole No 41, Betz Family Winery, DeLaurenti, and Chateau Ste. Michelle, we thoroughly enjoyed sampling Washington wines as we learned about this history of the wine industry.

We are thrilled that donors sponsored new articles on the histories of Forterra, PCC Community Markets, and Volunteer Park. It’s not too late if you’d like to sponsor a feature article for $1200. Just visit this page to make the donation and we will contact you about the topic you would like to sponsor.

We hope you enjoy these pictures of HistoryLunch 2017. Our thanks to photographer Vivian Hsu of HRV Media for capturing the event on film.

As they walked up the stairs to the ballroom of the Four Seasons Hotel Seattle on September 7th, every guest was presented with a card representing one of the fourteen American Viticultural Areas in the state of Washington.

They were served Domaine Ste. Michelle sparkling wine donated by Chateau Ste. Michelle. . .

. . . and freshly shucked oysters thanks to Taylor Shellfish.

Event speaker, and CEO of Ste. Michelle, Ted Baseler (center) welcomes Greg and Stacy Lill of DeLille Cellars.

Therese Ogle is pleased with the wine selection at her table.

Ted Baseler speaks to a rapt audience about the history of wine in Washington.

Everyone is pleased with the delicious ganache and caramels donated by Theo Chocolate.

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