By Brad Buckner
Every year, the Classic Wines Auction hosts three evenings of intimate winemaker dinners the week leading up to the gala auction. The winemaker dinners offer a varied number of seats depending on the venue. 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. Named as one of the top ten charity wine auctions for the past seven years by Wine Spectator Magazine, CWA has raised almost $19.5 million for Portland area charities since its inception in 1982.