High Museum Atlanta Wine Auction - A Crush On Wine - March 30 to April 2, 2016

The Festivities

Refine your palate with the decadent in-home Toque & Cork 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 information on purchasing tickets, please contact Carole Ashworth at 404-733-4543 or carole.ashworth@woodruffcenter.org.

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Tasting Seminars


Renowned culinary and winemaking experts will give you the skinny on how to get the most out of enjoying food and wine. Stay tuned for more details and ticketing info.


The class of classes, the sultans of seminars, the titans of tastings – these events are truly eventful. They bring together real experts in wine, food and fine living and let them unleash their talents in these engaging, informative and fun get-togethers. You’ll laugh, you’ll learn and you’ll drink great wines.

11:30 AM - 2:00 PM

Ladies Luncheon


This event was such a mega-hit last year, we’re doing it again. Gina Christman and Angelle Hamilton, last year’s Wine Auction Co-chairs, will return to host a phenomenal luncheon at Bacchanalia prepared by Chef Anne Quatrano along with guest female chefs and vintners. And afterward, shop til you drop at the boutiques of the Westside Provisions District. An exquisite outing for ladies only!

Stay tuned for more details and ticketing info.

11:30am to 2:00pm

Gent's Response

Cooks & Soldiers

As a counterpoint to the oh-so-successful Ladies Luncheon, the Gents will have a little party of their own. Hosted at Cooks & Soldiers, this boys-only bacchanal will feature five strapping winemakers and a menu to match from Chef Landon Thompson highlighting the finest local ingredients perfectly paired to each of five wines. After lunch, meet up with your gal and update your look with a trip to Westside Provisions District.

Stay tuned for more details and ticketing info.


Dine Around Dinners


Enjoy an exclusive menu prepared by the chefs themselves with special bottles from world-class winemakers. Stay tuned for more details and reservation info.



The best table in the house in Atlanta’s best restaurants, the finest food the restaurant can serve, the personal attention of the Chef and Sommelier AND the best wines of a celebrity winemaker who will be there to personally tell you all about them. Wow. These specially prepared meals and perfectly paired wines create amazing experiences any gourmet worth their salt will absolutely adore.

7:00 PM

Toque & Cork Dinners (formerly named Winemaker Dinners)


Tickets often sell out with Benefactor Packages. A limited amount of single tickets may be available, with priority given to current 2016 Benefactors. Call Carole Ashworth at 404-733-4543 or 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. Stay tuned for more details!


Love at first sight, first bite and first sip. Drive up (or have the chauffeur drop you off) to one of Atlanta’s finest homes, then walk across the threshold into wine and food utopia. Sample scrumptious hors d’oeuvres and a snappy reception wine and get to know your hosts, the other lucky dinner guests and a world-renowned winemaker. Then the magic truly begins. A mouth-watering meal prepared by a Southern icon chef and matching wines from your world-class winemaker (often two winemakers!) will make this a night to savor.

Dinner 1
Hosts: Kristie and Charles Abney
Winemakers: Eric Railsback, Lieu Dit
Matt Murphy, Presqu’ile
Chefs: Steven Satterfield, Miller Union
Suzanne Cupps, Untitled (New York, NY)

Dinner 2
Hosts: Lisa and Paul Brown
Winemaker: Chuck Wagner, Caymus Vineyards
Chef: Kevin Rathbun, Rathbun’s Restaurants

Dinner 3
Hosts: Susan and Tony Catalfano
Winemakers: Jasmine Hirsch, Hirsch Vineyards
Michael Polenske, Blackbird Vineyards
Chefs: Adam Evans, Brezza
John Currence, City Grocery (Oxford, MS)

Dinner 4
Hosts: Kay and David Dempsey
Winemakers: Lindsay Woodard, Retour
Julien Girard, Champagne Henri Giraud
Chef: Matt Basford, Canoe

Dinner 5
Hosts: Kate and Jim Denny
Winemakers: Sam Lando, Lando Wines
Eric Jensen, Booker Wines
Chef: Jay Swift, 4th and Swift

Dinner 6
Hosts: Iris and Bruce Feinberg
Winemakers: Jane Ballentine, William Cole Vineyards
Paula Kornell, Parallel Napa Valley
Chefs: Eli Kirshtein, The Luminary
Justin Burdett, Local Provisions (Asheville, NC)

Dinner 7
Hosts: Bonnie and Eric Fishman
Winemakers: Jim Clendenen, Au Bon Climat
Paul Chevalier, Chateau d’Esclans
Chefs: Gerry Klaskala and Kathryn King, Aria
Christopher Grossman, Atlas
Todd Ginsburg, General Muir

Dinner 8
Hosts: Jan and Jim Harralson
Winemakers: Matt Licklider, LIOCO
Clay Mauritson, Mauritson Wines
Chefs: Jeffrey Wall, Kimball House
Billy Allin, Cakes and Ale

Dinner 9
Hosts: Catherine and Rob Hutchinson
Winemakers: Brook Drummond, Skipstone
Cherie Melka, Melka Wines
Chefs: Zeb Stevenson, Watershed
Justin Devillier, La Petite Grocery (New Orleans, LA)

Dinner 10
Hosts: Beth and David Park
Winemakers: Boo and Tuck Beckstoffer, Tuck Beckstoffer Wines
Fred Zammataro, Schramsberg Vineyards
Chef: Linton Hopkins, Restaurant Eugene

Dinner 11
Hosts: Dawne Raulet and Mike Hall
Winemakers: Michelle and Jamey Whetstone, Whetstone
Matt Hobbs, Paul Hobbs Wines
Chefs: Ryan Smith, Staplehouse
Josh Hopkins, Empire State South

Dinner 12
Hosts: Doug Smith
Winemakers: Sarah Bray, Tenuta di Trinoro
Lucas Löwi, Numanthia
Chefs: Angus Brown, Ama
Todd Richards, White Oak Kitchen & Cocktails

Dinner 13
Hosts: Rod Westmoreland
Winemakers: Juan Mercado, Realm Cellars
Kenneth Rochford, Kosta Browne
Chefs: Chris Hall, Local Three, Muss & Turner’s and Common Quarter
Greg Hardesty, Recess (Indianapolis, IN)

7:00 PM

Friday Fête

Auction tents at the Atlanta Braves' Turner Field (Green Lot)

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

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


Anyone who likes a party is going to LOVE this one. It pretty much has it all. It starts with an elegant Champagne reception complete with its own impressive silent auction – the perfect chance to schmooze with friends and browse all the hot Lots.

Next, it’s time for a one-of-a-kind dinner prepared by a host of the most famous chefs from around the South, collaborating on one amazing meal – yours. The fab food will be complemented by winsome wines poured by our celebrity vintners  – one or two of whom will be seated at the table with you – perfect dinner companions.

After dessert, dance to a smokin’ live band whose eclectic music mix will groove until your feet move, no matter what your musical vintage may be. Now, are you ready for the Crush?

Dress code is Cocktail Casual.

11:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Vintners' Reception and Live Auction

Auction tents at the Atlanta Braves' Turner Field (Green Lot)

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.

Tickets often sell out with Benefactor Packages. A limited amount of single tickets may be available, with priority given to current 2016 Benefactors. Call Carole Ashworth at 404-733-4543 or visit our contact page to get in touch.


Anyone with a crush on enjoying great food and sampling the world’s best wines will love the opening act of the day – a simply spectacular Vintners’ Reception featuring fine wines from around the world poured by the winemakers and vineyard reps who know them best. The latest releases, special pourings, who knows what they will uncork? Accompanying these gorgeous glassfuls are a stunning array of small plate delicacies prepared by the best chefs and restaurants in the South. A gourmet’s garden of Eden. Sip, eat, chat – and get ready.

Now it’s time to turn your crush into a full blown, raging love affair. The 24th edition of the High Museum Atlanta Wine Auction has so much to desire. This year’s Live Auction will be like no other. It’s your chance to bid on magnificent trips, fabulous one-of-a-kind dining experiences, incredible original artwork, and of course, exquisite hard-to-find wines, rare large format bottles, wine excursions and any other exotic thing the Donations Committee can find. So many items, an extensive Silent Auction has to handle the awesome overflow. It’s the best party anywhere, and it all benefits the High Museum of Art and our community, so don’t miss a minute. We’ll be crushed if we don’t see you here.