We are very excited and pleased to be working with the Classic Wines Auction!
The main event is the 2012 Classic Wines Auction, presented by Bank of America and US Trust, which attracts 750 wine and food enthusiasts from around the country on March 3 at the Oregon Convention Center. The gala auction includes a pre-dinner wine and food tasting reception, a five-course culinary feast prepared by top guest chefs, selected wines from both national and international wine ambassadors, along with a silent and live auction.
Of course the auction features incredible wines at the event which are highlighted by the 2012 Honorary Wine Ambassadors: Evening Land Vineyards(Salem, Ore.), DeLille Cellars(Woodinville, Wash.), Fontanafredda (Piedmont, Italy) and Sbragia Family Vineyards (Geyserville, Calif.)
The wines have to be paired with great food too! So top local chefs Cory Schreiber (founder of Wildwood Restaurant) and Adam Sappington(chef and owner of Country Cat Dinner House and Bar) will collaborate with Oregon Convention Center Executive Chef, Allan Wambaa to prepare a customized menu for auction attendees.
Ultimately the event is a fundraiser. The Classic Wines Auction has raised over $26 million for Portland-area charities since its inception in 1982. Long standing beneficiaries include: Metropolitan Family Service, New Avenues for Youth, Friends of the Children-Portland and ywca clark county.
In addition to the auction, there are additional great events benefiting the charities:
Walla Walla Wine @ Pure Space / February 27, 2012, 6-9 p.m. Guests will enjoy wines from 21 Walla Walla wineries and mingle with winemakers at this returning event.
Classic Wines Auction Spring Winemaker Dinners / February 28 – March 1, 2012 at 6:30 p.m. The week leading up to the auction includes 31 intimate dinners pairing Portland and SW Washington’s finest chefs with top domestic and international winemakers. There is still limited availability at restaurants like Clyde Common, Lincoln and Grüner, to name a few. Many of the dinner have already sold out (such as Andina, Paley’s Place and Genoa) so act fast!