When the auctioneer’s hammer fell at the 26th annual Classic Wines Auction on March 6 in Portland, Oregon, Loosen raised some serious loot for charity.
At the table with CWA board member Chris Hermann, Ernst Loosen, and Mark Freund from Silicon Valley Bank.
A trip to visit Dr. Loosen in Germany (four days hosted by Ernie!) was one of the top-selling lots at the auction. The trip, donated by Loosen Bros USA with airfare contributed by American Airlines, sold for $18,000 at the auction, which raised more than $2.3 million for five charities.
l to r): Chef David Machado, Matt Elsen and Bob Liner from Galaxy Wine Co., Co-Chair Michelle Fitzhenry, Washington Wine Ambassador David O'Reilly, International Wine Ambassador Ernst Loosen, California Wine Ambassador Cleo Pahlmeyer, Co-Chair Tim Phillips, Oregon Wine Ambassadors Cathy and Bill Stoller, Chef Jesus Cibrian and Chef Cory Schreiber.
The Classic Wines Auction is one of the top five charity wine auctions in the United States, according to Wine Spectator magazine. This year’s honorary international ambassador for the event was none other than our own Ernie Loosen.
Another Loosen Bros. USA donation of a weekend in Seattle and tickets to the Riesling Rendezvous, an event co-sponsored by Dr. Loosen and Chateau Ste. Michelle, raised an additional $4,000 at the auction. Read more.