2009 Classic Wines Auction Winemaker Dinner Series

Series pairs chefs and vintners for intimate dining experiences

Reservations are now available for the 2009 Classic Wines Auction Winemaker Dinner Series pairing chefs and vintners for intimate dining experiences. Visitors can reserve their seats at one of the33 winemaker dinners and support five area charities as part of the Classic Wines Auction’s 2009 wine events leading up to the 25th anniversary gala auction. They can mix and mingle with some of the most respected winemakers from Oregon, Washington and California, as well as Portland’s finest chefs.

This annual event features 33 Portland and southwest Washington restaurants and 58 wineries. Each participating restaurant will prepare a gourmet meal paired with wines from one or two different wineries with all proceeds supporting charities benefiting families and children in Oregon and southwest Washington.

The Classic Wines Auction Board has selected five local charities to benefit from the 2009 auction and expanded series of events: Friends of the Children – Portland, Metropolitan Family Service, New Avenues for Youth, Trillium Family Services and YWCA Clark County. “Watching our community raise funds for programs that will impact children and families is the most memorable part of the annual auction,” said executive director Heather Martin. Classic Wines Auction, Inc. has raised more than $19.4 million since its inception in 1982.

The dinners begin at 6:30 p.m. on the evenings of March 3-5, 2009 (see the schedule below). Each dinner offers a varied number of seats depending on the venue and tickets are $150 per person (tax deductible portion is $65), including dinner, wine and gratuity. 503-972-0194; www.classicwinesauction.com.

Winemaker Dinner Schedule:

Tuesday, March 3, 2009; 6:30 p.m.
Alba Osteria & Enoteca with Bishop Creek Cellars and Tamarack Cellars
Chez Joly with Lago de Merlo Vineyards and Winery
FiveSpice Bistro with Brooks Winery and Bergevin Lane Vineyards
The Heathman Restaurant with Shea Wine Cellars and Penner-Ash Wine Cellars
Hudson’s Bar & Grill at the Heathman Lodge with Van Duzer Vineyards
Mingo West with Sokol Blosser Winery and Whitman Cellars
¡OBA! with Broadley Vineyards and Amavi Cellars
Park Kitchen with Chehalem Winery
Sel Gris with Westrey Wine Company and Seven Hills Winery
Wildwood Restaurant with Rex Hill Vineyards and Matthews Estate

Wednesday, March 4, 2009; 6:30 p.m.
Caprial’s Westmoreland Kitchen with Stoller Vineyards and Pepper Bridge Winery
Castagna with Matello and Walla Walla Vintners
DOC with Cristom Vineyards and J. Christopher Wines
Fife with Witness Tree Vineyard
Lincoln with Andrew Rich Winery and Anne Amie Vineyards
Roux Restaurant with Argyle Winery and Patton Valley Vineyard
Simpatica Dining Hall with Dobbes Family Estate

Thursday, March 5, 2009; 6:30 p.m.
Ciao Vito with Lachini Vineyards and Mark Ryan Winery
Gracie’s at the Hotel Deluxe with Abacela Vineyards and Winery
Gray’s at the Park, Hilton Vancouver WA with Willamette Valley Vineyards
Tabla Mediterranean Bistro with Owen Roe and Woodward Canyon Winery
Ten 01 with DeLille Cellars, O Wines and Beaux Frères
23 Hoyt with Belle Pente Wine Cellars and Sleight of Hand Cellars
Urban Farmer at the Nines with Charles Krug Winery