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May 23, 2012

The 20th Anniversary High Wine Auction

Atlantans enjoyed a grape-fueled fete in the name of fine art

  • Photos courtesy of the High Museum of Art

The High Museum’s four-day wine auction, featuring cellar tours, private estate dinners and tasting seminars, culminated with the main auction gala, where guests sampled the wares of some of the world’s top winemakers and top regional chefs.

Ann Pasky, Dick Denny, Co-Chair Merry McCleary, Michael E. Shapiro, Co-Chair Carmen Pope, Geoff Pope Ann Pasky, Dick Denny, Co-Chair Merry McCleary, Michael E. Shapiro, Co-Chair Carmen Pope, Geoff Pope

The VIPs

High Museum Director Michael E. Shapiro; High Wine Auction Co-Chairs Merry McCleary and Carmen Pope; High Wine Auction founder Dick Denny, Special Guests of Honor: Jim Clendenen of Au Bon Climat, Robert Bowers of Taylor Fladgate and Miguel Torres Jr. of Miguel Torres Chile; Special Friend in Wine David Fischer of Ramey Wine Cellars; Special Guest Chefs: Ben and Karen Barker of Magnolia Grill (N.C.), Gerry Klaskala of Aria, Anne Quatrano of Bacchanalia, Frank Stitt of Highlands Bar and Grill (AL.),

Edwin Archer, Marsha Middleton Edwin Archer, Marsha Middleton

The Venue

Under the Big Top at Atlantic Station

 

The Highlights

“A Salute to the Glorious Grape” was this year’s theme and a lot of “saluting” was done to vino at this year’s auction in terms of raising glasses to lips! Guests sampled wine from some of the world’s top vineyards and enjoyed a gourmet dinner prepared by the special guest chefs. An auction of various premium wine lots and other luxe travel packages such as a Colgin wine dinner at Blackberry Farm led to fierce bidding and festive toasting.

 

The Cause

$2 million was raised to support the High Museum of Art’s exhibition and educational programming. The dates of next year’s wine auction are March 20-23, 2013.

 

Valerie and David Love, Christine and Bill Ragland Valerie and David Love, Christine and Bill Ragland

 

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