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A vast selection of wines is uncorked with dinner at the 25th Classic Wines Auction. The event took place at the Oregon Convention Center on March 7.

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Karen Hinsdale, president of the Cellar Door, a local wine retail shop, and one of the founding board members of the Oregon Classic Wines Auction, takes a time-out from the festivities. The auction began in 1982 with a small group of friends exchanging wines to raise funds for Portland’s Metropolitan Family Service.

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The silent auction starts up before dinner as connoisseurs take the opportunity to bid on valuable wines from Oregon, Washington, California, and Reims, France. The auction raised $2.2 million for local charities.

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Guests test their skills at the wine ring-toss challenge.

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The silent auction is accompanied by a wine and artisan cheese tasting.

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Greg Robeson, culinary director for the Classic Wines Auction since its inception in 1982, orchestrates the evening’s dinner.

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Some tasteful tunes by Michael Allen Harrison add to the elegance of chef David Machado’s dinner at the Classic Wines Auction.

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After the silent auction and wine-and-cheese tasting, guests file into the ballroom for a dinner prepared by chef David Machado, the owner of Lauro Kitchen and Vindalho.

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