Events & Tickets


Browse last year's event lineup here. Celebrate Walla Walla Valley Wine - The World of Cabernet Sauvignon Events will be announced early 2019. 

Celebrate Walla Walla Valley Wine is an a-la-carte experience.  We welcome you to join us for the entire weekend, but you also can buy tickets for any single event. New to the 2018 event, a limited number of all-inclusive tickets are available, but the dinners must be purchased seperately.  


Thursday, June 14, 2018

Vintage Pour | 4:30-6:30 p.m.

Location: Doubleback
Address: 3853 Powerline Road, Walla Walla
Ticket Price: $100 - Buy now. 
Sponsored by Olive Catering. 

Enjoy a rare opportunity to taste vintage wines (2011 and earlier) from over 30 Walla Walla Valley wineries. There are a limited number of tickets available to this event. Hors d'oeuvres will be provided by Walla Walla's Chef Jake Crenshaw of Olive Catering.

List of participating wineries and wines HERE.


Friday, June 15, 2018

The World of Merlot: Kick-Off Event | 9:00-10:30 a.m. 

Location: Gesa Power House Theatre
Address: 111 North 6th Avenue, Walla Walla
Ticket Price: Complimentary tickets necessary. Sign up here.
Sponsored by WCP Solutions.

Join us as we officially kick off the Celebrate wine weekend with an energizing and informative talk on Merlot given by Rex Pickett, author of Sideways, alongside Tim Donahue, director of winemaking at College Cellars. Rex Pickett is the critically-acclaimed author of the novel Sideways, upon which the Oscar-winning Alexander Payne film of the same title was adapted. Not only did the film win over 350 awards from major critics and awards organizations and completely change the wine world, the film has continued to garner a worldwide cult following. Tim Donahue has a M.S. in Oenology from the University of Adelaide, a B.S. in Business Administration from the University of Northern Colorado and nearly three decades of hands on winemaking experience. He has spoken nationally and internationally to numerous trade groups including the Washington Wine Technical Group, Washington Wine Growers, British Columbia Wine Growers, Colorado Association for Enology and Viticulture and the internationally acclaimed Masters of Wine.

Merlot Grand Wine Tasting | 1:30-3:30 p.m.

Location: Foundry Vineyards
Address: 1111 Abadie Street, Walla Walla
Ticket Price: $75 - Buy now. 
Sponsored by Andrae’s Kitchen.

Under one roof, sample around 100 wines (within legal consumption limits) from around 40 Walla Walla Valley wineries. Combine art and wine while attending this event in the unique Foundry Vineyards art and wine studio. Light afternoon fare provided by Walla Walla's Chef Andrae Bopp of Andrae’s Kitchen.

List of participating wineries and wines HERE.

The Previews: Taste & Talk with Rex Pickett | 6:00-7:00 p.m.

Location: The Electric Lounge at Gesa Power House Theatre
Address: 111 North 6th Avenue, Walla Walla
Ticket Price: $75 - Buy now. 

Join Sideways author Rex Pickett and interact with rising star wineries that launched in the Walla Walla Valley within the last decade. Mingle with Rex Pickett, a Merlot-convert, while tasting Merlot and other Celebrate family varietals - Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah. Hors d'oeuvres will be provided by Walla Walla's Chef Chad Bostwick of Walla Walla Steak Co.

List of participating wineries HERE!

Movie Screening: Sideways | 7:15-9:30 p.m.

Location: The Electric Lounge at Gesa Power House Theatre
Address: 111 North 6th Avenue, Walla Walla
Ticket Price: Complimentary tickets necessary. Sign up here.  

Relax for a night at the movies! Enjoy the screening of Sideways, the critically-acclaimed, award-winning film adaptation based on the novel of the same name, written by Rex Pickett. Movie introduction by Rex Pickett; read the full movie description on IMBD. This movie is rated R for language, some strong sexual content and nudity.

The Author’s Table: Dinner with Rex Pickett | 7:30-10:00 p.m.

Location: Whitehouse-Crawford Restaurant
Address: 55 West Cherry Street, Walla Walla
Ticket Price: $175. Sign up here.  

Nestled in the heart of historic Whitehouse-Crawford Restaurant, join Rex Pickett while he progresses from table-to-table in the private dining space. Under 30 tickets are available for this intimate, six-course paired dinner crafted by Chef Jamie Guerin.

Saturday, June 16, 2018

Wine Panel Presentations & Tastings | 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Location: Marcus Whitman Hotel
Address: 6 West Rose Street
Ticket Price: $65 - Buy now. 

Experience a rare opportunity to compare wines from the Walla Walla Valley with other internationally acclaimed Merlot growing regions. Local winemaker, Ashley Trout of Brook & Bull Cellars and Vital Wines, will moderate a panel made up of Walla Walla Valley growers and winemakers, along with winemakers from around the world. Guests will get to taste Merlot from all producers:

  • Jean-François Pellet, Winemaker and Partner | Pepper Bridge Winery, Walla Walla Valley
  • Sadie Drury, Viticulture Manager | Seven Hills Vineyard, Walla Walla Valley
  • Jason Magnaghi, Vineyard Manager | Leonetti Cellar, Walla Walla Valley
  • Emmanuelle d’Aligny-Fulchi, Enologist/ Technical Manager| Château Angélus & Château Bellevue,  Bordeaux, France
  • Sally Johnson, Winemaker | Pride Mountain Vineyards, St. Helena, CA
  •  Jeff Bundschu, President | Gundlach Bundschu, Sonoma, CA

Collaborative Winemaker Dinners | 6:00-9:00 p.m.

A limited number of seats will be offered at the dinner tables of multiple winery locations throughout the Walla Walla Valley. Wineries and their winemakers will come together alongside local and guest chefs to delight your taste buds during the Celebrate Walla Walla Wine weekend winemaker dinner series. 

All dinners will be held:
June 16, 2018
Ticket Price: $125

  • Join Lagana Cellars, Otis Kenyon Wine and DAMA Wines in beautiful Downtown Walla Walla for the Downtown Progressive Dinner. As guests progress down Main Street, they will taste a variety of wines paired with bites from some of Walla Walla’s finest chefs. Dine & sip with winemakers Jason Fox, Muriel Kenyon and Mary Derby, while enjoying appetizers crafted by Paul Vandervort of Il Forno and dinner prepared by Michael Kline of Walla Walla Bread Company.
  • SOLD OUT! It’s been over 16 years since the premiere of Sideways, but here in Washington we never stopped believing in that noble grape - Merlot. Celebrate Walla Walla with the winemakers from Northstar, Solemn Cellars and Gifford Hirlinger for a fantastic five-course, gourmet dinner prepared by Chef Adam Hegsted of Eat Good Group paired with Walla Walla wines, including some amazing Merlots. Dinner hosted by Northstar.
  • SOLD OUT! Winemakers from Sleight of Hand Cellars, Va Piano Vineyards, Pride Mountain Vineyards of Napa Valley and Gundlach Bundschu of Sonoma Valley will revel guests with a multi-course, wine-paired extravaganza crafted by Chef Andrae Bopp of Andrae's Kitchen and featuring wines from Walla Walla, Sonoma and Napa Valley. Experience a rockin' dinner hosted at Sleight of Hand Cellars.
  • Join Tempus Cellars along with neighbors Tamarack Cellars and Five Star Cellars at their brand-new C Street location. Cugini Italian Market will delight dinner guests with a wonderful, multi-course meal  paired perfectly with outstanding, award-winning wines. 
  • SOLD OUT! Winemakers Mike Sharon (L’Ecole N° 41) and Kevin Mott (Woodward Canyon) will share their wines as guests enjoy a preview of the menu from the new Walla Walla Steak Co. scheduled to open at the old train depot in downtown Walla Walla this summer. For generations, the train depot has served as Walla Walla’s front door. Walla Walla Steak Co. honors that legacy and looks forward to welcoming guests to a warm and authentic hometown steakhouse featuring locally-sourced ingredients and Washington wines. Woodward Canyon is hosting this special evening with appetizers in their garden followed by a beautifully paired multi-course meal in their Reserve House as the sun sets across the fields.

  • Armstrong Family Winery, Kontos Cellars, Eternal Wines and Foundry Vineyards team up with Executive Chef Grant Hinderliter and his Culinary Team to pair a diverse, four -course dinner at the historic Marcus Whitman Hotel.
  •  SOLD OUT! Walla Walla Vintners, Aluvé Winery, Seven Hills Winery and Watermill Winery create an intimate evening not to be missed! Guests can take in the picturesque views from the Cut Bank Estate vineyard at Walla Walla Vintners while pairing classic wines with exciting food by Candace Navarre of Forage Walla Walla. The farm-to-table menu will focus on locally sourced and organically grown ingredients and accompanied by an exquisite selection of wines from some of the Valley’s most revered wineries. Outdoor dining if weather permits.

Additional Ticket Information

The Walla Walla Valley Wine Alliance is a non-profit organization and cannot accommodate ticket refunds to the Celebrate Walla Walla Valley Wine weekend after May 14th. There is a fee of 25% for tickets cancelled prior to May 14.