2007 Classic Wines Auction Gathers Culinary Stars and Vintners for Charity Event

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Gala event features international wine ambassador from Chile, celebrity chefs and world-class wines; 1930 Packard Sport Phaeton for bid at 2007 auction.

The Classic Wines Auction, the largest charity wine auction in Oregon and one of the top ten in the country according to Wine Spectator Magazine, has a stellar line up of guest chefs and winemakers, as well as international vintner Alexandra Marnier Lapostolle de Bournet from Chile for the 2007 gala auction on Saturday, March 3, 2007 at the Oregon Convention Center. The week prior to the auction features an expanded list of winemaker dinners from February 27 - March 1, 2007, followed by the Ambassador Dinner on Friday, March 2 at the Portland Art Museum, featuring honorary wine ambassadors Mike Etzel of Beaux Frères in Oregon, Norm Mckibben of Pepper Bridge Winery in Washington, Pat Kuleto of Kuleto Estate Family Vineyards in California and Alexandra Marnier Lapostolle de Bournet of Casa Lapostolle in Chile.

Culinary Stars

As one of the highlights of the 2007 Classic Wines Auction, the guest chefs for the gala auction dinner hail from all corners of the Pacific Northwest. This year, the culinary line-up includes Ethan Stowell of Union in Seattle; Rocky Marselli and Stephanie Kimmel of Marché in Eugene; Josh Blythe of Roux in Portland; Ben Dyer, John Gorham and Jason Owens of Simpatica Dining Hall in Portland; and Cheryl Wakerhauser of Pix Pâtisserie in Portland. In addition to the gala, 30 winemaker dinners will include the finest chefs in Portland and Southwest Washington paired with winemakers from Oregon, Washington and California. The Ambassador Dinner on Friday, March 2 will be prepared by Jan Birnbaum, chef at Sazerac in Seattle and owner of the former Catahoula Saloon in Calistoga and the much anticipated EPIC Roasthouse opening on the San Francisco waterfront in 2007.

Classic Packard on the Auction Block

The Hickey Family of Oregon has generously donated a 1930 yellow 4-door Packard Sport Phaeton, model 733 for the 2007 Classic Wines Auction. The classic automobile has been on the auto show circuit in the United States for many years and is a favorite with collectors.

Helping Children and Families

The Classic Wines Auction board has selected four local charities to benefit from the 2007 auction events: Friends of the Children – Portland, Metropolitan Family Services, New Avenues for Youth and Trillium Family Services. "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 almost $14 million for Portland-area charities since its inception in 1984.

New Fund-Raising Heights in 2006

The Classic Wines Auction raised over $2.2 million for children and families in Portland and Southwest Washington during the week-long events in March 2006. The events also hosted a record number of 1,000 guests, the largest turnout in the event's history. One of the top selling lots was Va Va Va Voom in your Little Red Corvette donated by the Hickey Family. The lot raised $88,000 for the 1966 Corvette Stingray convertible and a 1966 Leroy Grands Echezeaux Burgundy. Another top lot raised $30,000 and featured a once-in-a-lifetime dinner with all five Portland-area James Beard Award-winning chefs, including Vitaly Paley of Paley's Place, Cory Schreiber of Wildwood, Philippe Boulot of the Heathman, Greg Higgins of Higgins, and Caprial Pence of Caprial's Bistro.

About Classic Wines Auction:

Based in Portland, Oregon, the Classic Wines Auction, Inc., is a nonprofit organization dedicated to producing the Classic Wines Auction and related food and wine events to raise funds for local charities benefiting children and families. Co-chairs for the 2007 Classic Wines Auction are: Gary Maffei, Linda Hickey and Frank Roberti. For more information, please visit. http://www.classicwinesauction.com or call 503-972-0194.

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