PNDRI Announces Impressive List of Winery Partners for Annual Fundraiser

An Evening of Wine showcases top regional vintners and raises funds for critical diabetes research 

Seattle – June 1, 2011 – Every year, organizers of the Pacific Northwest Diabetes Research Institute’s (PNDRI) annual fundraiser, An Evening of Wine, receive very positive post-event feedback—it seems attendees almost unanimously have a lively good time.

It doesn’t take a research scientist to figure out a big reason why:  It’s the wine.  Credit is certainly due event organizers for developing compelling programs and hosting interesting guests, but everyone knows the wine is the star of this show.

PNDRI is grateful to several regional wineries for their partnership on this year’s event (Sept. 9 at the Seattle Marriott Waterfront) and their support of its mission to prevent and cure diabetes and its complications:

  • Boudreaux Cellars:  Near Leavenworth, Boudreaux focuses on “smooth, deeply complex reds” and was named “Best New Winery” by Seattle Magazine when it opened in 2007. This is Boudreaux’s fourth year as a Winery Partner.
  • Col Solare Winery:  Col Solare is an acclaimed collaboration between regional juggernaut Chateau St. Michelle and centuries-old Tuscan winery Marchesi Antinori that produces world-class Cabernet Sauvignon-based reds. This is Col Solare’s first year as a Winery Partner.
  • Dunham Cellars:  Using grapes from some of the finest vineyards in the Walla Walla, Yakima and Columbia Valleys, Dunham Cellars has established an award-winning reputation for their wines. They have supported PNDRI as a Winery Partner every year since the event’s inception.
  • Gordon Brothers Family Vineyards: This Columbia Valley winery produces a variety of whites and reds, including “Tradition,” its acclaimed red blend, and takes pride in being the oldest estate winery in the state. This is Gordon Brothers’ first year as a Winery Partner.
  • JM Cellars: A family-owned winery in Woodinville, JM Cellars produces high-quality, primarily red wines that are “styled for balance, power, dimension and finesse.”  This is their fifth year as a Winery Partner.
  • Pepper Bridge Winery: This winery is committed to sustainable viticulture and is a critic favorite, being called a “vineyard name to know” and a “top vineyard site worldwide” by industry trades. This is their second year as a Winery Partner, the first being the inaugural event in 2004.
  • Reininger Winery:  Since its founding in 1997, Reininger reds have been praised for being “elegantly crafted and finely structured” and reflect the talent of Walla Walla as a top wine-producing region. This is Reininger’s seventh year as a Winery Partner.
  • Sheridan Vineyard: This family-owned vineyard and winery in the Yakima Valley provides grapes to wineries like Quilceda Creek and Andrew Will, and produces small amounts of estate wine. This is Sheridan’s second year as a Winery Partner.
  • Va Piano Vineyards: This Tuscan-themed winery produces classic Walla Walla whites and reds that “display intense flavors and aromas and fine tannin structure.” This is Va Piano's fifth year as a Winery Partner.

In addition to showcasing some of the best regional wines, An Evening of Wine provides unique access to the winemakers themselves, most of whom travel to demonstrate their support in person.  Up to 300 guests also enjoy a three-course dinner, a blind wine tasting game, and both silent and live auctions. This year’s event takes place on Friday, Sept. 9 at the Seattle Waterfront Marriott. Please contact Becky Bruhn at or (206) 568-1489 for more information or to purchase tickets.

About the Pacific Northwest Diabetes Research Institute (PNDRI): PNDRI is an independent non-profit biomedical and clinical research center dedicated to preventing and curing diabetes and its complications. Founded in Seattle in 1956 by Dr. William Hutchinson, Sr., who also founded the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, PNDRI is advancing basic and clinical knowledge to help predict, prevent, treat and cure diabetes in all its forms. The Institute’s acclaimed team of 85 physicians, scientists and technical staff strive to realize clinical discoveries that improve the health of the 246 million people worldwide living with diabetes. For more information about PNDRI, visit or call 206-726-1200. If you were just diagnosed with diabetes or want to learn more about the disease, please visit our Diabetes Resources page.