THE BEST OF THEM ALL
It’s my annual entry into springtime when Atlanta is ablaze with color and natural beauty. The 19th annual High Museum Atlanta Wine Auction, celebrating “The Ultimate Collection: A Sumptuous Blend of Wine, Art, Food and Friends,” offers multiple public events leading up to the auction on March 26, 2011.
Dine Around Dinners
Wednesday, March 23, times and pricing vary by restaurant
The prix fixe dinners will pair Atlanta’s most prestigious restaurants with experts and winemaker friends from the High’s Wine Auction
The 14 restaurants and participating wineries are:
· Bocado Chef Todd Ginsberg, Fiddlehead, Hourglass
· Canoe Chef Carvel Grant Gould, Capture Wines, Cliff Lede Vineyards
· Dogwood Chef Shane Touhy, Hawkes Winery, Martinelli Winery
· Holeman & Finch Public House Chef Linton Hopkins, Jarvis, Red Car
· Iberian Pig Chef Chad Crete, Frogtown, Newton 404-371‐8800
· La Grotta Ristorante Chef Antonio Abizanda, Robert Mondavi
· La Tavola Chef Craig Richards, Cass Winery, Row Eleven
· Paces 88 Chef Jonathan Jerusalmy, Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars
· Rosebud Chef Ron Eyester, DeLoach, Peju
· Serpas True Food Chef Scott Serpas, Long Meadow Ranch Winery, Qupé
· Sotto Sotto Chef Riccardo Ullio, Carpineto 404-523‐6678
· Table 1280 Chef Gary Mennie, Arkenstone, R. Stuart & Co.
· Terra Terroir Chef Cynthia Dieges, Hearst Ranch, LaZarre, Villa San Juliette
· Valenza Chef Matt Swickerath, Kristine Ashe Vineyards, Skipstone
Vintners’ Cup Golf Tournament at East Lake Golf Club
Friday, March 25, East Lake Golf Club
The second annual Vintners’ Cup pairs players with world-renowned winemakers while they take in the links at historic East Lake Golf Club, home to the PGA TOUR Championship.
Premier Tasting Seminar: Pacific Preeminence: True Sonoma Coast
Friday, March 25, 11 a.m., The St. Regis, 88 West Paces Ferry Road
Join our panel of experts—Carroll Kemp of Red Car, Jasmine Hirsch of Hirsch Vineyards and ring leader Andy Peay of Peay Vineyards—for a lesson in why the
Premier Tasting Seminar: The Cultivated South: A Look at the Good Life as Presented by Southern Farmers, Chefs and Winemakers
Friday, March 25, 2 p.m., The Cook’s Warehouse, Ansley Mall, 1544 Piedmont Road
Angie Mosier of Southern Foodways Alliance will moderate a panel that includes Kristen Hard, Atlanta native and chocolatier at Cacao Atlanta, and Will Harris of White Oak Pastures. Chef Shaun Doty will offer a taste of White Oak Pastures beef while discussing product and technique. Hardy Wallace, Atlanta’s favorite wine blogger and recent transplant to Napa, lends his voice as well. Charleston native Jamey Whetstone of Whetstone Wine Cellars, along with Atlanta native Robbie Meyer, who makes wine for both the Peirson Meyer and L’Angevin labels, will address the influence of the South on both their palates and their craft.
Premier Tasting Seminar: Style vs. Site in Vineyard-specific Pinot Noir from Kosta Browne
Friday, March 25, 2:30 p.m., The St. Regis, 88 West Paces Ferry Rd.
Kosta Browne winery employs one winemaking style or technique for all Pinot Noir bottlings. Join us for a fun, educational seminar highlighting the differences and flavor profiles of the premier Pinot Noir growing regions in California: Russian River Valley, Sonoma Coast and Santa Lucia Highlands. Winemaker and founder Michael Browne will lead us through this engaging and rare side‐by‐side comparison of single vineyard Pinot Noir from the 2009 vintage. Wines include Koplen and Keefer, Kanzler and Gaps and Gary’s and Rosella’s Vineyard..
A Napa Valley First Growth: Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars
Friday, March 25, 4 p.m., The St. Regis, 88 West Paces Ferry Road
Join Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars’ winemaker Nicki Pruss as she leads us on a tasting journey of the winery’s iconic Estate Grown Cabernet Sauvignon. The tasting will feature a mid-1990s library vintage of FAY, S.L.V. and CASK 23 Cabernet Sauvignon alongside the spectacular 2007 current release of each, showing just how gracefully these wines age.
Exciting details: WineAuctionInfo@woodruffcenter.org.