Events & Tickets


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. 

Thursday, June 15, 2017

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

Location: Canoe Ridge Vineyard
Address: 1102 West Cherry Street
Ticket Price: $85 - Buy now. - SOLD OUT
Sponsored by Olive Café & Marketplace.

Enjoy a rare opportunity to taste vintage wines (2010 and earlier) from over 30 Walla Walla Valley wineries. There are a very limited number of tickets available to this event. Hors d'oeuvres will be served by Walla Walla's Chef Jake Crenshaw of Olive Marketplace and Café.

View participating wineries and wines here.

Complimentary shuttle service provided from the Marcus Whitman Hotel & The Courtyard Marriott:

  • Shuttles will load at 4:00 p.m. to depart at 4:15 p.m.
  • Return service will begin at 6:30 p.m.

Friday, June 16, 2017

The World of Syrah: Kick-off Event | 8:30-10:00 a.m. 

Location: Gesa Power House Theatre
Address: 111 North 6th Avenue
Ticket Price: Complimentary tickets necessary. Sign up here. - SOLD OUT
Sponsored by Pacific Power.

Join us as we officially kick off the Celebrate wine weekend with an energizing and informative talk on Syrah given by Patrick Comiskey, the Senior Correspondent from Wine & Spirits Magazine, alongside Celebrate Walla Walla veteran, Doug Frost. Doug Frost is an American Master of Wine and Master Sommelier as well as an author and wine consultant based in Kansas City, Missouri. Frost is one of four individuals in the world to hold simultaneously the Master of Wine and Master Sommelier titles, achieving his MS in 1991 and MW in 1993. Patrick Comiskey is a Senior Correspondent for Wine & Spirits Magazine, where he serves as chief critic for all American wines not from California, and regularly contributes articles devoted to California, Oregon and Washington wine, winegrowing, and wine culture. Comiskey is also a regular contributor to the Los Angeles Times, is an instructor on the wine business at UCLA, and is an award-winning author. 

Coffee and pastries will be served.

Complimentary shuttle service available from the Marcus Whitman Hotel to the Power House Theatre.

  • Shuttles will load at 8:00 a.m. and depart at 8:15 a.m. 
  • Return service to depart after the event

Winemaker Panel Presentations and Tastings | 3:00-5:00 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 Syrah growing regions. Geologist Kevin Pogue will give a brief introduction on terroir, and Patrick Comiskey will moderate a panel made up of Walla Walla Valley winemakers, along with winemakers from Yarra Valley, Australia; Napa Valley, California; Casablanca Valley, Chile; Cornas AOC, France. Guests will get to taste Syrah from all producers:

  • Corey Braunel, Dusted Valley Vintners | Walla Walla Valley
  • Nina Buty, Buty Winery | Walla Walla Valley
  • Steve Brooks, Trust Cellars | Walla Walla Valley
  • Gary Mills, Jamsheed | Yarra Valley, Australia
  • Helen Keplinger, Keplinger Wines | Napa Valley, California
  • Byron Kosuge, Kingston Family Vineyards | Casablanca Valley, Chile
  • Doug Frost, representing Jean-Luc Colombo Wine | Cornas AOC, France

Complimentary shuttle service available from the Courtyard Marriott to the Marcus Whitman Hotel.

  • Shuttles will load at 2:30 p.m. to depart at 2:45 p.m.
  • Return service to depart after the event

Syrah Grand Wine Tasting | 5:30-7:00 p.m.
Four-Course Winemaker Dinner | 7:00-9:00 p.m.

-Grand Tasting: Cordiner Hall at Whitman College, 46 S Park St.
-Dinner: Reid Center at Whitman College, 280 Boyer Ave.
Ticket Price: $125 - Buy now.
Sponsored by McDonald-Zaring Insurance & Andrae's Kitchen.

Begin the evening with appetizers and a grand tasting of Syrah from 40+ Walla Walla Valley wineries, followed by another 3-courses created by three premier chefs:

Dinner tables will be hosted by Walla Walla Valley winemakers, who will skillfully pair their wines with each course. 

View participating wineries and wines here.

Complimentary shuttle service available from the Marcus Whitman Hotel & the Courtyard Marriott to Whitman College beginning at 5:10 p.m. Return service will be available starting at 8:00 p.m. and continue throughout the night to the Marcus Whitman Hotel & the Courtyard Marriott.

Saturday, June 17, 2017

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 17, 2017
Ticket Price: $125

The Walls Vineyards & Delmas | 6:30-9:30 p.m. - SOLD OUT
LOCATION: Passatempo Taverna Wine Studio | 219 West Main Street, Walla Walla, WA
The Walls Vineyards and Delmas invite you to join us for a captivating Spring evening in Passatempo Taverna’s new Wine Studio. We will be pairing our wines with a rustic four course rustic Italian dinner prepared by Executive Chef Aaron Mooney. Experience with us some memorable Syrahs expressing the intensity of The Rocks District of Milton-Freewater terroir, along with a few other surprises! 

Woodward Canyon & L’Ecole No. 41 | 6:00-9:00 p.m. - SOLD OUT
LOCATION: Woodward Canyon & L'Ecole No. 41 | 11920 West Highway 12, Lowden, WA
Enjoy your evening with two of the oldest wineries in the Walla Walla Valley, Woodward Canyon founded in 1981 and L'Ecole No 41 founded in 1983. Your epicurean journey begins at Woodward Canyon with appetizers prepared by Chef Sager Small of Woodward Canyon's Reserve House and hosted by Jordan Dunn-Small & Sager Small, representing Woodward Canyon's second generation. After appetizers, walk next door to L'Ecole No 41 for a 4-course meal created by talented Chef Rich Koby of Fat Duck Inn and Plow & Vine and hosted by L'Ecole owners, Marty & Megan Clubb.

Dunham Cellars, Amavi Cellars, & Dusted Valley |  6:00-9:00 p.m. - SOLD OUT
LOCATION: Dunham Cellars | 150 East Boeing Avenue, Walla Walla, WA
Dunham Cellars, along with our friends at Amavi Cellars and Dusted Valley Winery invites you to join us for a truly unforgettable Walla Walla evening of fabulous food, wine and friends. Enjoy a delicious meal prepared by Chef Jake Crenshaw of local favorite, Olive Marketplace Catering, and creatively paired with wines from all three wineries.  Mingle with our winemakers and principals and learn why Syrah is quickly becoming one of the Valley’s most popular varietals!

Kontos Cellars, Skylite Cellars, Ardor Cellars, & Solemn Cellars | 6:00-9:00 p.m. - SOLD OUT
LOCATION: Kontos Cellars | 10 North 2nd Avenue, Walla Walla, WA
The Young Guns are down a man this year, but four of the original five have a special evening planned. This year they are working with Chef Emry of The "Q" to put together a fantastic meal that will be paired with their personality driven wines. This intimate dinner will be held at the Kontos Cellars tasting room, in the heart of downtown Walla Walla. 

Walla Walla Vintners, Tranche Cellars, & Aluvé | 6:00-9:00 p.m. - SOLD OUT
LOCATION: Tranche Cellars | 705 Berney Drive, Walla Walla, WA
Please join Tranche Cellars, Walla Walla Vintners, & Aluvé for an eastside winery experience! Chef Zoe Shaw of Rhizome Feasts will provide a bountiful farm-to-table dinner featuring fresh local ingredients. Savor an intimate one-of-a-kind evening as these exceptional collaborating wineries come together at the base of the Blue Mountains.

Sleight of Hand Cellars & Waters Winery | 6:00-9:00 p.m.
LOCATION: Sleight of Hand Cellars | 1959 JB George Road, Walla Walla, WA
Dinner at Sleight of Hand Cellars, with Trey Busch of Sleight of Hand and Jamie Brown of Waters Winery, with Chef Andrae Bopp and Chef Joshua Henderson

Like pretty much every story that has been told about either Trey Busch or Jamie Brown, this one begins at a record store. 

Trey and Jamie’s paths crossed in the early 90’s when Jamie opened Ruby Records in Seattle. Trey was a customer, and over the course of several years, became friends. Jamie was Trey’s “dealer” of all things Pearl Jam related. When Jamie sold his store and moved to Walla Walla in the late 90’s, Trey and his family made a fateful visit, where Jamie introduced Trey to Eric  Dunham of Dunham Cellars. That meeting turned into a job opportunity for Trey, and in 2000, he moved his family from Bainbridge Island to Walla Walla to begin his career in the wine business. After working for Eric for 2 years, Trey was hired to start Basel Cellars, and after a great 5 year run making world class wines, decided it was time to start his own project. With the help of friend and business partner Jerry Solomon, they started Sleight of Hand Cellars in 2007. It has quickly grown to be on everyone’s “must visit” wineries in Washington State. 

Jamie naturally transitioned from record store owner to winemaker around the same time, and in 2005, after making wine for JLC Winery, started Waters Winery. The team at Water’s believes that the Walla Walla Valley terroir is capable of producing distinctive red wines that rival the finest of the Old and New World regions. Waters produces just a few thousand cases of small-lot bottlings each year, aimed at reflecting the unique character of each varietal and the qualities of the land that they come from.

Both Sleight of Hand and Waters have tasting rooms here in the Walla Walla Valley, as well as in Seattle at SODO Urbanworks. 

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 12th. There is a fee of 25% for tickets cancelled prior to May 12.