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Uncork a Southern Tradition

March 25-28, 2013

The High Museum Atlanta Wine Auction - Uncork a Southern Tradition

The 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 uncork a Southern tradition with the grand finale Live Auction. View our official Event Guide!

For information on purchasing tickets, please contact Carole Ashworth at 404-733-4543 or

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25 - 26

Dine Around Dinners


Prix fixe reservations will be available at the restaurants listed below. Please make reservations directly with the restaurant. Please note times and dates vary by restaurant.

Enjoy an exclusive menu prepared by the chefs themselves with special bottles from world-class winemakers.



Here’s your chance to enjoy restaurants in Atlanta like no one else can. Literally. Anyone fortunate enough to attend will enjoy an exclusive menu specially prepared by the chefs themselves. Now add world-class winemakers into the mix, pouring special bottles of their top wines paired perfectly with your dinner. Sakes alive! Jealous friends may think you’re puttin’ on airs, but it will be worth it.

Nikolai’s Roof
Wednesday, March 25
7:00 p.m.
Chef Stephanie Alderete
Brand Ambassador Scott Foley of Alexana Winery and Revana Family Vineyard
$155 per person (not including tax and gratuity)

Oak Steakhouse Avalon
950 3rd Street Alpharetta, GA 30009
Wednesday, March 25
6:30 p.m. reception, 7:00 p.m. dinner
Chef Chad Anderson
Guest Proprietor Miles MacDonnell of Round Pond Estate 
$125 per person (including tax and gratuity)

Sotto Sotto
Wednesday, March 25
7:00 p.m.
Chef Riccardo Ullio
Featuring the wines of Tenuta Argentiera poured by Carlotta Scotti Pignatto, President of Tuscan Vineyard Imports and Sam Pignatto, Vice President of Tuscan Vineyard Imports
$175 per person (not including tax and gratuity)

Vine & Tap
Wednesday, March 25
6:30 p.m. bubbles on the deck, 7:00 p.m. dinner
Chef Ian Mendelsohn
Owner and Winemaker Andy Phipps of Phipps Family Cellars
$100 per person (including tax and gratuity)
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Vino Venue
Wednesday, March 25
6:00 p.m. reception, 7:00 p.m. dinner
Chef Cidney Wilcox
Proprietors Bryan Vais of Bailiwick Wines and Tom Gamble of Gamble Family Vineyards
$49 per person (not including tax and gratuity)

White Oak Kitchen & Cocktails
Wednesday, March 25
6:30 p.m. reception, 7:00 p.m. dinner
Chef Timothy Magee
Guest Sommelier Jacob Gragg pouring wines of  Banfi Wines
$125 per person (including tax, gratuity, and parking)
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Woodfire Grill
Wednesday, March 25
6:30 p.m. reception, 7:00 p.m. dinner
Executive Chef Matthew Weinstein
Julianna Martinelli, Owner and Director of Martinelli Winery and Teresa D’Aurizio, Vice President of ZD Wines
$113 per person (not including tax and gratuity)

Southern Art
InterContinental Buckhead Atlanta
3315 Peachtree Road
Atlanta, GA 30326
Thursday, March 26 (Please note, this is the only Thursday night dinner)
6:30 p.m. reception, 7:00 p.m. dinner
Chef Art Smith
Brand Ambassador Luke Russ of O’Shaughnessy Estate Winery and Winemaker Chris Tynan of Cliff Lede Vineyards
$150 per person (not including tax and gratuity)

Wednesday, March 25
6:30 p.m.
Chef Joshua Perkins
Guest Winemaker Lindsay Woodard of Retour Wines
$100 per person (not including tax and gratuity)

The Luminary – SOLD OUT
Wednesday, March 25
6:30 p.m.
Chef Eli Kirshtein
Brand Ambassador Brook Drummond from Skipstone and Brand Ambassador Julian Girard from Champagne Henri Giraud
$125 per person (including tax and gratuity)

Rosebud – SOLD OUT
Wednesday, March 25
7:00 p.m.
Chef Ron Eyester
Winery Guests Nick Allen, Proprietor of Carte Blanche and DJ Warner, General Manager of Carte Blanche

Park 75 at Four Seasons Hotel Atlanta  - SOLD OUT
Wednesday, March 25
6:00 p.m. dinner
Chef Robert Gerstenecker
Guest Winemaker Ted Henry of Jarvis Estate
And with Special Guest Thomas Arvid, world renowned painter of wine
$200 per person (including tax and gratuity)
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26 - 27

Tasting Seminars


To purchase tickets, contact Carole Ashworth at 404-733-4543 or

Renowned culinary and winemaking experts will give you the skinny on how to get the most out of enjoying food and wine.


These are not your basic run-of-the-mill wine tastings and cooking classes. No sir, no ma’am. These are events in their own right. We can’t tell you about all the seminars just yet—some details are still falling into place—but we can tell you that renowned culinary and winemaking experts will take you under their wings with the inside scoop, the real skinny on how to get the most out of enjoying food and wine. This may be our best and most eclectic class lineup ever, so make sure you are there for roll-call.

SEMINAR 1: Wines of Rioja
Thursday, March 26, 6:30 PM 
The Castle, 87 15th Street, Atlanta, GA 30309

Explore the delectable wines of Spain’s famed Rioja region during this in-depth seminar highlighting two of the region’s leading bodegas: Fernando Remirez de Ganuza and Vivanco. Spanish-inspired light bites will be offered for pairing.

SEMINAR 2: ‘Cue the Wine
Friday, March 27, 11:30 AM – 1:00 PM
The Castle, 87 15th Street, Atlanta, GA 30309

No one can deny that two of the fastest growing culinary categories are wine and barbecue. But how do they really do together? Join food and wine writer Jordan Mackay, author of the soon-to-be released book Franklin BBQ: A Meat Smoker’s Manifesto, and super sommelier Eric Crane for a wide-ranging exploration of matching wine with smoky meat. We will deploy top-notch wines from a variety of grapes and locales against a field of various bbq meats and sauces to better understand what works, what doesn’t, and what is gloriously sublime.

Martinelli 2013 Giuseppe & Luisa Zinfandel
Inman 2013 Whole Buncha Love Carbonic Pinot Noir
Cliff Lede Vineyards 2012 Stags Leap District Cabernet Sauvignon
Wind Gap 2012 Sonoma Coast Syrah
Pewsey Vale Riesling

SEMINAR 3: Take a Walk on the Wild Side (of Wine)
Friday, March 27
1:30 – 3:00 PM
The Castle, 87 15th Street, Atlanta, GA 30309

Unlock your savory side. Beyond the bouquet, let’s talk about the palate. It’s easy to taste sweetness and acidity, bitterness and astringency. But there is a fifth taste that awakens and satisfies the palate. The Japanese call this taste Umami. Explore this fifth sense and the savory side of wine and food with wine writer Jordan Mackay and winemakers Chris Howell of Cain Vineyard & Winery, Andy Peay of Peay Vineyards and Dawnine Dyer of Meteor Vineyards alongside Chef Ted Kupferman through imaginative pairings, unique wines and lively discussion.

11:30 AM - 2:00 PM

Ladies Luncheon


This event is sold out.

Brand new this year, and not to be missed! Join our effervescent 2015 Co-chairs, Gina Christman and Angelle Hamilton, at Bacchanalia for a phenomenal meal prepared by the amazing women of the culinary and wine world. The High Museum Atlanta Wine Auction is grateful for the generous sponsorship of the event by the Chubb Group of Insurance Companies. Afterward, you can shop til you drop at the boutiques of the Westside Provisions District!

7:00 PM

Winemaker Dinners


Tickets often sell out with Benefactor Packages. A limited amount of single tickets may be available, with priority given to current 2015 Benefactors. Call Carole Ashworth at 404-733-4543 visit our contact page to get in touch.

These are one-of-a-kind evenings with famous winemakers and incomparable chefs doing what they do best all in the intimate setting of a beautiful Atlanta private home.


You’re invited to get a taste of something truly special and absolutely unique. These are one-of a-kind evenings with famous winemakers and incomparable chefs doing what they do best. Winemakers will be pouring wines you may never see anywhere else, and the best chefs in America will be matching them plate-for-glass with extraordinary food. Plus you’ll be enjoying it all in the intimate setting of a beautiful Atlanta private home. Each of these dinners is an impeccable wining and dining experience, presided over by the gracious homeowners themselves. And as we all know, no one entertains like Southerners.

Hosts and Winemakers: Ali and Charles Banks of Mayacamas Vineyards and Fable Mountain Vineyards
Chefs: Kevin Rathbun of Rathbun’s Restaurants and Robbie Wilson of Mattei’s Tavern, Los Olivos, CA

Hosts: Harvin and Tommy Greene
Winemakers: Jamey Whetstone of Whetstone Wine Cellars and Pax Mahle of Wind Gap
Chefs: Drew Belline of no. 246 and Matt Kelly of Mateo and Vin Rouge, Durham, NC

Margaret and Scotty Greene
Winemakers: Andy Peay of Peay Vineyards and Michael Polenske of Blackbird Vineyards
Chefs: Matt Basford of Canoe and John Fleer of Rhubarb, Asheville, NC

Hosts: Nancy and Gene Hooff
Winemakers: Gary Franscioni of ROAR Wines and Dr. Madaiah Revana of Revana Family Vineyard & Alexana
Chefs: Eli Kirshtein of The Luminary and Justin Devillier of La Petite Grocery, New Orleans, LA

Hosts: Stacey and David Kaufman
Winemakers: Steve Reynolds of Reynolds Family and Andy Wilcox of Italics Winegrowers
Chefs: Josh Hopkins of Empire State South and Mike Gulotta of Mopho Mid-City, New Orleans, LA

Hosts: Louise and E.T. Laird
Winemakers: Stuart Bryan of Pride Mountain Vineyards and Lynn Fritz of Lynmar Estate
Chefs: Craig Richards of St. Cecilia and Jeremiah Bacon of The Macintosh, Charleston, SC

Hosts: Shannon and Chris McManus
Winemakers: Sam Lando of Lando Wines and Julie and Frank Husic of Husic Vineyards
Chefs: Colin Auer and Ashley Auer of Cooks & Soldiers and Justin Burdett of Highlands, NC

Hosts: Barbara Bing and Stuart Pliner
Winemakers: Joy Sterling of Iron Horse and Greg Gregory of BRAND Napa Valley
Chefs: Linton Hopkins of Restaurant Eugene and Rob McDaniel of SpringHouse, Lake Martin, AL

Hosts: Kathy and Marbury Rainer
Winemakers: Jenifer Freebairn of Paul Hobbs and Andrea Franchetti of Tenuta di Trinoro
Chefs: Jeffrey Wall of Kimball House and Kevin Johnson of The Grocery, Charleston, SC

Hosts: Lillian and Johnathan Short
Winemakers: David Fischer of Ramey Wine Cellars and Clay Mauritson of Mauritson Family
Chefs: Jay Swift of 4th & Swift and William Dissen of The Market Place, Asheville, NC

Hosts: Leigh and Tim Walsh
Winemakers: Justin Stephens of D.R. Stephens Estate and Jeff Mangahas of Williams Selyem
Chefs: Chris Hall of Local Three and Sara Toth of Dickie Brennan’s Steakhouse, New Orleans, LA

Hosts: Dina Woodruff
Winemakers: Jim Clendenen of Au Bon Climat and Carroll Kemp of Red Car
Chefs: Angus Brown of LUSCA and John Currence of City Grocery, Oxford, MS

7:00 PM

Friday Fête

The tents at Atlantic Station

Tickets to this event are included only in Benefactor packages. Benefactor packages are sold out. Individual tickets are not for sale.

Enjoy a gastronomic gala prepared by James Beard chefs, greet friends and vintners, bid on Silent Auction items and dance the night away.


Champagne, anyone? A stylish reception with cold crisp glasses of France’s finest bubbly is the opening act of this incredible three-part Southern soirée inside the party tents at Atlantic Station. Meet and greet friends and vintners, and browse through the night’s Silent Auction items (there are some real gems here).

It’s a perfect prelude to a spectacular second act dinner in the main dining area, very specially prepared by a dream team of highly decorated James Beard chefs from across the South, shining Southern stars every one. Joining the party will be our fabulous vintner guests who will keep your glasses filled with selections from their wineries.

The third portion of this eventful evening begins about the time your delicious dessert is being served, when 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. Ain’t life grand?

Dress code is Cocktail Casual.

11:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Vintners' Reception and Live Auction

The tents at Atlantic Station

This event is currently sold out. 

Talk with the rock stars of the wine and food world while sipping and munching their best work before bidding on rare wines, original art, incredible trips, amazing dinners and more.


Everything leads up to this—a full-on gastronomic spectacular as the South’s best restaurants and the world’s best vintners converge in the tents at Atlantic Station. Chefs from dozens of top restaurants will serve small plates of culinary heaven. Scores of winemakers from all over the world are pouring their pride and joy into bottomless commemorative wine glasses, answering your questions about style and techniques, vineyards and varietals. It’s your chance to talk one-on-one with the rock stars of the wine and food world while sipping and munching their best work. Okay, enough of the preliminaries. It’s time to uncork another edition of our great Southern tradition—the 23rd High Museum Atlanta Wine Auction. This is the best of the best in rare wines, original art, incredible trips, amazing dinners and more—all for sale to the high bidders during a fabulous frenzy of electricity and excitement to benefit Atlanta’s High Museum of Art. Many lots are unique, one-of-a-kind items, some created specifically for our Auction. You’ll be surrounded by friends and high-lifers who know how to enjoy themselves, so don’t miss this opportunity to be a part of the best party south of the Mason-Dixon line, or anywhere else, for that matter. Come get a heapin’ helpin’ of Southern hospitality.

Be sure to peruse our 2015 Auction Catalog.