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.

NEW TENT LOCATION: We’re excited to share news that our Friday Fête, Vintners’ Reception and Live Auction will be held at the Turner Field Green Lot with our new Site Sponsor, the Atlanta Braves! View a map of the new site.

For information on purchasing tickets, please contact Carole Ashworth at 404-733-4543 or carole.ashworth@woodruffcenter.org.

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11:30 AM - 2:00 PM

Ladies Luncheon


SOLD OUT – The Second Annual Ladies Luncheon: Encore! Encore!
$250 per person
This event was such a mega-hit, 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 and guest female chefs and vintners. And afterward, you can shop til you drop at the boutiques of the Westside Provisions District. An exquisite outing for ladies only!


Wednesday, March 30, 2016 – 11:30 a.m.
1198 Howell Mill Rd, Atlanta, GA 30318


  • Anne Quatrano, Bacchanalia
  • Kathleen Blake, Chef/Owner, The Rusty Spoon (Downtown Orlando, FL)
  • Cheryl Day, Chef/Owner, Back in the Day Bakery (Savannah, GA)
  • Stella Dillard, Farm Burger
  • Whitney Otawka, Culinary Director, Greyfield Inn (Cumberland Island, GA)
  • Virginia Willis, Chef and Cookbook Author

Participating Vintners

  • Lise Asimont, Francis Ford Coppola Winery
  • Ali Banks, Cultivate Wines, Terroir Life
  • Boo Beckstoffer, Tuck Beckstoffer Wines
  • Dawnine Dyer, Meteor Vineyard
  • Schatzi Throckmorton, Relic Wine Cellars
  • Philippa Ward, Saintsbury

$250 per person

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11:30am to 2:00pm

Gents Response

Cooks & Soldiers

The Gents Response (Lunch + Wine)
$125 per person
As the Gents response to the oh-so-successful Ladies Luncheon, they’ll have a little party of their own. Hosted by Ben Hill and Elton Potts 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 the Westside Provisions District.


Wednesday, March 30, 2016 – 11:30 a.m.
Cooks & Soldiers
691 14th Street NW, Atlanta, GA


Landon Thompson, Cooks & Soldiers

Participating Vintners

  • Doug Banks, Mayacamas
  • Shane Finley, Shane Wines
  • Christopher Howell, Cain Vineyard and Winery
  • Lucas Löwi, Bodega Numanthia
  • Adam Tolmach, Ojai Vineyard


  • FreshPoint Produce, Phillip Spencer
  • Gum Creek Farm, Tommy Searcy

$250 per person

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30 - 31

Dine Around Dinners



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.


March 30, 2016
10 Degrees South, 7 p.m.
4183 Roswell Rd NE, Atlanta, GA 30342

(404) 705-8870
Chefs Diane & Derek Anthony
Benovia Winery Vice President
Bob Cooley
$150 per person

Barcelona, 7 p.m.  
240 N. Highland Avenue, Atlanta, GA 30307
(404) 589-1010
Chef Jonathan McDowell
Sous Chef Stafford Boatman
Pietro Beconcini Winemakers,
Leonardo Beconcini & Eva Bellagamba
Hosted by Eleni Dermatas, Kerry Gronewalk, Lia Hooff, and Meredith Thornhill
$80 per person*

Cape Dutch, 6 p.m. 
1782 Cheshire Bridge Rd NE, Atlanta, GA 30324
(404) 343-0313
Chef Philippe Haddad
JUSTIN Vineyards Winemaker Scott Shirley
$225 per person

The Mercury, 6:30 p.m.
Two Ponce City Market, 675 Ponce de Leon Ave. NE, Atlanta, GA 30308
(404) 500-5253
Chef Mike Blydenstein
Phipps Family Cellar Owner & Winemaker Andy Phipps
Alchemy Event Studio Décor
Hosted by Abby & Mike Bennett
$140 per person

Nikolai’s Roof, 7 p.m. 
255 Courtland Street NE, Atlanta, GA 30303 
(404) 221-6362
Chef Stephanie Alderete
Patz & Hall Owner Heather Patz
$145 per person

Oak Steakhouse, 6:30 p.m.
950 Third Street,  Alpharetta, GA, 30009
Chef Eric Zizka
Long Meadow Ranch Wine Estates
Vice President Brad Groper
$125 per person*

ONE. midtown kitchen, 7 p.m. 
559 Dutch Valley Rd, Atlanta, GA 30324
(404) 892-4111
Chefs Matt Weinstein & Christopher Maher
Francis Ford Coppola  Winery Director of Grower Relations Lisa Asimont
and Wine Educator & Brand Ambassador Hoby Welder
$125 per person*

Parish, 7 p.m.
240 N. Highland Avenue, Atlanta, GA 30307
(404) 681-4434 
Chef Stuart Tracy
Arkenstone Vineyards Estate Director Jake Krausz 
$125 per person*

Vine & Tap, 7 p.m. 
2770 Lenox Road, Atlanta, GA 30324
(404) 600-5820
Chef Doug Rouhen
Jarvis Winemaker Scott Morrison
$150 per person*

Vine Vault, 6:30 p.m.
764 Miami Cir NE #211, Atlanta, GA 30324
(770) 655-2224
Chef Eric Fulkerson, Bald Headed Bistro, Cleveland, TN
Winderlea Vineyards Owners Bill Sweat & Donna Morris
$175 per person*

White Oak Kitchen, 7:00 p.m.
270 Peachtree St NW, Atlanta, GA 30303
(404) 524-7200
Chef Todd Richards
Banfi Vintners Brand Ambassador Jacob Gragg
$75 per person

March 31, 2016

Better Half, 6:30 p.m.
(404) 695-4547
349 14th St NW Bldg C
Chef Zach Meloy
Mad Violet Wines Owners
Kelly Kidneigh and Stirling Fox
$100 per person

The Shed at Glenwood, 7 p.m.
475 Bill Kennedy Way, Atlanta GA 30315
(404) 835-4363
Chef Justin Dixon
Joseph Carr Wines Founder Joseph Carr
$115 per person

Vine Vault, 6:30 p.m.
764 Miami Cir NE #211, Atlanta, GA 30324
(770) 655-2224
Chef Eric Fulkerson, Bald Headed Bistro Cleveland, TN
Hourglass Wines Brand Ambassador,
Samantha Shaw
Hosted by Vinings Gallery & Thomas Arvid
$175 per person*

*Price is all inclusive and includes taxes and gratuity


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 Ginsberg, 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
Bryan Stoffelen, Bread & Butterfly

Dinner 9
Hosts: Catherine and Rob Hutchinson
Winemakers: Brook Drummond, Skipstone
Sylvie Laly, 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 Wine Cellars
Matt Hobbs, Paul Hobbs Wines
Chefs: Ryan Smith, Staplehouse
Josh Hopkins, Empire State South

Dinner 12
Hosts: Doug Smith
Winemakers: Sarah Bray, Passopisciaro and Tenuta di Trinoro
Lucas Löwi, Bodega 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)


Tasting Seminars


Learn What You Love—Drink What You Learn.
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. Beat the crush.


Seminar 1 – $100 per person
Caymus and the Wagner Family—A Unique Perspective on California Wines
Hosted by Special Guest of Honor Chuck Wagner, Owner & Winemaker, Caymus Vineyards
Four Seasons Hotel, 75 14th Street, Atlanta, GA 30309
11:00 a.m.–12:30 p.m
Chuck Wagner and his parents, Charlie and Lorna Wagner, started Caymus Vineyards in 1972 with 240 cases in their first vintage. Over four decades later, Chuck is still producing some of Napa Valley and the world’s finest Cabernet. This tasting will include wines made by daughter Jenny and son Charlie as well as a three vintage mini-vertical of Caymus Special Selection Cabernet Sauvignon going back to a rare 6 liter bottle of the 1991 vintage. Chuck will offer his perspective on how the Wagners are continually building on family tradition to try out new approaches in farming, winemaking and the dynamics of running a family business.

Seminar 2 – $50 per person (NEW REDUCED PRICE!)
Amarone: Wine from Raisins
Vine Vault, 764 Miami Circle #211,
Atlanta, Ga 30324
11:00 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
This seminar will focus on the famous dried grape wines of the Veneto in north eastern Italy. Advanced sommelier Jacob Gragg has made numerous trips to the Veneto to learn specifically about these wines and will lead the attendees through an in depth look at the appassimento or grape drying process so
integral to the region’s marque wines. We will taste examples of dried and non dried grape wines, and will highlight the characteristics that make these traditional wines special. The wines will be sourced from two of the oldest and most iconic producers in the region, Sartori di Verona and Bolla.

Seminar 3 – $50 per person (NEW REDUCED PRICE!)
Tasting in the Dark with Francis Ford Coppola Wines
Featuring Host Hoby Wedler and Director of Grower Relations, Lise Aismont
ONE. midtown kitchen, 559 Dutch Valley Road, Atlanta, GA 30324
12:00–1:30 p.m.
You know the name Francis Ford Coppola from his legendary films…an experience we think of as visual.  But what if he were to take away all of the images? Your senses would suddenly enhance aspects you never noticed—the sound of a child laughing in the background of the scene, the scent of the perfume of the woman in the row behind you, and the saltiness of your popcorn. This is the premise of Tasting in the Dark. Explore wine as you never have before…completely in the dark. The subtle nuances of wine are no longer subtle, they consume you. You can see the fruit. You can feel the tannins. You realize you have never tasted wine like this before. Hoby Wedler, recently awarded Forbes Magazine 30 under 30 for Food and Drink is the host of the unusual wine tasting. Hoby says blindfolds help participants concentrate on the wine, accentuating the sensory experience of its flavors and aromas. “You’re really focusing just on the wine and not on the visual cues,” Wedler says. You bring your curiosity we’ll bring the blindfolds.

The seminar begins promptly at 12:00 p.m. Late attendees cannot be seated. Lunch not included.

Seminar 4 – $125 per person
A Toast to Terroir
Sponsored by Delta Air Lines
Restaurant Eugene, 2277 Peachtree Rd NE, Atlanta, GA 30309
11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Chef Linton and Gina Hopkins of Restaurant Eugene, Benjamin Richardson of Failla, Kathleen Inman of Inman Family Wines, Joy Sterling of Iron Horse Vineyards, Chris Tynan of Lede Family Wines, and Donna Morris & Bill Sweat of Winderlea Vineyard & Winery Join Chef Linton Hopkins and Sommelier Gina Hopkins 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 5 – $50 per person (NEW REDUCED PRICE!)
Not Your Daddy’s Chianti
Featuring Leonardo Beconcini and Eva Bellagamba, Pietro Beconcini Winery
Vine Vault, 764 Miami Circle #211, Atlanta, GA 30324
2:00 p.m.–3:30 p.m.

Join us for a rare firsthand experience; an intimate tasting and conversation with Leonardo Beconcini and Eva Bellagamba of Pietro Beconcini. We’ll break the stereotypes of yesteryear and discover the innovation and world class wines of today’s Chianti region, the heart of Tuscany and the soul of Italy. Leonardo Beconcini is a fourth generation producer of traditional and maverick Tuscan wines at the Pietro Beconcini winery. The story of his wines is equally tied to tradition, history, chance and pure moxie. Because of his perseverance, hard work and innovation Beconcini produces three wines from a “mystery” varietal that has existed for centuries only in their vineyards and was brought to light by Leo and his partner Eva.


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7:00 PM

Friday Fête

NEW TENT LOCATION: 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.

NEW TENT LOCATION: We’re excited to share news that our Friday Fête, Vintners’ Reception and Live Auction will be held at the Turner Field Green Lot with our new Site Sponsor, the Atlanta Braves! View a map of the new site.

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. We are privileged to enjoy the fine wine of Champagne Henri Giraud at this year’s Friday Night Fête.

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

NEW TENT LOCATION: 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. View our 2016 Auction Lots! 

NEW TENT LOCATION: We’re excited to share news that our Friday Fête, Vintners’ Reception and Live Auction will be held at the Turner Field Green Lot with our new Site Sponsor, the Atlanta Braves! View a map of the new site.

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.