Revelry on Red Mountain. (Courtesy Auction of Washington Wines)

When Red Mountain winery Col Solare, a collaboration between Chateau Ste. Michelle and Tuscany’s Marchesi Antinori, opens up the doors to local restaurant Bin No. 20 and 21 Washington winemakers next Saturday it might just be worth booking that hotel in Kennewick.

Sure, there’s the sunset, the chance to get convivial with a bunch of other oenephiles and foodies, and the fact that the event raises oak barrels of money for uncompensated care at Seattle Children’s Hospital, but for those of us who somehow aged out of Sasquatch, it’s also another excuse to chase the sunshine across the passes next weekend. Getting a chance to hang out at Col Solare won’t hurt, either.

Revelry is just the first of the summer’s Auction of Washington Wines events, which culminate in the 25th annual gala at Chateau Ste. Michelle on August 18.