The 2017 Festivities

Refine your palate with the decadent in-home Winemaker Dinners, educate your noggin and your nose with Tasting Seminars, shake your grapes during the Friday Fête, and bid it up at the grand finale Live Auction.

For questions or more information, please contact Carole Ashworth at 404-733-4543 or

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Varies by event

Tasting Seminars

Various locations

$75 – 150 per person. Click here to purchase your ticket.
Ah, the sweet taste of knowledge, served up in bite sized and by-the-glass portions by world-renowned experts on wine and food. These aren’t stuffy lectures on the science of malolactic fermentation. Oh no, these are fun, interactive get-togethers that expose you to great wines and food and let you learn by doing, or should we say chewing, as well as sipping your way through one luscious lesson after the other.

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Seminar 1: Noted: A Curated Tasting of Chardonnay & Syrah from Across the Globe
Date: Tuesday, March 21, 7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Location: City Winery at Ponce City Market: 650 North Avenue NE #201, Atlanta, GA 30308
Chaired by: Sarah Bray (Vini Franchetti) and Megan Hooff (Constellation Brands)
Cost: $75 for seminar; $125 for seminar and Uncorking Cru access to Friday Fete

Featuring the following sommeliers, Eric Crane (Empire Distributors), Stephen James (Hop City) and Clark Anderson (St. Cecilia, King + Duke).

Ever wonder what you’re supposed to be looking for when buying a bottle of wine or tasting a sip at a restaurant? This seminar is geared toward young professionals and people interested in diving into the world of wine. Tasting through two of the top international grape varieties Chardonnay and Syrah, a panel of Atlanta’s wine professionals will guide you through what makes each bottle so distinct — in terms of place, taste, and price. The sit-down tasting will include three of each wine, one white and one red selected by each sommelier, followed by a casual happy hour afterwards.

Seminar 2: A Toast to Terroir – SOLD OUT
Date: Friday, March 24, 11:00 a.m.
Sponsored by: Delta Air Lines
Location: Restaurant Eugene: 2277 Peachtree Rd NE, Atlanta, GA 30309
Cost: $150 per person

Featuring Carissa Chappellet, Chappellet; Robin Lail, Lail Vineyards; Brett deLeuze, ZD Wines; Matt Hobbs, Paul Hobbs Wines;
Bill Ballentine, William Cole Vineyards.

Join Chef Linton Hopkins and Sommelier Gina Hopkins along with our stellar cast of vintners on a delicious journey to destination terroir—the term used to describe the expression of origin in the taste of everything from oysters to chocolate to country ham—and of course wine. Over a multi-course lunch seminar at Chef Hopkins’ iconic Restaurant Eugene, we’ll also explore how the hand of man—through fermentation, preservation and aging—plays a part in the ultimate expression of terroir and taste. Linton is part of Delta’s culinary “Dream Team.”

Seminar 3: The Perfect Score with HALL Wines – SOLD OUT
Date: Friday, March 24, 1:00 – 2:30 pm
Location: Four Seasons Atlanta: 75 14th St NE, Atlanta, GA 30309
Cost: $115 per person

Back by popular demand! The Atlanta Entrepreneurs’ Organization (EO) chapter is partnering with the High Museum Atlanta Wine Auction for a tasting seminar. EO members enjoy a seminar with HALL Wines at the Four Seasons Atlanta. HALL Wines represents critically acclaimed artisan Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon from two tasting room and winery locations in St. Helena and Rutherford, California. Owned by entrepreneurs Craig and Kathryn Hall, its vineyard collection features five Certified Organic estates producing classic Bordeaux varietals. Guests will have the opportunity to taste several wines from the HALL and Walt brands and receive a personalized copy of Craig and Kathryn’s New York Times Bestseller The Perfect Score – a recount of the Hall’s twenty-year climb from amateur winemakers to recipients of an elusive perfect score from Robert Parker at the Wine Advocate.

Seminar 4: 40 Years of CASK 23 with Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars Winemaker, Marcus Notaro
Date: Friday, March 24, 2:00 – 3:30 pm
Location: 5Church at Colony Square: 1197 Peachtree St NE #528, Atlanta, GA 30361
Cost: $100 per person

The story of CASK 23 began during the harvest of 1974 back when Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars enlisted the help of celebrated winemaker André Tchelistcheff. As he tasted through various lots of new wines from that year, one lot from S.L.V. was so beautiful and deliciously distinct the winery decided it should be bottled separately. It was named CASK 23 for the large wooden cask in which it was aged. CASK 23 is a blend of the most distinctive fruit from the S.L.V and FAY estate vineyards, resulting in a wine of extraordinary depth and richness balanced by restraint. Over the years, CASK 23 has become one of the most highly regarded and collected wines worldwide. This is your opportunity to taste four decades of CASK 23 with Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars Winemaker Marcus Notaro.

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11:30 AM - 2:00 PM

Ladies Luncheon

Bacchanalia (SOLD OUT)

This luscious luncheon is of the women, by the women and for the women and the men will just have to deal with that.  Top female winemakers and the best women chefs combine their talents to create an incredible edible event you won’t want to miss. Presided over by the 2015 Co-Chairs Gina Christman and Angelle Hamilton, this luncheon will be held at the fabulous Bacchanalia. Sponsored by Akris.


Anne Quatrano, Bacchanalia
Carla Tomasko, Bacchanalia
Evelyn Ling, Bacchanalia
Eaksuree Poonsiripukeekul, W.H. Stiles Fish Camp
Yesenia Justiniano, Floataway Café
Lynne Sawicki, South City Kitchen

Kathy Joseph, Fiddlehead
Juliana Martinelli, Martinelli Winery
Samantha Rudd, Rudd Winery
Emily Wines, Skipstone
Lindsay Woodard, Retour Winery

1:00 pm to 3:00 pm

Gents Lunch

The Motorcar Collection & Vine Vault

$150 per person. Click here to purchase your ticket.
Buckle your seat belts boys. This is the ultimate testosterone — fueled event ever. Or should we say Testarossa-fueled. The Gentlemen’s Lunch will be held at the high church of high performance — The Motorcar Collection on Miami Circle with an after party at Vine Vault. No, it’s not the most common place for a great meal — surrounded by Ferraris, Bentleys, Rolls Royces and Lamborghinis, there’s nothing common about it. Ben Hill and Elton Potts will host, and Cooks & Soldiers will provide food that will make your taste buds race. Vintners will be there too. Sign up. Step on it!


Landon Thompson, Cooks & Soldiers

Matt Lane, Torbreck
James Mariani, Castello Banfi
Clay Mauritson, Mauritson Family Winery
DLynn Proctor, Penfolds
Bill Stoller, Stoller Family Estate
Chris Tynan, Lede Family Wines

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Dine Around Dinners

Various Restaurants

This may be the most exclusive reservation you ever make. Atlanta’s most prestigious restaurants host the world’s top winemakers in these one-night-only dinner collaborations. Big time chefs will match big time winemakers flavor for flavor in multi-course wine — food pairings you have to taste to believe. You’ll be the toast of the Atlanta restaurant scene when you’re seen at one of these Dine Around Dinners getting all the attention from the chef, sommelier and a world-class winemaker.



Better Half
Winemaker: O’Shaughnessy Estate Winery
Bldg. C, 349 14th St NW, Atlanta 30363
Start time 6:30pm
$100 per person + tax & gratuity
For reservations, please call the restaurant at 404-695-4547

White Oak Kitchen
Winemaker: Castello Banfi
270 Peachtree St NW Ste 100, Atlanta 30303
Cocktail reception at 6:30pm with Castello Banfi owner and CEO, James Mariani, followed by a five-course dining experience paired with wines to begin at 7pm. Complimentary valet parking.
$100 per person + tax & gratuity
For reservations, please call the restaurant at 404-524-7200

ONE.midtown kitchen
Winemaker: Robert Mondavi Winery
555 Dutch Valley Road, Atlanta 30324
Meet and Greet with Robert Mondavi winemaker, Joe Harden at 6:30pm then a non-traditional wine dinner at 7pm with passed small plates and six different wines
$60 per person + tax & gratuity
For reservations, please call the restaurant at 404-892-4111


Gypsy Kitchen
Winemaker: Cain Vineyard and Winery
3035 Peachtree Road, Atlanta, 30305
Reception 6:30pm, Dinner at 7pm
$125 per person + tax & gratuity
For reservations, call Bart Maldonado: 404-840-4682 or
Hosts Jade & Nick Leet, Daidra & Marshall Parrish

Winemaker: Schramsberg Vineyards
997 Virginia Avenue, Atlanta, 30307
Start time 6:30pm
$70 per person + tax and gratuity
For reservations, call the restaurant at 404-872-0904

Osteria Mattone
Winemakers: Square, Plumb & Level Wines and Von Strasser Winery
1095 Canton Street, Roswell, GA 30075
Start time with reception 6:30pm, dinner to follow
$110 per person includes tax & gratuity
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TWO Urban Licks & PARISH + 6 wineries
Winemakers: Purple Hands, Martinelli, Left Coast Cellars, Thomas George, Levendi, Rafael et Fils
820 Ralph McGill Blvd NE, Atlanta, GA 30306 (TWO Urban Licks)
240 Highland Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30307 (PARISH)
Start time 6:30pm
Progressive party with 3 wineries at each restaurant and whole animal barbecue (lamb at Parish and pig at TWO Urban Licks) and sides along with live music at each venue.
$75 per person + tax & gratuity for both dinners
$40 per person + tax & gratuity for one dinner
For reservations, call TWO Urban Licks at 404-522-4622 and PARISH at 404-681-4434
Hosts Abby & Mike Bennett

7:00 PM

Winemaker Dinners

Various Private Homes

Winemaker Dinners typically sell out with Benefactor Packages. A limited amount of single tickets may be available, with priority given to current 2017 Benefactors. Call Carole Ashworth at 404-733-4543 or visit our contact page to get in touch.

Welcome to foodie paradise. These dinners-to-die-for are the ingenious joint efforts of Atlanta and the South’s best and most celebrated chefs and the world’s most wondrous winemakers, hosted by the owners of the finest homes in Atlanta. One, and often two of our visiting winemakers dust off their really good stuff and join you for a sumptuous multi-course dinner, prepared by an outstanding chef and staff specifically to complement the wines being served.

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2017 Winemaker Dinners


Melinda and Brian Corbett

Ellie Anest and Aurelien Roulin, Eleven Eleven Wines
Sam Lando, Lando Wines
Kirk Venge, Venge Vineyards

Chris Hall, Local Three, Muss & Turner’s
Dustin Valette, Valette, Healdsburg

DINNER 2 – Delta Dinner in the 747!

Mary and Tim Mapes, Delta Air Lines

Steve Reynolds, Reynolds Family & Italics Winegrowers
Andrew Wessen, Italics Winegrowers

Linton Hopkins, Restaurant Eugene
Jeremiah Bacon, The Macintosh, Charleston
Chris Shepherd, Underbelly, Houston
Justin Deviller, La Petite Grocery, New Orleans


Iris and Bruce Feinberg

Andy Peay, Peay Vineyards
Lindy Novak, Spottswoode Estate Vineyard & Winery

David Bies, Ticonderoga Club
Adam Biderman, The Company Burger, New Orleans


Bonnie and Eric Fishman

Ellen and Robert Brittan, Brittan Vineyards
Luke Russ, O’Shaughnessy Estate Winery

Gerry Klaskala, Aria
Kevin Rathbun, Rathbun’s Restaurants


Nena Griffith
Louise and Peter Bray
Nancy and Gene Hooff

Jim Clendenen, Au Bon Climat and Clendenen Family Vineyards
Sarah Bray, Tenuta Di Trinoro and Passopisciaro

Steven Satterfield, Miller Union
Andy Ticer & Michael Hudman, Andrew Michael Italian Kitchen, Hog & Hominy, Porcellino’s, Memphis


Allison and Ben Hill

Jasmine Hirsch, Hirsch Vineyards
Austin Peterson, Ovid

Ryan Smith, Staplehouse
Richard Neal, Five and Ten


Katie and West Johnson

Michael Browne, Kosta Browne Winery
Justin Stephens, D. R. Stephens Estate
Juan Mercado, Realm Cellars

Zeb Stevenson, Watershed
Chris Hastings, Hot and Hot Fish Club, Birmingham


Stacey and David Kaufman

Jan Holtermann & Carroll Kemp, Alma Fria
Michael Polenske, Blackbird Vineyards

Todd Ginsberg, General Muir
Ned Baldwin, Houseman, New York


Malinda and David Krantz

Alberto Bianchi, Newton Vineyards
Dr. Madaiah Revana,  Revana Family Vineyard

Todd Richards, White Oak Kitchen & Cocktails
Craig Deihl, Cypress, Charleston


Barby and Bert Levy

Richard Shea, Shea Vineyards
Marcus Notaro, Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars

Matt Basford, Canoe
Duane Nutter, Southern National, Mobile


Carmen and Geoff Pope
Louise Sams and Jerome Grilhot

Bob Lindquist, Qupe´ Wine Cellars
Jeff Mangahas, Williams Selyem Winery

Josh Hopkins, Empire State South
Chris Newsome, Ollie Irene, Birmingham
Sarah Steffan, Blackberry Farm, Walland


Dawn and Eric Tresh

David Fischer, Ramey Wine Cellars
Stuart Bryan, Pride Mountain Vineyards

Jamie Adams, Il Giallo
Tenney Flynn, GW Fins, New Orleans


Su and Al Longman
Tony Conway and Steve Welsh

Vincent Pages, Krug Champagne
Ian Mendelsohn, Vine & Tap

Mark Alba, Legendary Events Executive Chef
Ami Dand, Legendary Events Executive Pastry Chef


7:00 PM

Friday Fête

Tents at Turner Field

Tickets to this event are included only in Benefactor packages. Individual tickets are not for sale.
This is truly living large. It all gets started in the tents at Turner Field with a Champagne BILLECART-SALMON reception including an exclusive Silent Auction (that people will talk about anyway). Then it’s time to feast! A team of award- winning chefs will spend all day saucing, seasoning, mixing, mincing, spicing and dicing to prepare an amazing dinner for the assembled glitterati. Renowned winemakers will be seated at every table, pouring their pride and joy. After the dessert course, don’t desert the party because Bogey and the Viceroy will start pumpin’ out tunes you can really move to until it’s time to shut it down and get ready for the next day’s main event.

Dress code is Cocktail Casual.

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8:30 p.m.

Friday Fête After Party

Tents at Turner Field

The Uncorking Cru – our committee of 25 to 35-year-old wine, art and philanthropy enthusiasts – serve as the official host of the Friday Fête “After Party” and would love for you to join them! Get your tickets for a night to remember and keep your glasses filled with selections from our fabulous vintners. You’ll dance the night away as the band cranks up the volume and the energy with a mix of tunes that will have wine lovers of every vintage shaking their grapes and squeezing every drop out of this exquisite evening’s entertainment. Uncorking Cru members and Young Professional Members of the High Museum attend the After Party at $60/per person. Guests attend at $75/person. The added bonus? Each ticket includes a door prize!

11:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Vintners' Reception and Live Auction

Tents at Turner Field

Tickets typically sell out with Benefactor Packages. A very limited amount of single tickets may be available, with priority given to current 2017 Benefactors. Call Carole Ashworth at 404-733-4543 or visit our contact page to be placed on the wait list. 

The entire week has been leading up to this. In fact, the past 25 years have been leading up to this. This is THE BIG ONE!

It starts with more than 85 exceptional vintners filling your souvenir glass at the ultimate wine tasting — tables and tables of winemakers pouring samples of the best wines they make. Meanwhile, dozens of the best chefs and restaurants in Atlanta will keep your plate filled with an endless array of savory samples of their best foods. Seconds anyone? How ‘bout fifths?

Then at 1 PM sharp — the gavel drops on the silver anniversary year of a colossus of a celebration — the 25th Annual High Museum Wine Auction. Bigger and better lots than ever before — exciting and exotic trips, fabulous one-of-a-kind dining experiences and, of course, amazing and often unique wines, some in rare large format bottles. You’ll be able to bid on items you’ll never see anywhere else. There are so many awesome items, even the Silent Auction will have bidders screaming to the tent tops.

This is the best way we know to have a BIG impact on our community and have a tremendous week filled with fun, food, wine and art at the same time.  Don’t miss this year’s Auction. It’s going to be huge!

View our 2017 Auction lots!