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MARCH 25-28, 2015
Who’d a thunk twenty-three years ago that we’d be
going at this in 2015? But here we are, stronger than
ever, and it’s all a tribute to the world of wine. It’s
hard not to have a great time when you’re surrounded
by a bunch of people drinking wonderful wine served
to them by the very people who made it.
Before our first Auction, we knew we’d have a good
time; we just didn’t realize how good a time it would
be. And Atlanta caught on quickly. The best party ever
became an ongoing event — and on and on and on.
So who do we thank for such a party? The winemakers, their distributors, our co-chairs
and volunteers, our sponsors and benefactors, and all our partygoers. But at the risk of
leaving some out who deserve mention, let me name some names of some special heroes
and heroines: Ann Colgin and Paula Kornell who taught us and inspired us; Michael
Davis, our pre-eminent auctioneer; the Napa Valley vintners and Jim Clendenen and Bob
Lindquist, who got us off to a great start at our first Auction and then kept on coming,
again and again and again.
And in the years following, when many charity wine auctions lose their luster, we kept
it up with wonderful Co-chairs — all of them, especially this year’s Gina and Angelle;
our Special Guests of Honor and Special Friends-in-Wine; our Guest Chefs; and dare I
name more names: our erstwhile auction manager for 20 years, Woodie Wisebram; and
super donors, volunteers, bidders, sponsors such as Louise, Joe, Joel, Eliza, Robin and
Hilton, Sara and Paul, West, Merry, Kristie and Charles. And, I knew I was in trouble
when I started naming names: Jack, Norvin, Doug, Tony, Nena, Scott, George, Margaret,
Scott, Margaret, Glenn, Cleve, Cate and her team, and on and on and on.
Finally, an especially fitting thank you. For over 20 years, our Museum director Michael
Shapiro has been a constant source of ideas and inspiration for our High Museum of Art
and for our Auction. Michael will be stepping down as Director on July 31 and leaving
a fabulous foundation for his successor. We hope we can find someone half as great as
he has been for the Museum and for our Auction. Let’s give him a special toast and a big
hand. Salut and sante!
Have a wonderful, fun-filled wine and food time, as always — on and on and on.
The High Museum Atlanta Wine Auction raises a glass to our partners
The High Museum Atlanta Wine Auction raises a glass to our Grand Cru Sponsor
Charles L. Abney III Alton Adams
Lauren Amos
Spring Asher
Radcliffe Bailey
Dan Baldwin
Tom Bell
Joe Best
Daniel W. Boone III
Ron Brill
Jack Capers
Bert Clark
Charlene Crusoe-Ingram
Elaine Davis
Barbarella Diaz
Jerome Dobson
Scott C. Dozier
Brooke Jackson Edmond
Howard Elkins
Peggy Foreman
Nancy Green
Nena Griffith
Newell Harbin
Marge Harvey
Sara Hehir
James L. Henderson III*
Ben Hill
Kathleen Hohlstein
Jack K. Holland
Robin Howell
Karen Hughes
Bahman M. Irvani
Jane Jackson
West Johnson
Derek Johnston
Baxter Jones
Walter Jospin
Sarah Kenan Kennedy
Michael Keough
Wendy Kopp
Jane Lanier
Elaine L. Levin
Bertram L. Levy
Tim Mapes
Joan Marmo
Merry McCleary
Sally McDaniel
Anna Mershon
James H. Morgens
Pratap C. Mukharji
Eliza Kraft Olander
Sanford H. Orkin
Richard C. Parker
Jarel Portman
Douglas F. Reid
Arthur H. Richardson
Helen B. Rieser
Sidney Rodbell
Mike Russell
Louise Sams
D. Jack Sawyer, Jr.
M. Alexis Scott
Sharon Newell Shirley
John Shlesinger
F. Terry Stent*
Michelle Sullivan
Chelton D. Tanger
Amanda Taylor
Henrie Treadwell
Becky Warner
Harriet Warren
Joan Whitcomb
John F. Wieland*
Elizabeth Willett
Doug Williams
Loraine Williams
Diane L. Wisebram
William N. Banks, Jr.
Elizabeth Hale Barnett
Jane C. Black
Lucinda W. Bunnen
Frances B. Bunzl
Hon. Anne Cox Chambers
Jacqueline F. Clark
Thomas G. Cousins*
Richard A. Denny, Jr.*
David Driskell
Rawson Foreman*
Charlotte R. Garson
M. Anthony Greene
T. Marshall Hahn, Jr.
Fay Howell
Donald R. Keough
Catherine Rawson
Fred Richman
Henry C. Schwob
John W. Spiegel*
Howard S. Stein
Mark K. Taylor
Marjorie West
Virginia Hepner
Michael E. Shapiro
* Designates Past Board
of Directors Chair
In the spirit of true Southern hospitality, we are welcoming
special guests from some of the world’s best wineries,
and culinary superstars from across the country, to experience the charm and elegance of Atlanta’s greatest food
and wine party at the 23rd annual High Museum Atlanta
Wine Auction.
The generosity and dedication of the auction’s benefactors
and patrons is unparalleled, and we are grateful for your
support. Because of you, the Museum is able to continue
its role as the leading visual arts museum in the Southeast, acquiring the best works of art for our permanent
collection, presenting world-class exhibitions, and providing important educational
programs for all ages.
I would like to extend a special thanks to our event co-chairs Gina Christman and Angelle
Hamilton, as well as to all of our sponsors. This event would not be possible without their
passion and commitment. I would also like to acknowledge this year’s Special Guests of
Honor, husband and wife Charles and Ali Banks of Terroir Life.
If you have not already, I hope you will visit the High this spring to view works of art
by Wifredo Lam, one of the Surrealist movement’s most influential artists, in our
Imagining New Worlds exhibition. Also on view in Imagining New Worlds are works
by two leading contemporary artists, José Parla and Fahamu Pecou, who explore their
own personal reflections on Lam’s artistic legacy. Also be sure to visit the new exhibition
“The Coca-Cola Bottle: An American Icon at 100,” which presents a century of fine art
and design, including works by Andy Warhol, inspired by the Coca-Cola bottle’s unique
form and function.
Later this year, we look forward to presenting an important exhibition of Alex Katz
landscapes and the High’s first exhibition of fashion design featuring the cutting-edge
couture of Dutch designer Iris van Herpen. We are also thrilled to bring masterpieces
and rare objects from the collection of Vienna’s Habsburg Dynasty to the High this fall.
On a bittersweet note, as you may know, last fall I announced that I will be stepping
down as Director of the High this summer. In my two decades as part of the High’s leadership team, I have witnessed the High go through tremendous transformation and
improvement — thanks in large part to the dedication of supporters like you. I am very
grateful for your support and hope you will join me in raising a glass to all the High
has achieved over the last 20 years and to our very exciting future ahead.
Michael E. Shapiro
Nancy and Holcombe T. Green, Jr. Director
February 14–May 24, 2015
Le Sombre Malembo, Dieu du
carrefour, 1943
The High is pleased to present a retrospective of work by
Wifredo Lam, a preeminent artist of Latin American origin
and one of the Surrealist movement’s most influential figures. This exhibition will feature more than 40 paintings
and a selection of drawings, prints and ephemera by the
internationally renowned, Cuban born artist. In conjunction
with this exhibit, the High will present two solo exhibitions
by leading contemporary American artists José Parlá and
Fahamu Pecou.
January 10–May 31, 2015
For 20 years, Michael E. Shapiro, the Museum’s Nancy and Holcombe T. Green, Jr.
Director, has played a vital role in the Museum. Since joining the High’s leadership team
in 1995 and his subsequent appointment as director in 2000, Michael has led the High
through unprecedented institutional growth.
Profile/Part II, The Thirties: Artist
with Painting and Model, 1981
Michael has nearly doubled the number of works in the High’s permanent collection, as
he pursued a dedicated strategy to partner with museums to bring masterpieces to the
U.S., many for the first time. He spearheaded the High’s expansion by Renzo Piano that
created a “village for the arts” in Midtown Atlanta. Under his leadership, the reach and
impact of the Museum’s education programming and accessibility for school children
and diverse audiences has dramatically increased.
The High honors one of the 20th century’s most influential
artists and the important recent acquisition of Romare
Bearden’s only known self portrait, Profile/Part II, The
Thirties: Artist with Painting and Model (1981). This
late-career collage is a retrospective work in which
Bearden brings together important memories and spiritual
influences from his youth in the South with broader art
historical themes that guided his career for more than
four decades.
November 15, 2014–June 07, 2015
This exhibition showcases more than forty color photographs by trailblazing African American artist Gordon
Parks, many on view for the first time. Created for an
influential 1950s Life magazine article, these photographs
offer a powerful look at the daily life and struggles of a
multigenerational family living in segregated Alabama.
We will personally miss Michael’s endless enthusiasm and ambition for the Wine Auction.
We wish him many more years filled with art, laughter, and of course, wine.
Department Store, Mobile,
Alabama, 1956
For more information, visit www.high.org
Gina Christman
Angelle Hamilton
Dick Denny
Kristie and Charles Abney
Caroline Arcell
Rufus Ashworth
Cameron Bagley
Cathy and George Balbona
Tara Bartelt
Andrea Belfanti
Joe Best
Julie and Justin Boller
Alex Boykov
Sally Jackson Brakebill
Louise Bray
Kathy and Hank Bremer
Duvall Brumby
Doug Bryant
Jane Carey
Jessie Cassar
Faith Cleeter
Elisa and Adam Coker
Janie Coleman
Rick Coleman
Kristy Cook
Laura and Brian Cosgray
Scott Creasman
Dana Dabruzzi
Kimberlyn Daniel
Vicki Daughdrill
Eleni Dermatas
Graham Dozier
Katie and Taylor Dozier
Maggie Dozier
Margaret and Scott Dozier
Barbara Dye
Johanna Ellis
Melissa Fullam
Jim Foley, Sr.
Laura and Gibbs Fryer
Chesley and Owen Gaddis
Sonya and Rick Garber
Kimmie Goetz
Carroll and George Griffin
Kerry Gronewald
Laura Guerin
Hadley Gwin
Jeff Hagley
Chris Hall
Art Hamilton
Gary Handler
Mark Harris
Emily and Matthew
Lyn Hillman
Megan and Gene Hooff
Louise Howard
Robin and Hilton Howell
Kendall Huckabee
Christie Baty Hudgins
Karen Hughes
Lizzie Humma
Jane Hunecke
Catherine Hutchinson
Taylor Inman
Glenn Irwin
Miller Jackson
Hallie Jennings
Katie and West Johnson
Mary and Neil Johnson
Julie Jones
Mindy Kenney
Kenya Kilpatrick
Kenyette Kilpatrick
Ashley Kotkin
Catherine and Kenny Kraft
Melissa Lacy
Louise Laird
Meredith Langston
Paige Lee
Jade and Nick Leet
Lauren Lestin
Kathleen Liebman
Grady A. Luckey, Jr
Cindy Marshall
Merry McCleary
Tina McGlynn
Toni Moceri
Mary Moore
Lia Moraitakis
Carolyn O’Neil
Myrna and Nick Orphan
Karla and Tim Pardoe
Marshall Parrish
Carmen Pope
Alessandra and Elton Potts
Zach Pressley
Liz Pulliam
Michelle Quinones
Kelcy and Evans Rainer
Sarah and Randy Rhino
Jean Robbins
Randall Roberts
Debbie Rodkin
Ramie Rodriguez
Paula Rogers
Caryn Rosing
Steven Satterfield
Kate Shirley
Charles Slick
Janet Slusser
Christy and Greg Smith
Elise Spina
Sara Steinfeld
Marsha Taylor
Beth Thames
Dawn and Eric Tresh
Clarke Weidlin
Emily and Alex West
Sara Westmoreland
Cleve Wilcoxon
Elizabeth Willett
Betty Willis
Woodie Wisebram
Dina Woodruff
Liz Zaharopoulos
Kristy Zimmerman
The wine auction family has lost another young friend. David Mobley was one of our
earliest volunteers with Red, White & Brew, the Saturday evening beer tasting that
was part of our events for many years. David was the quintessential volunteer, whether
working behind the scenes or taking the lead. He served as co-chair more than once
and helped us transition Red, White & Brew into The Big Finish, changing the event’s
focus from brew to wine. He and his beautiful wife, Kathy, co-chaired that event, too,
ensuring that it was both successful and fun.
David was a man of faith, a devoted husband and father and a talented lawyer. He also
loved a good time, and it showed. We were fortunate to have him as a member of our
Wine Auction team.
Godspeed, good friend.
Cate Candler Singerman
Amy Wong Fortson
Carole Ashworth
Crystal Love
Elizabeth McDonald
Rob McDonald
As an avid wine consumer and collector, Charles Banks co-founded Terroir Selections
in 2009, which allows him to invest in, add value to, and market wine passion projects
around the world. Terroir Selections owns a collection of wineries that are benchmarks
for their quality, typicity, character and value. The current portfolio includes: Cultivate
(California, Chile, Argentina and Italy); Agharta, Domaine de la Cote, Leviathan, Mayacamas, Qupé, Sandhi, Whetstone Cellars, and Wind Gap (California); Evening Land
Vineyards (California and Oregon); Mulderbosch, Fable Mountain Vineyards, Marvelous
Wines (South Africa); Trinity Hill (New Zealand); and Maison L’Oree (France).
Ali Banks, together with her husband Charles, launched Cultivate in 2010. Cultivate,
a wine brand that sources and blends wine from all over the world, gives 10 percent of
sales to non-profits supporting education and basic human needs. Ali spends her time
and energy helping the team at Cultivate and Terroir Selections build a thriving wine
business based on strong relationships with like-minded partners who have a desire
to enrich lives, both their own and others.
Since amassing their veritable wine empire in California, Charles and Ali, along with
their three children, recently moved back to Atlanta, the city they first called home.
The Wine Auction offers our heartiest “Welcome Back!” We’re thrilled to have Ali and
Charles as our Special Guests of Honor.
Alexana Wines
Andrew Geoffrey
Au Bon Climat
B&L Brands
Big Table Farm
Boedecker Cellars
BRAND Napa Valley
Brown Family
Carte Blanche
Castelli Martinozzi
Champagne Guy
Champagne Henri Giraud
Champagne Perrier-Jouët
Champagne Pol Roger
Chateau D’Esclans
Cirq Estate
Copper Cane
Corazon del Sol
Corison Winery
Crocker & Starr
Cru Artisan Wine
D. R. Stephens Estate
Dana Estates
Domaine Serene
Elden Selections
Fairchild Estate
Gamble Family
Gary Farrell
Gemstone Vineyard
Georg Rafael Vineyards
Gothic Wine
Grgich Hills Cellar
Halleck Vineyard
Hiatus Cellars
Hidden Ridge
Hill Family Estates
Hourglass Wine Co.
Husic Vineyards
Idle Cellars
Inman Family Wines
Iron Horse
Italics Winegrowers
J. Lohr Vineyards
Kale Wines
Keplinger Wines
Kosta Browne
La Follette
Lede Family Wines
Levendi Winery
Lieu Dit
Liquid Farm
Long Meadow Ranch
McManis Family
Memento Mori
Morlet Family Vineyards
O’Shaughnessy Estate
Patel Winery
Paul Hobbs
Phipps Family Cellars
Precept Wine
Pride Mountain
Purple Hands
R. Stuart & Co.
Realm Cellars
Red Car
Rex Hill/A to Z
Reynolds Family
Round Pond
Roy Estate
Shea Wine Cellars
Sherwin Family
Steele Wines
Switchback Ridge
Tenuta Argentiera
Tenuta Di Trinoro
Terra Valentine
Terroir Life
The Calling Wines
Thomas George
Three Sticks
Tiger Mountain
Trefethen Vineyards
Tres Sabores
Tuscan Vineyard Imports
Tyler Winery
Unum Wine Cellars
Vignette Cellars
Villa Maria Estate
Vineyard 7 & 8
Wagner Family of Wine
Wente Family Estates
Willamette Valley
Williams Selyem
Wind Gap
Wine 4 All
Wines of Rioja
ZD Wines
Kristie and Charles Abney
Ali and Charles Banks
Gina Christman
Marg and Dick Denny
Margaret and Scott Dozier
Holcombe Green
Angelle and Art Hamilton
Kitty and Barrett Hawks
Dottie and Glenn Irwin
Katie and West Johnson
Louise and E.T. Laird
Julian LeCraw, Jr.
Merry McCleary
Sally and Allen McDaniel
Rene and Jim Nalley
Alessandra and Elton Potts
Jean Ann and
Richard Raymer
Jerilene and Nat Slaughter
Philip R. Zanone, Sr.
4th & Swift
Absolute Travel
Aqua Blue
Aria — Chef Gerry Klaskala
Belle Meade Bourbon
Tom Black
Blackberry Farm
Buttermilk Kitchen
Canoe — Chefs Matt
Basford and Sarah Koob
Canoe Cellar Door — Matt Bradford
Charlie Bird — Chef Ryan Hardy
Chicken and the Egg
City House
Commander’s Palace
Common Quarter — Chef Jeff Gardner
and Chris Talley
Concentrics Restaurants — Chef Todd Rushing
Cooks & Soldiers
Davio’s Northern Italian
DBL Limited
Delta Air Lines
Dickie Brennan
Dry Creek Kitchen
Eat Out Atlanta
Farmhouse Inn
Fifth Group Restaurants
Gum Creek Farms
Hacienda La Esperanza
Hotel Healdsburg
Iberian Pig
Kimball House
King + Duke
Knoxville Museum of Art
Le Bilboquet
Local Three — Chefs Ben Barth, Chris
Hall, Todd Mussman
and Gary Scarborough
Gary Mennie
Mandarin Oriental, Atlanta
Miller Union — Chef Steven Satterfield
Murphy’s Restaurant
Muscarelle Museum of Art
Muss & Turners — Chef Dameren Parenteau
Nashville Wine Auction
Tim Nichols
Oak Steakhouse at Avalon
Osteria Mattone
Paces & Vine
Park 75, The Four Seasons
Pebble Beach Food & Wine
Poole’s Downtown Diner — Chef Ashley Christensen
Resort to Laura Madrid
Restaurant Eugene — Chefs
Jason Paolini and Brian Jones
Rolls-Royce Motorcars
Atlanta — Greg Williams
Atlanta Hotel
Sea Island
South Main Kitchen
Serpas True Food
SpringHouse — Chef Rob McDaniel
St. Cecelia
Staplehouse — Chef Ryan Smith
STK — Chef Mark Alba
Sweet Grass Dairy
SweetWater Brewing Company
Table 1280
Tequila Herradura
Terra Terroir
The General Muir
The Gifted Ferret
The Lexington Cancer
Foundation, Inc.
The Optimist — Chef Adam Evans
The Pig & The Pearl
The Shed at Glenwood
Tuscan Vineyards
Watershed on Peachtree
White Oak Kitchen & Cocktails
3 Parks Wine
Big Green Egg
Catrina Maxwell
of CatMax Photography
CinéBistro at Town Brookhaven
Icebox Coffee
Shake Shack Buckhead
Vine Vault
Vanessa and Thomas Arvid
Ray B. Dugas
Sabre Esler
Jean Glenn, TEW Galleries
William Greiner
Cindy and Gary Handler — Vinings Gallery
Linda Hanks
Kristine Nardelli
O.M. Norling
Susie Pryor, Pryor Fine Art
Steven Quartly
Dawne Raulet
Wanda Ruzicka
Felice Sharp
Beau Smith
Ford Smith
John Stango
Elizabeth Stockton
Suzanne Hughes Sullivan
Nancy B. Westfall
Joseph Best III
Allison and Ben Hill
Louise Sams and
Jerome Grilhot
Altria Group, Henry Turner
BMC Building Materials and
Constructions Services
Stan Conway, Majestic Realty
Chamberlain Hrdlicka
Marg and Dick Denny
Marcia and John Donnell
Eagle Rock Distributing Co.
Sonya and Rick Garber
Karen and Jeb Hughes
Lori and Bill Johnson
Jones Lang LaSalle
Nina Lesavoy, Avec Capital
Kelly Loeffler and
Jeff Sprecher
Christina Smedley McCarthy
and Mike McCarthy
Merry McCleary, AVYVE
Maripat and Greg Newington
RM Compass Group,
Morgan Stanley
Krista Schulte,
The Coca-Cola Company
Sara and John Shlesinger
Paige and Warren Shiver
Douglas Sweeney,
Merrill Lynch
The Willett Group,
Elizabeth and Chris Willett
Vine Vault
Rod Westmoreland
Robin Aiken and Bill Bolen
Mr. and Mrs. Dan Baldwin
Missy and Roland Boney
Melinda and Brian Corbett
Kay and David Dempsey
Virginia and Brent Eiland
Johanna Ellis and Cathy Ellis
Iris and Bruce Feinberg
John Feltman and Janet Bates
Aimee and Nick Franz
Sally Goza, MD, FAAP
Elizabeth and Randy Gregson
Helen Griffith
Angelle and Art Hamilton
Jan and Jim Harralson
Robin and Hilton Howell
Christie and Fraser Hudgins
Catherine and
Rob Hutchinson
Dottie and Glenn Irwin
Mary and Neil Johnson
Terri and Craig Justice
Charles Kowal
Louise and E.T. Laird
Juanita and Jack Markwalter
Sally and Alan McDaniel
Sandy Moon and Les Stumpff
Anne Morgan and Jim Kelley
Victoria and Howard Palefsky
Beth and David Park
Carmen and Geoff Pope
Michelle and Peter Quinones
Lauren and Dain Reeves
Patty and Doug Reid
Danielle Rollins
Dawn and Tim Severt
Elise and Nick Spina
Sara and Paul Steinfeld
Kathie and Paul Thodeson
Dawn and Eric Tresh
Laurie and Cleve Wilcoxon
Woodie Wisebram
Dina E. Woodruff
Margo and Nat Woodson
Robert Zerdan
Kristie and Charles Abney
Sarah and Andrea Amico
Connie and Jeff Austin
Mary M. Barnett
Susan Been
Mara and Justin Berman
Michael Borchers
Louise and Peter Bray
Lisa and Paul Brown
Leslie Buice
Chris Casey and Doug Weiss
Donna and Andrew Cash
Susan and Tony Catalfano
Nancy and Jason Chambers
Gina Christman
Al Cochran
Paige and Scott Creasman
Michelle and David Crosland
Brad Cull
Katie Deegan and Scott Tinnon
Caroline Dillon
Margaret and Scott Dozier
Tammy Wilkes Ellerbe
Melissa & Gary Fullam
Cynthia and John Graves
Margaret and Scotty Greene
Carroll and George Griffin
Mona and Robert Harty
Hasbrouck Consulting, Inc.
Emily and Matt Heimermann
Wynne and Jay Henderson
Melanie and Philip Hinson
Jan McAlister and
Jim Ingvoldstad
Becky Jackson
Katie and West Johnson
Stacey and David Kaufman
Lora and Rob Kight
Lisa and Todd Klumok
Barby and Bert Levy
Jada and Tom Loveless
Steven Marcet, MD and
Kathryn Marcet
Betsy and Geoff Meacham
Angie Mosier
Myrna and Nick Orphan
Kathy and Anthony Polvino
Anthony V. Ragunas
Kristy and Michael Robison
Rolls-Royce Motor
Cars Atlanta
Julia and Michael Schnabel
Elizabeth and Jason Scott
Sharon and Chip Shirley
Lillian and Johnathan Short
Jerilene and Nat Slaughter
Barbara and Chuck Slick
Janet and Eric Slusser
Dr. Scott Small
Caryl and Kendrick Smith
Julie and Chris Soluri
Hugh Tarbutton
Marsha Taylor
Ben Tompkins
Jana and Marc Unterman
Sara-Ann and
Woody Vaughan
Leigh and Tim Walsh
Bill Werkheiser
Melinda and
Steven Wertheim
Diane Wisebram
The High Museum Atlanta Wine Auction raises a glass to those who have made
a pledge to the Paddle Raise in advance of the Auction.
Sandra and Dan Baldwin
Steve Heotacky
Becky Jackson
Adam Japko, Esteem Media Inc.
Lora and Rob Kight
Karen and Stu Lerner
Alison Rand
Louise Sams and Jerome Grilhot
Kathie and Paul Thodeson
Joan Whitcomb
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 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!
Going On All Week
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.
Make reservations directly with the restaurant. A portion of the proceeds benefit
the High Museum of Art. Please check atlanta-wineauction.org for more details.
We are grateful for the generous sponsorship of this event by The Chubb Group
of Insurance Companies.
Please check atlanta-wineauction.org for more details.
Ashley Christensen
of Poole’s Diner, Raleigh, NC
Nancy Bailey of Gary Farrell
Asha Gomez of Spice to Table
Chrysta Poulos of Ford Fry’s restaurants
Anne Quatrano of Bacchanalia
Sara Toth of Dickie Brennan’s Steakhouse,
New Orleans, LA
Boo Beckstoffer of Chateau Boswell
Brook Drummond of Skipstone
Kathleen Inman of Inman Family
Jacquelynn Prevost of Chateau Boswell
Hilary White of The Hil, Serenbe, CA
Going On All Week
These are not your basic run-ofthe-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.
Please check atlanta-wineauction.org for more details.
Hosts and Winemakers:
Ali and Charles Banks
of Mayacamas Vineyards
and Fable Mountain Vineyards
Nancy and Gene Hooff
Shannon and Chris McManus
Lillian and Johnathan Short
Gary Franscioni of ROAR Wines
Dr. Madaiah Revana of Revana
Family Vineyard & Alexana
Sam Lando of Lando Wines
Julie and Frank Husic
of Husic Vineyards
David Fischer of Ramey Wine Cellars
Clay Mauritson of Mauritson Family
Eli Kirshtein of The Luminary
Justin Devillier of La Petite Grocery,
New Orleans, LA
Landon Thompson of Cooks & Soldiers
Justin Burdett of Highlands, NC
Jay Swift of 4th & Swift
William Dissen of The Market Place,
Asheville, NC
Barbara Bing and Stuart Pliner
Leigh and Tim Walsh
Joy Sterling of Iron Horse
Greg Gregory of BRAND Napa Valley
Justin Stephens of D.R. Stephens Estate
Jeff Mangahas of Williams Selyem
Linton Hopkins of Restaurant Eugene
Rob McDaniel of SpringHouse,
Lake Martin, AL
Chris Hall of Local Three
Sara Toth of Dickie Brennan’s
Steakhouse, New Orleans, LA
Kathy and Marbury Rainer
Dina Woodruff
Jenifer Freebairn of Paul Hobbs
Andrea Franchetti of Tenuta di Trinoro
Jim Clendenen of Au Bon Climat
Carroll Kemp of Red Car
Jeffrey Wall of Kimball House
Kevin Johnson of The Grocery,
Charleston, SC
Angus Brown of LUSCA
John Currence of City Grocery, Oxford, MS
Kevin Rathbun of Rathbun’s Restaurants
Robbie Wilson of Mattei’s Tavern,
Los Olivos, CA
Harvin and Tommy Greene
Jamey Whetstone of Whetstone
Wine Cellars
Pax Mahle of Wind Gap
Drew Belline of no. 246
Matt Kelly of Mateo and Vin Rouge,
Durham, NC
Stacey and David Kaufman
Steve Reynolds of Reynolds Family
Andy Wilcox of Italics Winegrowers Chefs:
Josh Hopkins of Empire State South
Mike Gulotta of Mopho Mid-City,
New Orleans, LA
Margaret and Scotty Greene
Andy Peay of Peay Vineyards
Michael Polenske of Blackbird Vineyards
Matt Basford of Canoe
John Fleer of Rhubarb, Asheville, NC
Louise and E.T. Laird
Stuart Bryan of Pride
Mountain Vineyards
Lynn Fritz of Lynmar Estate
Craig Richards of St. Cecilia
Jeremiah Bacon of The Macintosh,
Charleston, SC
Miller Union
Atlanta, GA
610 Magnolia, MilkWood
Louisville, KY
“The Wine Auction gives chefs a unique opportunity
to collaborate with each other and the talented
people behind some amazing wine labels.”
Edward Lee’s innovative cuisine — inspired by his Asian
heritage, New York training and embrace of the American
South — earned him finalist nominations for the James
Beard Award of Best Chef: Southeast in 2011, 2012, 2013
and 2014. He authored Smoke & Pickles: Recipes and
Stories from a New Southern Kitchen and hosts Season 3
of The Mind of a Chef.
Steven Satterfield’s authentic approach to farmsteadinspired cooking garnered nominations for Food &
Wine’s “People’s Best New Chef” and a James Beard
Award for Best Chef: Southeast in 2013 and 2014.
Steven is engaged with the culinary community as
a member of Slow Food Atlanta, Georgia Organics,
Community Farmer’s Markets, Chefs Collaborative
and the Southern Foodways Alliance.
The Barn at Blackberry Farm
Walland, TN
Steven handpicked four other James Beard Award nominees and winners
to collaborate on the sumptuous dinner to be served at the Friday Fête.
A Tennessee native, Joseph Lenn is garnering national
attention for his talents in the kitchen. He has won
a James Beard award for Best Chef: Southeast in 2013,
and was nominated for the same award in 2012. He was
also included in the running as one of Food & Wine’s
The People’s Choice Best New Chef: Southeast.
Poole’s Downtown Diner, Beasley’s Chicken + Honey,
Chuck’s, Fox Liquor Bar, Joule Coffee
Raleigh, NC
Ashley Christensen’s cooking — hinged on her philosophy
of bright, fresh flavors and locally grown, seasonal
ingredients — has gained local and national acclaim.
Ashley is involved in a number of charities, including
the Frankie Lemmon Foundation, the Southern Foodways
Alliance and Share Our Strength. In 2014, she was
awarded the James Beard Award for Best Chef: Southeast.
City House
Nashville, TN
Tandy Wilson has emerged as one of the bright stars in
Nashville’s restaurant scene. Not only does City House’s
menu feature quality local ingredients cooked with great
care, it also allows him to hone his expertise with cured
meats. Tandy was named a finalist for a James Beard
Award for Best Chef: Southeast in 2013 and 2014.
Friday, March 27, 2015
Champagne Reception, 7:00 pm
Dinner 8:00 pm
Attire: Cocktail Casual — No tie required
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 Bogey & The Viceroy 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?
Saturday, March 28, 2015
Vintners’ Reception, 11:00 am
Live Auction, 1:00 pm
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.
Alexana Wines
Italics Winegrowers
Red Car
Au Bon Climat
Kale Wines
4th & Swift
Local Three
South Main Kitchen
Aqua Blue
St. Cecilia
Keplinger Wines
Reynolds Family
Kosta Browne
Murphy’s Restaurant
Sweet Grass Dairy
Boedecker Cellars
Lando Wines
Round Pond
Chicken and the Egg
Muss & Turners
Table 1280
BRAND Napa Valley
Lede Family Wines
Common Quarter
Oak Steakhouse Avalon
Terra Terroir
Levendi Winery
Carte Blanche
ONE. midtown kitchen
Lieu Dit
Davio’s Northern
Italian Steakhouse
The Café at Linton’s
in the Garden
Shea Wine Cellars
Double Zero
Chateau Boswell
Liquid Farm
Sherwin Family
Chateau D’Esclans
Holeman & Finch
Guy Charlemagne
Tenuta Di Trinoro
Champagne Henri Giraud
Terra Valentine
The Calling Wines
Thomas George
Three Sticks
La Tavola
Tiger Mountain
Memento Mori
Tres Sabores
Le Bilboquet
Morlet Family Vineyards
Tuck Beckstoffer
Tyler Winery
O’Shaughnessy Estate
Patel Winery
Paul Hobbs
Willamette Valley
Williams Selyem
Wind Gap
Phipps Family Cellars
Wine 4 All
Pride Mountain
Wines of Rioja
Purple Hands
ZD Wines
Chateau D’Esclans
CIRQ Estate
Copper Cane
Cru Artisan Wine
D. R. Stephens Estate
Fairchild Estate
Gamble Family
Gary Farrell
Gemstone Vineyard
Georg Rafael Vineyards
Grgich Hills Cellar
Gundlach Bundschu
Hiatus Cellars
Hourglass Wine Co.
Husic Vineyards
Idle Cellars
Inman Family Wines
Iberian Pig
King + Duke
Kimball House
Osteria Mattone
Paces & Vine
Park 75 at Four Seasons
Sotto Sotto
The General Muir
The Pig & The Pearl
The Shed at Glenwood
The Spence
TWO urban licks
White Oak Kitchen
& Cocktails
The High Museum Atlanta Wine Auction is pleased to offer mobile bidding this year
for all items in both the Friday and the Saturday Silent Auction via 501 Auctions.
You will be able to place bids online through your desktop, laptop, smartphone or tablet.
501 Auctions team members and volunteers will be on site at the Auction to assist with
the bidding process and answer any questions. This means no more pen and paper!
Guests will pre-register online, in advance of auction weekend. A preview of items
in both the Friday and Saturday silent auctions is available online in March.
• Go to 501auctions.com/highmuseumwine
• Browse Friday and Saturday Silent auction items with your smartphone or tablet
• If you don’t have a smartphone or tablet, 501 Auctions team members and
volunteers will be on-site to help you bid using iPads
• Choose the item you would like to bid on
• Click “Place Bid”
• Place your bid, with an option of setting a maximum bid
• You will be notified on your smartphone or tablet if you have won or been outbid
• You will pay for any and all purchased auction items at check-out, as in years past
• Happy bidding!
501 Auctions is a leading provider of innovative software-as–a-service fundraising
solutions for nonprofits. Their easy-to-use technology helps great causes improve their
yields from auctions while providing a fun, interactive bidding experience.
501 Auctions toasts the 2015 High Museum Atlanta Wine Auction!
Our lead auctioneer from the get-go has been Michael Davis,
who perhaps more than anyone else gave us instant credibility.
He is now the most experienced wine auctioneer in America.
His auction career began with Christie’s in New York and he
ultimately became head of the U.S. Wine Department. In 1993,
in addition to kicking off our first High Museum Atlanta Wine
Auction, Michael, with his colleague Paul Hart, founded Davis &
Company. The company prospered and was acquired by Sotheby’s
in 1998. In his first year as Senior VP and co-director of the
North American Wine Department, their wine sales rose 200%. In 2005, Michael and
Paul joined their old friend John Hart to form Hart Davis Hart Wine Company. Based in
Chicago and with full-time staff in China, the firm has become America’s leading wine
auction house, with auction sales of nearly $43M in 2014. Those of you who are auction
regulars know Michael Davis as our special hero. He has been our most stalwart supporter,
advisor and friend without whom we could not have approached our success. You know
him; we love him; welcome him again.
Moriah joined Hart Davis Hart in 2009, and quickly became
a powerful force as a Consignment Advisor, working closely
with collectors all across America. Her wine education was
enhanced by joining colleagues for a lengthy tour of the vineyards of Bordeaux, Burgundy, and the Loire, and in 2013 she
began to serve as an auctioneer for the Hart Davis Hart auctions
in Chicago. Buoyed by her natural enthusiasm and quick wit,
she quickly became a regular auctioneer for the company, and
has begun to be more involved with charity auctions across
the U.S. including the Triangle Wine Experience and the High Museum Atlanta Wine
Auction. She looks forward to joining Michael in her third appearance at our Auction.
Hart Davis Hart Wine Co. is the most experienced team of wine
auctioneers in America. The firm is an innovative leader in the highly
specialized field of rare wines, providing traditional live auctions,
private retail services, online sales and consultation at every level.
In calendar year 2013 and 2014, the firm had the highest volume
of wine auction sales of any other U. S. firm, by a long shot.
The dollar figures shown on almost all lots are sometimes an educated guess, sometimes
based on commercial auctions, and in almost every instance where donors or wineries
have indicated values or retail prices, the dollar figure shown by the lot is lower; in other
words, more often than not, our estimates are a bargain. Bidding may begin below, and
the final bid may be less than, but we hope considerably above the stated figure.
• Neither the High Museum Atlanta Wine Auction nor Michael Davis nor Ben Ferdinand
nor Moriah Spicer [“The Auctioneers”] are responsible for the accuracy of the descriptions of auction lots contained in the catalog. The descriptions incorporate, in some
instances, materials or descriptions furnished by donors. In particular, prospective
bidders should inspect wines prior to bidding and make their own judgment with
reference to the quality and value of such wines.
• A ny trips or events comprising all or part of an auction lot shall, unless otherwise
specified in the catalog description, be subject to convenient scheduling by the lot donors
and the successful bidder. In addition, unless otherwise specified, purchasers of events
are expected to schedule the event to occur within twelve months of the auction.
Attention: Some trips and events are date specific and cannot be re-scheduled.
Purchasers may not transfer or resale events or trip lots.
ll wine is sold on an “as-is” basis, and neither the High Museum Atlanta Wine
Auction nor The Auctioneers make any express or implied warranty or representation
of any kind or nature with respect to any property included in an auction lot.
• The Auctioneers shall have the absolute right to withdraw any auction lot, reject any
auction bid, resolve any dispute with reference to any auction lot or any bid on any
auction lot at any time before the fall of the hammer. No bid is valid unless acknowledged as such by one of The Auctioneers.
• A ll wines sold at the High Museum Atlanta Wine Auction are subject to the provisions
of Georgia law and the regulations of the Georgia Department of Revenue.
• Bidding on silent auction lots on March 28, 2015 shall conclude at a designated time,
approximately 30 minutes to 1 hour before the conclusion of bidding on the last lot
of the Live Auction.
shall be the purchaser. In the event of any dispute between bidders, The Auctioneers
shall have sole and final discretion either to determine the successful bidder or to
re-offer and resell the item in dispute. If any dispute arises after the sale, the High
Museum Atlanta Wine Auction’s records shall be conclusive in all respects.
All payments for auction lots shall be made to the High Museum of Art. The High Museum
of Art is a division of the Woodruff Arts Center that is classified as a tax-exempt corporation under Internal Revenue Code Section 501(c)(3). Bidders may be entitled to deduct
a portion of their payments for auction lots as a charitable contribution, but each bidder
should consult her or his attorney or tax advisor regarding such deductibility for state
or federal income tax purposes. The High Museum of Art will provide documentation
as required by law following the auction.
• Payment for the Friday, March 27, 2015 silent auction lots shall be made within one hour
following conclusion of the silent auction.
• Payment for all auction lots on Saturday, March 28, 2015 (Live and Silent) shall be made
within one hour following the conclusion of the Live Auction.
ull payment must be made prior to removal of any auction lot.
ll payments must be made in cash, by cashier or certified check, or by Visa, MasterCard
or American Express. Company or personal checks will be accepted only upon submittal
of identification and credit responsibility satisfactory to the representative of the High
Museum Atlanta Wine Auction responsible for accepting payment.
uccessful bidders in the live auction will be charged within one hour following the
conclusion of the live auction. Payment for separate lots under one bidding paddle
number will be combined.
ots purchased in the Silent auction on Friday, March 27, 2015, must be picked up and
removed by successful bidders following payment at the conclusion of that event.
• Any property may be withdrawn by The Auctioneers or the High Museum Atlanta
Wine Auction at any time before the actual sale without any liability therefore.
ots purchased in the Silent and/or Live auction on Saturday, March 28, 2015, must
be picked up and removed by successful bidders following payment at the conclusion
of that event.
• The Auctioneers and the High Museum Atlanta Wine Auction reserve the right to
reject a bid from any bidder. The highest bidder acknowledged by The Auctioneers
he High Museum of Art shall not be responsible for any lots left at the auction site.
Please read these; trust us, they’ll help.
1. We’ll spend more words in some of our winery lot descriptions on the people behind
the wines than on the wines themselves, because in almost all cases, the wines are
either outstanding or some of the best the winery has made. Don’t expect a winery to
try to make friends at our auction by giving us plonk. For instance, if it’s Cabernet and
you like Cabernet, you can assume it’s not only good, it’s likely very good to outstanding.
Bubbly to Begin!
2. Some of our trips or special events are unique, tailored for our Auction, and some of
our estimates for them are off the top of our head. And the lots may bring one-of-akind prices. Some other trips or events may be commercially available in similar form
to what’s offered here, but in many instances they’re sold out and no longer available
for the period described in our lot. We’ll try to be realistic in our estimates, but don’t
hold it against us if we brag on what a similar lot has gone for previously. And remember, if you think you can get it directly at a better price, go for it on your own.
3. O
ur Auction draws bigger and better lots every year, and we’ve limited the number
in the Live Auction. That means the Saturday Silent Auction has some terrific lots.
4. E
tched or painted bottles are sometimes works of art in themselves, and, believe
us, for some reason the wine in the bottles seems to taste better because the bottles
are special.
5. L
ook at boxes or art or “things” in the lot display. Some we haven’t seen ahead of time
and can’t properly describe.
6. Remember, trips or events — unless otherwise stated — have a one-year-fromauction-date expiration.
7. Listen to the auctioneers; they often have additional or revised information on a lot.
• From the Hamiltons:
– 1 Methuselah (6L) Perrier-Jouët Brut Champagne, NV
• From Champagne Perrier-Jouët, 4 (750ml) bottles, one each:
– Perrier-Jouët Belle Epoque Brut Champagne 2006
– Perrier-Jouët Belle Epoque Rosé Brut Champagne 2004
– Perrier-Jouët Blason Rosé Champagne NV
– Perrier-Jouët Grand Brut Champagne NV
Angelle Hamilton is one of this year’s auction Co-chairs! We can’t thank her enough
for all of the hours and work she has put in. We would have thought that Angelle and
Art might save this big bottle to celebrate when the event was in the books, but they
graciously shared it with us instead.
This Champagne is comprised of 25% Chardonnay, 35% Pinot Noir, 40% Pinot Meunier
Grapes sourced from around 40 different crus. It was in 1811 that Pierre-Nicolas Perrier
married Adèle Jouët, thus marking the genesis of the House of Perrier-Jouët. Characterized from the outset by its uncompromising standards, the House was a pioneer in the
field of traceability and the fight against counterfeiting. After the fashion of the great
Champagne Houses, Perrier-Jouët was the first to display the year of the vintage on its
bottles. And, when the wine doesn’t quite meet the standards to become a vintage, it is
consigned to the cellars to be blended to make great non-vintage bottles like this one.
9. C
heck out the wines at our Vintners’ Reception; some of the wines in the auction lots
will have been poured. If you don’t believe our praise, try them yourself.
And along comes Perrier-Jouët to sweeten the pot, offering a collection of bottles, one
each of the Perrier-Jouët portfolio: Perrier-Jouët Belle Epoque Brut 2006 (95 Wine
Enthusiast “Cellar Selection”), Perrier-Jouët Belle Epoque Rosé 2004 (93 Wine Spectator),
Perrier-Jouët Blason Rosé NV (91 Wine Spectator) and Perrier-Jouët Grand Brut NV
(90 Wine Spectator). Thank you, Perrier-Jouët.
Angelle is our “ragin’ Cajun” Co-chair, and here she’s showing she knows something
about her Co-chair Gina’s favorite, libation — Champagne.
8. Put together a bidding group for the major events, dinners, or trips. It’ll help you
compete in the bidding.
We’ve bragged about him in several of our lot descriptions, but here’s another word of
thanks to catalog co-author Glenn Irwin, the Wine Gnome. His research has provided
us a mini-text book on wine regions, grapes, flavors, ratings, food pairings and historical
background. Hours of work went into this; read it, learn a little and toast him when you
see him.
Please get your paddles ready to show Angelle and Art how much we appreciate all
that they have done for us.
LOT 1 $1300
And a second big thank you to Cleve Willcoxon, a very clever guy and fellow wine lover,
for his elaboration on our events as well as a few of our trip and event lot descriptions.
He’s been creating for us for quite a few years. Salud!
And then there’s Woodie Wisebram — you remember her — editing as always in wise
ways, trying to keep all of us on track.
Clare and Brian Send Their Best
A Case of Cult!
• Six magnums and 12 (750ml) bottles:
– One Magnum (1.5L) Big Table Farm Chardonnay Willamette Valley 2013
– One Magnum (1.5L) Big Table Farm Pinot Noir Cattrall Brothers Vineyard Willamette 2013
– One Magnum (1.5L) Big Table Farm Pinot Noir Pelos Sandberg Vineyard Willamette 2013
– One Magnum (1.5L) Big Table Farm Pinot Noir Sunnyside Vineyard Willamette Valley 2013
– One Magnum (1.5L) Big Table Farm Pinot Noir Yamhill Carlton District 2013
– One Magnum (1.5L) Big Table Farm Pinot Noir Wirtz Vineyard Willamette Valley 2013
– One 750ml each Big Table Farm Pinot Noir Cattrall Brothers Vineyard 2011, 2012, 2013
– One 750ml each Big Table Farm Pinot Noir Wirtz Vineyard 2011, 2012, 2013
– One 750ml each Big Table Farm Pinot Noir Sunnyside Vineyard, 2011, 2012, 2013
– One 750ml each Big Table Farm Pinot Noir Pelos Sandberg Vineyard, 2011, 2012, 2013
• Four (750ml) bottles Araujo Estate, one each:
– Araujo Estate Cabernet Sauvignon Eisele Vineyard Napa Valley 2004
– Araujo Estate Altagracia Proprietary Red Napa Valley 2003
– Araujo Estate Syrah Eisele Vineyard Napa Valley 2004
– Araujo Estate Sauvignon Blanc Eisele Vineyard Napa Valley 2007
• Four (750ml) bottles Peter Michael, one each:
– Peter Michael Les Pavots Prorpietary Red Knights Valley 2003
– Peter Michael L’esprit des Pavots Proprietary Red Knights Valley 2003
– Peter Michael Pinot Noir Le Moulin Rouge Santa Lucia Highlands 2011
– Peter Michael Sauvignon Blanc L’apres-Midi Knights Valley 2012
• Two (750ml) bottles Kistler Vineyards, one each:
– Kistler Vineyards Pinot Noir Kistler Vineyard Sonoma Coast 2008
– Kistler Vineyards Pinot Noir Kistler Vineyard Sonoma Coast 2010
• Two (750ml) bottles Aubert, one each:
– Aubert Wines Chardonnay Eastside Vineyard Russian River Valley 2011
– Aubert Wines Pinot Noir Ritchie Vineyard Sonoma Coast 2011
Big Table Farm owners Clare Carver and Brian Marcy are unable to attend the Auction
this year, and we will miss them. However, they are donating this lovely lot in their
absence — great Willamette Valley juice!
Brian is the winemaker and Clare is a respected artist and wine label designer. Brian
worked in Napa Valley and learned from many of the most esteemed winemakers and
wineries including Turley Wine cellars, Neyers Vineyards, Blankiet Estate and Marcassin
just to name a few. Clare’s fine art is represented in galleries in San Francisco and Sonoma
and in Carlton, OR. Clare has designed wine labels for over 60 wineries from Oregon,
California and Washington.
So, the only real question is how good is this wine? Well, Charles and Kristie (Abney)
introduced us to Big Table Farm a few years back, and they never miss. To back that up,
Big Table Farm has been featured in The Wall Street Journal, were named 2014 Winery
of the Year by Wine and Spirits, and were featured in Wine Spectator’s January 2015 issue
as one of Oregon’s new names to know. The 2013’s haven’t been rated but all of the 2012’s
the Spectator rated received 92–94 points including the Cattrall Brothers (94) and the
Sunnyside (92) and two received 95 points (the Willamette Valley and the Chardonnay).
Harvey Steiman covers Oregon for the Spectator, and he is a big enthusiast about Clare
and Brian’s work. You should be too!
LOT 2 About $1500, but that’s ridiculously low
Surely, you all know Louise Laird and her husband E.T. Louise was Co-Chair of the Auction
last year. Beyond that, Louise and E.T. are such good friends to our Auction — benefactors,
donors, winemaker dinner and secret cellar hosts, committee members and volunteers.
Truth is, there is a cult within the auction staff and committee that think Louise and E.T.
are simply the greatest!
But, that’s not the cult we are talking about with this lot. Here are twelve absolutely
outstanding hard to get cult wines from California. You have to be on the mailing list to get
these and even then, many are limited. Nary a bottle among this group scored less than
90 points and the average of the twelve is just a smidge under 93 points from Mr. Parker.
Bert and Daphne Araujo helped set the standards for stupendous wine in California, then
in 2013 sold their estate to François Pinault, best known in the wine world as the proprietor
of Bordeaux’s Château Latour. So you know that wine is great. Peter Michael Winery may
be the best-run winery of its size for world-class quality; with folk like Helen Turley, Mark
Aubert, Luc Morlet, and now his brother, Nicolas Morlet, making wine. Peter Michael
wines just go from strength to strength. Kistler has set the standard for Burgundian-style
Chardonnays and Pinot Noirs for decades. Mark Aubert is one of the contenders for California’s finest practitioner of Burgundian-styled, yet classic, California Chardonnays,
and his Pinot Noir is excellent, as well.
Louise and E.T., what a fabulous lot! Buy it and become a member of Louise’s cult!
LOT 3 32
$1800 – but that ain’t happenin’!
Napa Valley Luxury
• 2-night stay for 3 couples at the luxurious Lotus Vineyard guesthouse
• Tour of the historic property and the state-of-the art winery designed by renowned
architect Howard Backen
• Champagne reception and dinner at the winery paired with wines spanning multiple
vintages from Dana Estates
• Three magnums, one each:
– Dana Estates Cabernet Sauvignon Helms Vineyard Napa Valley 2007
– Dana Estates Cabernet Sauvignon Lotus Vineyard Napa Valley 2008
– Dana Estates Cabernet Sauvignon Hershey Vineyard Napa Valley 2010
We welcome Vanessa Conlin from Dana Estates to the Auction.
Nestled at the base of the Mayacamas Mountains in Napa Valley, Dana (DAH-nah)
is a stunningly beautiful, small production (600 cases) winery. Dana is a Sanskrit term
meaning “the Spirit of Generosity,” and it is in this spirit that owner Hi Sang Lee, son-in-law
Jae Chun and Jennie Lee offer this tremendous opportunity for 3 couples to learn about
Dana Estates from the vine to the wine.
Dana Estates is the third winery to occupy this piece of vineyard land in the heart of the
famed Rutherford Bench. First farmed and developed by German viticulturalist H. W.
Helms in 1883, it was purchased in 1976 by John and Diane Livingston and served as
the home for Livingston Moffett winery until proprietor Hi Sang Lee bought the property
in 2005. The winery was re-designed by renowned architect Howard Backen (Harlan,
Constant Diamond Mountain, Futo), keeping the original stonewalls as its centerpiece.
Hi Sang and Howard worked carefully with winemakers Philippe Melka and Cameron
Vawter to insure that the space and facilities would enable the production of consistently
world class wines.
Leave the real world behind as you settle in at the Lotus House, Dana Estates’ private
home. The contemporary residence boasts unparalleled vineyard views and luxury
accommodations for three couples, including an infinity pool and gourmet chef’s kitchen.
(Take a look at the pictures at danaestates.com to get a true sense of this exquisite setting.)
After relaxing at the Lotus House, your group will head to Dana’s exclusive Rutherford
estate where you will be treated to a private tour of the Helms vineyard, state-of-the art
winery and caves. Your visit will end in the Dana Estates Dining Room where you will
have a Champagne reception and dinner paired with multiple vintages of fantastic Dana
Estates wines.
To take home is the well-curated offering of three stunning and hard to get Dana Estate
magnums, one each of the 2007 Dana Estates “Helms Vineyard” Cabernet Sauvignon,
Rutherford; the 2008 Dana Estates “Lotus Vineyard” Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley;
and the 2010 Dana Estates “Hershey Vineyard” Howell Mountain. Parker rated 97, 94+,
96 respectively. Not a bad souvenir, wouldn’t you agree?
LOT 4 $17,000 – this is a beyond-exclusive opportunity
Savor the Passion at Morlet Family Vineyards!
• Picnic lunch for 6 with Luc and Jodie Morlet at their Mon Chevalier vineyard
with private tasting at the winery
• 5-course dinner at Terra Restaurant with wines from the Morlet’s cellar
• A copy of the book, Napa Valley Iconic Wineries, featuring Morlet Family Vineyards
and personally signed by Luc and Jodie
• 2 (3L) Morlet Family Vineyards wines, signed, etched and numbered:
– Morlet Family Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon ’Passionnément’ Oakville, 2010
– Morlet Family Vineyards Proprientary White Blend ’La Proportion Dorée’ Sonoma
County, 2011
We welcome Luc Morlet back to our Auction!
Luc Morlet is no stranger to patrons of our Wine Auction. You know Luc for his great
winemaking skills at Peter Michael Winery — not to mention his own incredible eponymous winery.
Your memorable day with Luc and Jodie Morlet will start with a picnic lunch at their
‘Mon Chevalier’ vineyard in Knights Valley, overlooking majestic Mt. St. Helena. You will
then experience a private tasting of Morlet Family Vineyards wines at the historic Morlet
Family Winery in St. Helena. You get the chance to savor those absolutely incredible wines
that Luc coaxes from his vineyards. The day will culminate with a special five-course
dinner at Terra Restaurant which will include a selection of wines from Luc and Jodie’s
private cellar.
As souvenirs from this wonderful day, you will take home two signed, etched and numbered double-magnums (3 liters) of Morlet Family Vineyards wines: 2010 ‘Passionnément’
(Oakville, Napa Valley, Cabernet Sauvignon) and 2011 ‘La Proportion Dorée’ (Sonoma
County, Sémillon & Sauvignon Blanc) as well as the book, Napa Valley Iconic Wineries,
featuring Morlet Family Vineyards and personally signed by Luc and Jodie. In the December 2012 Issue of The Wine Advocate, the ‘Passionnément’ received 97 points and was
described as being “drop-dead gorgeous.” Robert M. Parker, Jr. awarded the ‘La Proportion
Dorée’ 95 points noting that it is a “wine of great intensity.” Parker has also proclaimed:
“This is one of the up-and-coming superstar producers in Northern California,” and Luc
Morlet “is not only a fablous winemaking talent, he knows how to bring the French savoir
faire of complexity, elegance and precision of the ripe, concentrated, intense fruit of
California.” Do you really need a better recommendation than that?
Mutually agreed upon date (excluding harvest months: September and October).
Expiration date: August 2016. Party of 6 maximum.
This will provide six people with memories to last a lifetime!
LOT 5 $5500
Untapped Tuscany
• 3 nights for 2 couples at Podere Cocceto, a grand country residence
in Val d’Orcia, Tuscany
• Breakfast included each day
• Dinner one evening prepared with ingredients from the Trinoro estate
• Tour of Tenuta di Trinoro with tasting
• Based upon availability, October 2015–March 2016
• 2-night stay for 2 couples at Liquid Farm in Santa Ynez
• Lunch or dinner and tastings with proprietors Jeff and Nikki Nelson
• A three-magnum (1.5L) horizontal of 2012 Liquid Farm Chardonnay:
– Liquid Farm White Hill Chardonnay 2012
– Liquid Farm Golden Slope Chardonnay 2012
– Liquid Farm FOUR Chardonnay 2012
We extend a warm welcome to Andrea Franchetti, Tenuta di Trinoro owner & winemaker!
Thank you for coming and for offering this grand lot.
We welcome Nikki and Jeff Nelson from Liquid Farm to the Auction.
You have wanted to tour an untapped part of Tuscany? Here is your chance — and what a
chance it is! Tenuta di Trinoro is excited about bringing the exquisite beauty and uniqueness of the Val d’Orcia, home of Tenuta di Trinoro, to the Atlanta Wine Auction. The Val
d’Orcia, a remote part of Tuscany, is closer to Rome than to Florence. It’s a breathtakingly
beautiful place, with miles and miles of barely inhabited landscape, given UNESCO World
Heritage status for its impact on the great landscape paintings of the Sienese Renaissance
School. Andrea Franchetti, the owner and winemaker of Tenuta di Trinoro, stumbled
upon an old ruin of an 18th century sharecropping farmhouse in this special valley in
the 80s and set to restoring it in the early 90s. Today the grand country residence, known
as Podere Cocceto, is a six-bedroom rustic home sitting amongst the vines on the rolling
500-acre Tenuta di Trinoro estate, with views of the valley and Monte Amiata to the
west, to which visitors from all over Europe flock for week-long visits.
Nikki Nelson and husband Jeff own the winery, and they are offering you a “NOW and
LATER” experience. For NOW, you receive this magnificent magnum horizontal of their
2012 Chardonnay. Your Wine Gnome found reviews from three different critics and all
nine ratings for these 2012’s were in the 91–94 point range, most either 93 or 94.
Two couples will spend 3 nights at this marvelous estate. Your package includes breakfast
each day plus one dinner that will be prepared with ingredients sourced directly from
the Trinoro Estate. While languishing in the luxury of this marvelous location, you will
enjoy a private tour and tasting of Tenuta di Trinoro.
Born to an American mother of the Milliken family and Italian father of the long line of
Barons Franchetti, raised in Rome surrounded by artists including his uncle Cy Twombly,
Andrea Franchetti is known as one of Italy’s most fascinating winemakers. In 1991,
he planted his first vines in the Val d’Orcia, a no-man’s land on the border of Tuscany
and Lazio with no history of producing wine, with cuttings brought over from Bordeaux.
In 1997, after years of experimentation, Andrea released the first vintage of Tenuta di
Trinoro to critical praise.
Charles and Kristie Abney are tireless workers for our Auction, introducing us to new
wineries almost every year. This year it’s Liquid Farm, a tiny California winery making
a very big noise these days. They are an anomaly, too, focusing on Old World-styled
Chardonnay from stellar Santa Rita Hills fruit.
So while you taste through these fantastic bottles, hurry and plan the other part of this
great lot — the LATER — a 2-Night Stay at the L Farm-ish in Santa Ynez with Jeff and
Nikki. Meet the Golden Girls (aka; their FOUR hens) + Stan the Rooster and get a truly
down to earth, local experience of Santa Ynez Valley Wine Country! Jeff and Nikki are
warmly opening their home for 2 nights of lodging for 2 couples for a cozy place to nest
while you explore the area’s wineries and restaurants. Liquid Farm, of course, is included
in the adventure. A homemade farm to table lunch or dinner prepared by the Nelsons
and comprehensive tasting of current releases will take place during the stay along with
a special barrel tasting at their winery in Buellton.
The Nelsons will also help, should you wish, with recommendations for local wineries
and restaurants and to set up complimentary tastings/reservations — all geared towards
your palate and personal preferences.
LOT 7 $2200 but we believe a lot more
Podere Cocceto offers a broad array of fee-based services to help you tailor your trip
to you specific needs and desires, plus you have full-time access to an English-speaking
concierge to help arrange transportation and additional activities. Visit cocceto.com and
trinoro.it for more informaion.
What more could you need to experience a phenomenal holiday in beautiful Tuscany?
LOT 6 36
Dining with the Stars
• Wine Dinner for 18 at Canoe with wines by Cellar Door
• Canoe chefs’ reunion featuring Gerry Klaskala of Aria, Matt Basford and Sarah Koob of
Canoe, Chris Hall of Local Three, Jason Paolini and Brian Jones of Restaurant Eugene,
Ryan Smith of Staplehouse, Mark Alba of STK, and Gary Mennie
Here’s a true all-star cast of great Atlanta chefs, all come together to the scene of their
past triumphs. All but Matt Basford and Sarah Koob, who still reign supreme at Canoe,
have gone on to continuing fame at the stove in other Atlanta hotspots. They’ll come back
to familiar territory at scenic Canoe to fashion a fantastic meal, with each one trying to
outdo the others.
Gerry Klaskala started Canoe and has gone on to his cozy Aria, where he continues to
reap awards and star ratings, while still keeping an eye on what’s happening at Canoe.
And just look at where the other stalwarts have landed since leaving Canoe — Restaurant
Eugene, STK, Local Three, Staplehouse. These folks know how to send magic to the table.
And your meal will be enhanced by the wine selections of Matt Bradford — Canoe’s wine
director, proprietor of Cellar Door at Canoe, and a gifted sommelier. Matt will be up
to the challenge of matching the taste treats created by the superstar chefs with some
super wine pairings. In fact, he’ll try to outdo them — some goal. One of your Chief Taster’s
favorite delights at Canoe when Matt was there was to ask him to match a selected dish
with his choice of wine. He was never disappointed.
Anyone who has dined at Canoe knows what an elegant place it is on the banks of the
Chattahoochee. It has a new (as of fall 2014) and elegant private dining room to house
your party of 18. Elegance all around — chefs, food, wine, setting — true dining with
the stars.
You’ll need to schedule well in advance to accommodate the chefs’ availability — not
on Friday or Saturday nights or holidays or holiday weekends. Please provide a gracious
gratuity to your three servers — the donors suggest about $250 per.
Wow! Have a great time.
LOT 8 $8000
A Nashville Food/Wine Experience with Jenne Bonaccorsi and Tom Black,
with a Tandy Wilson dinner as well, for two couples
• Three-night stay for two couples at Hutton Hotel
• Dinner at 360 Bistro Restaurant with special wines from Tom’s cellar
• Dinner at Hermitage Hotel Grill Room with more of Tom’s wines
• Dinner at City House with Bonaccorsi wines and special fare by Tandy Wilson
• Two cases of Bonaccorsi library wines
• Guidance to hot spots for lunch by Tom
Jenne Bonaccorsi makes beautiful Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, and Syrah wines — almost as
beautiful as Jenne herself. Tom Black is the founder of Nashville’s wine auction and one
from whom we sought advice in 1992 before our first auction. This visit will pair a beautiful
hostess, a knowledgeable wine guy with an extraordinary cellar, outstanding Nashville
dining spots, including a dinner hosted by Tandy Wilson at CITY HOUSE, and some
special Bonaccorsi wines.
Jenne’s wines consistently win blind tasting competitions with other California Pinots.
They are everything one would hope for in new world Pinot. Tom Black is a noted collector
and connoisseur of great wines from all over the world, with a cellar to prove it. The wines
he proposes for his two dinners are great examples: 1996 Salon Champagne; 2000 Dom
Perignon; 2000 Girardin Montrachet; 2000 Chave Hermitage Blanc; 1999 Clos St. Jacques
Rousseau; 1999 Ruchottes Chambertin-Roumier; 1990 Ch. Latour; 1990 Ch. Lafleur; and
‘appropriate dessert wines.’ Those are for the first two night’s dinners, and then you’ll
have Bonaccorsi wines and Tandy’s matching edibles your third night.
Tandy Wilson, you know, is one of our Guest Chefs this year and a James Beard finalist
as one of the finest chefs in the Southeast U.S. He can, and will, really put it on. We met
Tandy here last year and were duly impressed; you will be, too.
We met Jenne here for the first time about six years ago. When your Chief Taster stepped
to the Bonaccorsi table at the trade tasting and asked the beautiful pourer: “When will
Mrs. Bonaccorsi arrive?” he was greeted with: “I am Mrs. Bonaccorsi.” And he immediately
fell in love. As did, or had, Tom Black who has now swept Jenne off her wine press when
the wines are in the barrel and brought her to Nashville when they’re not both in Santa
Barbara. You’ll be as enchanted with Jenne as Tom and your Chief Taster were.
Your lunches in Nashville will be on your own, but with some guidance from Tom, who,
if time permits, may join you. He knows the hot spots, as well as the beer joints if that’s
what you seek. And as a special feature, Tom may treat you to a blind tasting, for which
he is famous, before your third night’s dinner with Tandy. Go easy; you don’t want to
go blind at your dinner.
This three-day visit to Nashville will be fun and full of gustatory memories. You’ll need
to schedule well ahead and not conflict with Jenne’s winemaking duties.
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LOT 10
A Symphony of CIRQ
• One 5L, 3 (3L), 6 (1.5L) and 12 (750ml) of Treehouse Vineyard Pinot Noir Russian
River Valley 2012
LOT 11
Michael Browne is in the house, welcome back!
It’s party time!
CIRQ is the latest project from Michael Browne — yes, that Michael Browne! You already
know that Michael makes outstanding Pinot Noir. When he’s been at our Auction, you
have praised him to the rooftops and bid princely sums for his Kosta Browne lots. Last
year, Michael premiered the inaugural vintage of CIRQ Treehouse Pinot Noir RRV — the
2011 vintage. We don’t need to tell you that it immediately sold out to his subscribers — you knew!
• Dinner for up to 8 hosted by Katie and West Johnson at their home, prepared by Chef
Chris Hall of Local Three and paired with a selection of wines from D. R. Stephens Estate
• 2 etched, hand painted 6L bottles D. R. Stephens Estate Moose Valley Vineyard,
one each 2004 and 2012
Michael’s vision for CIRQ first took shape in 2009 when he discovered two new estates
in the redwood-studded hills of the Russian River Valley. He made a commitment at that
time to develop and farm these sites to produce a single estate Pinot Noir from each.
He has done this with one goal in mind: to provide enthusiasts with wines of uncommon
breeding that delight their senses and connect them to these special places. That’s
technical jargon for juice that is out of this world. The first of these vineyards is called
Treehouse where a mixture of Pinot Noir clones are farmed in volcanic soils at 750ft
elevation above the Russian River Valley.
Now, YOU can get in on the second vintage of CIRQ Treehouse — 2012. CIRQ is offering
a piano lot of a Jeroboam (5L), three double magnums (3L), six magnums (1.5L) and a
twelve (750ml)-bottle case. What? Ratings, schmatings. But if you must know, 93 points
from Parker’s Wine Advocate. CIRQ tells us that the idea is that this wide range of formats
and sizes will take this piano lot and create a symphony. Listen to the Wine Gnome. He
tasted the 2012 at a dinner in July with Michael. Buy this lot! Drink this wine! Sing with
me: “Baby, Baby, whenever you’re near me, I hear a Symphony…”
LOT 10 $8000 – well, actually, several multiples of that
Justin Stephens, proprietor and managing partner of D. R. Stephens Estate, is an auction
favorite and faithful supporter, and he will be here for a Thursday night Winemaker Dinner.
Welcome back, Justin, and thanks for pulling together this lot.
Katie and West Johnson have been huge supporters of the Auction for years. Katie is a
past co-chair and has done just about everything imaginable to make our event a success
over the years. West has been a key member of the Lot Solicitation Committee and is on
the High’s Board of Directors. Katie and West, thank you for all of the many things and
donations you have done for us over the years!
The auction lot parties that Katie and West have thrown are legendary, and the many
Thursday night Winemaker Dinners they have hosted wonderful; they are experts on hospitality. This time they will host a dinner for up to 8 people at their wonderful home, and
what a dinner it will be! The kitchen will be manned by Local Three’s star chef, Chris Hall,
and Justin will return to pour his beautiful D. R. Stephens Estate wines for the occasion.
Prior to Local Three, Chris worked with 4th & Swift, Canoe and Philadelphia’s Le Bec Fin.
The popularity of his cuisine at Local Three keeps the place packed. For one night, he will
be your personal chef for your party at Katie and West’s.
Justin, son of Don Stephens, the founder of D. R. Stephens Estate, shares his father’s passion
for creating world-class wines. D. R. Stephens Estate made its reputation on Cabernet
Sauvignon, but also has very good Chardonnay and Pinot Noir to round out their portfolio.
Those great wines will certainly complement your meal just as handsomely as the man
who is pouring them.
Now a word about the two 6L bottles: the 2004 Moose Valley Cabernet Sauvignon represents
the wine that was the current vintage when D. R. Stephens first participated in High’s
Auction in 2007. The 2004 vintage is the highest rated Moose Valley ever — 96 points
from James Laube — Wine Spectator’s hard-to-please Cabernet hound. The 2012 vintage
is the current release.
This will be an evening you won’t soon forget!
LOT 11 Somewhere north of $5500,
but it will go for multiples of that!
LOT 12
Let the Champagne Flow — 4 days & 4 nights for 2 in Champagne with
VIP experiences all around PLUS roundtrip Delta business class air travel
for 2 to Paris, France; expires March 30, 2016
• Champagne Henri Giraud
– 3-night stay for 2 at Les Crayeres in Reims
– Dinner with Claude Giraud at L’Assisette Champoinois, Michelin 3-star restaurant
– Tour, tasting and picnic at Henri Giraud Winery
– Tour of Reims
– Dinner at Les Crayeres
– Visit to Argonne Forest, Giraud oak and Giraud young oak plantation
– Lunch at Oree du Bois in Futeau, Argonne
– 6-bottle collection of vintage Henri Giraud Fut de Chene
– 1 Magnum Henri Giraud Fut de Chene
• Champagne Pol Roger
– 1-night stay at the Hostellerie de la Briqueterie including breakfast
the following morning
– Dinner at the Hostellerie de la Briqueterie with Laurent d’Harcout, president
of Pol Roger
– VIP tour and tasting at the Pol Roger cellars and lunch at the Pol Roger
Champagne house
Who can forget the amazing and charming Claude Giraud, our Special Guest of Honor
in 2013. Again last year, Claude was here to grace us with his charm and excellent wine
and, lucky for us, he’s back this year. Monsieur Giraud and his Champagne are elegant
and sophisticated, yet talking with him was as easy as talking with a good friend. He
runs one of the best Champagne houses in the world and invites you to come visit him
in Reims. Claude says, “it’s the same as what we did for Joe Best (who won a similar trip
in 2013), who was positively enchanted.” We bet!
And to add another layer to your VIP Champagne experience, the charming Laurent
d’Harcout, president of the venerable Champagne house Pol Roger, invites you to visit as
well. Founded in 1849 and located on the famous Avenue de Champagne in Epernay, this
beautiful winery is still owned and run by the descendents of Pol Roger. Their prestige
label is the Cuvee Sir Winston Churchill dedicated to the famous British Prime Minister
who considered Pol Roger his favorite Champagne. You might begin or end your trip to
Champagne with your overnight and dinner at the Hostellerie de la Briqueterie, followed
by a VIP tour, tasting and lunch at Pol Roger.
We raise a glass to Delta Air Lines for their generous support year after year with
providing air travel for some our Live Auction lots. Delta first class and business airfare
will be included with a whopping seven Live Auction lots this year — thank you Delta!
The Henri Giraud experience includes a three-night stay at Les Crayeres in Reims. Claude
has chosen only the best for you! Les Crayeres is a stunningly beautiful turn-of-the-20thcentury chateau. This Relais & Chateaux property has perfectly appointed rooms and
suites and the atmosphere is one of elegant sophistication — not unlike Claude. After
your arrival in the afternoon, Claude will host you for a sumptuous dinner at L’Assiette
Champoinois, a Michelin three star restaurant in an elegant 19th century half-timbered
house near the center of Reims. The next morning, you will be picked up at the hotel for
your visit to the Henri Giraud Winery including a full tasting, barrel tasting and picnic
at the winery. Don’t taste too much; your afternoon includes a tour of Reims and then
dinner at Les Crayeres — another very, very special evening.
The next morning you are off to the Argonne Forest to see Giraud oak and the plantation
of young oak trees that are used in the production of this incredible Champagne. While
out in the countryside, you will be treated to lunch at the charming Oree du Bois in Futeau,
Argonne — “land where tree is king” — then back to Reims for an afternoon departure.
Finally, just to make sure you will never forget, you receive a six-bottle collection of vintage
Fut de Chene plus a magnum of Fut de Chene. Every time you taste one of these magnificent bottles, the memories of your trip will come flooding back, and you will again
experience why the Japanese refer to Henri Giraud Champagne as “drops of God.”
Both Messieurs Giraud and d’Harcout ask that you give plenty of notice and check dates
to make sure they are available for your visits with them.
You know these experiences will be truly amazing and the memories will last a lifetime.
Á votre santé!
LOT 12 Priceless – As Churchill said about Champagne,
“In success you deserve it and in defeat, you
need it” – you better bid Tout Suite to avoid defeat
LOT 13
Fabulous Trip to Napa • 5-night accommodations for 4 (2 couples or a family of 4) at Husic Vineyards
Guesthouse, Stags Leap District, Napa Valley
• VIP Flight Wine Tasting of Husic Vineyards wines for 4 at Ma(i)sonry in Yountville
• Husic Vineyards barrel tasting with Winemaker Michael Hirby, at HUNNICUTT Winery
in St. Helena
• Husic Vineyards walk through of the estate vineyards with vineyard management
Barbour Vineyards
• Dinner for four at Bistro Don Giovanni in Napa
• Lunch for four at The Thomas Restaurant in Napa
• 6-year magnum (1.5L) vertical Husic Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon, 2003–2008
We welcome Julie and Frank Husic, proprietors of Husic Vineyards, to our Auction.
Taste their wines at the Friday night Fête and Vintners’ Reception and then bid it up
on this special trip to their vineyards!
Enjoy five nights for two couples at the Husic Vineyards Guesthouse perched above the
Stags Leap District. This private guesthouse has incredible views, both up and down the
Valley. It sleeps four (two bedrooms, each with a king bed), and includes a living room,
dining room, fully equipped kitchen, shared bathroom, washer/dryer, WiFi, flat screen
TVs and an outdoor seating area.
Your visit includes a VIP Flight Wine Tasting of Husic Vineyards wines at Ma(i)sonry
in Yountville. Ma(i)sonry is located in one of three stone buildings in Yountville and only
one of two listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It has a remarkable collection
of furnishings and artwork, as well as the beautiful outdoor gardens.
Also, you will have the rare opportunity to barrel taste Husic wines with winemaker Mike
Hirby in the caves at HUNNICUTT Winery in St. Helena. Plus you will tour the Husic
Estate Vineyards with the vineyard managers from Barbour Vineyards; Jim Barbour
manages many of the top high-profile vineyards in the Valley.
This lot includes dinner at Bistro Giovanni, the Husic family’s favorite restaurant. Yes,
it serves great Italian cuisine. The group will also enjoy lunch at The Thomas Restaurant
in downtown Napa, featuring a world-class cocktail program and new American grill fare.
To inspire you for your Napa adventure, don’t forget the 6-year magnum vertical of Husic
Estate Cabernet Sauvignon. Available reviews and ratings describe award-winning wine
with classic Napa Cabernet attributes.
Thank you, Julie and Frank, for this fantastic trip. All of this can be yours, if the price
is right!
LOT 14
FORE! All Star Golf & Wine in Atlanta & Mattapoisett
• Golf for 4 at Druid Hills Golf Club
• Wine dinner for 8 at Druid Hills
• Golf for 4 at the Bay Club in Mattapoisett, MA
• Wine dinner for 4 with hosts Merry McCleary and Ann Pasky at the Bay Club
with wines from Vineyard 7 & 8 and Bure Family
• 2 nights for 2 couples at the Mattapoisett Inn in Mattapoisett
• Gourmet breakfast each morning
• One Magnum Vineyard 7 & 8 Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2011
• One Magnum Vineyard 7 & 8 “Correlation” Cabernet Sauvignon 2011
• One Magnum Vineyard 7 & 8 Estate Chardonnay 2012
• One 3L Bure Family Thirteen Proprietary Red Wine Napa Valley 2010
Our great friend, Merry McCleary co-chaired our incredible Twentieth Auction in 2012 — it was a fantastic event! Merry, we appreciate everything you have done for us and all
that you continue to do.
Merry has put together a wonderful golf lot combined with the great wines of Wes Steffans
of Vineyard 7 & 8 and Val Bure of Bure Family Wines. Merry, is it true that Val Bure putts
with a hockey stick? Well, here is your chance to find out. Your golf outings include a
round for 4 at Druid Hills Golf Club here in Atlanta and a round for 4 at the Bay Club in
Mattapoisett, MA. The Bay Club is located on Buzzards Bay south of Boston. After each
round, you will be treated to a wine dinner — one at Druid Hills prepared by Chef Livinton
Bedminster and one at Bay Club prepared by Chef Jim Mercer, both hosted by Merry and
Ann. The dinners will be paired with wines from both Vineyard 7 & 8 and Bure Family Wines.
Wes and Val will join for golf and dinner at each location if the dates can be coordinated.
While you are playing at Bay Club, the two couples will be staying at the Mattapoisett
Inn for two nights, complete with gourmet breakfasts both mornings.
Now the golf and the dinners are wonderful, but that’s not all. You also receive three
magnums and a double magnum of great wine! All of these bottles were rated in the
mid 90’s by Parker. Both Wes and Val have hosted wine dinners at the Auction and
participated for many years. Their wines are top notch.
Golf and dinner with friends, including an All-Star hockey player, winemaker, and your
All-Star hosts — Merry and Ann. It’s time to work on your game and set your tee times!
LOT 14 $6000+ but we think a whole lot more
LOT 13 Just try to get it for $8000
LOT 15
LOT 16
Enjoy the hospitality of Pride Mountain Vineyards!
23 Liters of Great Juice for the 23rd Wine Auction
• 2-night stay for 2 couples in Pride Mountain Vineyards’ guest cottage
• Private wine tasting and tour
• Wine dinner in the caves prepared by a renowned Napa Valley Chef and hosted
by Suzanne Pride Bryan and Stuart Bryan
• 6L Oakville Ranch Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley 2006
• 5L Copain Cailloux Coccinelle Syrah Washington 2004
• 3L Caymus Special Select Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley 1994
• 3L Pride Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley 1995, signed by Jim Pride (founder,
deceased) & Robert Foley (winemaker for that vintage)
• 3L D.R. Stephens Cabernet Sauvignon Moose Valley Vineyard Napa Valley 2004
• 1.5L Chateau Montelena Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley 1992
• 1.5L Silver Oak Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley 1997
Welcome Suzanne Pride Bryan and Stuart Bryan, co-owners of Pride Mountain Vineyards.
We are so glad to have you back and thank you for your continued support.
Two lucky couples will have the opportunity to stay at Pride Mountain Vineyards’ Guest
Cottage for two nights nestled among the vines at this historic wine estate dubbed one
of the world’s greatest by Robert Parker, Jr. The experience includes a private wine tasting
and tour of Pride Mountain Vineyards where the Napa/Sonoma county line crosses the
crush pad and disappears into the caves at an elevation of 2,100 feet atop the famed
Mayacamas Mountain range separating the Napa and Sonoma valleys.
The highlight of your stay is an intimate, multi-course gourmet wine dinner in the caves
prepared by one of Napa Valley’s renowned chefs and hosted by co-owners Suzanne
Pride Bryan and Stuart Bryan. Rare, older vintages will be hand-selected from the family’s
private library of award-winning wines to pair with each course. Grapes have been grown
on this world-class estate since 1869 where the stone ruins of the original winery built in
1890 stand in tribute to the property’s perfect growing conditions for delicious opulent
reds and aromatic whites.
The wines of Pride Mountain Vineyards have been selected numerous times by the
Wine Spectator for their annual “Top 100” list, and have been served at the White House
28 times over 23 years by the last four Presidents. This is a unique opportunity to relax
and relish one of California’s oldest wine estates from an insider’s perspective.
Must be redeemed by March 31, 2016. Redemption of overnight accommodations, tour,
tasting and dinner is for a maximum of four adults and is not transferable from the
winning bidders. Dates to be mutually agreed upon at least 30 days in advance. Private
tour and tasting to be scheduled Monday–Friday. Transportation is not included.
LOT 15 $4000 but just try to get it for that
Kristie and Charles Abney are stupendous supporters of the Auction. Charles is a member
of the High’s Board of Directors. Kristie has been a past co-chair. Both Kristie and Charles
are members of the Wine Auction Committee. They have hosted wine dinners in their
home. Face it, they have done everything. Kristie and Charles, we can’t thank you enough
for all that you do!
This year the Abneys have devised a very unique lot. Instead of donating 23 bottles to
match the 23rd Auction, they are donating 23 liters — one for each year. Now, you may
think that isn’t that big of a deal. But, to do it, you really need that 5L bottle. If you don’t
believe us, you figure it out!
All of these bottles are special, but a special word about the double mag of Pride Cabernet.
The bottle is signed by Jim Pride, who was the founder of Pride Mountain. He is now
deceased and the winery is run by his son, Steve, who is CEO and Co-Owner with his
mother and sister. Robert Foley was the founding winemaker at Pride, where he served
for 15 years. He made their reputation for Merlot and, of course, Cabernet Sauvignon.
Robert has his own eponymous winery now, and Sally Johnson is the head winemaker
at Pride. The point is that this bottle is irreplaceable because of the signatures.
All of these bottles have been in the Abney’s possession and impeccably cellared since
released, and they all have superior ratings. All are over 90 points, and all but two of them
are 94–96 points. Now that’s 23 Liters of great drinking! And about the brands — none
of them should need any introduction.
Thanks, Kristie and Charles, for a wonderfully creative lot.
LOT 16 Charles says $2500, but you will never find
a collection like this in one spot again!
LOT 17
• 3 (750ml) Colgin Cabernet Sauvignon Tyschon Hill Vineyard 2007
• 3 (750ml) Colgin IX Estate Syrah 2003, both in original wood boxes
Sea Island and Sonoma Sojourn
This is the first of 9 lots from Rene and Jim Nalley.
• 2-night stay for 4 (two rooms) in Sea Island at The Cloister or The Lodge (your pick!)
• Dinner for 4 in The Cloister Wine Cellar with Joy Sterling, Partner and CEO of Iron Horse
Vineyards, and Jonathan Jerusalmy, Master Chef of France and Sea Island Executive
Chef (including wine & gratuity)
• 1 round of golf per person on the Seaside Course
• 1 Sea Island Essential Massage per person (gratuity not included)
• 2-night stay for 4 (2 Deluxe rooms) in Sonoma at Farmhouse Inn, including full 3-course
breakfast and VIP wine tasting with winery partners (to be booked
mid-week, Sunday–Thursday)
• Create a personal cuvee at Iron Horse, including dosage tasting with winemaker David
Munksgard and Joy Sterling, followed by lunch with the Sterling family
• 1 case of the personal cuvee created at Iron Horse with personalized labels
(when bottled)
• 1 case of the special cuvée Iron Horse creates for Sea Island
Joy Sterling is here! She’s a special person who has taken Iron Horse to some very special
places — the White House for five consecutive Presidential administrations and to celebrate
the recent world-record free climb on the summit of El Capitan. Let her tell you about
all that.
LOT 18
Colgin Love
For quite some time now, they have donated at least one box of Colgin to our Auction.
This year makes the third year in a row that it has been two boxes! Rene and Jim, thank
you for your wonderful support through the years!
Colgin donations are always popular. Why, you ask? Yes, it is a cult winery. Yes, the ratings
are off the charts every year (RP 97+ and 95 respectively). Yes, it’s hard to get if you aren’t
on the mailing lists. But, we think that the principal reason is Ann’s connection with this
Auction from day one! She hosted Marg and Dick in Napa when the Auction was just
getting organized and introduced them to key contacts and winemakers that helped
make us successful. And, don’t forget that she was our co-auctioneer for several years.
Of course, we all love her wine and we love her for her support.
You know how to show your appreciation, buy this lot — but it won’t go for a song!
LOT 18 $2000 but Ann’s stellar liquid NEVER sells
at any Auction for near value!
The bullet points above say just about everything about this extraordinary experience.
We’ll only add a few brief comments:
1) Yes, you can choose either The Cloister or The Lodge; some prefer one over
the other; both are luxurious.
2) Seaside is one of the world’s great golf courses.
3) Norvin Hagan of Geographics will print personalized labels for your personal
Iron Horse cuvée.
4) Y
ou can’t buy the Iron Horse Sea Island special cuvee anywhere else.
5) D
oing anything with Joy Sterling is fun. Having dinner in The Cloister Wine
Cellar, making a personal cuvee at Iron Horse, having lunch with the Sterling
family — all with Joy — will be, well, Joyous!
This is a very special lot! You’ll need to get to all those places on your own, but we’re
certain every experience will be work the journey.
Thanks Joy, Sea Island Company, Iron Horse and Farmhouse Inn.
LOT 17 $22,000
LOT 19
A Grand Baker’s Dozen
• 6 (750ml) bottles Ridge Vineyards Monte Bello Santa Cruz Mountains 1997,
in an unopened wood box
• 2 (750ml) bottles Harlan Estate Napa Valley 1990, premier release
• 1 magnum (1.5L) Harlan Estate Napa Valley 1991
• 2 (750ml) bottles Colgin Cabernet Sauvignon Herb Lamb Vineyard Napa Valley 1994
• 1 (750ml) bottle Colgin Cabernet Sauvignon Herb Lamb Vineyard Napa Valley 1992
• 1 (750ml) bottle Schrader Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley 1998
In 1999, our Chief Taster called Ridge and asked to speak to Paul Draper. The assistant
asked what he wanted, and he said that he wanted to come visit. She said that Mr. Draper
was busy but she would tell him. About ten minutes later, the phone rang, and it was Paul
Draper. Marg and Dick Denny visited Ridge at the mountain top winery later that year,
and Paul Draper took the two of them on an unforgettable hour-long tour. They came
home with this box of wine.
Don Weaver, then of Merryvale and now a partner of Bill Harlan, was at our Auction
in 1993 and 1994, and enabled Marg and Dick’s purchase of the 6-bottle box of the 1990
premier release and a 3-magnum box the 1991 Harlan Estate.
The donors attended the 1991, 1992 and 1994 Napa Valley auctions as houseguests of Ann
Colgin and then husband Fred Schrader. Then followed their purchases of the Colgins
and Schrader.
Surely, everyone knows Marg and Dick Denny, our founding Chief Taster and his lovely
bride. Marg is a past Honorary Chair of the Auction and has supported our events in
so many ways. Dick has been the driving force that has kept us focused and inspired.
Who knows how many dollars the efforts of this dynamic duo have raised for the High,
but let’s just say it’s a Melchizedek-full (that’s a 30L bottle, y’all; the biggest named wine
bottle we could find and also known as a Midas).
Lots of wonderful memories are associated with these bottles — and ratings, too. So, dust
off those paddles, and let’s show Marg and Dick just how much we love them!!
LOT 19 $6000 but you live in Fantasy Land if you think
you can get it for that!
LOT 20
One Great Party!
• In-home dinner for 8 hosted by Jasmine Hirsch of Hirsch Vineyards and Matt Licklider
of LIOCO (to take place in Atlanta)
• Food provided by Chef Ashley Christensen of Poole’s Diner, Raleigh and Chef Adam
Evans of The Optimist
• Dinner wine provided by Hirsch Vineyards and LIOCO Wine Company
• 4 magnums Hirsch Vineyards Estate Pinot Noir “San Andreas Fault” 2012
• 2 magnums LIOCO 2012 Estero, Russian River Valley Chardonnay
• 2 magnums LIOCO 2012 Laguna, Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir
We welcome auction supporter and great friend Jasmine Hirsch of Hirsch Vineyards
to the Auction.
Jasmine and Matt are teaming up to provide this incredible in-home dining experience
for 8. Joining them is another great friend to our Auction, Chef Ashley Christensen, proprietor of Poole’s Diner in Raleigh, NC, and Chef Adam Evans of Atlanta’s The Optimist.
Ashley, who won the 2014 James Beard Award for Best Chef in the Southeast, opened
Poole’s Diner in 2007 and since then, she’s been really busy opening more and more great
food spots: Beasley’s Chicken + Honey, an ode to fried chicken and classic Southern sides;
Chuck’s offers burgers and frites with signature updates; Fox Liquor Bar; Joule Coffee;
Death & Taxes, a restaurant celebrating wood-fire cooking with southern ingredients;
Bridge Club, a private event space and cooking classroom; and Aux, a commissary kitchen
that will service all seven restaurant properties. Ashley is one of our Auction’s five Guest
Chefs for this year’s Friday Fête.
After early years at Baco and La Petite Grocery in New Orleans, Adam came to Atlanta
to help open Craftbar. He then teamed with Ford Fry at JCT. Kitchen & Bar. In 2011, Adam
was promoted to open The Optimist. You can only imagine how great the cuisine will be
when these two talented chefs take over the kitchen. Then factor in the great award-winning
wines of Hirsch Vineyards and LIOCO and the company of Jasmine and Matt to discuss
the wine pairings, and your event will be over the top! The only caveat is that all parties
must reach a mutually agreeable date.
As a memento, each couple receives 4 magnums of great wine from Hirsch and from
LIOCO. Hirsch has long supplied grapes to Kistler, Littorai, and Williams Selyem, to
name a few. Since 2002, it has made wine under its own label with stellar results. LIOCO
was started in 2005 by Matt Licklider and Kevin O’Conner. They have been producing
wines under the concept of being the New World Negociant. Of course, one of their
sources of great fruit is David Hirsch and Hirsch Vineyards.
Great food prepared by great chefs paired with great wines presented by great vintners
equals one great party!
LOT 20 $7500+ but we think this party
will be worth a lot more than that
LOT 21
Two Ultimate Experiences — Kentucky Derby 2015 and Blackbird’s Napa
• Kentucky Derby Experience for 2:
– Two finish line tickets for the Kentucky Derby, May 2, 2015
– Two tickets for the Kentucky Bluegrass Wine Auction, April 30, 2015
– Two tickets for the Kentucky Oaks Races, May 1, 2015
– Exclusive invitations to Kentucky Bluegrass Wine Auction Vintner Dinners
– Private tours of Ashford Stud and Darley Horse Farms with lunch at the Windy
Corner Café
– Accommodations at the Downtown Lexington Hilton
– Transportation to all the above events from the Downtown Lexington
• Napa Experience for 4:
– Two nights accommodations for two couples in spa suites at Bardessono
Napa Valley
– Dinner for 4 at Lucy Restaurant & Bar
– Ma(i)sonry Napa Valley Gallery Tour & Wine Tasting Experience for 4
– Roundtrip Delta first class air travel for 4; expires March 30, 2016
• Blackbird Vineyards 6L Horizontal Collection signed by Winemaker Aaron Pott
One each:
– Blackbird Vineyards Illustration Proprietary Red Wine 2012
– Blackbird Vineyards Paramour Proprietary Red Wine 2012
– Blackbird Vineyards Contrarian Proprietary Red Wine 2012
Then, it’s off to Napa Valley! Delta Air Lines will fly you roundtrip to San Francisco. Your
home base will be in spa suites at Bardessono, located in charming Yountville. Enjoy
a private, hosted gallery tour and tasting at Ma(i)sonry Napa Valley, in Yountville, and
admire or acquire art and furnishings that encompass works from 16th century European
craftsmen to contemporary artists and designers, all while savoring limited production,
artisan wines.
Wait, there’s wine too! Three big beauties: 6L bottles of 2012 Blackbird including Illustration,
Paramour and Contrarian Proprietary Red wines, all signed by winemaker Aaron Pott.
Parker rated them 91, 94, 91+ and calls them Pomerol-inspired wines from Napa Valley
that are succeeding.
The Kentucky Derby, Napa Valley, Blackbird Wine — what an incredible lot! It’s the chance
of a lifetime. Thank you, Michael.
LOT 21 $ 50,000
Welcome back to our Auction, Michael Polenske, and thank you for these very
special experiences.
Hold on to your fancy hats, here is the ultimate Kentucky Derby Experience! From the
fabulous fashions to the potent mint juleps; from the iconic Twin Spires overlooking
the homestretch to the exquisite blanket of roses; it is non-stop excitement blended with
tradition! Find out why it’s called “The Most Exciting Two Minutes in Sports” — and it’s
just one component of your amazing Kentucky Derby Experience. In addition to the
tickets listed above, you are invited to two Kentucky Bluegrass Wine Auction Vintner
Dinners on Wednesday & Friday nights; private tours of Ashford Stud and Darley Horse
Farms; lunch at the Windy Corner Café; and accommodations at the Downtown Lexington Hilton. Michael has pulled out all the stops and opened many doors for you!
LOT 22
LOT 23
A visit with the champions of the West Sonoma Coast!
Dick and Marg Denny Pinot Noir Salute
• 3-day, 2-night stay for 3 couples on the West Sonoma Coast
• Dinner in San Francisco at Statebird Provisions
• Tour, wine dinner and one-night stay at Red Car in guest house
• Vineyard walk, tasting, dinner and one-night stay at Peay Vineyards
• 6 magnums; 3 each from Peay and Red Car
• 3 magnums 2012 Peay Vineyards La Bruma Estate Syrah, Sonoma Coast
• 3 magnums Red Car: 2012 Red Car Estate Pinot Noir, 2012 Hagan Vineyard Pinot Noir,
2011 Red Car Estate Syrah
A great big welcome to auction friends Andy Peay of Peay Vineyards and Carroll Kemp
and Peter Willmert of Red Car. You are our champions!
• Six (750ml) bottle vertical of Au Bon Climat Estate Pinot Noir “Dick and Marg Denny”
Block, one each 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011
• Six magnum vertical of each of the six vintages, 2006–2011
• One etched 5L from the 2006 vintage
• Two couples for 2-3 nights in Santa Barbara Wine Country at Jim Clendenen’s beautiful
Rancho La Cuna
• Tour, barrel tasting and luncheon at the winery prepared by Jim
• Two memorable dinners with Jim
• Transportation not included
Fire up the Queen album — “We are the Champions” of the West Sonoma Coast! Bid
in this trip to San Francisco and Sonoma and get ready to party with Peay Vineyards
and Red Car Winery.
Jim Clendenen lights up our Auction, and our Auction lights Jim up. He lit us all up with this lot.
After you arrive in San Francisco, start your trip off with a bang with dinner at the James
Beard Award-winning State Bird Provisions, compliments of Peay Vineyards and Red
Car Winery. The James Beard Foundation designated Stuart Brioza and Nicole Krasinski’s
eatery as the Best New Restaurant in 2013. Not only is this reservation impossible to get,
but also the food here is amazing and it’s a dining experience you have never had.
The next day travel to Sebastopol to visit Red Car Winery where owner/winemaker
Carroll Kemp will host you for a vineyard tour followed by a private dinner paired with
wines from their cellar. The dinner will be served in their guesthouse which will also be
your home for the evening. Red Car specializes in cold climate Pinot Noir, Chardonnay
and Syrah. Since 2000 when Carroll and Mark Estrin teamed up to make 50 cases of
wine in their driveway, critics and wine collectors have catapulted the micro-winery
to cult status. You know you are in for a treat!
Then it’s on the road and up the breathtaking coast to Peay Vineyards, a visit a handful
of High Museum auction regulars have made and rave about. Andy Peay will be your
guide for a vineyard walk followed by a tasting on the porch overlooking the magnificent
view. Afterwards you will enjoy a private dinner cooked by Chef Rob Hunter in their
100-year old redwood home. That evening you will stay in the new barn house.
Andy Peay, with his brother Nick as vineyard manager, and Nick’s wife Vanessa Wong
as winemaker, also produce world class Pinot, Chardonnay and Syrah from the true
Sonoma Coast. Andy, we might add, has made a practice of being a big hit with the
High Museum Atlanta Wine Auction goers ever since his arrival a few years ago.
To whet your appetite until your visit, and perhaps to help you plan it, your take home
wines include three magnums EACH of Peay and Red Car Wine.
Caveats: blackout dates of September 1–November 1. Best time is May 1–August 1.
Suggest Thursday–Sunday. Thursday hotel in SF not included. Statebird Provisions
dinner max is $300.
LOT 22 $7000
Here’s what the big fellow, our donor, wrote about this lot:
A plethora of fine Pinot Noir, some ready and some waiting, from the Marg and Dick
Denny block of our estate Le Bon Climat Vineyard in the Santa Maria Valley. I am
donating this lot in honor of my friends (and auction founders) just because I can,
and they deserve to be recognized again.
Six bottles (750 ml) each of Au Bon Climat Estate Pinot Noir “Dick and Marg Denny”
Block from the 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011 vintages. One magnum from each
of the six vintages of Pinot Noir. One etched 5 liter from the 2006 vintage.
For two couples for 2–3 nights, a fun, short getaway stay in Santa Barbara Wine Country
at Jim Clendenen’s beautiful Rancho La Cuna, a pristine grape, olive and organic heirloom
vegetable ranch surrounded by vineyards located near Los Alamos, California. The threebedroom, spacious ranch house has a magnificent living area and kitchen with scenic
views. The stay includes a tour, barrel tasting and luncheon at the winery prepared by
Jim, along with two memorable dinners.
Please arrange at least 2 months in advance. Transportation not included.
Here’s what we’ll add: We’ve told you before that Jim, the world class winemaker, is as
good a cook as he is winemaker. His winery luncheons are an assemblage of extraordinary food, wine and people — all seated along a great long table. It’s really special. And
so is Rancho la Cuna; you may even be able to see the Marg and Dick Denny Block.
This is very special, Jim. Thanks from everybody, particularly Marg and Dick. Let the
bright lights shine!
LOT 23 $4000
LOT 24
Passion and Heart
• In-home dinner at the Abney’s for 6 couples with Chef Ryan Hardy from Charlie Bird
in NYC, Jim Clendenen, Rajat Parr and Chef Steven Satterfield
Jim Clendenen is one of the world’s greatest winemakers who has never met a grape he
didn’t want to make into wine — Teroldego, Mondeuse, Petit Verdot (not so petit), Nebbiolo,
Syrah/Viognier — to name a few. His Pinot Blanc/Pinot Gris is wonderful, and Hildegard,
from Pinot Blanc, Pinot Gris and Aligote, is terrific — world class. Jim has been a steadfast
supporter of our Auction from the very beginning. We remember well when his daughter
Isabelle was an infant, and Jim lifted her into the air to cheer on the bidding. That same
daughter is now in college! It’s as much fun being around Jim as it is tasting his wine,
and the chance to do both is compelling. As our following rock star vintner states, “Jim
Clendenen has been one of the most important figures in my life. He has helped me
understand the grape in its purest form and been a true friend.”
Rajat Parr, in addition to admiring Jim, is one of the world’s greatest tasters, renowned
among sommeliers and fellow winemakers for his palate. He’s a James Beard Award winner
for co-authoring with Jordan Mackay, Secrets of the Sommeliers, a wonderful book about
tasting and enjoying wine. And then he turned to winemaking, with Jim Clendenen
as a mentor, no less; he’s now in Lompoc. His Sandhi is now under Charles Banks’ tent
of great wines and winemakers. Test Raj in a blind tasting — he’ll amaze you. Better yet,
try his Sandhi and Domaine de la Cote from the Santa Rita Hills, his Maison L’Oree from
Burgundy and his Evening Land from Oregon. In between all of these adventures he
remains wine director at Michael Mina’s group of highly esteemed restaurants. Put Raj
and Jim together and you have winemaking royalty!
Chef Ryan Hardy, of Charlie Bird in NYC, is a culinary start on the biggest stage. Among
voluminous national accolades, Charlie Bird was voted 2013 NYC best new restaurant
by Eater and selected by Travel & Leisure as a 2013 best new restaurant. To say Ryan’s
restaurant is hot is an understatement; we’re lucky and honored that Raj and the Abney’s
cajoled him into participating in our Auction. His background is both fascinating and
fabulous, but we picked up on a quote of his appearing in Fork in the Road, the food blog
for the Village Voice: “I want to surround myself with four or five great people and take
a chance on something that has real passion and heart.” Well, Ryan you have it here — Satterfield, Clendenen, Parr, and the Abneys — five great people.
Last but not least, Kristie and Charles Abney—friends of winemakers too numerous to
mention, she a Board member of the Southern Foodways Alliance and past Co-chair of our
Auction; he chair-elect of the High Museum’s Board and past chair of our lot solicitation.
They are both very close friends of Steven, Jim and Raj and huge fans of Ryan. They’re
also consummate hosts and knowledgeable and well-practiced oenophiles. Succinctly,
they can flat throw a party!
Join them for real passion and heart.
LOT 24 $5000 might not cover their expenses…a similar
lot in our 2014 Auction brought many, many times
that number
Steven Satterfield, this year’s Friday Fête Special Guest Chef, is proprietor of Atlanta’s
highly acclaimed Miller Union. He is a James Beard Award finalist for Best Chef in the
Southeast in 2013 and 2014 and author of the much anticipated and just released cookbook Root to Leaf. He’s a master of making almost anything fresh taste good, particularly if it comes from a southern field or garden. He is a wonderful friend to this Auction,
and he’s very creative for events such as this.
LOT 25
Ten Years of World Class Winemaking
Russian River Valley Escape
• 2 midweek nights’ accommodations for 2 couples in Grand Plaza suites at the
award-winning Hotel Healdsburg
• Daily gourmet harvest breakfast and valet parking are included with each night’s stay
• A private tasting of Gary Farrell’s acclaimed single vineyard Pinot Noirs and Chardonnays, a wine country luncheon, and a personally guided tour of some of Gary Farrell’s
Russian River vineyards
• Dinner for 4 at Chef Charlie Palmer’s Dry Creek Kitchen, each course paired with limited
production Gary Farrell wine
• 2 magnums Gary Farrell Pinot Noir Rochioli Vineyard Sonoma Coast 2013
We welcome to our Auction first-time attendees Theresa Heredia and Nancy Bailey. They
are, respectively, the winemaker and the general manager of the acclaimed Gary Farrell
Vineyards & Winery.
A 30-year pioneer in the Russian River Valley, Gary Farrell Winery crafts small-lot artisan
wines that capture the balance and stylistic elegance of some of the finest vineyards in
the region, including Rochioli, Allen, Bacigalupi, Hallberg, Ritchie, Durrell and Gap’s
Crown. Their legacy is producing Burgundian-styled, varietally expressive, site-specific
Pinot Noir and Chardonnay.
It’s hard to imagine a better vantage point from which to savor the splendors of the Russian
River Valley than Gary Farrell Winery. Perched on a hillside providing panoramic views
of the forested valley below, you will begin your day with a personal tour including an
overview of Gary Farrell’s pioneering history and a behind-the-scenes exploration of the
winery facility and barrel rooms. At the tour’s conclusion, you will enjoy a seated tasting
of limited-production single vineyard wines, followed by a wine country lunch showcasing
the bounty of Sonoma County.
LOT 26
• Ten-year magnum vertical of ZD Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon, 2002–2011
Welcome long-time friend and VP of ZD Wines, Teresa D’Aurizio, back to our Auction.
Producing world-class wines was the vision of two former aerospace engineers who
in pursuit of their dream launched ZD Wines. The plan was to produce wines similar to
those from the renowned Burgundy region of France using the Pinot Noir and Chardonnay
wine-grape varieties. Over the years, the deLeuze family added Cabernet Sauvignon to
their repertoire, as well as some other grapes. By 1987, they had narrowed their focus to
those three grapes. Now, three generations of the deLeuze family have been producing
world-class wines for over 40 years. Second generation Brett deLeuze, now ZD’s President,
has been a constant fixture at almost all of our Auctions.
This lot is a seamless vertical — each vintage is a blend of premium Napa Valley vineyards,
several small lots, including ZD’s organically farmed Rutherford Estate vineyard. This
is 100% Cabernet Sauvignon, limited production and aged for 34 months — almost a year
in barrel prior to blending and an additional two years in American oak after blending
prior to bottling.
About half of the vintages in this vertical received ratings from various pundits and critics.
Those that have been reviewed received ratings in the low to mid-90s. This is a unique
vertical of ZD Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon in large format bottles. It will be a great
addition to your collection. Fire up the grill! There’s good Cabernet in the house!
And if you can come up with one of those gold or silver writing pens, we know Brett will
be happy to personalize these bottles.
LOT 26 $4500
After lunch, enjoy privileged access to some of Gary Farrell’s iconic Russian River vineyards, to learn about the art of producing world-class fruit for wines of elegance and
distinction. That evening savor a sumptuous dinner for four at acclaimed Chef Charlie
Palmer’s Dry Creek Kitchen in Healdsburg. Each course will be expertly paired with
a different limited production Gary Farrell wine.
And, in addition to discovering the delights of Gary Farrell, the Hotel Healdsburg makes
an excellent base of operations for further explorations in Sonoma County or Napa Valley
with some of the world’s finest vineyards, restaurants and shops within minutes of your
front door.
Finally, don’t forget the two magnums of Gary Farrell Pinot Noir Rochioli Vineyard from
the 2013 vintage. Each couple gets a mag to keep as a memento of this great Russian
River Escape. It might be a little young and tight at the moment but you know it will
dynamite very soon!
LOT 25 $7000
LOT 27
A True American Outdoors Experience — Deep in the heart of South Texas!
(during prime hunting season, late December 2015–late January 2016)
• Private jet for 4 from Atlanta to Texas
• 4-day, 3-night lodging for 4 at Hacienda La Esperanza
• Hunting and fishing for 4 including licenses
• Guides for all events
• Right to harvest 2 white tail deer or 2 exotic nilgai antelope
• Right to harvest up to 4 turkeys
• Wild quail hunting with a limit of 15 birds per hunter per day
• Fishing excursion in the Laguna Madre
• All meals included, with local specialties and wild game prepared by a Texas chef
• Wine from Sherwin Family Vineyards and Madorom Vineyards to take home, plus wine
to enjoy while in Texas
• Ground transportation in Texas
• To be booked on mutually agreeable dates during prime hunting season, late December
2015–late January 2016
• Two 3L Commemorative American Flag collector bottles of Sherwin Family Vineyards
Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2008
• 12 (750ml) bottles of Sherwin Family Vineyards Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2009
• Magnum and 12 (750ml) bottles Madorom Vineyards Camouflage Proprietary Red
Blend 2012, a set for each of the 4 participants with special back labels including
a picture of that person with their trophy from the hunting or fishing excursions
Pay attention, you hunters and fishers! This just might be your chance of a lifetime.
Alessandra and Elton Potts are coming on strong with this exceptional trip — we’ve never
offered anything else like it! Last year, they put together an adventure trip to Australia
that sold for one of the highest bids of the day. Thank you, Alessandra and Elton, for this
fantastic trip and for your continuing support of our Auction — in so many ways!
The Potts sent us this enticing description and we won’t change a word, except to say — go for it:
Hunt nilgai (the South Texas antelope), white tail deer (“El Muy Grande”, South
Texan for trophy bucks), wild javelin, Rio turkey and wild bob-white quail and all
that this historic and legendary land has to offer, while also experiencing some
of the best fishing in the country.
Imagine testing your skills while enjoying great food, wine, and culture on a pristine,
“everything’s bigger in Texas”-sized ranch. Four days and three nights at the Hacienda
La Esperanza, a historic south Texas ranch, near Raymondville, Texas, for four people
during prime hunting season, late December 2015–late January 2016, while the hunting
seasons overlap.
Located 20 miles from Port Mansfield and 45 miles from Port Isabel/South Padre
Island, all off the Laguna Madre, Hacienda La Esperanza will be your home base as
you also enjoy one of the 10 best fishing areas in the country. This area is known for
their Redfish and trophy trout and you will have guides for all fishing and hunting
While staying at the Hacienda La Esperanza, enjoying the rich ranch culture and
traditions of the Texas wild horse desert, you will enjoy local specialties, and wild
game all prepared by a Texas chef.
Of course, who better to help you celebrate your trophy than a couple of winemakers
who love the outdoors — Steve Sherwin of Sherwin Family Vineyards and Andy Amador
of Madorom Vineyards. Both are avid sportsmen and avid winemakers! And they will
make sure your glass is never empty while you regale everyone with your hunting and
fishing tales.
Plus, you will receive two 3L Commemorative American Flag collector bottles of Sherwin
Family Vineyards 2008 Estate Cabernet Sauvignon and 12 750ml bottles of their
2009 Estate Cabernet Sauvignon. Steve and Linda Sherwin have been making terrific
Cabernet and other varieties on Spring Mountain in Napa Valley since 1996. Sherwin
Family Vineyards is the home of the patriotic pour, as they were inspired to create
a few commemorative bottles each year displaying “Old Glory” after the tragedy
of September 11, 2001.
Along with these patriotic bottles to celebrate American heritage and culture, the lot
also includes the perfect hunting wine — Madorom Vineyards’ Camouflage Proprietary
Red Blend. Andy Amador, who owns Madorom along with his wife, Marissa, is a native
of Napa. Their winery is located on Silverado Trail. Each of the four participants of this
lot will receive 12 (750ml) and a 1.5L bottle of their 2012 Camouflage. And here’s the
kicker — each set of bottles for the four participants will have special back labels including a picture of that person with their trophy from the hunting or fishing excursions.
LOT 27 This ain’t Texas hold ’em. This is Texas grabbit
if you can – and don’t hold back
LOT 28
LOT 29
• 4 VIP passes (2 couples) to the 2015 event (April 9–12) or 2016 event (dates TBD)
• Roundtrip air travel on Delta for 4; expires March 30, 2016
• 2 rooms for 3 nights for 2 couples at Inn at Spanish Bay or Lodge at Pebble Beach
• One round of golf for 4 at Pebble Beach
• Invitations to special Terroir Life events during the Food & Wine weekend
• Dinner for 4 at Restaurant 1833
Atlanta Party with help from Tennessee
The Pebble Beach Food & Wine Experience is a four-day extravaganza of food and wine
highlights that defy description — cooking classes by some of the world’s most renowned
chefs; wine tastings led by great winemakers and sommeliers from all over the world;
lunches and dinners featuring unique foods and wines. The schedule is, if not daunting,
amazing; you’ll have a very hard time choosing which events to attend. To begin with,
you can choose this year, just a couple of weeks after our Auction, on April 9–12, or you
may want to go next year (2016) in April.
Take a look at the Pebble Beach Food & Wine website to see what we’re talking about and
what your choices will be. And then note that, in addition, you’ll have invitations to special
Terroir Life events during the weekend AND a dinner at Restaurant 1833, housed in one
of the oldest adobes in California (the owners put on the Pebble Beach Food & Wine
Experience). You can even work in a round of golf at Pebble Beach, where you can make
your own golf history.
The Banks know how to do things right, as you may have realized by now. Each of these
four lots is a gracious plenty; combined they amount to an enormous grand feast of food,
wine, golfing, partying, drinking, dining, sightseeing, meeting entertaining and enchanting people and vast memories to last many lifetimes.
Cheers to the Banks!
LOT 28 $30,000
• Party at the Atlanta home of Charles and Ali Banks for 20 couples — September 26, 2015
• A Selection of Wines from the Terroir Portfolio
• Foothills Cuisine® by Blackberry Farm
• Live entertainment by Tim Nichols, singer/songwriter from Nashville
Charles and Ali Banks hail from Atlanta — local folks who have gathered a worldwide
array of wineries. But they’ve recently come back and their home on Valley Road, one
of Buckhead’s classiest addresses, is just the right spot to throw a party for 20 couples.
And not just a regular stand-up, sip and chat cocktail party. They know how to entertain.
With accolades such as Bon Appetit’s #1 Hotel for Food Lovers and two James Beard
Awards, the chefs from the renowned Blackberry Farm will provide their farm-to-table
Foothills Cuisine® for the night. What party is complete without music? Enjoy entertainment by Grammy award-winning songwriter and publisher, Tim Nichols, all the way
from Nashville. Do you know Tim McGraw’s song “Live Like You Were Dying?” Yeah,
that was Tim, and he’ll be bringing along his award-winning friends for a one-of-a-kind
intimate performance.
Just think — all sorts of wine from some of the world’s great wineries, food from the
chef at one of the world’s most luxurious retreats, and entertainment from the home
of country music.
It’s date specific — September 26, 2015 — but that gives you plenty of time to work on
your guest list.
LOT 29Try getting it at 40 for a 40th! Or bid high
enough and bring 50 to celebrate a 50th birthday
LOT 30
Napa and Sonoma — Terroir Style
• 3-night stay for up to 3 couples at Mayacamas Vineyards
• Roundtrip Delta first class air travel to San Francisco for 6; expires March 30, 2016
• Lunch and hike at Mayacamas
• Dinner at Mayacamas
• Tasting experience in Sonoma at Wind Gap with Pax Mahle
• Dinner and music experience at Whetstone with Jamey and Michelle
• Magnums of Mayacamas, Whetstone and Wind Gap to take home from Auction
– 2009 Mayacamas Cabernet Sauvignon 1.5L
– 2006 Mayacamas Chardonnay 1.5L
– 2009 Wind Gap Griffin’s Lair Syrah 1.5L
– 2005 Agharta Black Label Syrah 1.5L
– 2010 Whetstone Phoenix Ranch Syrah 1.5L
In addition to our Special Guests of Honor, Charles and Ali Banks of Terroir Life, we
extend a warm welcome to old friends Pax and Pam Mahle of Wind Jamey and Gap
and Michelle Whetstone of Whetstone Wine Cellars — both wineries are now a part
of the Terroir #winefamily.
The following day, you will head over to The Barlow in Sebastopol. With music coming
from the record player in the background, take a seat at the bar in the new Wind Gap
tasting room. It is here that you will have the pleasure of tasting through the Wind Gap
and Agharta wines with winemaker Pax Mahle. Lunch in the cellar will follow and perhaps
a shot or two of tequila.
Back in Napa, you will join Jamey and Michelle Whetstone for dinner and music at
Whetstone Estate. Kick back and sip on some of the Whetstone’s favorite libations while
listening to live acoustic music leading up to one very special artist performance.
A sumptuous four-course meal crafted by a star chef will follow, with special pairings
handpicked by Jamey Whetstone himself. To end night, you will wind down in the salon
and mingle with the artists, winemakers and chef. Gourmet late night snacks, a fire and a
nightcap await you.
In anticipation of this fantastic trip, sip on a few magnums from Mayacamas, Wind Gap,
Agharta and Whetstone.
LOT 30 $30,000
We invite you to come experience Napa and Sonoma Terroir style.
Spend three nights on the top of Mt. Veeder, in the historic Mayacamas Estate’s turn of the
century, Stone Cottage. Built in 1910, the newly restored cottage is a serene and tranquil
retreat unlike anything you will experience in the Napa Valley.
A day’s worth of activities and adventure awaits you on this historic Ranch. A morning
hike will lead you to our secret waterfall followed by an ATV ride to a picnic lunch overlooking the Golden Gate Bridge, San Pablo Bay and Mount Tam. The afternoon will be
spent with our winemaking team where you will learn the ins and outs of the singular
Mayacamas winemaking tradition and taste the newest wines straight from cask. To cap
off a magical day, enjoy a private dinner by a local top chef complete with a selection of
older Mayacamas wines from the cellar.
LOT 31
Enjoy ten years of O’Shaughnessy Estate history
Celebrating the 10th anniversary of the Paddle Raise for Youth Education
• Ten-bottle (750ml) vertical O’Shaughnessy Estate Winery Cabernet Sauvignon Howell
Mountain, 2003–2012
We welcome O’Shaughnessy’s Luke Russ to our Auction this year. Luke is the Commercial
Director for O’Shaughnessy Estate Winery, charged with sales and marketing strategy,
international and domestic distribution and sales team management.
The amount the Paddle Raise has contributed
to ART ACCESS PROGRAMS at the High since 2006
All it takes to give a student...
• Free admission to the
High Museum
•Free transportation
• Free teacher resources and
materials for the classroom
• Welcome Back coupon for each
student, inviting them to bring
their parents to the High
“I just love this place.
I wish I could live here!”
—Boys & Girls Club student
The number of students
we’ve helped with the
Paddle Raise since 2006
Many of O’Shaughnessy’s estate vines are fourteen years of age and have established
deep roots on the 100-acre hillside property. Between 1997 and 2002, O’Shaughnessy
planted 29 acres of Cabernet Sauvignon. They also cultivate 6 acres of blending varietals:
Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot, Merlot, Malbec, Carmenere and St. Macaire. Robert Parker:
“Betty O’Shaughnessy is one of my favorite producers. While the quantities of her wines
are relatively small, the quality has been brilliant over the last decade.” How much does
he like the wine? How about an average score for the vertical of 94+, with only one bottle
rated below 93 and none out of the 90’s.
This marks the first time O’Shaughnessy Estate Howell Mountain Cabernet has been
offered in a vertical auction lot. Lucky us! Lucky you, if you purchase this lot!
LOT 31 $2500
“Thank you for paying [for] the
buses and the field trip [to]
the High Museum of Art. I think it ’s
super cool of you…I[‘ ve] never
been to a museum full of art.”
—4th grader
LOT 32
• Twilight 5-Course Dinner for 10 at Round Pond Estate Winery
• 1 (3L) Round Pond Estate Cabernet Sauvignon Rutherford 2012
• 1 (3L) Round Pond Estate Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve 2012
• 1 (3L) Round Pond Estate Proprietary Red 2012 all in custom made wood box
Welcome owner Miles MacDonnell back to our events!
Round Pond Estate, owned and operated by the MacDonnell family, is a Rutherford
farm, winery and olive mill specializing in the creation of pure, expressive Cabernet
and Sauvignon Blanc wines, artisan olive oils, red wine vinegars and unforgettable
farm-to-table guest experience — all from the heart of Napa Valley.
Round Pond invites you to enjoy a special twilight dinner for 10 at the winery. Sip
champagne and enjoy hors d’oeuvres as you bask in the glow of the sunset views from
the terrace overlooking the Mayacamas Mountain range. Sit down to an unforgettably
elegant five-course meal prepared by incredible Winery Chef, Jamie Prouten. Each
course will feature fresh produce from the Estate garden and be expertly paired with
a fantastic selection of Rutherford and Reserve wines.
Parker has noted the 2012 and 2013 vintages “are clearly the two greatest years for North
Coast Bordeaux blends since the wonderful duo of 2001 and 2002.” He followed that up
with mid-90 ratings for the Estate Cabernet and the Proprietary Red (the Reserve was
not rated). The Proprietary Red is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec, Petit Verdot
and Petite Sirah. Yum!
Three great double magnums to help plan your trip to Napa and ratchet up the anticipation
for the day when you will be having dinner on the terrace.
LOT 32 $4000 but we don’t think you will get it for that
LOT 33
Back by Popular Demand! A Texas Hold’em Poker & Pig Party
• Poker Night at the Johnson’s for 32 — Saturday, September 12, 2015
• BBQ Dinner
• Wines from the Johnson's cellar to drink
• Wines from Realm Cellars as prizes: 3L,1.5L and 750ml of Realm Cabernet Sauvignon
Beckstoffer To-Kalon Napa Valley 2012
• All seats sold for $1500 each with a limit of 2 seats per bidder
Please pay close attention to this lot; it will be auctioned off as a fixed price per seat.
We last did a poker lot in 2013, when Katie and West auctioned a similar lot.
First of all, this is a date specific event. It’s scheduled for Saturday, September 12, 2015
so please be sure your calendar is clear on that date!
We thank Katie and West for offering this extremely popular event again at their house.
For those of you who have not had the pleasure of being a guest at Katie and West’s home,
a real treat awaits you. Real pros at entertaining, Katie is a talented chef in her own right,
and for every delectable dish she creates, their cellar holds an equally delicious wine
to accompany it (and many times, those wines serve as the inspiration for fantastically
enjoyable menus). Their home has a lovely pool and outdoor dining area where your
BBQ dinner will take place. Inside, their stellar cellar and surrounding entertainment
area downstairs will be the backdrop for more festivity and poker playing. The set up
will be grand!
The wines that you will imbibe will include highly regarded and sought after bottles from
the Johnson’s cellar. Further, we hope Juan will be in attendance — you don’t want to
miss that! As for the poker — everyone will start with a pre-determined number of chips
and play will continue until the last man (or woman) wins. The prizes will be bottles
of Realm’s 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon Beckstoffer To Kalon Vineyard — first prize, a 3L;
second prize, a magnum; and third prize, a 750ml, awarded 97+ points by Robert Parker.
A fitting set of prizes, don’t you think? The game promises to be lively to say the very
least. Bluffing is optional.
You got to know when to hold ’em and know when to fold ’em! Ante up. You know you want to!
LOT 33 It costs $1500 a seat but it will be a poker
party for the ages!
LOT 34
Big Times at Kosta Browne
Come to the Heart of Napa Valley
• 3-nights for up to 4 couples at the Gamble Family Vineyards guesthouse
• Private tour and tasting with owner Tom Gamble
• Sunset wine dinner for 8 at Andrew Geoffrey Vineyards hosted by Peter Thompson
• Private tour, barrel tasting and lunch at Hourglass
• 3L Andrew Geoffrey Cabernet Sauvignon 2006, signed
A warm welcome to good friends Peter Thompson of Andrew Geoffrey, Tom Gamble
of Gamble Family and Audra Chapman of Hourglass!
Andrew Geoffrey Vineyards, Gamble Family Vineyards, Hourglass Wine Co. and invite
you to the Heart of Napa Valley! Your home base will be the Gamble Family Vineyards
secluded guesthouse, tucked in along the Napa River in the Yountville Appellation. Tom
Gamble is a third generation Napa farmer and the first member of his family to make wine,
having purchased his first vineyard in 1981. While you are there, you will enjoy a private
tasting with Tom, including a vineyard tour at the historic Lincoln Ranch in Oakville.
You will also enjoy a privately hosted tour of the Hourglass winery, at the stunning
Hourglass Blueline Vineyard property, including a comprehensive barrel tasting as
well as a tasting of the currently released, small production Hourglass wines. As part of
this excursion, you will then enjoy a light lunch paired with Hourglass wines outdoors
(weather permitting), overlooking the vineyard and its surrounding beauty.
Last, but certainly by no means least, your group will join Peter Thompson, owner of
Andrew Geoffrey Vineyards, for a sunset dinner on his three level, 1000-square-foot
redwood deck on top of Diamond Mountain, overlooking the Napa Valley. Peter will
act as your chef and wine sommelier for the evening featuring an outdoor country style
vineyard dinner including grilled specialties, and a vertical tasting of the Andrew
Geoffrey Vineyards Diamond Mountain District Cabernet Sauvignon. Yum, yum! In
addition, the lucky bidder will take home a signed 3L bottle of 2006 Andrew Geoffrey
Cabernet Sauvignon. It is comprised of 91% Cabernet Sauvignon, 6% Cabernet Franc,
and 3% Petit Verdot — a lovely Bordeaux blend for your drinking pleasure.
Caveats: Valid May 1 through October 31, and must be used by October 31, 2015.
Dates subject to agreement with all three wineries.
LOT 34 $5000
LOT 35
• Private VIP Tour & Tasting for Eight (8) in Kosta Browne’s new home ’The Barlow’
• Dinner for 8 hosted by Michael Browne
• A four-year double magnum (3L) vertical of Kosta Browne Pinot Noir 4-Barrel,
2009–2012, all hand painted, etched and in a wood box
We welcome Michael Browne back to this year’s festivities. Michael has been a favorite
here for many years, and he and Kosta Browne were featured Special Guest of Honor
in 2011. Michael, you and your wonderful wines are always appreciated in Atlanta!
For over 15 years, Kosta Browne has crafted intensely flavored and balanced wines from
the finest regions in California, including Russian River Valley, Sonoma Coast, and
Santa Lucia Highland appellations. Kosta Browne’s dedication to quality, stewardship
and commitment to customer relationships has propelled the brand to industry leader,
producing some of the most sought after New World Pinot Noirs.
Although 4-Barrel is Kosta Browne’s smallest lot, it requires the most attention to detail.
They select 20 of their most special barrels that they think would be the best components
to blend, narrowing the set down to the final four. They the wine is made with no vineyard
or appellation restrictions. The goal is to produce a Pinot Noir that is ultimately balanced,
but more than anything, delicious to drink. Remember that KB makes large format bottles
only for charity auctions, and 3L bottles of 4-Barrel are extremely rare. This vertical was
rated by Parker with 92, 92, 92, and 94 points respectively; James Laube (Wine Spectator)
thought better of them — 96, 92, 93, 94. Either way, it will be fantastic drinking of rare,
highly coveted juice! All of these priceless bottles are etched, hand-painted, signed and
come in a custom wood box — a unique capstone set for display in your cellar.
Kosta Browne is located in Sebastapol at their new location — The Barlow. It doesn’t have
a tasting room and is not open to the general public. Notwithstanding, your entourage
is invited for a private tour and tasting of their stellar wines.
Don’t forget, there will a private dinner for eight hosted by Michael Browne. The details
are still coming together regarding the chef and location, but, knowing Michael, you
KNOW there will be an All-Star chef whose cuisine will dazzle you when paired with
Michael’s wines. Kosta Browne will work with you to schedule this event and hammer
out the details to exceed your expectations.
Wow, what a lot! You and your friends will treasure the memories from these experiences
and this great wine. Buy it, but...
LOT 35 You won’t get it for anything near $8000
LOT 36
A Luxury Burgundy Food and Wine Visit
• Papillon-style visit for up to 6 couples for 6 days/nights at Domaine de Cromey,
a restored winery in Burgundy — in 2016
• All meals, except three lunches you cover when touring with Dennis
• Two lunches and three dinners by Ellie, and two dinners out, covered by Dennis
• Wines and tastings by Dennis; cooking with Ellie; touring with Dennis
We welcome Dennis Sherman of Elden Selections to our Auction. He brings his best from
Ellie and Burgundy!
This is a real treat. Ellie and Dennis have come home to Burgundy. After more than 20 years
exploring Europe’s wine regions and culinary adventures with Papillon Tours, and including many loyal supporters of our Auction, Ellie and Dennis are bringing a lifetime of
experience back to the region they love best and call home. And they are doing it in style.
They recently purchased a gem of a property in the heart of the Burgundy wine region
and are lovingly creating the ideal destination for lovers of things Burgundian. Ellie’s
famous culinary skills and Dennis’ subtle take on small-production Burgundy wine are
the basis of a stay that promises not only insider access but also those personal touches
that made Papillon so special.
The Domaine de Cromey sits among the vines in a peaceful vale just south of Beaune
and dates from the mid-1700s. The locals call it the ’chateau’ (and there were, indeed,
Lords of Cromey), but the property is more of a large farm than a residence. It was, in fact,
the winery for the local lords, as evidenced by the surrounding vineyards and hundred
feet plus of vaulted cellar. Today, it is a luxury farmhouse compound dedicated to the
enjoyment of the food and wine of Burgundy. With seven en-suite rooms in three separate
buildings around a courtyard within the acres of a walled-in park, the Domaine offers
modern comfort and quiet sophistication from another era.
Ellie designed the kitchen herself — her domaine, and Dennis oversees the festivities in
the cellar and in a dining room dominated by a massive 19th century wine press. Those
of you who have been with them before know what this means. Voila, you are at home in
the lap of food and wine luxury!
And the world beyond the gates is Burgundy, with some of the finest wines in the world,
one of France’s richest culinary traditions, and the glories the Dukes of Burgundy left
as their legacy.
LOT 37
When Pigs Fly
• Pig Roast on the Local Three patio for 60
• SweetWater brew
• Wine from Local Three’s cellar
• Belle Meade Bourbon
• Live music with Chris Talley
You may never see a Pig Out of such epic proportions in this town again. Chris Hall of
Local Three will lead a small army of chefs, cocktail providers, renegades and restaurateurs as they treat 60 (yes, we said 60!) to roast pig on the patio at Local Three. Ryan
Turner, Todd Mussman and the kitchen crew from Muss & Turner’s will be there too.
SweetWater brews will flow freely, as will wine from Local Three’s cellar and fine
brown liquor from Belle Meade Bourbon compliments of Nelson Greenbrier. The pig
(who is totally committed to this event) comes to us from Tommy and Alicia Searcy
at Gum Creek Farms.
And you can feast your ears on live music from Common Quarter partner and musician,
Chris Talley. Who knows who else will show up or what might get unleashed at this
Many thanks to Muss & Turner’s (and congrats on your 10th Anniversary), our Trade
Tasting providers, and Local Three, almost always packed with happy diners. This
is your chance to see all their principals — Todd Mussman, Ryan Turner, Chris Hall
and Chris Talley — in action.
This ain’t no dinner, it’s a major food event. So bid for the sky and watch pigs fly.
LOT 37 $5000 but that’s only when pigs fly
Let Ellie and Dennis take you inside — inside Burgundy and inside their new and exciting
Domaine de Cromey.
You’ll need to get your group to and from Burgundy (the bullet train from Paris is an
option), and Ellie and Dennis take care of the rest; ask anyone around you who’s been
on a Papillon trip — they’re all around you.
Elle and Dennis’s restorations will be completed around year-end 2015, so your visit
needs to be scheduled well in advance for sometime during 2016.
LOT 36 $30,000 It’s Papillon style; that says a lot
LOT 38
The Magic of Melka — for two couples
• 3-nights for 2 couples in the Gemstone guest house in Yountville
• Roundtrip Delta first class air travel to San Francisco; expires March 30, 2016
• Dinner at BRAND Napa Valley with Greg Gregory and Philippe Melka featuring BRAND
Napa Valley wine and a first growth Bordeaux from 1982, 1986 and 1989
• Lunch at Gemstone
• Lunch at Skipstone featuring Skipstone wine and a VIP Tour & Tasting
• Lunch at Roy Estate residence with Shirley Roy featuring Roy Estate wine
• VIP Tasting at the Lail residence
• Dinner in the cave at Moone-Tsai Vineyards with MaryAnn and Larry Tsai
• One etched 3L BRAND Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2010
• One etched 3L Roy Estate Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley 2010
• One 3L Skipstone Cabernet Sauvignon “Oliver’s Blend” Sonoma 2010
• One etched 3L Moone-Tsai Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley 2008
• One 3L Lail Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon “J Daniel Cuvee” Napa Valley 2011
• One 3L Gemstone Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2012
WOW! It’s hard to know where to begin. First, we extend a warm welcome to our long-time
friend Greg Gregory, BRAND’s Estate Director. He performed all of the heavy lifting to
pull this fantastic lot together. We also welcome Molly Roberts, Director of Sales and
Marketing at Gemstone — thank you!
Our partner and sponsor, Delta Air Lines, will fly 2 couples to San Francisco for your
3-night excursion. While you are in Napa, you will stay at the Gemstone Winery guest
house in Yountville. While there, you will enjoy lunch at the winery coupled with outstanding Gemstone wines made by Philippe Melka. And that’s just for openers!
One of Napa Valley’s most exciting new ventures, BRAND Napa Valley is a cult wine
in the making. Emblematic of Napa’s new frontiers and grown on a vineyard reclaimed
from Pritchard Hill’s legendary boulders, BRAND is crafted by none other than Philippe
Melka, one of America’s finest winemakers. Brand’s neighbors in this high rent district
are noteworthy — Ovid, David Arthur and Colgin. And, YOU and another couple will
have dinner with the incomparable Mr. Melka and Greg Gregory at the estate. Your
dinner will feature gourmet food and the wonderful Cabernet Sauvignon that BRAND
Napa Valley makes which you can compare with some first growth Bordeaux. The 2010
etched 3L represents only the second vintage that BRAND Napa Valley released. It
received ratings from the critics in the low 90s.
Next, enjoy a private visit to Skipstone and their winegrowing estate in the mountains
above Alexander Valley, featuring olive groves, culinary gardens, fruit orchards and
a stunning 30-acre amphitheater vineyard from which only two estate wines are produced — Makena’s Vineyard Viognier and Oliver’s Blend, with an annual production of
500 cases combined. Guests will be treated to a rare opportunity for a private tour and
a lunch prepared by the Estate Chef featuring produce from the Estate culinary gardens
and limited production estate wines. The double magnum of 2010 Oliver’s Blend (Cabernet Sauvignon) rated 94 points by both Parker and James Laube (Wine Spectator).
Shirley Roy and her husband, the late Charles Roy, were both born and raised on the East
Coast. Together, they owned and operated executive suite businesses on the East Coast.
In 1999, with the purchase of pro golfer Johnny Miller’s estate, they began new lives as
vintners. Although Charles passed away in 2010, Shirley continues the vision today.
Once again, you will be treated to a private lunch with Shirley Roy at the estate paired
with Roy Estate wines. The 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon contains 7% Petit Verdot. It was
rated 94 points by Stephen Tanzer.
Because you might not be getting enough nourishment during your arduous gourmet
food, tasting and touring adventure, you will also have dinner with MaryAnn and Larry
Tsai in the cave at Moone-Tsai Vineyards amidst Napa Valley’s picturesque Coombsville
district. MaryAnn toiled for 20 years with Beringer where she was involved with producing notable wines and brands that included three #1 Wine of the Year awards from Wine
Spectator. In 2006, MaryAnn and Larry started Moone-Tsai Vineyards which Larry joined
in 2009. You can learn more about their fascinating story over dinner which will be
paired with their wonderful wines. The 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon (100%) was rated 91+
by Stephen Tanzer and achieved a similar rating from James Laube (WS).
You will round out your fabulous trip with a VIP Tasting at the Lail residence. Robin Lail
grew up at Inglenook in the glory days where her father, John Daniel, Jr., was the owner
and produced a string of magnificent vintages from the 1930s at the repeal of Prohibition
into the 1950s when he sold the winery. So, you can say that the wine industry is in her
blood. Lail Vineyards was started by Robin and her family in 1995. Today, they make
Cabernet Sauvignon and Sauvignon Blanc. Your tasting will be very special given its
location at the Lail residence and the wonderful wines you will be served. The “J Daniel
Cuvée” is the flagship wine of the enterprise. It is 100% Cabernet Sauvignon and
received 91points from Tanzer.
So, in summary, what do we have here? Great food, great wine, great company, a great
trip — and the common thread is the winemaking genius of Philippe Melka. He’s the best!
LOT 38 It’s hard to place a value on genius
LOT 39
LOT 40
Tequila! Trip of a lifetime to Hacienda Herradura & Guadalajara, Mexico — April 16–20, 2015
Laissez les bons temps rouler for weekend in New Orleans!
• All-inclusive trip for 2 to Guadalajara with Sommelier Vajra Stratigos, Food and Beverage
Director of Fifth Group Restaurants, and Chef Chad Clevenger of Alma Cocina
• 2 roundtrip tickets to Guadalajara, Mexico on Delta Air Lines
• 3 nights in a 4-star NH Hotel in Guadalajara (Tuesday–Friday)
• All transportation in Mexico provided by Brown Forman Private Driver
• Breakfast, lunch and dinner provided, including acclaimed fine dining destinations
in Guadalajara
• Custom tour of historic Herradura Distillery and Hacienda with tasting and selection
process of the next three single barrels of tequila for Fifth Group Restaurants
• Two cases of your own custom labeled tequila from one of the barrels you’ve helped choose
• Luchador wrestling match and late night street tacos
• Horseback riding through agave Potreros
• Day trip to artist community Ajijic and boat tour of Lake Chapala
• Excursion to Scorpion Island with whole fish luncheon on the veranda
• Celebrate your return to Atlanta with a cocktail party for 50 at Alma Cocina, including
light hors d’oeuvres and special cocktails
Fifth Group Restaurants are longtime friends of our Auction, and they know wine lovers
enjoy spirits too. Last year they offered an excursion to Bourbon country, and this year
they’ve joined with Brown Forman to offer this all-inclusive trip to Tequila-land.
You will immerse in the true heart of Mexico with Sommelier Vajra Stratigos, Food and
Beverage Director of Fifth Group Restaurants, Chef Chad Clevenger of Alma Cocina
as your guides and a Brown Forman global ambassador as your host to the amazing
gastronomy, big city lifestyle and unique cultural events of the Guadalajara!
While the list of activities above all sounds like a lot of fun, the highlight of your trip will
surely be the personalized private tour through the crown jewel of the Tequila industry
inside the walls of Hacienda Herradura, where you’ll partake in the selection of three single
barrels of this unique golden elixir.
And show off your Tequila prowess to a whole crowd of friends and colleagues at
a celebration cocktail party at Alma Cocina — Tequila shots all around. (Tax and
gratuity included.)
Bid it up on this fantastic trip — you may even see a Tequila sunrise!
LOT 39 $10,000
• 2 night-stay for 4 couples at a hotel that has yet to be determined
• Roundtrip travel via private jet service from Flexjet
• Dinner at Tableau, Dickie Brennan’s newest restaurant
• Personalized day adventure (fishing, golf, cooking lessons) arranged by Dickie Brennan
• Poolside dinner at the home of Lauren and Dickie Brennan
• Jazz Brunch at Commander’s Palace
Angelle and Art are at it again. Their trip to New Orleans in last year’s Auction was wildly
popular. And that’s easy to understand; there’s nothing like being shown around town
by someone who really knows their way around, and this is Angelle’s territory. And look
who she’s introducing you to — as your host, no less — a New Orleans icon — a Brennan.
Here’s what our favorite ragin’ Cajun Co-chair says about this year’s trip:
After this weekend in the Big Easy, you will know exactly what it means to miss
New Orleans.
Your adventure starts as you’re whisked away in a private jet with your closest friends
to the Crescent City. After you land at the stunning art deco designed Lakefront airport,
you will be picked up in style and taken to Dickie Brennan’s newest venture, Tableau,
voted “Best New Restaurant in New Orleans.”
After an evening of wine and dining by some of New Orleans most recognized chefs,
the festivities of the French Quarter will be a mere few steps away. Make sure to pace
yourself because on Saturday, Dickie will arrange a day fit for your liking. With fishing,
golf, antiquing or evening cooking lessons at your fingertips, your day will be fit for
a (Mardi Gras) king!
Saturday evening, share the stories of your day dining poolside on the beautiful veranda
at the Garden District childhood home of Lauren and Dickie Brennan. Of course a trip
to New Orleans is not complete without tapping your feet to the sounds of a Jazz band.
Before you parade out of NOLA, enjoy a mimosa (or two) at Commander’s Palace’s
Jazz Brunch.
What’s more, Angelle says she and Art will join the trip and share wines from their cellar,
and Val Bure of Bure Family Vineyards will also contribute wine and join your group, schedule permitting. Help the Cajun rage on!
LOT 40 Sold for $45K last year but this includes one
more couple! Show Angelle some Co-chair love!
LOT 41
Be the first to experience Italics!
• 3-night stay for up to 8 at the Italics main residence overlooking Napa’s newest AVA,
Coombsville (mutually agreeable dates between November 2015–November 2017)
• Roundtrip Delta first class air travel for 8, expires March 30, 2016
• Private dinner for up to 8 with menu created and prepared by ATL chef Todd Rushing
with all winery owners/partners there to share stories and great bottles
• Round of golf for up to 4 at the Napa Valley Country Club
• Private tour and tastings at legendary wineries in Napa including: Reynolds Family Winery,
Crocker & Starr, Hill Family Estate, Hiatus Cellars, Palmaz Vineyards, Barbour Vineyards,
Italics Winegrowers and Covert
• DBL Limited chauffeured car service for up to 8
• Round of golf for up to 4 at the Silverado Golf and Resort
• For those not playing golf, market shopping and foraging with Chef Todd Rushing
followed by cooking class at the Italics main residence
Large Formats for the Cellar:
• 3L Reynolds Family Winery Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2011, signed by winemaker,
etched and hand painted
• 3L Fourteen Appellations 2006, signed by winemaker, etched and hand painted
• 3L Hiatus Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon 2012
• 3L Crocker & Starr Cabernet Franc 2012
• 3L Hill Family Estate 2012 Barrel Blend
• 1.5L Barbour Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon 2012
Here comes fun!! And with their new enterprise — Italics — no less. Of course, they are
sharing with us first — thank you, Steve Reynolds and Andy Wilcox, and welcome back.
With Italics, winemaker Steve Reynolds and Managing Partner Andy Wilcox will highlight the best of what Napa Valley has to offer. The brand began over a decade ago with
Thirteen, a blend of wines created from vineyards in each of Napa’s 13 sub-appellations.
As Napa continued to sub-divide, Thirteen became Fourteen, then Fifteen. Soon, Fifteen
will become Sixteen with the release of the 2012 vintage.
While searching for a vineyard to represent Napa’s 16th AVA (Coombsville), Steve and
Andy found their new estate home on 73 acres in the foothills of the Vacas, southeast of
Napa. “As winegrowers, we’ve taken the name Italics because we believe the best wines
are a revelation of place. A place can be as small as a vineyard block or as large as an
entire AVA. If that place has something to say — a nuance you can appreciate — we go
to great lengths to draw it out. To italicize it.”
The lucky bidders will be among the first to experience the Italics main residence, which
boasts a little over 6,500 sf of lounge space and a gorgeous free form pool that delivers
spectacular views up valley.
Atlanta Chef Todd Rushing from Concentrics Restaurant Group will fly out to prepare
your dinner to be served inside the cave portals at Italics. After an opening round of
tequila shots, hosts Andy and Steve will share some of the original vintages of Thirteen
Appellations at this decadent meal — from Thirteen, to Fourteen, then Fifteen and a preview of the first release of Sixteen Appellations — you get the picture. Owners/partners
of all of the wineries contributing to this lot will also be there to regale you with their
great wines and stories about their bottles.
Italics is situated on the 13th hole of the Napa Valley Country Club and what more
perfect way to unwind than with a bottle of wine and a round of golf! Four guests will
be treated to plenty of stunning vineyard vistas to keep you from remembering that last
“power fade.” Meanwhile, Chef Todd will escort those not playing golf to local markets
to go shopping and to forage for ingredients for a spectacular meal. After shopping
Chef Todd will teach the team all the basics for cooking the perfect homemade recipe.
BTW, a second round of golf at Silverado Golf and Resort for four guests is also available.
Don’t forget the DBL Limited chauffeured car service for private tours and tastings at
legendary Napa wineries including: Reynolds, Crocker & Starr, Hill Family Estate, Hiatus,
Palmaz Vineyards, Barbour, Covert and, of course, Italics. AND then there are the big,
beautiful bottles that go home with you!
Book well in advance; first class seats on Delta fill up quickly!
LOT 41What value do you place on a once
in a lifetime trip?
LOT 42
LOT 43
#WTF (Wine, Touring & Food) in Sonoma County with Lando Wines
The Best of Northern Spain
• 3 nights for 4 couples at Farrow Vineyards, Russian River Valley
• Day of touring and tasting through Sonoma County with Sam Lando
(with lunch and transportation provided)
• Visit and reception at the Harris Gallery in Healdsburg
• 3-course meal with Lando Wines at Valette
• Mailing list placements for the Lando Wines releases (wines only sold twice a year,
spring and fall; majority of small production is directed to mailing list friends).
• 6 bottles of Lando 2013 Russian River Valley Pinot Noir (here at Auction)
• 6 bottles of Lando 2013 Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir (here at Auction)
• 4 magnums (one each of) Lando 2013 Russian River Valley and Sonoma Coast Pinot
Noirs with special Harris Gallery art label you select on site
• Five-day, four-night trip for 2 to Northern Spain
• Two-night stay for two in a Deluxe Room at The Hotel Arts Barcelona
(a Ritz-Carlton Property)
• One-night stay for two in a Superior Room with Jacuzzi at Hospedería de los Parajes,
in Rioja
• One-night stay for two in a Deluxe Domine Room at the Gran Hotel Domine, Bilbao
• Breakfast for two daily at each property
• One private full day of wine excursion to La Rioja with an expert guide, driver
and transportation
• Private tour of the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao with an expert guide, driver
and transportation
• Includes wine tastings during excursion of La Rioja
• Two train tickets from Barcelona to Zaragoza
• Transfers from Rioja to Bilbao
• Value added tax and all service charges
• Additionally, Resort to Laura Madrid is pleased to donate one year of Professional
Travel Consulting Services to the winning bidder
Welcome Sam and Jennifer to our 23rd Auction, and bid it up on this awesome auction
lot. It’s always fun with Sam around.
The lucky winning bidders will be treated to 3 nights in a luxurious vineyard property in the
Russian River Valley — Farrow Vineyards, one of the premiere Pinot Noir sources for Lando
Wines. View the property link for photos and more information: vineyardvr.com/home.
You will enjoy a few of Sonoma County’s insider activities (agreed upon with Sam prior
to your arrival), including luxury transportation one day to some of the county’s best
attractions with Sam — Tomales Bay for oysters, a quick spin through Dry Creek Valley’s
historic watering holes, the splendor of Alexander Valley, or a trip through our favorite stops
in the Russian River Valley. And for those who are a little more adventurous, this could
include a trip to the lake for waterskiing or a leisurely float at Lake Sonoma — you decide!
Additionally, one afternoon enjoy a reception at the Harris Art Gallery in Healdsburg
with an assortment of divine wines to accompany a tour of the gallery by one of Sonoma
County’s most treasured artists, A3L3XZAND3R (Alex) Harris. His works range from
conceptual abstract to figurative realism — simply stunning. A3L3XZAND3R has graciously agreed to let the group select their favorite piece and we will reproduce that work
on 4 commemorative magnums of Lando Pinot Noir for the group, to be shipped after
your trip.
Then, walk around the corner to dine with the Lando’s dear friend Dustin Valette at his
new restaurant in downtown Healdsburg, Valette! After honing his craft for many years
in highly acclaimed kitchens (Aqua in San Francisco and Bouchon in the Napa Valley),
and the past five years as the Chef de Cuisine at Charlie Palmer’s Dry Creek Kitchen in
Healdsburg — this is Dustin’s first chef/owner operated restaurant (opening in March,
2015). Chef Dustin will prepare a three-course meal made more memorable paired with
Lando Pinot Noirs.
You can get with Laura Madrid to plan this trip and flesh out the details. It ought to be
fantastic. We have been to Bilbao, with a High Museum group, and seen the Guggenheim
there. It is an awesome sight and truly unique, and our lunch in the museum restaurant
was one of the best meals of the trip.
They’ve been making great wines in Spain for centuries, and Rioja wines rate among
the finest; your tour of La Rioja will be as educational as it will be tasty.
And Barcelona, an Olympics city, may be as interesting and architecturally intriguing
as the Guggenheim in Bilbao.
Live a little, learn a lot with Laura Madrid. Live it up!
Valid until March 2016. (Not valid on major holidays and weekends, and based upon
availability.) Not included: transportation (other than what is listed above) and gratuities.
LOT 43 $4000 value given by donor, but, my goodness,
memories worth multiples of that
Sam and his wife Jennifer look forward to showing and sharing their favorite experiences
in this fun-packed three days in Sonoma County!
Winning bidder is responsible for their airfare and travel to and from Sonoma County.
LOT 42 Sam says $5500 but we think the opening
bid will be at least $6000
LOT 44
• 3-night stay for 3 couples in the Williams Selyem guest house
• Dinner at Barndiva in Healdsburg with winemaker Jeff Mangahas
• Membership on the Williams Selyem list, with an allocation for the next release
• 3 (3L) etched Special Edition “2015 High Museum” bottles, one each
– Williams Selyem Pinot Noir Russian River Valley 2012
– Williams Selyem Pinot Noir Sonoma Coast 2012
– Williams Selyem Pinot Noir Eastside Road Neighbors Sonoma Coast 2012
A warm welcome to Jeff Mangahas, Williams Selyem winemaker. Thanks for joining
us this year!
Williams Selyem Winery began as a simple dream of two friends, Ed Selyem and Burt
Williams, who started weekend winemaking as a hobby in 1979 in a garage in Forestville,
California. It took less than two decades from their first commercial vintage in 1981 for
Burt and Ed to create a cult-status winery of international acclaim. Since 1982, when Burt
and Ed made their first Pinot Noir with grapes from the Rochioli vineyard, California
Pinot Noir has never been the same.
Have you dreamed of getting into the wine business? Purchase this lot, go out to Sonoma,
visit with the fine folks at Williams Selyem, and let them fire up your entrepreneurial
genes! Enjoy a 3-night stay for three couples in the Williams Selyem guest house near
historic Healdsburg where you will relax in all of the splendor of the Williams Selyem
estate. The accommodations have a full kitchen but there’s excellent cuisine to be found
among the many great restaurants in Healdsburg and the surrounding area.
One evening you will be hosted by winemaker Jeff Mangahas for a dinner at Barndiva.
Zagat’s summary review: “When it comes to wine country haute dining, it’s hard to beat
this Healdsburg American where the beautifully presented dishes showcase bold flavors
and Sonoma-centric ingredients.” Match that with Williams Selyem world class juice,
and you have one unforgettable experience.
Just to make sure that those memories are etched into your minds and taste buds, you
receive three double magnums (3L) of 2012 Pinot Noir. As you drink them, the memories
will come flooding back. And, who knows, you might find yourself taking a vacation from
your day job to crush grapes…
LOT 44 $7500
LOT 45
The Good Life & Then Some
• In-home dinner for ten prepared by Chef Robert Gerstenecker of Park 75 at The Four
Seasons Atlanta with Vinings Gallery, Thomas Arvid, and wines by Jarvis Estate
• Original Thomas Arvid artwork commemorating the evening
• Weekend use of a Rolls-Royce
• One 6L, magnum and (750ml) of Jarvis Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve 2006
This is almost a repeat of a lot that Cindy and Gary Handler and Vinings Gallery have
offered now for four years. However, this time it is bigger and better! Past winners
include Co-chairs Christie Hudgins and Louise Laird, who both had rave reviews about
this package.
All of the players are well loved by this auction crowd — the Handlers, the couple behind
Atlanta’s Vinings Gallery, with its original space in Vinings and the newer gallery just off
Canton Street in Roswell; Vanessa and Thomas Arvid, epitome of “The Good Life” with
Arvid’s detailed paintings of wine and the rituals surrounding it that have captivated the
world; Atlanta’s luxurious Four Seasons Hotel, a scene from the good life with the restaurant there, Park 75, an Atlanta institution of culinary greatness with Executive Chef Robert
Gerstenecker at the helm — we’re lucky to have him in the ATL. Greg Williams with RollsRoyce Motor Cars Atlanta has become a fast friend and not just because of the wheels he
rolls in. Winemaker Ted Henry from Jarvis Estate and his lovely Napa Valley wines will
lend the perfect level of wine depth, elegance and variety to your Good Life experience.
On the weekend of your choosing, immerse yourself in all things Good Life! One evening,
Vinings Gallery will transform your home into an artistic backdrop for an in-home dinner
for ten guests. Gary and Thomas will be there, and Ted will join in the fun if his schedule
allows. Chef Robert and Ted will collaborate on an incredible menu featuring delicious
flavors, some hand-sourced from Chef’s rooftop garden in Midtown and all presented
alongside a stunning array of Jarvis’ finest estate and library wines.
That weekend (or another if you choose), enjoy a weekend with a Rolls-Royce. Imagine
yourself sallying about town in the ultimate driving extravagance. Pick up the car at the
Buckhead dealership on Saturday morning and return it by Monday afternoon.
And, you’ll have several “parting gifts” to keep. First, Thomas will create a piece of original
artwork featuring the Jarvis label in memory of your evening together. AND, a spectacular
piano of Jarvis’ flagship Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve from the 2006 vintage (96 points
Wine Enthusiast) for you to keep — one 750ml, one magnum and one 6L bottle.
To the Good Life, cheers!
* Winning bidder responsible for all rentals, etc. needed for the in-home dinner.
LOT 45 $10,000
Absolutely Argentina for one couple!
• 7-day, 6-night trip to Buenos Aires and Mendoza including a VIP tour, private seating
tasting and barrel tasting experience at Corazon del Sol, Dr. Madaiah Revana’s estate
vineyard at the base of the Andes
• Roundtrip Delta business class air travel for 2; expires March 30, 2016
• 3-night stay for 1 couple in five star accommodations
• Privately guided city tour, cultural heritage tour of Buenos Aires featuring selection of
the city’s finest art collections and Tango Show with Argentine dinner and regional wine
• Flight from Buenos Aires to Mendoza provided courtesy Absolute Travel
• 3-night stay for 1 couple at The Vines of Mendoza Resort in a one bedroom deluxe villa,
breakfast included
• One massage treatment per person
• VIP tour and tasting at Corazon del Sol winery, transportation between resort and
winery provided
• Winemaker dinner at Corazon del Sol with Vineyard Manager Francisco Evangelista
and Winemaker Santiago Archaval — pending availability on dates
We welcome longtime supporter and great friend, Dr. Madaiah Revana, to this year’s
Auction. We thank you for generously offering this fantastic trip and the experiences
in Napa and Oregon that follow!
And we also raise a glass to auction committee member Owen Gaddis and his team at
Absolute Travel for contributing such an outstanding trip to our Auction — muchas gracias!
Day 1: Delta Air Lines will fly one couple roundtrip to historic Buenos Aires in their
luxurious Business Class. When you get there, spend the morning resting after the long
flight and take time to settle into the hotel. In the afternoon, begin your privately guided
city tour at the Plaza de Mayo, where the city was founded and where you will see the
Pink House, the Cathedral and the Cabildo (Colonial Town Hall). In addition to brightly
colored houses, trendy docklands and the parks of Palermo.
Day 2: You will be picked up for a cultural heritage tour of Buenos Aires that features
a selection of the city’s finest art collections, including the MNBA (Museo Nacional de
Bellas Artes) and the new, magnificent Museum of Latin American Modern and
Contemporary Art (MALBA, Costantini Collection). Afterward, visit a private gallery
on Arroyo Street, where you can observe the latest trends in contemporary art.
In the evening, enjoy a tango show at Rojo Tango at the hip Faena Hotel + Universe.
Tango originated in the 1880s as a risqué dance performed in the brothels of poorer
neighborhoods. Today, it is the most famous and representative music of Buenos Aires,
danced in the local milongas (tango salons) as well as in some of the city’s most exclusive restaurants and dance halls. Enjoy a dinner of Argentine beef or salmon with
regional wine while you watch the show.
Day 3: Enjoy Buenos Aires at your leisure. For an alternative way to see the city, take a bike
tour of the Palermo Parks. Absolute Travel would also be happy to arrange a cooking class
and demonstration with carefully selected wine pairings from the surrounding region.
Day 4: You will fly to Mendoza courtesy of Absolute Travel. Mendoza is one of the most
attractive cities in the country, with wide, tree-lined avenues, inviting squares and parks.
Mendoza is the seat of the wine-producing region of Argentina; more than 75% of Argentina’s wine is produced here. Upon arrival, you will be delivered to The Vines Resort,
where you will spend the next three nights. The lodge is set in the vineyards and has
wonderful villas, each in its own little cottage with a private terrace.
Days 5 + 6: Enjoy all The Vines has to offer. Explore the Andes Mountains. Stop by the
village of Cacheuta, known for its hot springs. Visit the statue of Cristo Redentor (Christ
the Redeemer), located 4,200 meters above sea level at the border with Chile. Tour the
local wineries in the Lujan de Cuyo region.
Let’s not forget the tour and tasting at Corazon del Sol where you will taste all of the current
release wines, some library wines and barrel samples. Also, you will have an incredible
winery dinner with Vineyard Manager Francisco Evangelista and Winemaker Santiago
Archaval. Santiago has been deemed by both Parker and Wine Spectator to be one of the
leaders of the Argentine wine industry. His own eponymous winery makes truly great wines,
as well. Finally, you will receive a one-year priority access membership to the Corazon
del Sol wine club.
Alas, all good things must end; day 7 you will be transferred to Mendoza airport for your
return flight to Buenos Aires, where you will connect to your international departure flight.
Unless you want to stay for more adventures…which you can schedule directly with
Absolute Travel! Order of itinerary to be finalized between winning bidder, Absolute
Travel and Corazon del Sol.
Caveats: Based on resort availability; reservations required. Not valid during February
or March. Francisco Evangelista and Santiago Archaval’s availability is pending dates
selected by winning couple. Dinner gratuity is included at Corazon del Sol.
LOT 46 $32,500
LOT 47
LOT 48
Alexana Experience in Oregon — for 2 couples
• 3-night stay for 3 couples at the Arrow&Branch Vintage House, outside city of Napa
• Tour and tastings with Arrow&Branch, Carte Blanche & Keplinger
• Multi-course Vintner Dinner with Winemaker Helen Keplinger & DJ Warner of Keplinger,
Steve and Seanne Contursi of Arrow&Branch and Nick Allen of Carte Blanche
• To take home, each couple receives 3 signed magnums (1.5L):
– Keplinger* SUMO, Amador County 2010
– Arrow&Branch Estate Red Wine, Napa Valley 2011
– Nicholas Allen Wines Carte Blanche Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley 2012
• 3-night accommodations in Oregon in Dr. Revana’s private apartment overlooking
the Estate Vineyard located at the Alexana winery — VIP Tour, private seating tasting
and barrel tasting of our exclusive single vineyard wines
• Dinner with Vineyard Manager Evan Bellingar and Winemaker Lynn Penner-Ash
• Complimentary 1-year Gold Membership in Alexana’s wine club for each couple,
which will give them 1.5 (750ml) cases of wine (3 shipments of 6 bottles each)
• Tour and tasting with Lynn Penner-Ash at Penner-Ash Wine Cellar
• Lunch at Alexana
Dr. Revana is inviting you to enjoy an outstanding experience at his Alexana Winery
in Newberg, Oregon. You and another couple will be Dr. Revana’s guests at his private
apartment overlooking the Estate vineyard. It is a two bedroom apartment that is luxuriously equipped, including a kitchen and laundry. While on location, you will experience
a tour, tasting and lunch at the winery. Further, you will have dinner with Vineyard
Manager Evan Bellingar and Winemaker Lynn Penner-Ash (whose eponymous winery is
a mega-star on the Oregon scene, itself) — again, pending their availability on the selected
dates. Each couple will receive a one-year complimentary Gold Membership in Alexana’s
wine club. This entitles members to a 15% discount on all purchase plus three shipments
during the year totaling 18 (750ml) bottles. Finally, you will receive a tour and tasting
with Lynn Penner-Ash at the Penner-Ash Wine Cellar. Be sure to taste some of the great
Syrah and Viognier that she makes! We know, it’s all about the Pinot Noir, but all of these
vineyards make other good wines, too!
The only caveat is that you must take the trip by March 28, 2016. Further, dates for your
visits must be mutually agreed upon. Finally, please avoid the harvest season since the
accommodations will not be available during that time.
LOT 47 $10,000
*Note these Keplinger accolades:
Food & Wine Magazine’s Winemaker of the Year 2012
Featured Cover Story, Wine Spectator, June 2014
Here’s the skinny on this great lot. Up to three couples enjoy a three-night stay at the
Arrow&Branch Vintage House sitting in their five-acre vineyard of old vine Cabernet
Franc, located northeast of the City of Napa that is part of the new American Viticultural
Area (AVA) of Coombsville. The guesthouse includes a kitchen so that you can dine in
for breakfast and lunch, if you wish.
Our featured vintners will keep you busy with a tour and tasting at each of their wineries — Arrow&Branch, Keplinger and Carte Blanche. Arrow&Branch features Cabernet Franc,
Cabernet Sauvignon, and Sauvignon Blanc. Keplinger produces an array of Rhone-style
wines both red and blanc — all in extremely small lots. Carte Blanche produces Cabernet
Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, a Proprietary Red Wine, and Rhone and Bordeaux
style blends. A plethora of interesting varietals and wines.
You will have a glorious multi-course Vintner Dinner with Winemaker Helen Keplinger
& DJ Warner of Keplinger, Steve and Seanne Contursi of Arrow&Branch and Nick Allen
of Carte Blanche. Helen and Steve, masters of the kitchen, will cook a coursed meal
paired with wines from all three wineries. DJ & Nick will make sure your glasses are full
of some special cellar selections and rare wines.
And there are three great magnums for each couple. The Keplinger SUMO is a Rhone blend
comprised primarily of Petite Sirah with Syrah and Viognier. The Arrow&Branch Red
Wine is a Bordeaux blend containing Cabernet Franc (60%) with Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec and Petit Verdot. And, the Carte Blanche Cabernet is a left bank Bordeaux
blend of Cabernet Sauvignon with a small quantity of Peitit Verdot. It’s all yummy.
It’s a great package!
LOT 48 $7000
LOT 49
An Unforgettable Year of Fine Dining
This one-of-a-kind lot is actually a twelve-of-a kind lot that no serious food lover will
want to miss out on. Not getting this lot will haunt you for a full year. Twelve of Atlanta’s
best restaurants are offering something really special as part of this year of gourmet
gastronomic glee. Feast your eyes on the list below.
1) 4th & Swift — Farm to Table Dinner for 6 with Wine Pairings
Jay Swift will personally preside over your specially prepared multi-course dinner
served at the Chef’s table at 4th & Swift.
2) Cooks & Soldiers — Tasting Menu for 6 with Wine
The unique, hearty and flavorful cuisine of the Basque region will work its magic
on your group. Chef Landon Thompson and the Castellucci family will put on a food
and wine display fit for the top brass of your hungry food commandos.
3) Kimball House — 10-Course Dinner for 4 with Wine, Beer & Cocktails
Yes, we said TEN Course dinner. At Decatur’s classic Kimball House, no less.
A spectacular array of cocktails, wine and vintage beer will accompany your
endlessly delicious meal.
4) King & Duke — Chef’s Tasting Menu for 6 with Wine Pairings
Chef E.J. will prepare some very special dishes, each accompanied by a perfect wine
pairing poured by one of the Beverage Experts at King & Duke. Chef E.J. will visit
your table, maybe when he brings the royal dessert. Kneeling optional.
5) LUSCA — 5-Course Tasting Menu with Wine Pairings for 4
LUSCA’s two award-winning chefs, Angus Brown and Nhan Le will create a doubly
delicious menu of five fabulous dishes for four (keep the math straight), complete with
matched wine pairings. Calculate on some fine seafood somewhere in the mix.
6) Murphy’s/Paces & Vine — 5-Course Wine Dinner for 6
Pick your location — Murphy’s legendary Virginia Highlands restaurant or Paces
& Vine in Vinings. Either way you’ll enjoy a fine dining experience — five fantastic
courses of the best food the restaurant has to offer paired perfectly with great wines.
TABLE 1280
TABLE 1280
7) Oak Steakhouse at Avalon — 5-Course Dinner with Wine for 8
The mighty Oak will take your party of 8 under its branches for an evening of fine
wine and food. This specially prepared 5-course dinner with well chosen wines will
knock your acorns off.
8) SALTWOOD at Loew’s Atlanta Hotel — Wine Dinner for 8 at the Chef’s Table
SALTWOOD is the newest addition to Atlanta’s fine dining scene and it is hot! Be
among the first to taste its finest cuisine and at the Chef’s table, no less. Multi-course
magnificence complete with exquisite wines in a gorgeous new setting. Pass the
SALTWOOD, please.
9) S
outhbound — 5-Course Tasting Menu with Wine for 4
Market driven, farm fresh and putting Chamblee on the map for travel-worthy dining,
drive north to Southbound. These 5-courses of contemporary southern cuisine with
wines on the Chef’s porch (indoors overlooking the kitchen) are bound to please.
10) Table 1280 — Multi-Course Wine Dinner for 6
Renoir had his brushes, Chef John Barrett has his pans, whisks and knives and he’ll
put them to work creating a masterpiece in multiple courses with exquisitely matched
wines for your lucky group. Dine in High style at the Woodruff Arts Center.
11) The General Muir — Chef’s Dinner for 8 with Wine
James Beard Nominee, Chef Todd Ginsberg will personally oversee your multi-course
meal, complete with choice wines and you can’t do much better than that. A Generally
awesome meal awaits.
12) W
atershed — Dinner for 4 with Wine Pairings
Mouth-watering food may have something to do with Watershed’s name. It certainly
has everything to do with the delicious farm-fresh Southern dishes Chef Zeb Stevenson
will create as part of your beautiful wine dinner for 4. Come on in, the Watershed
is fine!
You’ll get all this and a one-year membership to Eat Out Atlanta, which can arrange
special access to tastings, chef’s dinners, special events and secret menus the rest of
us can’t get (they’ve been accused of Insider Dining). An unforgettable bid will get you
a year of unforgettable dining. Put your paddles up and forget ’em ’til the bidding’s done.
LOT 49 $10,000
LOT 50
Culinary Weekend* at Lake Martin
• 2-nights for 2 couples at Russell Lands Resort on Lake Martin hosted by Chef Rob
McDaniel of SpringHouse, Rob Preidtisch of Vignette Cellars and Jessica and Jeremy
Little of Sweet Grass Dairy
• Friday night wine and cheese pairing with dinner by Chef Rob
• Saturday activities including golf, tennis, horseback riding, farmer’s market
with Chef Rob, foraging for Chanterelles or float boat ride
• Cheese class with Jessica and Jeremy
• Cocktail cruise
• Multi-course dinner by Chef Rob at SpringHouse paired with Vignette Cellars wines
and Sweet Grass Dairy cheese board
We are pleased to welcome James Beard Foundation semifinalist (now twice) Executive
Chef Rob McDaniel of SpringHouse at Russell Lands at Lake Martin to a Winemaker
Dinner this year. McDaniel is a favorite among new Southern chefs, and with good reason — whether it is called “contemporary American,” “progressive Southern,” or “Southern
vernacular,” Chef Rob works with local purveyors to present daily menus of the place, and
of the time-literally a snapshot of a day in the season. One of Chef Rob’s favorite local
cheeses happens to be one of ours too — Sweet Grass Dairy — owned by Jessica and Jeremy
Little in Thomasville. This award-winning duo took over the family farm from her folks
some years ago and they have successfully turned the dairy and cheese shop into a nationwide business with restaurants as far away as the Pacific Northwest serving their delicious
artisan cheeses. One might say that Rob Preiditsch is as passionate about wine as Chef
Rob is about flavor, and Jessica and Jeremy are about cheese. Rob’s company Vignette
Cellars is relatively new, but growing like wildfire bringing to the U.S. lesser known,
quality priced, small production, family made wines that might not normally make it out
of France.
After breakfast, you have a wide range of activities to enjoy — tee up for golf, tennis, or
tack up and hit the dusty trail, accompany Chef Rob to the farmer’s market, go foraging
for more Chanterelles than you ever thought might grow in Alabama, or simply meander
around the lake on a float boat. Afternoon will bring you back to SpringHouse for a cheese
class with Jessica and Jeremy where you’ll learn all about their intense dedication to sustainable agriculture and their artisan approach to making cheese. An informal setting
will allow for as in-depth a conversation as the group might enjoy. A little Rosé and some
Sancerre from Mr. Preiditsch will likely find its way into glasses around the table, and
Chef Rob will join in the fun to talk about why he loves Sweet Grass.
After a cocktail cruise, your group will descend to the wine cellar at SpringHouse and
beyond to the WellHouse private dining room with its stunning, custom-made round
table. Chef Rob and Rob P. will curate an exquisite, unforgettable menu for you with spot
on pairings, including an innovative cheese board featuring special Sweet Grass cheeses
from Jessica and Jeremy. Dessert and nightcaps might be taken in the adjacent private
garden overlooking the moonrise on the serene lake.
After a restful sleep you might gather for breakfast, or pursue your own leisure before
departure back to Atlanta.
Many thanks to all the players in this lot. We’re thinking this is a sleeper for the 2015
Auction — bid it up!
* Fine print: please book early. Villas for summer 2015 are close to being sold-out, so this
lot is good through August 2016 to ensure the winner gets to enjoy it on their date of
choice. Chef Rob says that spring is wonderful, but early fall is his favorite time of year.
LOT 50 $6000
Chef Rob and his team, the Littles, and the Preiditsch’s invite two couples to visit Russell
Lands on Lake Martin for an unforgettable culinary weekend.
Snapshot might look like this: arrive noontime on a gorgeous October Friday when the
lake is still high and the sun is still warm. Settle into your luxurious villa accommodations
in the heart of the Russell Lands resort on Lake Martin at Willow Point. This will be your
home base for the weekend.
Chef Rob, the Littles and Preiditsch’s will meet you late afternoon and you’ll head
up to Heaven Hill, Chef Rob’s favorite sunset spot, for a wine and cheese pairing, and
if weather allows supper cooked by firelight. After campfire songs and s’mores, you’ll
hit the pillow to rest up for Saturday.
LOT 51
LOT 52
A Pair of Paul’s Cabs
• 2-night stay for 3 couples in the Lynmar Estate guest house
• Picnic lunch, tasting and dinner
• Three magnums of Lynmar Estate wine, one for each couple
• One signed 3L Paul Hobbs Cabernet Sauvignon Beckstoffer To Kalon Vineyard
Oakville, Napa Valley 2012
• One signed 3L Paul Hobbs Cabernet Sauvignon Nathan Coombs Estate Coombsville,
Napa Valley 2012
We welcome back Lynn and Anisya Fritz, Lynmar Estate’s proprietors, to our Auction.
Welcome Jenifer Freebairn and Matt Hobbs back to our Auction!
This same offering sold twice last year for big dollars!
Our friends at Paul Hobbs have sent us two excellent double magnums (3L) of great
Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley.
Lynmar Estate, located off the beaten path in Sonoma County’s Russian River Valley, is
a true retreat where layers of nature unfold, inviting guests to encounter terroir-inspired
wine and food, in a world class destination. When Lynn Fritz first purchased this property
in 1980, he was drawn to the maritime climate and the authenticity of the rolling Russian
River vineyards. The original vines on the property, now over 40 years old, were obtained
from Joe Swan. The grapes from these early vines were bought by Tony Soter and Merry
Edwards to make wines that are considered some of the best in the Russian River Valley.
Lynmar began a small winemaking activity in the early 1990s and produced small amounts
of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay that were extremely well received. In 2008, Lynn and
Anisya Fritz made Lynmar Estate their permanent home, becoming resident proprietors.
Today, Lynmar is an exquisite 100-acre property composed of rolling vineyards, organic
vegetables, beneficial borders and frontage on the Laguna de Santa Rosa.
The Beckstoffer To Kalon single vineyard designate has long been a standard bearer of
the highest quality Cabernet in Paul Hobbs’ portfolio. It is rare when another of his Cabs
outscores this one. The 2012 is no exception. Parker made the general statement: “From
one of Northern California’s most accomplished and respected wine consultants and
producers, the 2012s and 2013s will create high expectations, and readers are unlikely to
be disappointed by Paul Hobbs and his team.” He followed this up by awarding 97 points
to the To Kalon. He states that he isn’t sure that the 2012 is as compelling as the 2002
(which he rated 100 perfect points) but that it isn’t very far off.
Nathan Coombs Estate, located in Coombsville and named in honor of the founder of
the town of Napa, is the newest estate vineyard at Paul Hobbs Winery. Recently approved
as an AVA, Coombsville encompasses a horseshoe-shaped valley, formed by an ancient
caldera, located in the southeast corner of Napa. This 100% Cabernet Sauvignon wine
is the inaugural release. Parker rated it with 94 points noting that the future looks very
bright for this wine in the Hobbs portfolio.
Paul Hobbs has been making fantastic Cabernet Sauvignon from the Napa Valley for
years. These two wines are just the latest example of that long trend line that Paul has
set. Two monster Cabs that will be ready and waiting on you for at least two decades!
Yet, both wines are approachable now. Gather up your friends, round up a couple of whole
beef tenderloins, fire up the grill and make it steak night! What a party you will have!
LOT 51 $3200
You will stay at the Bliss House for your two-night retreat. With sweeping views of the
vineyards, gardens and wild flowers, this comfortable three bedroom, three and a half bath
guesthouse will be truly relaxing with a spacious, top-quality kitchen, floor-to-ceiling
windows and plush linens.
During your stay, enjoy a picnic lunch and a hosted luxury wine tasting of Lynmar’s
premium Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. Wine Enthusiast recently rated the entire Lynmar
Estate 2012 portfolio (20 wines) 90–96 points and they were included in the Top 15 of
Wine Enthusiast’s Top 100 picks of the year.
In addition, Lynn and Anisya will host a dinner prepared by Executive Chef David Frakes
featuring seasonal produce from Lynmar’s own organic gardens. He is a fabulous and
highly experienced chef who works magic with all the natural abundance of the grounds
surrounding him.
Finally, each couple will receive a magnum of Lynmar Estate wine to keep. The magnums
are exquisite and not generally available to the public.
This stay will make an excellent base of operations for your stay in the Russian River
PLUS you will enjoy the wonderful lunch, dinner, and great wine.
LOT 52 $4000
LOT 53
3-Day/2-Night Insider’s Wine Tour of Tuscany for 2
• VIP winery tour and lunch with the owners at Pietro Beconcini, with wine to keep
– Magnum IXE, IGT Toscana
– 2 (750ml) bottles Vigna alle Nicchie, IGT Toscana
• Overnight stay and dinner at Fattoria Dianella with VIP tour and tasting, with wine to keep
– Magnum Il Matto, IGT Toscana
– Magnum Chianti Riserva DOC
• Visit to the Medieval coastal village of Populonia, Tuscan Coast
• Lunch with winemaker at Villa de Stefano
• VIP Tour and tasting at Tenuta Argentiera, with wine to keep
– 1 (750ml) bottle Giorgio Bartholomaus, IGT Toscana, Merlot Monovarietal
– 1 (750ml) bottle Lavinia Maria, IGT Toscana, Cabernet Franc Monovarietal
– 1 (750ml) bottle Ophelia Maria, IGT Toscana, Cabernet Sauvignon
• Overnight stay at Poggio All’Agnello Resort on the Tuscan Coast
• VIP winery visit, barrel tasting and lunch at Caiarossa with winemaker Dominique Genot,
with wines to take home
– 2 (750ml) bottles Pergolaia, IGT Toscana
– 2 (750ml) bottles Caiarossa, IGT Toscana
• Visit to the Medieval city of Volterra
• Transportation by car with driver and guide
• Pick up and drop off in Pisa or Florence
• Based upon availability in May–June 2015, October 2015
We welcome President, Carlotta Scotti Pignato, and VP Sam Pignato, of Tuscan Vineyard
Imports who are new to our Auction this year.
They are presenting this fabulous trip to Tuscany for one lucky couple. If you can get
yourselves to either Florence or Pisa, they have planned the rest for you!
Day 1: Pick up by car in Florence or Pisa in the morning.
Pietro Beconcini — Winery visit including lunch with Eva and Leo, a fourth-generation
winemaker and owner. Dine in the vineyard along the scenic and historic Via Francigena,
an ancient path that brought religious pilgrims from Spain and France to Rome in medieval
days. Hear first-hand the intriguing story of the mysterious “X” varietal that found its
way along this international route. Delight your palate with Tuscan tradition and innovation. Your wine to keep is a magnum (1.5L) IXE, IGT Toscana — Tempranillo from the only
Tuscan producer of this varietal plus 2 standard bottles Vigna alle Nicchie, IGT Toscana
(Old Vine Tempranillo in an appassito style.)
Fattoria Dianella — VIP winery tour and tasting of some of Tuscany’s finest Chianti and
much more in a Renaissance hunting lodge belonging to the noble Medici family. Dinner
in the private dining room and overnight stay with breakfast. You will feel like you have
stepped back into time and into a fairy tale! When you awake you’ll be whisked off by
car to more adventures along the Tuscan coast. Wine to keep: 1 Magnum (1.5L) Il
Matto, IGT Toscana (A bold, modern Sangiovese Cru) and 1 Magnum (1.5L) Chianti
Riserva DOC (A Chianti Riserva that is the epitome of elegance and finesse).
Day 2:
Tuscan Coast — Visit the tiny Medieval coastal village of Populonia. Its roots date back
to Etruscan times. Walk an active archeological dig of a Roman era villa.
Villa de Stefano — Lunch with winemaker at Villa de Stefano, a local landmark with
breathtaking views of the Mediterranean.
Tenuta Argentiera — Cab lovers, this is for you! VIP winery tour and tasting in world class
estate making Bordeaux style blends in one of Italy s newest DOCs. Tenuta Argentiera
is the most recent winery allowed into the small and prestigious appellation of Bolgheri
DOC. Learn how international varietals found a home along the sleepy Tuscan coast and
became one of the greatest winemaking areas in the world and with the ratings to prove
it! This lot includes sold out wines not available in Georgia and very limited production
only in outstanding vintages: 1 (750ml) bottle Giorgio Bartholomaus, IGT Toscana, Merlot
Monovarietal ; 1 (750ml) bottle Lavinia Maria, IGT Toscana, Cabernet Franc Monovarietal;
and, 1 (750ml) bottle Ophelia Maria, IGT Toscana, Cabernet Sauvignon.
Bolgheri Village — Stroll and shop in the village of Bolgheri, which gives name to the
appellation, Bolgheri DOC, home to Sassicaia, Ornellaia, Argentiera and others.
Poggio All’agnello — Check into resort for overnight stay, and enjoy a romantic dinner
on your own. (Not included in the lot.) Transportation provided.
Day 3:
Caiarossa — VIP winery visit with gifted young winemaker, Dominique Genot, including
barrel tasting and lunch with past vintages of the flagship wine as well as other wines
not available in the U.S. Your wine to keep is 2 (750ml) bottles Pergolaia, IGT Toscana
(Sangiovese Blend); and, 2 (750ml) bottles Caiarossa, IGT Toscana (Flagship 7 Varietal
Blend). This is one of the 6 top wines of the Tuscan coast and one
of Italy’s finest.
Volterra — Visit the Medieval city of Volterra, one of Tuscany’s premiere hill towns,
chock full of history, architecture and fine wine. Shop for local crafts including stunning
carved alabaster. Return to Florence or Pisa.
WOW! And, it’s all planned and carefully prepared just for you!
LOT 53 $3000 — but you really don’t expect
to get it for that, do you?
LOT 54
LOT 55
Central Coast Wine Country Adventure — for 2
Revana Experience in Napa — for 2 couples
• 2-night stay at the Hadsten House Inn and Spa in Solvang
• Lunch and tasting at Tyler Winery
• Vineyard tour
• Dinner with both Justin Willett (Tyler & Lieu Dit) and Eric Railsback (Lieu Dit)
at Mattei’s Tavern in Los Olivos
• 1 mixed case of 2013 Lieu Dit wine
• 1 mixed case of 2013 Tyler wine
• 3 nights in Napa, including VIP tour, barrel tasting tasting, lunch and dinner
at each location
• 3-night accommodations in Napa in Dr. Revana’s private house overlooking the
Estate Vineyard located at the Revana winery
• Dinner with Vineyard Manager Jim Barbour and Winemaker Thomas Rivers Brown
• Complimentary 1-year Gold Membership in Revana’s wine club for each couple,
which will give each 6 (750ml) bottles, which includes the Estate release
Welcome Justin Willett of Tyler Winery and Lieu Dit to our Auction for the first time!
Dr. Revana’s third trip will bring you and another couple to his Napa Valley eponymous
winery in St. Helena. This includes 3 nights at his private house, fully equipped with a
kitchen, laundry and all of the luxury you would expect in his private accommodations.
While there, you will be treated to a tour, tasting and a lunchat the winery. Further, you
will have dinner with talented and sought after Vineyard Manager Jim Barbour (who makes
good wines under his own label, too) and Winemaker Thomas Rivers Brown (pending
availability on the dates agreed upon). Each couple will be enrolled for a one-year complimentary Gold Membership in Revana’s wine club. This will provide each with 6 bottles
of new release Revana wines, including their famous Estate Cabernet Sauvignon!
Lieu Dit is a partnership of longtime friends Eric Railsback and Justin Willett. The
two met in Santa Barbara while Eric was finishing college and Justin was just beginning
his career in winemaking. They were among a small group of young winemakers and
restaurateurs in Santa Barbara. After countless bottles shared together and many trips
to France, they founded Lieu Dit in 2011 with its focus on the varieties indigenous to
the Loire Valley.
Justin Willett started Tyler winery in 2005. Previously he had worked in vineyard management as well as assistant to winemaker Joe Davis at Arcadian. He has established
himself as a leader in the movement to make balanced, harmonious wines, dedicated to
making the Burgundian style of wine. He makes Chardonnay and Pinot Noir that show
a great respect for the wines of Burgundy.
Located in the European village of Solvang in the heart of Santa Barbara’s Wine Country,
the Hadsten House features a luxurious day spa, decorative fireplaces in every room,
and the kind of appointments you would expect in a topnotch wine country inn. Your
two-night stay will be both relaxing and invigorating. During your stay you will enjoy
a vineyard tour along with lunch and a tasting at the Tyler Winery in nearby Lompac.
The only caveat is that you must take the trip by March 28, 2016. Further, dates for your
visits must be mutually agreed upon. Finally, please avoid the harvest season since the
accommodations will not be available during that time.
A great winery to visit complete with a 3-night stay in the lap of luxury. Dinner with the
Vineyard Manager and Winemaker; lunch, tour and tastings; and, complimentary wine
club memberships! You need to start planning your trip now!
LOT 55 $15,000
One night you will have dinner with both Justin Willett and Eric Railsback at Mattei’s
Tavern in Los Olivos. Built in 1886 as a stage coach stop by Swiss-American Felix Mattei,
this two-story gabled building was originally known as the Central Hotel with a bar, dining
room and seven bedrooms upstairs. With the arrival of the railway in 1887, the success
of Mattei’s was cemented. The building received historic landmark status in 2010 and was
restored in 2013. With this great backdrop and the wonderful wines of Tyler and Lieu Dit,
your dinner will be a smashing success.
Don’t forget the two mixed cases of wine — one from each winery. These will help you
hang on to the memories after you return.
LOT 54 $2500
LOT 56
Santa Lucia Highlands VIP Experience
• 2-night stay for 3 couples at Bernardus Lodge
• Lunch and tastings at the home of ROAR owners, Rosella and Gary Franscioni
• Lunch and tasting at Bernardus Tasting Room or Winery /Vineyard
• Lunch at Post Ranch with Bernardus wines
• Golf in Carmel Valley
• Dinner for 6 in Bernardus Wine Cellar paired with wines from the cellar of Rob Baker,
Director of Sales and Marketing
• 3 (5L) ROAR wines
• 1 (3L) Marinus
• 1 (5L) Bernardus Chardonnay
We extend a warm welcome to Rosella and Gary Franscioni.
They offered a lot similar to this the last two years. Last year, Merry McCleary bought
the ROAR lot, but they’ve ramped it up for this year. You should ask Merry about the
outstanding time she had visiting the Franscionis.
Pinot Noir and Chardonnay fans of the Santa Lucia Highlands area will recognize single
vineyard wines from Garys’ Vineyard and Rosella’s Vineyard. Top wineries have sourced
this fruit for their own single vineyard labels over the years, including Kosta Browne,
Copain, Arcadian, Morgan and Siduri — just to name a few. ROAR is owned by Rosella
and Gary Franscioni, the namesakes for those two famed vineyards.
The Bernardus Lodge is currently closed for renovation and remodeling, but it opens again
this spring. It was always a leading destination in the Carmel Valley, a Mobil Four Star
rated establishment since 2004. You will enjoy a 3-night stay at this wonderful location.
While you are there, you will enjoy a luncheon at Bernardus winery or the tasting room
paired with a tasting of their great wines. You and your guests will also enjoy lunch at
the Post Ranch Inn at Big Sur. The restaurant has a spectacular view overlooking the ocean!
This luncheon will be paired with those great Bernardus wines. One night you will have
dinner, including wines, in the Bernardus Lodge Wine Cellar (assuming it survives the
renovations) or the dining room. Your dinner will be paired with wines from the cellar
of Rob Baker, Director of Sales and Marketing. You know those will be great!
You are also in Carmel. Surely you are thinking golf at this stupendous location. Well,
that is arranged as well.
To round out this lot, there is a 5L of Bernardus Chardonnay and a 3L of Marinus — a
Bordeaux blend containing Cabernet Suavignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot and Petit Verdot.
To summarize, world class accommodations, 3 lunches — all at spectacular locations,
one fantastic wine dinner, golf and 23L of stupendous wine. You don’t want to miss out
on this incredible adventure!
LOT 56 How do you put a price on perfection?
Your tour of ROAR will include a tasting and wonderful lunch in the Franscioni’s private
wine cellar at the vineyard. Along with that magical experience, you walk away with
3 magnificent 5L bottles of the great wine that Rosella and Gary produce. Parker has
stated: “Ever since a ROAR Pinot Noir blew away a number of great grand cru Burgundies
in a blind tasting I hosted at the Culinary Institute in Napa for over 100 winemakers and
consumers, I have taken a special interest in following the wines from this producer. They
go from strength to strength, and no doubt this is the best Chardonnay and the finest
Pinot Noirs Gary Franscioni and his wife Rosella have yet produced.” And you walk away
with 15L of this wonderful juice! ’Nuff said!
LOT 57
One 27L bottle of fine Napa Cabernet
Julian first came to our Auction a dozen or so years ago, and we assigned him bidding
paddle number 44. He rose to the occasion, firing in all directions and bringing down a
number of lots. He then became one of our most valuable supporters, hosting Secret Cellar
Tours, repeating as a Top Bidder, and enlivening every event he attended. Meanwhile, he
assembled one of our country’s greatest privately held wine collections in his spectacular
wine cellar, which was featured in Wine Spectator (with Julian on the magazine cover).
Julian’s underground cellar is still there, temperature controlled as always, but he’s
discreetly disassembling his collection of wine. And our High Museum Atlanta Wine
Auction is one of the beneficiaries. We’ll feature one or two of Julian’s big bottles in our
Live Auction as special additions, but to give you a hint of how special his wine is, we’ll
add this case as one of our trio of wine lots from individual donors.
In his hey-day, Julian bought lots of way out stuff, including some big bottles of wine.
And we mean BIG — some holding 27 liters — that’s the equivalent of 36 750ml bottles.
All in one bottle. They’re awesome, and some are engraved, some personalized, and some
from Napa Valley’s finest winemakers. Julian has just given us a few of these beauties
(we’ve only glimpsed them so far). We’ll select one or two for our live auction and have
more to say about it or them with a special insert and comment from the Wine Gnome
after we’ve picked them up. Be on the lookout for a bottle which will be a show piece feature of any cellar and enough great wine for a big, blowout party or even a small wedding.
Julian’s wine preferences evolved over the years, beginning with fine Bordeaux and
California cult Cab and ultimately settling on California Pinot. You’ll find that most of
his donations to us are Cabernet. And you certainly won’t find much finer Napa Cabernet
than this.
Our Auction is lucky to have Julian as a friend and loyal supporter. You can be lucky,
too, if you paddle up for one of his lots.
LOT 57 To be announced
LOT 58
• 3-night stay for 2 couples at Domaine Serene with gourmet lunch
• VIP helicopter vineyard tour, tasting and wine to drink during your stay
• Behind the scenes label experience at Retour
• 2 cases of Retour Pinot Noir with your name engraved on bottles
• A signed 5L of Retour Pinot Noir 2008
• Day with Jeff Woodard of Woodard Wines
• In-home tasting with Woodard siblings for up to 20 guests
We welcome back Lindsay Woodard of Retour Winery!
Domaine Serene is a gorgeous place with vistas that go on forever. With picturesque views
from every vantage and the heart of the valley at your fingertips, you will experience
this unique and unspoiled region in grand style. Two couples will enjoy the best that the
Willamette Valley has to offer with a three-night stay at their own private hideaway. The
Winery Hill House is stocked with breakfast items; fruit, coffee, breads, cereal, milk,
juice, water, bacon, bagels, cheese. While you are staying at the winery, you will have
wonderful Domaine Serene wine available for your drinking pleasure in your accommodations. Settle in to your own private wine country getaway as a private chef prepares a
gourmet lunch paired with Domaine Serene wines. Also, enjoy a private, VIP helicopter
tour of the vineyards and the landmark five-level gravity flow winery where guests will
see firsthand how ultra-premium, hand-crafted boutique wine is made. After the tour, sip
exquisite exclusive single vineyard Pinot Noirs and Chardonnays, in Domaine Serene’s
beautiful cave.
When you are ready to venture beyond Domaine Serene, join Lindsay Woodard of Retour
Wines. Lindsay also promises a behind-the-scenes tour of Retour’s cellar and vineyard
operation. You will also spend a day with Jeff Woodard, Lindsay’s brother, who last year
opened the leading independent wine shop in the Willamette Valley. Woodard Wines
not only boasts an inventory of limited production releases from small Oregon wineries,
it also features hand-selected wines from France, Germany, Italy, Spain and Hungary.
These wines come from portfolios of importers who scour the European continent, seeking little-known finds and securing exclusives for their export. Lindsay is including two
cases of Retour Pinot Noir with the winning bidder’s name engraved on the bottles and
a signed 5L of 2008 Retour Pinot Noir.
Last, but far from least, Lindsay and Jeff promise to supply and co-host an in-home wine
tasting for up to 20 people. Now how cool would that be? Surely, you have enough worthy
friends and acquaintances to utilize this tasting! It will be fabulous!
LOT 58 $10,000 – but last year it went for $19,000
without the In-Home Tasting for 20
LOT 59
LOT 60
Welcome our longtime friend, David Fischer of Ramey Wine Cellars, back to our Auction!
Happy Hour Margarita and taco party for fifty (50) at Escorpion Restaurant
David Fischer is David Ramey’s point man, representing the other David, who avoids the
limelight, in selling the Ramey line of wonderful wines. Our David has been a friend of
the High for a bunch of years, beginning long ago when he was with Jordan. His contributions to our Auction, both personal and on behalf of Ramey, have been worthy of our
live auction every year he has participated and he has gathered a lot of fans. The wines
are great, as our Wine Gnome will attest, and David does a good job putting his best foot
forward with his hand on the bottle as he pours you a proper portion. You’ll always see
a crowd around his table at the Vintners’ Reception.
Riccardo Ullio has been a good friend of the Auction for many, many years, donating fun
auction lots for as long as we can remember. Long a fixture in the Virginia-Highland
neighborhood with Sotto Sotto and Fritti, Ricardo has more recently brought us Escorpion,
a downtown regionally-inspired Mexican tequila bar and cantina. Constructed in a completely redesigned 5,800 square-foot-space anchoring the corner of 5th and Peachtree
Streets, Escorpion serves food and drink menus rooted in Mexican flavors and culture.
Robert Parker: “David Ramey is one of the few California winemakers who thinks in terms
of structure, not just flavor, something that sets him apart from many of his peers. David
Ramey has long had one of the most impressive resumes for any California winemaker.
He worked at Château Petrus in Bordeaux and for Christian Moueix (Petrus’ winemaker)
at Dominus. He also consulted and worked for a number of high end Napa Valley wineries. Of course, his first love is Ramey Wine Cellars, and he has built an extensive empire
of Chardonnays, Cabernet Sauvignons, Syrahs, Pinot Noir and Cabernet Franc. Ramey’s
early experience was primarily with Bordeaux varietals, so it’s not surprising that he
continues to do a stunning job with his assortment of Bordeaux-based wines.” With a
recommendation like that, we don’t need to add a thing!
So here is a reprieve from being stuck in the grinding commute. Instead, you and a whole
gang (up to 50) of your friends can gather at Escorpion for a happy hour party you won’t
soon forget. The food at all of Riccardo’s restaurants is always delicious — and fun — and
the taco party will be too. The lot includes full open bar, sumptuous appetizers, and private
room for three hours. (Tax and gratuity not included. Expires March 28, 2016.)
We have never had anything but top-notch food and service at Riccardo’s restaurants.
What a fun way to relax after a hard day’s work or celebrate a special occasion — with all
your best buds included!
LOT 60 $5000
As of press time, we don’t have the details on the Ramey lot, but David has always come
through with something outstanding and we don’t expect any different this year!
LOT 59 To Be Announced
Six bottles of 1998 vintage Châteauneuf du Pape
Châteauneuf du Pape is the French wine Appellation d’origine contrôlée (AOC) located
around the village which provides its name located in the Rhône wine region in southeastern France. It is one of the most renowned appellations of the southern part of the
Rhône Valley. More wine is made in this one area of southern Rhône than in the entirety
of the northern Rhône region. The village gets its name because of the new castle built
by Pope John XXII during the period of the Avignon Papacy. Well, it least it was new in
the 14th century when he built it.
No bad wines came out of Châteauneuf du Pape in 1998. The entire AOC received a rating
of 98 points from Mr. Parker. So, you already know that both wine scored in the mid-90’s.
In 2010 Parker said the Vieux Telegraphe is the best vintage that winery has ever produced — but that was before he was able to sample the 2010 vintage — the only one rated
higher. Similarly, the Pegau ranks among the top 4 or 5 vintages ever produced of that
wine. Both are only now in their optimum stage of maturity and will likely remain so well
past the turn of the decade — but why would you wait so long to drink such fantastic wine?
Châteauneuf du Pape is among the Wine Gnome’s most favored regions. Vieux Telegraphe
and Pegau are two of the labels he collects. Trust him — these are fantastic bottles.
• Six (750ml) bottles Château Cos d’Estournel St.-Estèphe Grand Cru Classé 1993
Château Cos d’Estournel was ranked among the Deuxièmes Crus (Second Growths)
for the 1855 Classification of Médoc wines from the Bordeaux region. The classification
was performed at the request of Napoleon III for the Exposition Universelle de Paris held
in that year. The classification only ranked wines from the Médoc because “right bank”
wines incuding those from St. Emilion and the Pomerol were not held in high esteem
at the time. The classification was based on sales volume — so even 160 years ago, Cos
d’Estournel was among the top selling wines of the region — and still is.
• 3 (750ml) bottles Domaine du Pégau Cuvée Réservée 1998
• 3 (750ml) bottles Vignobles Brunier Vieux Telegraphe La Crau 1998
The 1993 vintage was a bit difficult for Bordeaux. Parker called Cos d’Estournel “one of
the most successful Médoc wines of the vintage.” The wine is a blend of 60% Cabernet
Sauvignon and 40% Merlot. It is at peak maturity, the tannins are now fully integrated,
and it is ready for drinking.
• One etched 3L bottle Carabella Estate Pinot Noir “The Clarkia” Chehalem
Mountains 2012
Carabella Vineyard is a new winery to our Auction this year. They offer this Limited
Edition Etched double magnum (3L) bottle of Estate Pinot Noir entitled “The Clarkia.”
There were only 18 of these bottles produced. The designs for this series of limited edition
etched bottles are inspired by the native wildflowers of Oregon’s Willamette Valley.
These wildflowers thrive in microclimates that are also ideal for vineyards, as Carabella
has discovered by ongoing successful native habitat plantings at Carabella Vineyard.
“The Clarkia” is named for the flower genus, clarkia. Captain William Clark discovered
this genus on his expedition west to Oregon. This particular one: Clarkia Wine Cup.
Harvey Steiman, Wine Spectator’s Oregon expert, awarded 93 points to this bad boy.
He called it “fleshy and seductive.” What could be more seductive than this beautifully
etched bottle full of outstanding juice? It’s calling your name.
LOT FS 3 104
• One 3L Conundrum by Caymus White California 2011
• One magnum Caymus Special Selection Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley 2009
• One magnum Caymus Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley 2010
• One magnum Belle Glos Pinot Noir “Clark & Telephone Vineyard” Santa Maria
Valley 2010
• One magnum Belle Glos Pinot Noir “Las Alturas Vineyard” Santa Lucia Highlands 2010
• One magnum Belle Glos Pinot Noir “Taylor Lane Vineyard” Sonoma Coast 2010
• One Jeroboam (3L) and one magnum of Guy Charlemagne Blanc de Blancs Grand
Cru Réserve Brut Champagne NV
Caymus is the flagship wine of the Wagner Family of wines. Charles F. Wagner asked
his son, Charles J. (Chuck) Wagner to join him in starting a winery in Napa in 1971. The
first vintage produced was 1972, and the rest is storied history. The winery remains 100%
family-owned, which explains the consistency in quality and style Caymus has demonstrated over the years. Caymus Special Selection Cabernet is one of Napa’s greatest wines.
It was a CULT wine before the term became widespread. At Caymus, Chuck Wagner
reigns supreme. He has passed his wonderful knowledge and abilities on to his family
who are producing outstanding wines of their own. We are particularly appreciative
of this magnificent lot from the Wagner Family of Wines. James Laube, Wine Spectator,
rated the Special Selection 93 points (he hasn’t rated a vintage of the Special Selection
below 91 points in well over a decade!) and the Caymus Napa Valley 92 points.
Wine Spectator (92 pts), Tanzer (92 pts) and Parker’s The Wine Advocate (91 pts) all
like this wine. It is described as “gorgeous” and “lip-smacking.” How good is that? Guy
Charlemagne suggests that this wine will be “appreciated both during aperitif or with
an appetizer of warm oysters.” Aw shucks!
The Conundrum is a blend of Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Viognier and Muscat.
This is always a great aromatic wine with flavors of yellow apples, peach and pineapple.
It is a great sipper.
Son Joe’s Belle Glos Pinot has become one of the Central Coast’s greatest value wines.
Laube rated the “Clark & Telephone” 93 points, and the “Los Altura” and “Taylor Lane”
each with 92 points.
The Wagner family, with more than four decades of experience, only makes great
wine — like this superb array of good wine in large format!
LOT FS 4 $1000
Champagne Guy Charlemagne is a father-to-son enterprise that has been in existence
since 1892. All grapes are estate grown and “mis en bouteille au domaine” (bottled on
the property). The Reserve Brut Cuvée is from the Le Mesnil sur Oger and Oger — Côte
des Blancs terroir, both with limestone soil. As a Blanc des Blancs, it is 100% Chardonnay,
all from Grand Cru vineyards.
Grand Cru for you!
The most exclusive rosé in the world
• One 3L bottle Château D’Esclans “Garrus” Rosé Côtes du Provence 2012
In 2006, Sacha Lichine (son of the late Alexis Lichine, one of the most influential wine
writers and producers of the last century) purchased and restored the Château d’Esclans
estate located about 30 minutes north of St. Tropez. The vineyards from this property
are planted in the heart of the Côtes de Provence appellation up in the rocky limestone
hillsides away from the warmer flatlands. The key grapes grown are Grenache and Rolle
(Vermentino in Italy). Sacha partnered with Patrick Léon (former winemaker for Château
Mouton-Rothschild, Opus One and Viña Almaviva), to create a new style of rosé using
Burgundian techniques and fruit coming from a high percentage of old vines — the
Grenache and Rolle vines are at least 80 years old.
The “Garrus” Rosé is the most exclusive rosé in the world (only 500 cases produced).
One pundit/critic tells us: “The finish goes on forever.” Well that’s a long time, but we
bet you will agree that this is the best rosé you have ever tasted!
LOT FS 6 $500
• One 3L Cambria Estate Winery Pinot Noir Julia’s Vineyard Santa Maria Valley 2007
• One etched double magnum (3L) Elyse Winery Cabernet Sauvignon Morisoli Vineyard
Napa Valley 2007
Estate defines the culture of Cambria. For more than 25 years, they have produced
wines that express the unique characteristics of one of the finest cool-climate crus in California. In this exceptional setting known as benchland, referring to the way the foothills
rise up from the valley floor, the ancient, complex soil hosts the vineyards of Cambria’s
estate winery.
Here is a grand opportunity to experience the attributes of Santa Barbara County’s Santa
Maria Bench enfolded into a good Pinot Noir. Many people believe that good Pinot Noir
comes from older vines. The vines in Julia’s vineyard were commercially planted in 1974 — now more than 40 years ago. Who is Julia, you ask? The vineyard is named after Proprietor Barbara Banke’s youngest daughter. Wine Enthusiast, the only reviewer to rate this
wine, dubbed it a 92 point effort.
So, there you have it. 92 point Pinot Noir from a 100 point couple!
In 1987, Ray & Nancy Coursen started Elyse Winery with 286 cases of Zinfandel from
the Morisoli Vineyard, which is still a cornerstone vineyard source for the winery.
After a decade of nomadic winemaking at various custom crush facilities, in 1997 they
purchased a small winery and vineyard on Hoffman Lane, the home of Elyse Winery
and tasting room. Ray’s nine year tenure at Whitehall Lane Winery under the tutelage
of Art Finkelstein, first as a cellar worker and then as head winemaker, honed his skills
in the art of blending and was the inspiration for Ray’s winemaking style today.
What can we say about the talents, enthusiasm and contributions from Margaret and
Scott Dozier? Margaret is a past Co-chair and has done just about every job imaginable
in working to ensure the success of this Auction over the years. Both Margaret and Scott
are members of the Auction Committee and have been for most of the years of its existence.
Scott has chaired the Wine Solicitation Committee for many years and is a current member
of the High Museum’s Board of Directors. We salute both of you for all you have done
and continue to do to make us a success!
Morisoli Vineyard is located between Niebaum and Manley Lanes, at the base of Mount
St. John and in the heart of the Rutherford Bench. Elyse has produced a Cabernet from
this vineyard every year since 1988 and it has certainly become known as their flagship
wine. The 2007 vintage was exceptional for Cabernet Sauvignon in Napa Valley. Parker
rated this wine with 92 points.
LOT FS 8 $450
• 12 (750ml) bottles Château Giraud-Larose St.-Julien Grand Cru Classé 2010,
in original wood case
Château Gruaud-Larose is a winery in the Saint-Julien appellation of the Bordeaux region
of France. It is also the name of the principal red wine produced by this property. The
wine produced here was classified as one of fifteen Deuxièmes Crus (Second Growths)
in the original Bordeaux Wine Official Classification of 1855. The property has a younger
history than most of its cohorts. Its origins date to 1725 and the knight Joseph Stanislas
Gruaud. The property was called Fond-Bedeau, and was administered by two Gruauds;
one a priest and the other a magistrate. The magistrate, the Chevalier du Gruaud, died
in 1778 and his part of the property was deeded to Joseph Sebastian de La Rose, who
renamed this property Gruaud-La Rose or Gruaud-Larose.
St. Julian is one of the 5 principal cities comprising the core of the so-called Left Bank
Bordeaux wines. As such, the largest varietal concentration is Cabernet Sauvignon,
normally followed in order by Merlot, plus Cabernet Franc, and/or one or more blending
varietals. The 2010 composition is 66% Cabernet Sauvignon, 28% Merlot and 6% Petit
Verdot. The 2010 vintage was a very good one on the Left Bank. Parker, Wine Spectator,
and Tanzer all rated this wine in the 92+ to 93+ range which is remarkably consistent. It
is just at the beginning of peak plateau and will remain so into the mid-2030s. However,
we don’t think you can wait that long!
LOT FS 9 $1000+
Seven bottles of great Kistler wine
Four bottles of Aubert Pinot Noir
• 2 (750ml) Kistler Pinot Noir Occidental Station Vineyard Cuvee Catherine Sonoma 2006
• 2 (750ml) Kistler Chardonnay Durrell Vineyard Sonoma Valley 2006
• 3 (750ml) Kistler Chardonnay Hudson Vineyard Sonoma Valley 2007
• 1 (750ml) Aubert Pinot Noir UV Vineyard Sonoma Coast 2006
• 1 (750ml) Aubert Pinot Noir UV-SL Vineyard Sonoma Coast 2006
• 1 (750ml) Aubert Pinot Noir Reuling Vineyard Sonoma Coast 2006
• 1 magnum (1.5L) Aubert Pinot Noir Reuling Vineyard Sonoma Coast 2004
At the end of the 1970s, western Sonoma County was a quiet backwater. Despite a scattering of vineyards in the region, some dating to the 19th century, the center of California’s
winemaking universe lay unquestionably to the east, in Napa Valley. Just as western
Sonoma was outside the mainstream of California winemaking, so was a young and
determined vintner named Steve Kistler. In 1979, he purchased grapes from a local rancher
named Warren Dutton to help him realize his ambitious goal. Kistler sought nothing less
than to make a California Chardonnay in the style of the great white Burgundies of France.
Today, with the likes of his Dutton Ranch Chardonnay and singular bottlings such as his
Durell, McCrea and Hudson vineyard-designated wines, Kistler has succeeded in his quest.
This most private man is the quiet master of California Chardonnay. Having mastered
that, Kistler has added making Burgundian style Pinot Noir to his repertoire with similar
outstanding results. Each of these wines received ratings between 94 and 97 by Mr. Parker — and who knows French Burgundies any better than he?
In 2011, James Laube, Wine Spectator’s quintessential California wine critic, made a
list of his 20 favorite Pinot Noir producers. “There are hundreds of makers of Pinot Noir
in California today, from Santa Barbara to Mendocino. But Sonoma remains the mother
lode for this varietal in the Golden State, producing excellent wines, in diverse styles,
from vineyards across the region.” One on his list was certainly Aubert. “After years
of making extraordinary Cabernet Sauvignons in Napa, Mark Aubert is now focusing
on Sonoma Coast Pinots. Aubert’s wines are uniformly dark, elegant and concentrated.”
Laube noted to look for UV and Reuling Vineyards. So here we are.
Barrett and Kitty Hawks have been long time friends and avid supporters of the Auction.
Barrett always comes up with wonderful intriguing lots for your bidding pleasure. Thanks,
Barrett and Kitty, for all of your support.
Parker rated them all 92–93 points. If Laube and Parker like them, how can we disagree?
More great wine from Kitty and Barrett Hawks — thanks!
LOT FS 11 Surely more than $750
LOT FS 10 Around $750, but we doubt you can get
it for that
• One 3L FUTO Wines Cabernet Sauvignon Oakville 2009
Six (750ml) bottles of assorted French wines
Robert Parker loves this stuff. No vintage has been rated under 95 points! The 2009 was
rated 97 points. Parker called it “full-bodied and racy.” Did you hear this 3L calling your
name? This is a rare steal! We know it will be tough work, but you are up to the challenge!
Glenn has earned the moniker The Wine Gnome. He doesn’t just read about wine, where
it’s grown — left bank, right bank and all that stuff. He actually sips it on a fairly regular
basis, and we’ve grown to trust his tastes. If he says he’s tried it and it’s very good, it’s
very good; he’s right on target.
Thank you, Dottie and Glenn!!
LOT FS 12 $1700 if you can find it!
• Domaine Gérard Mugneret “Les Chaignots” Nuits-Saint-Georges Premier Cru 1996
• Domaine Hubert Lamey Puligny-Montrachet “Les Tremblots” Côte de Beaune 2005
• Two Louis Jadot Corton-Pougets Côte de Beaune Grand Cru 2000
• Château Lynch Bages Pauillac Grand Cru Classé 2003
• Château Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande Pauillac Grand Cru Classé 2002
Our friends Sally and Allen McDaniel are at it again. They have contributed another great
lot to the Auction. We want them to know how much we appreciate it! Sally is Vice Chair,
Administration and Board Support, of the High Museum Board of Directors. Sally and
Allen, for all you do for the Auction and for the Museum, thank you!
Futo began in 2002 when Tom and Kyle Futo purchased Oakford Vineyards. Oakford
and its seven acres of vineyard had been established in the 80s. David Abreu, a Napa
icon, had been working with Oakford since 1998 and was retained as vineyard manager.
The Futo estate is located in the western hills of the Oakville appellation. There are five
distinct estate vineyards that span more than half a mile along the hillside — just a stone’s
throw down the hill from Bryant Family. That explains a lot! Each vineyard is divided
into half-acre blocks and planted according to the topography, soil and microclimate.
Cabernet Sauvignon is the predominating varietal. In addition, there are several acres
of Cabernet Franc, Merlot and Petit Verdot.
This lot consists of four bottles of Burgundy, two grand cru and one premier cru, and
two bottles of Bordeaux, one a Deuxièmes cru and one a Cinquièmes Cru. The Mugneret
received 90 points from Tanzer; the Lamey Puligny-Montrachet is the only bottle of
white wine in the batch. It was unrated. The two bottles of Corton-Pougeots Grand Cru
received a rating of 89 from Tanzer. The Lynch Bages is a 5th growth and is well known
to the Auction; Jean-Michel Cazes is one of our former Special Guests of Honor. The
Lynch Bages is a Left Bank Bordeaux containing 75% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Merlot,
8% Cabernet Franc and 2% Petit Verdot. The Pichon Lalande is a 2nd Growth Bordeaux.
Also a Left Bank Bordeaux, the Lalande contains 51% Cabernet Sauvignon, 34% Merlot,
9% Cabernet Franc and 6% Petit Verdot. Both of the Bordeaux wines received 94 points
from Parker.
Six great bottles of good French wine.
LOT FS 13 $600+
Four-magnum collection of CORLEY Family wines, one each:
Twelve bottles of assorted Port, Muscat & Champagne
• Monticello Vineyards CORLEY Family Proprietary Red Wine Napa Valley 2011
• Monticello Vineyards CORLEY Family Cabernet Sauvignon State Lane Vineyard
Yountville 2011
• Monticello Vineyards CORLEY Family Cabernet Sauvignon Yewell Vineyard
St. Helena 2011
• Monticello Vineyards CORLEY Family Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve Napa Valley 2011
• 3 (375ml) Paul Jaboulet Aine Muscat-de-Beaumes-de-Venise (Rhone), 1997
• 2 (750ml) W & J Graham’s Vintage Port, 1985
• 1 (375ml) W & J Graham’s Vintage Port, 2000
• 1 (750ml) Niepoort Secundum Vintage Port, 2000
• 1 (750ml) Niepoort 10 Year Aged Tawny Port, NV
• 1 (750ml) Taylor, Fladgate Vintage Port, 1963
• 2 (750ml) Taylor Fladgate 20 Year Old Tawny Port, NV
• 1 (750ml) Moet et Chandon Cuvée Dom Perignon Brut Champagne, 1985
We welcome back Stephen Corley, Director of Wine Sales and Marketing and a Corley
family member — it’s been a long time. This year, he is joined by Leslie McCain from the
winery. Stop by, tell him you appreciate his participation this year, and see what he’s
been up to.
Jay Corley, came to Napa Valley in 1969 seeking land to plant and grow an estate vineyard.
Forty plus years later, sons Kevin, Chris and Stephen manage the winery. In addition
to Stephen, Kevin is the Winegrower and President; Chris is the Winemaker. Today the
Corleys farm five vineyards in the Napa Valley — their Home Ranch Vineyard and Knollwood Vineyard in the Oak Knoll District planted to Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Chardonnay,
Pinot Noir and Syrah vines; plus their State Lane Vineyard in Yountville; Tietjen Vineyard
on Niebaum Lane in Rutherford; and, Ehlers Lane Vineyard in St. Helena each planted
to Cabernet Sauvignon.
The Proprietary Red Wine is a blend consisting of 48% Cabernet Sauvignon, 32% Cabernet
Franc and 20% Merlot. Ratings for the 2011 vintage are difficult to find. However, Wine
Enthusiast typically awards ratings to CORLEY wines in the low to mid-90s. We know
from past experience, these are great wines that belong on your table.
LOT FS 14 $600
Space constraints won’t allow us to detail them all, but here is a sample of these bottles.
Parker has stated: “This house (Taylor Fladgate) must certainly be the Latour of Portugal.
Of all the vintage ports, those of Taylor need the longest time to mature and even when
fully mature seem to have an inner strength and firmness that keep them going for
decades. Their tawnys are also among the very best. The 1963 is quite fabulous yet still
seemingly capable of developing for another decade or more.” This was written in 1989.
The 1963 will be absolutely smoking now!
Parker also commented on the Graham: “Graham is another great port house, producing
one of the deepest-colored and sweetest styles of vintage port. Along with Taylor and
Fonseca, Graham has probably been the most consistent producer of great port in the
post-World War II era. Graham is the undisputed star and kingpin of the 1985 vintage ports.”
The bottles that were rated were all 94 points or above. Nalley knows his Ports and
Champagne. You don’t want to miss this one!
LOT FS 15$1400 but where are you going to find a batch
of Port plus Champagne like this?
Twelve-bottle three-year vertical of Château Calon Segur St. Estephe
Five magnums (1.5L) of Left Bank Bordeaux
• 4 (750ml) Château Calon Segur St. Estephe Grand Cru Classé 2002
• 4 (750ml) Château Calon Segur St. Estephe Grand Cru Classé 2003
• 4 (750ml) Château Calon Segur St. Estephe Grand Cru Classé 2004
• Château Calon Segur St-Estèphe Grand Cru Classé 1970
• Château Cos d’Estournel St- Estèphe Classé 1964
• Château Gruaud-Larose St-Julien Classé 1983
• Château Montrose St- Estèphe Classé 1970
• Château Meyney St- Estèphe Cru Bourgeois 1989
Calun Segur is comprised of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. These three vintages
range from 60% Cabernet in 2003 to 70% Cabernet in 2004.
Ratings from Parker range 90–93 points. All three vintages are still in their prime
drinking window.
Thank you Rene and Jim for a wonderful case of top-notch Bordeaux!
LOT FS 16 $1200 not including the premium
for the vertical
The Nalley’s have provided another great lot of mature Bordeaux wine. Three of these
are Deuxièmes Crus (2nd Growths) — Cos d’Estrournel, Gruaud-Larose and Montrose.
Calon Segur is a Troisièmes Cru (3rd Growth); and Château Meyney is rated a Cru
Bourgeois Supérieur. As Left Bank Bordeaux, all have Cabernet Sauvignon as the most
predominate grape, followed by Merlot and sometimes Cabernet Franc.
Château Calon-Ségur is a winery in the Saint-Estèphe appellation of Bordeaux. The wine
produced here was classified as one of fourteen Troisièmes Crus Classés (Third Growths)
in the historic Bordeaux Wine Official Classification of 1855. It is the northernmost classified growth in the Médoc. “Calon” meaning little river skiff used in Middle Ages to ferry
timber across the Gironde estuary, gave name to the district which was at one point known
as Calones or Saint-Estèphe-de-Calon. In early times, Château Calon-Ségur was one of
the original three vineyards in Saint-Estèphe, and in 1825 Château Montrose was a forestland parcel belonging to the Calon-Ségur estate.
The main river in Bordeaux is the Gironde; two smaller rivers, the Dordogne and the
Garonne, feed into it. Together, the rivers are shaped almost like an upside-down Y.
If you’re standing in Bordeaux facing West, toward the ocean, the “Left Bank” is south
of the Garonne and Gironde rivers, and the “Right Bank” is north of the Dordogne
and Gironde Rivers. (The area in between is known as Entre-Deux-Mers.) While red
Bordeaux wines are blended together from Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Malbec, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot grapes, the Left Bank vineyards are dominated by Cabernet
Sauvignon, while the Right Bank ones focus more on Merlot.
Most of these wines were rated 90–93 by either Parker or Wine Spectator. All of these
wines are fully mature and ready to drink. Do you have a big party planned? We have
your wines. Once again, some old bottles from a well-kept cellar.
LOT FS 17 $1800 but where else will you find
a collection like this?
• One magnum (1.5L) of Domaine Clos de Papes Chateauneuf-du-Pape 1998
• 1 (750ml) bottle Chateau Boswell Jacquelynn Cuvee Blanc Sonoma 2009
• 1 (750ml) bottle Chateau Boswell Jacquelynn Cabernet Sauvignon Beckstoffer
To Kalon Vineyard Napa 2010
• 1 (750ml) bottle Chateau Boswell Jacquelynn Proprietary Red Napa 2011
Clos des Papes’s 24 plots are scattered across the entire region, but the majority of them
are in the municipality of Châteauneuf-du-Pape itself. The plot which gave the vineyard
its name is located within the walls of the former Papal vineyard northeast of the palace.
The wine is comprised of 70% Grenache, 10% Syrah and 20% Mourvèdre.
In a retrospective tasting of the 2007 vintage, Wine Spectator rated this wine 96 points
and indicated that it should remain at peak until near the end of the next decade. We’re
midway; it should be great!
The Potts’ second lot is really fine stuff. Chateau Boswell is a remarkable Napa Valley
winery on Silverado Trail near St. Helena, where the utmost importance is placed on
attention to detail and perfection of their wines. They produce only very small lots of
premium wines and take extreme measures not to compromise quality. Founded in 1979
by Thornton Boswell, under the direction of Andre Tchelistcheff, their first production
was a Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon. A separate winery, Jacquelynn Wines, began
production in 2002. There is no “second label” — the wines are of comparable quality
and production of both labels are intended to complement each. And Susan Boswell and
her daughter Jacquelynn have been great supporters of our Auction for many years.
All three wines garnered Parker ratings in the 90’s. Three excellent bottles of Napa
Valley wine at its best.
LOT FS 18 $250
LOT FS 20 $450 but we think more
• 2 (750ml) bottles Sea Smoke Cellars Pinot Noir Southing 2009
Silver Oak Big Boy
Elton Potts and his lovely wife, Alessandra, have donated four lots of exceptionally good
west coast wine to this year’s Auction. This is the first of the lots from the Potts’ personal
collection. It is great Pinot Noir from the Santa Rita Hills in the Central Coast. The 2009
vintage was rated 91 points by both Parker’s The Wine Advocate and Stephen Tanzer. If
there’s a star in the Sea Smoke story, it’s not a person, but the rare and magical property
that local vintners coveted for years for its potential to grow great Pinot Noir. In 1999,
this land in the heart of Santa Barbara’s Santa Rita Hills AVA became Sea Smoke Vineyard.
What makes the vineyard truly special is its shallow clay soils, south facing slopes, and
the layer of marine fog (sea “smoke”) that travels up the Santa Ynez River canyon each
evening, cooling the vines. This cooling influence makes extended “hangtime” possible
prior to harvest which allows the flavors and tannins to fully mature.
• 6L Silver Oak Cabernet Sauvignon Alexander Valley 1998 in original box
This wine is squarely in its window of peak maturity. It’s a great wine for Pinot lovers.
The history of Clos des Papes harks back to the 17th century. Even then, the Avril family
was famous in Châteauneuf-du-Pape. Several members of this family were municipal
consuls and treasurers between 1756 and 1790. In 1896, Paul Avril sold red and white
wines for the first time under the label Clos des Papes, which was officially registered on
September 4, 1902. Paul Avril was one of the pioneers for the founding of the “appélation
controllé Châteauneuf-du-Pape“ — which was also the first in France.
In previous years we have written about Silver Oak and that it was one of the original
cult Cabernets. Over the years the wine has amassed a following that is huge and loyal.
The cult worships at the shrine of the great steakhouses throughout the land, and Silver
Oak graces the expense accounts of consultants and other professionals everywhere.
You don’t see matured bottles of Silver Oak that are of this age very often, and rarely in
the 6L format. So, fire up the grill and invite your friends and neighbors. You will be the
toast of the town!
And thanks to the wine-loving Raymers for this nice bottle.
LOT FS 21 $1500
LOT FS 19 $200
• One 3L Relic Wines Cabernet Sauvignon “Artefact” Napa Valley 2012
4-magnum collection:
Relic Wines was started by Michael Hirby & Schatzi Throckmorton. The common thread
here is they both worked for Behrens & Hitchcock Winery. One of the common meanings
of the word “relic” is a historical association with something in the past. Relic Wine’s
philosophy is tied into how wine has been made for many years.
• One magnum (1.5L) Schramsberg Vineyards J. Schram Brut California 2006
• One magnum (1.5L) Schramsberg Vineyards Brut Rose North Coast 2009
• One magnum (1.5L) Schramsberg Vineyards Blanc de Blancs North Coast 2012
• One magnum (1.5L) J Davies Cabernet Sauvignon Diamond Mountain District 2011
Following the theme of the winery name, their predominately Cabernet Sauvignon blend
is named Artefact. It contains 3% Petit Verdot. Grapes for this blend come primarily from
the Kenefick Ranch in Oakville. Parker was impressed. He personally rated this vintage
94 points in The Wine Advocate. Great Cabernet for your next great steak cookout with
your friends.
Welcome Fred Zammataro, Schramsberg’s COO/CFO/Executive VP, to our Auction!
LOT FS 22 $450
• One 3L REX HILL Pinot Noir Carabella Vineyard Chehalem Mountains
Paul Hart and his wife Jan Jacobsen were touring the Willamette countryside when they
fell in love with a poor abandoned building on Rex Hill. But, they fell even harder for the
hillside on which it sat. It was perfect, they knew, for a new kind of Willamette Valley farm:
the vineyard. They cleared out the barn, invited their friends to celebrate, and planted
Pinot Noir. Over the next two decades, they added on a little here and a little there and
the winery grew along with the vines. In 2007, when Paul and Jan were ready to retire,
they didn’t sell to a big wine conglomerate. They handed the keys to the founders of
A to Z Wineworks — another family-owned Oregon winery. Bill and Deb Hatcher, Cheryl
Francis, and Sam Tannahill took over as stewards of this phenomenal piece of Oregon.
Rex Hill celebrated 30 years in the Willamette Valley just recently.
The Schramsberg estate is tucked into the densely forested slopes of Diamond Mountain,
a few miles south of the town of Calistoga, and is home to the oldest hillside vineyards
in Napa. It totals 218 acres with 43 acres planted to vines. The estate, a registered historic
landmark, has been painstakingly restored by the Davies family. The Victorian house,
the lower winery, the barn and the caves remain largely unchanged since Jacob Schram’s
days. Schramsberg has also played a role in world history. The Blanc de Blancs was used
for President Nixon’s 1972 “Toast to Peace” with China’s Premier Zhou Enlai. Schramsberg’s
sparkling wines have been served at official State functions by every U.S. Presidential
administration since.
The three Schramsberg wines are, of course, all sparkling. The 2012 Blanc de Blancs
has not been rated. Wine Spectator rated both the 2009 Brut Rose (92 pts) and the 2006
J Schram (93 pts). Parker rated the J Davies Cabernet Sauvignon (93 pts). The J Davies is
named after Jack and Jamie Davies, who purchased the rundown abandoned Schramsberg
property in 1965 and restored it. Son, Hugh Davies, now is the proprietor of the winery.
Good, historic bubbles and good Cabernet.
LOT FS 24 $600
The winery only specified that the bottle would be a Library Release. Unfortunately, they
didn’t specify the vintage. Historically, when rated, the Pinot Noir Carabella Vineyard
scores in the low-90s from most of the pundits. Just remember, REX HILL makes good
Pinot Noir.
LOT FS 23 $450
• 6-year magnum (1.5L) vertical Shea Wine Cellars Pinot Noir Homer Willamette Valley,
• 3L Fattoria di Felsina, Castelnuovo Berardenga, Chianti Classico Riserva DOCG,
1995, in original wooden box
We extend a warm welcome to Dick and Peter Shea of Shea Wine Cellars to our events.
The estates of Fèlsina, developed over more than a thousand years, still represent the
basic drive of Italy’s work culture, despite the post-WWII exodus from the countryside
by sharecropping families. It was 1966 when Domenico Poggiali Fèlsina took the leap
and bought the estate at a time when Italian viticulture was struggling. Over the years,
Felsina has developed and grown into a grand estate.
Homer represents Shea Wine Cellars’ take on a “best barrel blend.” While the 2012 and
2013 vintages have not yet been rated, each of the previous vintages received at least
a 91 point rating from Wine Spectator. 2008 was thought of as one of the best vintages
in Oregon winemaking history, and the 2008 Homer received a score of 94 points from
Wine Spectator and 96 points from Parker.
In the 1980s, native New Yorkers Dick and Deirdre Shea purchased pastureland in
Oregon’s northwestern Willamette Valley and planted Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. Over
time, as the quality of the vineyard’s fruit was recognized, premier winemakers from both
California and Oregon signed on to purchase their grapes. The passion of these winemakers instilled in Dick and Deirdre the desire to produce world-class wines in addition
to farming grapes. In the late 1990s they created their own wine brand: Shea Wine Cellars.
Today, Dick and Deirdre make 7,000 cases of wine and sell the balance of their grapes
to 22 Oregon and California wineries.
Among the many grapes grown on the estate, none is more important than Sangiovese.
Chianti Classico is the heartland of the Chianti wine region — its traditional and longestestablished viticultural area. This fame is due not just to the high quality of the wines,
but also to the classico zone’s iconic Tuscan landscape and winemaking traditions.
To be classified as a Riserva, a wine must be aged 24 months before release.
Wine Spectator rated this wine with 90 points. Lots of good Chianti Classico that is ready
to drink. Now that’s a lot of pasta!
Six wonderful Willamette Valley Pinots in magnum format! Sweet!
Jerilene and Nat really know their wine, and they have a great cellar with some wonderful
older wines. Our Auction has been the happy recipient of a lot of them. Thanks, Jerilene
and Nat!
LOT FS 25 $1100
LOT FS 26 $300
• One etched, hand painted 3L Switchback Ridge Cabernet Sauvignon
Napa Valley 2011
• 1 (3L) Our Tribute Red Wine Blend Alexander Valley 2009, etched and signed
by Jim Nantz and Peter Deutsch
Switchback Ridge produces handcrafted estate wines sourced from the Peterson Family
Ranch in Calistoga. For those of you unfamiliar with Switchback Ridge, they produce
three varietals — Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Petite Sirah. In August of last year,
they celebrated the 100th anniversary of the Petersons purchasing the Napa property.
Kelly Peterson Holmes is the great-granddaughter and owner and the great Robert Foley
is winemaker. Yup, that Robert Foley! You know Robert Foley knows how to make world
class Cab!
When Jim Nantz and Peter Deutsch met, they discovered they had both found success by
pursuing a calling in life. For Jim, that calling was to unlock the voice within, eventually
calling the greatest sporting events of his generation. For Peter, it was transforming
a small family business into one of the most prestigious wine companies in the world.
Inspired by their mentor fathers and guided by their common values, the two found
a new calling: a partnership to produce hand-crafted wines that bear the standard
of excellence and style that are the hallmarks of these two men.
The 3L bottle is etched and hand painted. It is one of only 12 produced. Switchback Ridge
does not sell these at the winery. They can only be purchased at auctions like this one.
Thanks, Kelly, for letting us have this special bottle.
The Calling 2009 is the first vintage Jim Nantz and Peter Deutsch made together. Only
four double magnums were made! If you buy this bottle, your collection will have a very
rare bottle that is virtually irreplaceable. In fact, there were only 250 cases of The Calling’s
Our Tribute Bordeaux-style blend produced in total for that vintage. The blend contains
70% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Malbec, 10% Merlot and 5% Petit Verdot.
The Wine Gnome’s great friend Larry Fairchild recommended that the Gnome get on
Kelly’s mailing list years ago. He then contacted Kelly and asked her to add him to the
list. He’s been loading up on Switchback Ridge from that day forward! Take it from him,
this is the real deal!
LOT FS 27 The bidding should start at $600 but they
usually go for at least $1000
Nantz likes to theme events in his life with a golfing backdrop. He was married in 2012
on the 7th hole at Pebble Beach. It will take your best eagle putt to pull this lot in!
LOT FS 28 $450 which is less than it costs to play
a round of golf at Pebble Beach!
• 1 Magnum (1.5L) Turley Hayne Vineyard Petite Syrah, Napa Valley 2010
• 1 Magnum (1.5L) Turley Mead Ranch Zinfandel, Atlas Peak 2007
• 18 (750ml) Bottle Collection from the little guys
We extend a very warm welcome to Christina Turley, who is attending our auction events
for the first time. We are glad to have you, and hope this is only the first of many times that
you will come party with us.
The winery enjoyed quick success. Larry had discovered that he liked the wines made
from Zinfandel and Petite Syrah, particularly those made from old vines. In 1993, he sold
his half of Frog’s Leap to John and started Turley Wine Cellars. Because Larry has never
met an old vine vineyard he didn’t like, Turley now makes 28 separate wines from 35 different vineyards, some with vines that date back to the late 1800s.
Christina is Larry’s oldest daughter. If you want to discuss the NYC restaurant scene,
you want to chat with her. She became a Certified Sommelier and worked her way up
to be Beverage Director at the Momofuku Restaurant Group.
The Hayne Petite Syrah was planted in 1953 by Otty Hayne Hayne while he was home from
college, along with his father. Turley tells us: “This Petite Syrah is one of the most unique
wines in California. Powerful and inky in its youth, the wine becomes more feminine and
refined with age, and will outlive us all.” Mead Ranch is planted at about 1600 feet on
Atlas Peak. The vineyard was originally planted in 1880, though this block is primarily
from 1970. This vineyard sees plenty of fog from the bay. Both wines receive critical
acclaim and mid-90 ratings from The Wine Advocate.
LOT FS 29 $500
And the bottles are (with comment):
• N V Biard Loyaux Champagne (50% Pinot Noir/50% Chardonnay, Grower Champagne
since 1947)
• N V Biard Loyaux Champagne (100% Chardonnay and low dosage = Champagne
drinkers wine)
• Clos des Justices Bordeaux Blanc 2013 (100% Semillon, single vineyard, 85-year-old
vines, 250 cases made)
hateau des Tauzins, Graves, Bordeaux Blanc 2012 (90% Sauvignon Blanc/10% Semillon)
• Domaine Alain Geoffroy, Bourgogne Blanc 2013 (100% Chardonnay, declassified
Chablis fruit)
• Domaine St. Pierre, Sancerre Blanc 2012 (Blend of 100% Sauvignon Blanc from three
areas considered the Grand Terroirs of Sancerre: Les Monts Damnés, les Cous de
Brault, le Chêne Marchand)
• Domaine De La Cornasse, Beauroy 1er Cru Chablis 2012 (100% Chardonnay, from
Beauroy’s sloped, chaulky Kimmeridgian soil)
• Domaine Maratray-Dubreuil, Chorey-Les Beaune, Les Bons Ores 2012 (100% Pinot Noir,
your introduction to Burgundy)
• Domaine Maratray-Dubreuil, Ladoix, Vielles Vignes 2012 (100% Pinot Noir, Old Pinot
Noir vines of 40+ yrs only)
• Domaine Maratray-Dubreuil, Aloxe Corton 2012 (100% Pinot Noir, on the low slopes
of Corton Hill)
• Domaine Maratray-Dubreuil, Savigny-Les Beaune 1er Cru, Les Vergelesses Vineyard
2012 (100% Pinot Noir, cellar worthy)
• Domaine Maratray-Dubreuil, Corton Bressandes Grand Cru 2011 (100% Pinot Noir,
expressive, rich, drink or hold)
• Domaine St. Pierre, Sancerre Rouge 2012 (100% Pinot Noir, before phyloxera wiped it
out in the 19th Century Pinot Noir was THE grape in Sancerre)
• Clos des Justices Bordeaux 2010 (Single vineyard 100% Merlot, 500 cases produced)
• Chateau des Tauzins, Graves, Bordeaux 2009 (50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 50% Merlotfantastic year!)
• Chateau De La Roque, Fronsac, Bordeaux 2011 (A classic right bank 95% Merlot/5%
Cabernet Sauvignon blend)
• Chateau Reverdi, Listrac Medoc, Bordeaux 2010 (Inky rich 50% Merlot, 40% Cabernet
Sauvignon and 10% Petit Verdot combo)
• Chateau L’Ermitage, Sauternes 2010 (Atlanta’s Jason Chambers’ own 90% Semillon/10%
Sauvignon Blanc, 36 months in barrel)
Born in Tennessee and raised in Georgia, Larry Turley spent the better part of his life on
a farm. As an adult, Larry studied medicine and worked as an emergency room physician.
After moving to California in the mid-seventies, his first foray into the winery business was
with John Williams. Frog’s Leap Winery was created in 1981 by partners Larry and John.
Just down the road in Tyrone, Georgia, little Vignette Cellars is crafting a collection
of delicious import wines from classic French appellations. Led by Rob Preiditsch and
Jason Chambers, they are connecting directly with “Petit Chateau” — the little guys
in France making interesting, balanced wines that over deliver for the price.
Many thanks, Rob and Jason, for this great selection!
LOT FS 30 $500
Add a Beautiful Color to Your Palate
• Multi-course wine dinner experience for eight
Executive Chefs John C. Metz and Kien Sam and Operating Partner David Smedlund
are ready and waiting to transform your palates with all the colors, spices, flavors and
ingredients their global repertoires can offer. From seafood and sushi to St. Louis barbeque
and black and blue steaks, there’s no telling what eclectic morsels they will prepare for
your group. And every dish will be accompanied by just the right wine to make each
course an experience in itself. Don’t miss this!
LOT SS 1 $1500
• Lunch for 4 with the owners and winemaker paired with Arkenstone wines
• Private tour of the Arkenstone Howell Mountain underground wine making facility
• A six-year (750ml) vertical of the first six vintages of Arkenstone Estate Obsidian
Howell Mountain, 2006–2011
We recognize and welcome Arkenstone winemaker and general manager, Sam Kaplan,
and also Jake Krausz, Estate Director. We appreciate your participation and hope you
have a wonderful time.
Arkenstone Ranch is located on the western shoulder of Howell Mountain. The views
looking down over St. Helena and northwestward down the Napa Valley are spectacular.
The state-of-the-art winery is partially housed in winery caves deep underground, which
allows the winery to move the fruit, during harvest, from the crush pad above to tanks
below using gravity. Arkenstone produces four wines for the market: Obsidian (a Cabernet
Blend), NVD Cabernet Sauvignon, a barrel-aged Sauvignon Blanc and a Syrah — all
Estate Wines. They also make Petroglyth, a late-harvest wine.
Arkenstone is offering a tour of their extensive winery caves and winemaking facility
along with a sumptuous lunch paired with Arkenstone’s wines. You will dine with Sam
Kaplan and the owners, Ron and Susan Krausz. From the feedback we have received, this
is a great tour, tasting and lunch. And why wouldn’t it be, with great company and great
wines to fuel the conversation.
Please make your reservation two weeks in advance. Not valid on holidays. Expires
March 28, 2016. Tax included. Gratuity not included.
But what about the wine, you ask? Wine Enthusiast (WE) rated the 2006–2008 vintages
97, 95, and 95 points respectively. Parker didn’t rate those, but he rated the 2009 vintage
90+ points and the 2010 vintage 92+ points. WE: “This is a devastatingly good Bordeaux
blend from Howell Mountain.” With ratings like this, we can’t help but agree.
LOT SS 2 $1600
Nine special bottles
Six magnums (1.5L) of Bailiwick Pinot Noir, one each:
• A signed magnum (1.5L) Adelsheim Vineyard Pinot Noir Elizabeth’s Reserve Willamette
Valley 2012
• A signed 3L Laetitia Vineyard Estate Pinot Noir, Arroyo Grande Valley
• A magnum (1.5L) Bodegas Alejandro Fernandez Tinto Pesquera Reserva Ribera del
Duero 2010
• 3 (750ml) signed bottles J. Bookwalter Winery Chapter 5 Red Blend Columbia Valley 2012
• 3 (750ml) bottles Korbin Kameron Sonoma 2009 Horizontal, one each: Cabernet
Sauvignon, Merlot, and Cuvee Kristin Bordeaux Blend in wooden collectors box
• Borderline Marin County 2010
• Foray Russian River Valley 2010
• Michaud Vineyard Chalone 2011
• Silver Pines Vineyard Sonoma Mountain 2010
• Londer Vineyard Anderson Valley 2011
• Sangiacomo Vineyard Sonoma Coast 2012
B&L Brands is a partnership between Bobby Flournoy and Lisa Bonet. It was founded
in 2010 to market wine, beer and spirits for their clients. They have been very successful
and have assembled a diverse but very fine portfolio of products and producers that they
represent. Today, B&L is providing a great selection of red wine from Spain, Washington
State, Oregon and California.
Now we come to the Korbin Kameron Sonoma 2009 horizontal of Cabernet Sauvignon,
Merlot and Cuvee Kristin Bordeaux Blend. These wines come from small case lots ranging
from 300 to 600 cases each. The estate vineyard sits majestically on the ridge of Mt. Veeder
bi-sected by the Napa/Sonoma County line in the Moon Mountain District AVA. When
rated, these wines normally score in the low 90s.
LOT SS 3 130
Paul is packing magnum force, and in this case it is a six-shooter. All six magnums are
Pinot Noir from Monterey County up to Mendocino County and spots in-between.
Brothers Paul and Bryan Vais come from a family of great cooks, where the heart and
soul of their family traditions have always been great meals complemented by classic
California wines, chosen with care. They have also traveled extensively and developed
an understanding and affinity for the Old World food and wine tradition. They had been
making wine in their basements for 25 years. In 2009 they launched their commercial
venture — Bailiwick Wines which is located in the Eagle Rock District. The wines they
produce reflect their background in the suitability of their wines for the dinner table. All
of them come from lot sizes ranging from 100–240 cases, each with their own unique
style and flavors.
The 2012 Adelsheim Pinot Noir Elizabeth’s Reserve received 92 points from both Antonio
Galloni’s Vinous reviewer Josh Raynods and from Wine Enthusiast. It is a best of winery
reserve named after David Adelsheim’s daughter. No vintage was given on the Laetitia
Pinot Noir, but this wine normally receives ratings around 90 points from all of the rating
service pundits. The Pesquera Reserva, always a great wine, received 92 points from
Josh Raynolds of Vinous (formerly Stephen Tanzer’s International Wine Cellar) for the
2010 vintage. The J. Bookwalter Chapter 5 Red Blend was released from the winery for
the High Museum Auction. It has not been reviewed, but all of the previous Chapters
were rated from 91–95 points by both Parker and Wine Spectator. We are told that it
is a stunning wine.
We welcome first-time attendee Paul Vais, owner of Bailiwick wines, to our festivities!
We hope you have a great time and meet a lot of new friends.
The wines of this set that have been rated achieved 88–92 points from Tanzer and Wine
Enthusiast. They have all earned medals at the Grand Harvest Awards — mostly gold and
silver. These wines should become a part of your bailiwick.
LOT SS 4 $500+
Benovia Hideaway
To Half and Half Not
• 2-night stay for 3 couples in Benovia’s Hideway cottage
• Private tasting and picnic lunch with winemaker Mike Sullivan
• 3 signed magnums of 2011 Benovia Pinot Noir, one each:
– Benovia Pinot Noir La Pommeraie Russian River Valley
– Benovia Pinot Noir Cohn Vineyard Sonoma County
– Benovia Pinot Noir Bella Una Russian River Valley
• Nine-course tasting menu for two
We welcome Bob Cooley, Benovia’s VP of Sales & Marketing, back to our Auction.
Benovia’s story is interesting and we recommend that you read their website to learn
about this charming winery — benoviawinery.com/about-benovia.aspx. Located west of
Santa Rosa in the Russian River Valley, Benovia produces great Chardonnay, Pinot Noir,
Zinfandel and Grenache. Along the way, Benovia has purchased the Cohn Vineyard atop
a mountain near Healdsburg, where co-proprietors Joe Anderson and Mary Dewane live.
The winning bidder will also receive three magnums of 2011 Benovia Wine signed by
Mike Sullivan. All three Pinots are rated 91 points by Stephen Tanzer. This is no surprise
since Benovia has been garnering good ratings from all of the pundits and winning
awards for years.
We think you should include this great visit and wine in your next trip to the Wine Country.
LOT SS 5 $1200
Please let BETTER HALF know about any dietary restrictions. Gratuity and beverages
are not included. Expires December 31, 2015.
LOT SS 6 $130
Benovia invites up to three couples to get lost in wine country and enjoy a two night-stay
in their Vineyard Hideaway cottage. The cottage offers just what you’ll need for a relaxing
vacation, including three bedrooms, two complete baths, well-appointed furniture and
a nicely-equipped kitchen. A private tasting for up to six in the heart of Benovia’s Russian
River Valley Vineyard, followed by a picnic lunch with winemaker Mike Sullivan rounds
out your stay.
Nine courses! Nine? This is a night to plan around, dream about and linger over. Chef
Zach Meloy will personally supervise his crackerjack staff at BETTER HALF, his cozy
restaurant in Midtown, as they fuss and fidget over a near endless line of delicious
nibbles that will come your way. BETTER HALF has been living up to its name, having
received raves as one of the South’s five most exciting new spots from Garden & Gun
and picked as the Best New Restaurant by Creative Loafing. Halving this incredible feast
with someone you like will be doubly amazing. You couldn’t eat it all by yourself anyway.
Thanks Zach.
A Really, Really Good Egg
• Big Green Egg prize package
The Big Green Egg is all it’s cracked up to be. It’s a grill, a roaster, a smoker and it’s great
at all three. If you’ve ever tasted foods cooked in an Egg you already know that. There
really is nothing quite like the Egg. So here’s your chance to get one for yourself complete
with a full package of accessories and goodies to go with it. This lot includes a large Big
Green Egg, nest, organic lump charcoal, charcoal starters, grill gripper and ash tool.
Whoever has the highest bid will be crowned the unofficial Grill Master of the Wine
Auction so forgive us if we egg you on.
LOT SS 7 $1065
6 X 6 = Wow!
Winner Winner Chicken Dinner
• Six-course wine dinner for six
• Fancy fried chicken dinner for two
For five years, Bocado has been drawing Atlantans who love good eating to the exploding
West End food scene. No wonder. Their bar is a hipster hangout, their burger stacks
semi-legendary and their eclectic/electric menu is always creative and always delicious.
Whoever wins this lot will be treated to six sensational courses, complete with wine pairings that will have you coming back to Bocado and the best of the West End for years to
come. Go West!
These rare dinners don’t come along often. Once a month, that’s how special they are.
For this one night only, Chef Suzanne Vizethann, a Food Network’s “Chopped” winning
contestant, and her staff open the restaurant at night. And they go all out. Specially
sourced seasonal ingredients go into a myriad of dishes to make the freshest, most flavorpacked smorgasbord of food you’ll ever see. The one constant is Suzanne’s famous fried
chicken (without which there would be rioting). Plus, you can bring your own beer or
wine with no corkage fee. Nice! Come taste what Atlanta Magazine, the AJC and Martha
Stewart Living are all raving about.
Gratuity not included. Valid Monday through Thursdays. Expires March 29, 2016.
LOT SS 8 $600
Seating is at 7:00 pm sharp. Please reserve in advance. Tax is included but gratuity is not.
Offer expires in September 15, 2015.
LOT SS 10 $100
• One magnum (1.5L) Boedecker Cellars Athena Pinot Noir Willamette Valley 2012
• One magnum (1.5L) Boedecker Cellars Stewart Pinot Noir Willamette Valley 2012
We welcome Stewart Boedecker, owner of his eponymous winery, to Atlanta for his
first visit to our auction events this year!
Husband and wife team Stewart and Athena Boedecker created Boedecker Cellars in 2003,
and have crafted wines focused on quality, finesse and locality ever since. Stewart and
Athena always knew they loved Pinot Noir, and while they recognize and appreciate different aspects, subtleties and nuances of Oregon Pinot Noir, they feel equally passionate
about the elegant, transparent wine.
This auction lot includes dueling magnums of the signature Boedecker Cellars Stewart
and Athena Pinot Noirs from the exceptional 2012 vintage. The Stewart and Athena
Winemaker Cuvees represent both the Yin and Yang of Willamette Valley Pinot Noir and
magnums are a fantastic way to get a glimpse into the distinct palates of the winemakers.
Stewart is a lover of the classic Oregon Pinot Noir, aromatically brilliant, full of red fruit
flavors, subtle notes of bramble and olive wood, complex and focused with structure to
age indefinitely. Athena prefers the black fruit flavors, a more primal style with layered
with earth, spice, hearty tannins and a texture of velvet. Both wines received 92 point
scores from Wine Spectator and can be enjoyed tonight or years from now.
LOT SS 9 $200
• One 3L Cain Vineyard & Winery Cain Five Spring Mountain District 2010
A Plan for Visiting Paso Robles
Welcome Christopher Howell and Katie Lazar to our auction events. Christopher
is Cain’s GM and Winemaker, and Katie is Director of Sales & Marketing.
Cain Vineyard & Winery is located in a bowl overlooking Napa Valley from the crest of
Spring Mountain. Spring Mountain is the home of multiple top-notch wineries — many of
which are good friends of the Auction. Cain produces three Cabernet blends, each with
its own vineyard sources and distinct flavor profile. In 1980, Jerry and Joyce Cain purchased 550 acres, part of the historic McCormick Ranch, on Spring Mountain. Their
vision was to develop a mountain vineyard dedicated to the classical blend of varieties:
Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Malbec and Petit Verdot. The fruit of this
vineyard would inspire the creation of the Cain Five — its first vintage was 1985. As the
project was coming into focus, the Cains were joined by Jim and Nancy Meadlock. The
Meadlocks became partners at the beginning of 1986, and, since the retirement of the
Cains in 1991, have carried on as sole owners, providing steadfast and active support
for this very long-term project.
LOT SS 11 $500
We welcome Cass Winery owners Lisa and Ted Plemons back to our Auction this year.
Lisa and Ted offer you a plan for touring Paso Robles. They’ll host you and 3 others
(total of 4 people) in their three-bedroom Cass Vineyard guesthouse for two nights.
You will experience the charm of California’s oak trees in the rolling oak-studded hills
between Paso Robles and Creston. It is strategically located in the heart of Paso Robles
wine country with more than 100 winery tasting rooms located within a half-hour drive;
and only 45 minutes to the coast, Hearst Castle and San Luis Obispo. Moreover, Cass
will chauffeur you and your friends for a day of wine tasting in their restored 1947
Chrysler limousine — now that’s the way to go tasting!
While there, you will enjoy a sumptuous lunch and a library tasting at the Cass Winery.
Cass is well-known for their excellent Rhone-style wines including single varietal offerings
of Marsanne, Roussanne, Viognier and white blends; Rose and red blends featuring Syrah,
Grenache, Mourvedre and Petite Sirah. While that is an awesome portfolio, it doesn’t
stop there. Cass also makes a pair of Left Bank Bordeaux-style Cabernet Sauvignon
blends, including their Reserve. These two wines are comprised of Cabernet Sauvignon,
Malbec, Petit Verdot and occasionally Cabernet Franc and Merlot. If you avail yourselves of this opportunity on the first day, it will help you get tuned up for your day
of tasting in the Chrysler.
Cain Five is a classic Bordeaux blend which has been an estate grown and bottled standard
from Napa Valley for decades. Cain Five epitomizes the benefits of blending to achieve
a complex wine. It is supple and rich of texture, combining a full, firm structure with
a long and subtle finish. The 2010 Cain Five is dense and concentrated without being
heavy. It is probably the most tightly wound Cain Five since the 1994. The key point is
that even though it will easily last another twenty years, you can drink it today — but you
probably want to give it a good decant so it can breathe and relax. This is an exotic wine,
quite unlike the big sweet Napa Cabs we all know. It belongs in your cellar.
• 2 nights for 4 in the Cass Vineyard guesthouse, Paso Robles
• Day of wine tasting in a restored 1947 Chrysler limo, seats 4
• Lunch and library tasting for 4 at Cass Winery
• 5-year (750ml) vertical Cass Reserve Cabernet Paso Robles, 2008–2012
The 5-year vertical of Cass Reserve is noteworthy. The Reserve is constructed primarily
of Cabernet Sauvignon — 55% to 70%, depending on the year. It is award-winning and has
garnered excellent ratings. Better yet, you get a 5-year vertical of this top wine of the estate!
Great juice! Great trip! It sounds like a great plan to us!
LOT SS 12 $3400
First in the Pecking Order
• 12 (750ml) bottles Brunello di Montalcino DOCG Tuscany 2009
• Five-course wine dinner for eight in the private dining room
There is a lot of history tied to Castelli Martinozzi. Cesare Francalanci Martinozzi
received their most ancient prize in Siena in a provincial viticulture-winemaking
contest in 1892; the certificate is preserved at the winery. The Villa S. Restituta farm
is one of the oldest in the community of Montalcino — the first mention of the Villa is in
the 14th Century. For many centuries, it has belonged to the Castelli Martinozzi family
and past generations are buried next to the chapel that is joined to the landlord’s villa.
Winning this dinner will be a real feather in someone’s cap, because at Marietta’s Chicken
and the Egg, high-quality, sustainably-farmed ingredients always come first. And just to
clear up a misconception some people have, these folks serve a lot more than just chicken.
Sustainably-raised beef, pork, dairy products, fruits and vegetables and choice seafood
are just as magnificently prepared and proudly offered as the chicken dishes. The restaurant’s name is just a metaphor for the circle of life on a sustainable farm. Taste what these
local farms produce and what Chef Marc Taft and company make out of them and your
crew will be crowing their praises. Your special five-course dinner, served in the private
dining room and complete with perfectly paired wines will be more than worth the price,
so don’t chicken out when the bids start flyin’.
Tax included. Gratuity not included. Expires March 28, 2016. Dinner not available
on holidays.
LOT SS 14 $2000
Brunello di Montalcino is one of Italy’s most famous and prestigious wines. In Tuscany,
its homeland, it shares the top spot with only the highly-prized Vino Nobile di Montepulciano and of course the ubiquitous Chianti. All Brunello di Montalcino wine is made
exclusively from Sangiovese grapes grown on the slopes around Montalcino — a classic
Tuscan hilltop village 20 miles south of Siena. The word Brunello translates roughly as
‘little dark one’, and is the local vernacular name for Sangiovese Grosso, the large-berried
form of Sangiovese which grows in the area. This wine received ratings from Tanzer and
Parker in the low-90s range.
A classic Brunello di Montalcino.
LOT SS 13 $600
Watch a Movie Like a Hollywood Mogul
• Movie passes for four, plus $75 in gift certificates
Steven Spielberg wishes he could watch movies this way. Eating delicious gourmet bistro
food with a full bar while your favorite flick flickers on the big screen. CinéBistro does
movie night right, nestled conveniently in the Brookhaven area just north of Phipps and
Lenox Square. Come enjoy the movie of your choice in first-class comfort with $75 to
spend on drinks and fine food. Sorry, popcorn.
Not valid for special engagements or Sony films. Guests must be 21 for shows after 6:00 PM.
LOT SS 15 $135
4-Magnum (1.5L) Collection
• Tour, tasting and lunch for 6 with Cathy Corison
• 1.5L Corison “Kronos Vineyard” Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley 2006
• One magnum Meiomi Pinot Noir Monterey-Santa Barbara-Sonoma Counties 2012
• One magnum Beran California Zinfandel 2012
• One magnum Elouan Oregon Pinot Noir 2013
• One magnum Carne Humana “Napa Valley” Red Wine 2012
Founded in 2014, Copper Cane Wines & Provisions is Joe and Amber Wagner’s newest
venture and one they are happy to share in with good friends. Whether it is producing
a renowned California Pinot Noir or designing exclusive prints for next year’s swimwear
collection, the Wagners focus on delivering quality and consistency in all that they do.
As you know, Meiomi was originally under the Belle Glos brand until last year. It still
remains in the Wagner family but now is part of Amber and Joe’s new venture. Amber
focuses on her swimwear company Mia Marcelle as proprietor and creative director.
Joe focuses on the wine business.
This is a great opportunity to get in on the ground floor and see what Joe Wagner and
his team are putting together for the future!
LOT SS 16 $200
You and five guests will sit with iconic winemaker, Cathy Corison, and experience a
personal introduction to her beloved Kronos Vineyard through a five year library vertical,
featuring wines from some of her favorite vintages 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005 and 2006.
This tasting is sure to be a Napa Valley highlight for any serious Cabernet aficionado.
You will have the opportunity to walk the vineyard and winery with Cathy and hear firsthand why she believes the Kronos Vineyard is a little slice of Cabernet magic in the heart
of the famed Rutherford Bench. Following your library experience, stay and relax as you
enjoy a rustic Wine Country lunch overlooking the vines.
You are aware that Meiomi Pinot Noir has become one of the go to wines for virtually every
market. When we talk with people about wines they like to drink in that price category,
Meiomi Pinot Noir is always one of the first two or three wines mentioned by everyone.
Nothing has changed — the winemaker is the same, the sourcing is the same, Wagner
family is the same — just a new ownership. The Beran California Zinfandel and the Elouan
Oregon Pinot Noir are the first releases of those wines. The grapes for each is sourced
from a wide range of areas blend the essence of that varietal across the regions represented.
For example, the Elouan Oregon Pinot Noir is sourced from Willamette, Umpqua and
Rogue Valleys. Finally, there is the Carne Humana. Named for the 1841 upper Napa Valley
land grant, “Rancho Carne Humana”, the bold and nuanced character of this wine is
sourced from soils rich in history. Today, the entire valley floor and foothills either side
are home to a high concentration of old vine reds. Creator of the brand and winemaker
Derek Beitler select the best to blend in this distinctive wine.
Cathy Corison has forged a life of wine that has spanned more than three decades. Many
years of winemaking for others, including Chappellet Vineyard, Staglin Family Vineyard,
York Creek Vineyards and Long Meadow Ranch, honed her skills and left her eager to
express her own winemaking voice. In 1987 she made the first vintage of Corison Cabernet.
“There was a wine inside me that needed to be made,” she says. The harvest of 2011 marks
Cathy’s 25th vintage of Corison Cabernet!
Winning bidder will also take home a magnum of 2006 Corison “Kronos Vineyard”
Cabernet today to jump start your experience! Stephen Tanzer rated the vintage 91 points;
Wine Enthusiast rated it 90 points. BTW, Tanzer rated the Kronos Library Vertical you
will taste with Cathy all in the 90–92 point range.
Caveats: Please contact Tracy Sweeney at Corison Winery at least six weeks in advance
of your desired visit dates. Dates are to be mutually agreed upon and subject to Cathy
Corison’s availability and wine production schedules. Note that during the months of
August through October, harvest and production is in full swing and may be difficult to
arrange. They will do their best to accommodate during these months but cannot guarantee availability. Expires one-year from the Auction date.
LOT SS 17 $1700
• Three 3L vertical of Castello Banfi Brunello di Montalcino DOCG, Tuscany, 2006–2008
Fabulous Fairchild
We welcome Jacob Gragg back to the Auction. Jacob is one of Rob McDonald’s former
wine librarians. Jacob, a Sommelier, left Atlanta a while back for the warm and cozy
confines of Sea Island. He recently returned and is now working with Cru Artisan Wine,
agent to luxury selections of the Banfi portfolio.
• Private French country dinner for 4 by Lawrence Fairchild at his “Fairchild–Taman
Avu peppery” property, St. Helena
• VIP tasting of Philippe Melka’s Stones No. 1 and 2
• A wood box set of two magnums (1.5L) of Fairchild Cabernet Sauvignon Sigaro
Vineyard 2011
Positioned at the confluence of the Orcia and Ombrone rivers, the Banfi estate extends
along the southern slopes of the township of Montalcino across 7,100 acres of land; one
third of the property is under specialized vine and the balance is shared between olive
groves, wheat fields, plum trees, truffle stands, forest and scrub. The property is planted
with Sangiovese and Muscadello, the principal varieties of the region, but also with
Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Syrah, Chardonnay, Pinot Grigio and Sauvignon Blanc.
This is seriously good Brunello with the ratings to prove it! You will be the hero or heroine
of your Italian dinner party when you roll out one of these three biggies!
LOT SS 18 $1500
The Fairchild Estate Vineyard sits on steep, gravelly slopes high above Napa Valley,
where it enjoys a superb climate with sunny days cooled by the evening breezes that
arise from Lake Hennessey. The vineyard’s rugged terrain and lean soils produce fruit
with powerful flavors. The vineyard site, sharing proximity to Lake Hennessey with
prominent neighbors like Colgin Cellars, Chappellet, BOND and Bryant Family Vineyards, produces wines with intensity, nuance and finesse.
The Wine Gnome’s great friend Larry Fairchild created Fairchild Napa Valley in 1999.
He promptly brought in some of the greatest talent in the area to help him produce simply
incredible wines. Jim Barbour is his vineyard manager, and the extremely successful
(not to mention busy) Philippe Melka is his winemaker.
Of course, you know that all Brunello di Montalcino wine is made exclusively from
Sangiovese grapes grown on the slopes around Montalcino — a classic Tuscan hilltop
village 20 miles south of Siena. The word ‘Brunello’ translates roughly as ‘little dark one’,
and is the local name for Sangiovese Grosso, the large-berried form of Sangiovese which
grows in the area. The first recordings of red wines from Montalcino date back to the
early 14th century, but the all-Sangiovese Brunello di Montalcino style we know today
did not emerge until the 1870s. The practice since then hasn’t been wasted.
We welcome back our good friend Larry Fairchild! We are thrilled that he is joining
us for the events this year.
Lawrence Fairchild (aka Larry) will personally prepare a private French country dinner
for four at his “Fairchild–Taman Ayu peppery” property in St. Helena. He acquired
it specifically for entertaining so you know it is nice. Pair this with the special cuisine
Larry fixes, and you have an incredible evening.
Then there is the VIP tasting of Philippe Melka’s incredible Stones No. 1 and No. 2. Parker
ratings for Stones No. 1 are: 2012 — 95 pts and 2013 — 96 to 99 pts. Stones No. 2 — 98 to
100 pts. How fantastic is that? Ask Larry if you can use a magnum decanter for your
glass during this tasting!
We conclude with the boxed set of two magnums of 2011 Fairchild Cabernet Sauvignon
Sigaro Vineyard. It is one of only 25 sets produced. Sigaro is the vineyard surrounding
Larry’s home. Antonio Galloni, writing at the time for The Wine Advocate rated this wine
94 points. Ready, set, bid!
LOT SS 19 $2000 but you have to outbid the Gnome
• One magnum (1.5L) Ornellaia Bolgheri Superiori, Tuscana, 2002
• 12 (750ml) bottles Domaine Georg Rafael Pere & Fils Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve
Napa Valley 2012
Gina Christman is one of this year’s Co-chairs — we are grateful for all she’s done
for the Auction, including donating this wine!
Tenuta dell’Ornellaia is an Italian wine producer in the DOC Bolgheri in Toscana, known
as a producer of “Super Tuscan” wine. Ornellaia is considered one of Italy’s leading
Bordeaux-style red wines. Tenuta dell’Ornellaia was established by Marchese Lodovico
Antinori of the Antinori family, behind one of Italy’s most historic negociant firms, with
the help of winemaker Tibor Gál. The property is adjacent to Tenuta San Guido, producer
of Sassicaia which is considered the seminal “Super Tuscan”, and Ornellaia has been
suggested to be Lodovico Antinori’s competitive answer to his cousin Nicolò Incisa’s
Sassicaia, and his older brother Piero Antinori’s Solaia. (That is extremely high company
to compete with!) The vineyards of the estate were planted in 1981, producing the first
vintage in 1985.
LOT SS 20 $350
This case of Reserve Cabernet is unique for a couple of reasons. First, the 2012 vintage
is just now being rolled out. But, even more significant is the fact that this is the inaugural
vintage for the Reserve itself. Furthermore, at the time the catalog is being written, the
approval of the labels is still pending approval from the authorities. We don’t have any
information on this specific wine, but we do know that their region of Oak Knoll is a source
of fruit for Caymus, Lewis Cellars, Mondavi, Bond, Blackbird and Matthiasson, to name
a few. Also, Honig has a single vineyard release from the Rafael Vineyard. That’s more
than enough of a recommendation to us.
This vintage of Ornellaia received 92 points from Parker’s The Wine Advocate and
Tanzer. If you have a great Italian collection or are just starting one, this is a great bottle
that belongs in it.
Domaine Georg Rafael, located in the Oak Knoll District of California’s Napa Valley,
is focused on the production of single vineyard, estate-grown Cabernet Sauvignon and
Chardonnay. The property was originally purchased in 1984 and served as a fruit source
for other wineries. The first wine produced under Domaine Georg Rafael’s name was a
1996 Cabernet Sauvignon. The initial years of Domaine Georg Rafael were small productions, and even today only 1500 cases per vintage are bottled — all the while continuing
to provide a significant share of the Domaine’s grapes to highly reputed Napa wineries.
Both the Cabernet Sauvignon and the Chardonnay are 100% varietally true, with no blend.
The enterprise name tells you that they are inspired by what they believe is the elegant,
more restrained approach to winemaking found in the Old World.
LOT SS 21 $1100+ but there will never be another
inaugural release of this wine!
Mixed, 4-vintage vertical case of Pinot Noir
• One etched 3L Grgich Hills Estate Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley 2010
• 3 (750ml) bottles Gothic Wine Pinot Noir “Maresh Vineyard” Willamette Valley 2009
• 3 (750ml) bottles Gothic Wine Pinot Noir “Hyland Vineyard” McMinnville AVA 2010
• 3 (750ml) bottles Gothic Wine Pinot Noir “Maresh Vineyard” Willamette Valley 2011
• 3 (750ml) bottles Gothic Wine Pinot Noir “Hyland Vineyard” McMinnville AVA 2012
Wine lovers have made a pilgrimage to Grgich Hills Estate ever since Miljenko “Mike”
Grgich’s Chardonnay, which he produced for Jim Barrett at Chateau Montelena as winemaker, beat the best of France at the famed 1976 Paris Tasting. This allowed Mike to
partner with Austin Hills to open his family-owned and operated winery in 1977. Mike’s
92nd birthday is April 1st — Happy Birthday, Mike. Thanks for all you have done for the
Auction over the years.
The Maresh Single Vineyard designate comes from just the fifth vineyard planted in
the Willamette Valley and has been continuously planted for over 40 years. The Maresh
family farms Pommard and Wädenswil Pinot Noir from 1970 and 1974 at elevations
above 800 feet in the Dundee Hills. The 2009 vintage was the inaugural vintage for this
wine with Gothic and only 40 cases were produced. Only 100 cases of the 2011 vintage
were produced.
The Hyland Single Vineyard designate, like the Maresh, was planted in 1971 on self-rooted
ungrafted vines is one of the Willamette Valley’s pioneering vineyards in the McMinnville
AVA. Hyland has produced fruit for many of the famous names in Oregon over the years,
including Bergström, Erath, Rex Hill and Sokol Blosser, to name only four. The 2010, pro
and Stephen Tanzer. It is sold out. The 2012 also bears the Olde English title “Eldritch” or
Otherworldly, which was added to the single vineyard series with that vintage. The 2012
vintage produced 300 cases.
This is a great, fun lot that belongs in your cellar.
LOT SS 22 $750
Grgich Hills Estate’s Yountville Vineyard forms the heart of the Napa Valley Cabernet
Sauvignon, with their Rutherford and Calistoga vineyards rounding out the blend. James
Laube, Wine Spectator’s hard-to-please Cabernet critic, awarded the 2010 Napa Valley
Cabernet Sauvignon 91 points. He stated that this wine “shows Grgich Hills at the top
of its Cabernet game.” If Laube liked it, you know you will too.
LOT SS 23 $350
In 2009 Josh Nadel and William Tigertt launched Gothic. With decades of food and
wine experience in New York City, the young would-be vintners set out to make classic
Pinot Noir in the elegant, food-friendly style of Old World winemaking. Years of travel
and relationships with top wineries eventually led them to the America’s Pacific Northwest. In the remote, misty vineyards of Oregon’s Willamette Valley, Gothic Wine was
born. Four vintages later, Gothic Wine has expanded to a complete line of Burgundy
varietals including several Single Vineyard Pinot Noirs, Chardonnays, and a Rosé wine.
Someone has a serious affinity to literary history, and particularly Edgar Allan Poe!
There is the Gothic black labels and design, the names of some of the wines are taken
from famous “Poems”–e.g., Nevermore (complete with a Raven on the label) and Telltale
(Rosé). For variety there is the Ophelia Chardonnay which is a reference to Shakespeare.
• One 3L Cosentino Edie Botrytised Semillon (Glenn is checking vintage)
Native Chicagoan’s Edie and Larry Soldinger, were introduced to Cosentino Winery
on a trip to Napa Valley in 1991 when they shared a bottle of Cosentino Winery’s
“1986 Cabernet Franc.” They were so impressed with the wine that they sought out to
find Mitch the very next day and to learn more about his winery. Both Edie and Larry
immediately recognized the potential of Cosentino Winery and they believed that they
could provide an element that would help Cosentino Winery grow to keep up with its
increasing demand and reputation. By 1992, a deep relationship had evolved and Mitch
Cosentino became partners with Edie and Larry, and together they began to take
Cosentino Winery to its next level.
Cosentino Winery tells us: “Our Late Harvest Semillon shares its name with our Proprietor, Edie Soldinger. “Edie” is produced in true Sauternes fashion with a painstakingly
slow, seven hour pressing of the grapes and over four months of barrel fermentation
in light toasted Sauternes barrels.”
Now this could float a lot of foie gras!
LOT SS 24 $350
A mixed case of Louis Jadot’s Savigny les Beaune Premier Cru
• One magnum (1.5L) Hidden Ridge Cabernet Sauvignon “55 Percent Slope” Sonoma
County 2009
• 6 (750ml) Jadot La Dominode Savigny-les-Beaune Premier Cru 2009
• 6 (750ml) Jadot La Dominode Savigny-les-Beaune Premier Cru 2010
Maison Louis Jadot specializes in producing wine from Burgundy. It was founded
in 1859 by Louis Henry Denis Jadot. Maison Louis Jadot has always been situated
in the heart of the vineyards, in the center of Beaune.
The commune of Savigny les Beaune is located between Aloxe Corton and Pernand
Vergelesses, in the north of the Côte de Beaune. Savigny produces exclusively red wines
under the village and premier cru appellations. The vineyard is situated between 675 and
1,150 feet elevation. The chalk soil is gravely or stony, light and infertile. “La Dominode,”
easterly exposed, lies to the far south end of the commune, bordering the Beaune vineyards. Jadot imports less than 200 cases of this Premier Cru annually.
This is good quality Côte de Beaune Premier Cru Burgundy from a well-known producer.
Both vintages were rated 90 points by Parker.
LOT SS 25 $500
Thanks, Barrett and Kitty, for four great lots!
Surrounded by gnarled oak and Manzanita forests on the south and western slopes
of Spring Mountain in the Mayacamas mountain range, Hidden Ridge Vineyard is so
remote it can be reached only by heavy-duty four-wheel-drive vehicles, by foot, or by
helicopter. When Oklahoma natives and entrepreneurs Casidy Ward and Lynn Hofacket
purchased the Hidden Ridge Vineyard property in 1991, they envisioned the former site
of a private hunting club as the perfect location for a home in the country, truly away
from it all. What they didn’t realize, however, was just how difficult it would be to develop
such a rural property for residential use. Ultimately, it proved a better home for grapes
than for people, and they found that their Cabernet Sauvignon thrived on the otherwise
inhospitable mountain slopes at elevations ranging from 900 to 1700 feet. After six years
of developing and planting the vineyard themselves, Hofacket and Ward began selling
fruit in 2000, though due to the vineyard’s remote location in Sonoma County, and just
outside coveted AVA status, winemakers in the Napa Valley could only take limited
amounts of fruit. The couple decided to build the vineyard’s reputation by bottling some
of the wine for themselves, and Hidden Ridge Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon was born,
beginning with a small, “experimental” batch in 2001. Production is now up to 5000 cases,
with Ward and Hofacket keeping most of the fruit for the Hidden Ridge Vineyard label.
This wine was the Number 32 Wine of the Year on Wine Spectator’s 2014 Top 100 List — rated at 93 points. Parker liked it even better and rated this vintage 94+ outstanding points.
How can you go wrong with ratings like that?
LOT SS 26 $110
Hog Heaven
• Chef’s tasting for six PLUS a one-year membership to Eat Out Atlanta
The rain in Spain stays mainly on the plain, but the best food in Spain is mainly at The
Iberian Pig in Decatur. Delicious tapas, charcuteria, platos, ensaladas — just smelling
the awesome aromas here will make you want to pig out big time. Naturally they do more
than just pork, crafting savory chicken, beef and seafood dishes and luscious sweets,
but nobody does pork better than The Iberian Pig. This is a great way to sample the best
the Pig has to offer — a special tasting menu made just for you. Federico, Chad, Leigh
Ann and the gang’s hospitality will also leave a sweet taste in your mouth. So come taste
Iberia’s best — a tasting menu that will take the mouths of seis personas directly to a fine
Spanish tapas bar. No passport required. Just a high bid.
Expires December 31, 2015. Tax included, gratuity not included. No holidays, subject
to reservation availability of restaurant, specific time and date not guaranteed.
LOT SS 27 $700
• Private barrel tasting and tour for 4
• One signed magnum (1.5L) Idle Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon (Los Chamizal Vineyard)
Sonoma 2008
We want to welcome Ben Larks and Ari Heavner, winemakers and proprietors of Idle
Cellars, to our events for the first time. We are glad you are here.
One of the pleasures of living in wine country is meeting passionate winemakers who
craft small lots of fine wine. Some band together in shared tasting rooms, others pour
wine from their residence and still others are discovered through word of mouth. Idle
Cellars represents the latter — a hidden gem among the glittering tasting rooms of
Sonoma Valley. There is no winery, vineyard or fancy tasting room, just two guys who
source their grapes from others, make their wine in a custom crush facility and conduct
private tastings in homes of people who hear about them and at wine-related events they
get invited to. Idle Cellars wines are produced in small lots, ranging from 60–250 cases.
Idle Cellars is a fine example of the entrepreneurial spirit of micro-wineries in the
Sonoma wine country, producing a few cases of the best wine that can be coaxed from
the finicky grape.
PLUS enjoy a one-year membership to Eat Out Atlanta, an insider-dining club that
unlocks one-of-a-kind experiences you can’t get anywhere else. Members are granted
access to Chef’s dinners, pairings, tasting, special seating and exclusive secret menus.
Don’t you feel special?
First, we have the tour and private barrel tasting for four at the Idle winemaking facility.
Spend an afternoon in beautiful Sonoma County with a winemaker. Get an introduction
to wine making by walking through the vineyards, an understanding of the equipment
and process in creating delicious wine, and then lose track of time by tasting wine from
different barrels and vintages. You will get a great chance to get a ground-floor view of
the wine business.
Second, you receive a signed magnum of 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon. Although not single
vineyard designated on the bottle, all of the fruit comes from the Los Chamizal Vineyard
in Sonoma. Tasting notes tell us it is a classic Cabernet offering flavors of blackberry,
black cherry and cedar.
LOT SS 28 $200 worth of fun and learning
Sonoma Vineyard Luncheon
• Six (750ml) bottles J. Lohr 40th Anniversary Pinot Blanc Arroyo Seco 2013,
in a wooden box
• Lunch for 12 at hosted by Kathleen Inman at Inman Family
• 4-vintage (750ml) vertical Inman Family OGV Estate Pinot Noir “Olive Grange
Vineyard” Russian River Valley, 2009–2012
Welcome Kathleen Inman and her husband Simon Inman to our Auction for the first time.
We are happy to have her and hope this will be the first of many she attends.
Established in 2000 with the planting of their organically farmed Olivet Grange Vineyard, Inman Family Wines is the result of Kathleen Inman’s love of Pinot Noir and the
soil that produces it. Kathleen is the Winemaker and General Manager of Inman Family
Wines and Olivet Grange Vineyard, or as she often says, “Grapegrower, winemaker,
salesperson, accountant and forklift driver.” The only thing missing seems to be chief
cook and bottle washer, but we think she probably does that too!
To help you familiarize yourself with the elegant Pinot Noirs from Inman, this lot includes
a four-year vertical of Inman Family OGV Estate Pinot Noir 2009–2012. Tanzer rated the
first three years of the vertical 90, 93, and 91 points — he hasn’t rated the 2012. Great
Pinot Noir from RRV.
LOT SS 29 $1200
This lot includes a wonderful Farm to Table lunch for 12 featuring produce from the
organic garden at the Inman family’s Olivet Grange Vineyard located in the heart of
Sonoma County’s Russian River Valley. The lunch will be prepared by Kathleen Inman
(see, we told you) and will be accompanied by award-winning, limited production Inman
Family wines. It will be a feast for the senses as you dine under the shade of the ancient
olive tree alongside the organically farmed Pinot Noir Vineyard.
Four decades ago, the California Central Coast had yet to become one of North America’s
top winegrowing regions. With little history or viticultural precedent, planting on the
Central Coast was a gamble. One of an early handful of pioneers, Jerry Lohr was among
the first to realize the vast, untapped potential of this now-acclaimed region with the
establishment of J. Lohr Vineyards & Wines. In the late 1960s, Jerry began an extensive
investigation of California grape growing regions while searching for the ideal location
for a vineyard. Selecting the Arroyo Seco appellation of Monterey County for his first
vineyard, Jerry planted his original 280 acres of winegrapes in 1972 and 1973, and
unveiled his San Jose winery in 1974. Borrowing a lesson from the French — that great
Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon excel in very different growing conditions — Jerry
began planting Cabernet Sauvignon and other red varieties in San Luis Obispo County’s
little-known Paso Robles region in 1986. Today, J. Lohr Vineyards & Wines includes more
than 1,300 acres of cool-climate estate vineyards in the Arroyo Seco and Santa Lucia
Highlands regions of Monterey County, over 2,300 acres in Paso Robles, and 33 acres
in Napa Valley.
To celebrate 40 very successful years in the industry, J. Lohr issued a bottling of two
wines — a red and a Pinot Blanc. The 40th Anniversary Pinot Blanc 2013 Arroyo Seco
represents one of the original wines that Jerry Lohr bottled — their inaugural 1975 Pinot
Blanc. Lohr says to “pair this wine with grilled soft shelled crabs and apple-fennel salad,
quiches, grilled swordfish with basil-caper butter and soft cheeses.” Quick, send to the
coast for case of soft shelled crabs!
LOT SS 30 $275
• One signed 6L Justin Vineyards and Winery “ISOSCELES” Proprietary Red Wine Paso
Robles 2009
• Private lunch and wine tasting for 4 with winemaker/owner Kale Anderson
• Four magnums (1.5L), one each:
– Kale Wines Syrah “Alder Springs Vineyard–Spirit Rock” 2009
– Kale Wines Syrah “Alder Springs Vineyard–Spirit Rock” 2010
– Kale Wines Home Run Cuvée “Kick Ranch Vineyard” 2010
– Kale Wines Home Run Cuvée “Kick Ranch Vineyard” 2011
We want to extend a warm welcome to JUSTIN winemaker Scott Shirley to our events!
In 1981, Justin Baldwin purchased 161 acres of land in Paso Robles. His vision was to
make wines that were competitive with the best wines in the world, and to bring iconic
Bordeaux-style wines to Central California in the model of the great Bordeaux left-bank
wines of Pauillac and Margaux. His first release of Isoscles in 1987 brought that dream
to fruition. Justin has been setting a standard for quality and excellence ever since.
LOT SS 31 $1100
Kale grew up in Sonoma County, where he was exposed to the wine industry and a
community that encouraged creativity, love for the outdoors, and stewardship of the
land. Since graduating from UC Davis, Kale has worked at some well-recognized wineries,
including Colgin, Terra Valentine, Cliff Lede and Pahlmeyer, where he is currently
Director of Winemaking. He was featured as one of “Four to Watch” in the March 31,
2014 issue of Wine Spectator.
You will enjoy a private lunch and wine tasting with Kale in St. Helena at the upper end
of Napa Valley. And you will get a chance to share Kale’s passion for Rhône-inspired
wines with a collection of his limited production, large format wines. The Syrah “Alder
Springs Vineyard–Spirit Rock” comes from northern Mendocino County. Spirit Rock is
the highest elevation planted in the vineyard at 2700 feet. We understand there is a certain bear with an affinity for the Syrah grapes up there. Who are we to argue with him?
Both the 2009 and 2010 vintages scored 91 points with Tanzer; the 2010 vintage scored
92 points from Wine Enthusiast.
The 2009 Isosceles is a blend of 94% Cabernet Sauvignon, 3% Cabernet Franc and
3% Merlot. The bottle is signed by winemaker Scott Shirley. This vintage has won numerous
gold medals at competitions, including a double gold in the San Francisco International
Wine Competition 2010. James Laube, Wine Spectator, awarded this vintage 93 points,
and Tanzer awarded 92 points. While it would have been pun worthy if both had given
the same score, it is safe to say the 2009 is a worthy investment. Laube says it will be at
peak through 2022. That 6L will last well beyond that — but why wait?
We extend a warm welcome to Kale Anderson, Kale Wines owner and winemaker.
Thanks for joining us!
Kick Ranch Vineyard, owned by Dick Keenan and Kathy McNamara, is a hillside vineyard
located in northeast Santa Rosa’s Rincon Valley. This Sonoma County location produces
the Home Run Cuvée. The 2011 vintage is comprised of 70% Syrah and 30% Grenache;
the 2010 is 65% Syrah, 27% Grenache and 8% Viognier. Wine Spectator rated the 2010
vintage with 92 points, and Wine Enthusiast rated the 2011 with 91 points.
LOT SS 32 Bear with us $1000
• Wine experience at Trenton Roadhouse for 3 couples
• 3 magnums (1.5L) Kistler Vineyards Chardonnay Trenton Roadhouse Sonoma Coast 2011
• Reservations for two to the Knoxville Museum of Art’s L’Amour du Vin on March 5, 2016
PLUS an overnight stay in a private guesthouse
The Kistler story is well-known. Robert Parker once said: “If the Kistler Winery could
be magically transported to the middle of Burgundy’s Côte d’Or, it would quickly gain
a reputation as glorious as any producer of Burgundy grand crus.” In essence, that really
is all you need to know, isn’t it? Kistler has been turning out world-class Chardonnay
and Pinot Noir for over three and a half decades.
This is the twelfth year that our friends at the Knoxville Museum of Art have offered
us tickets to their Auction along with an overnight in a private guest cottage. The 2016
events are scheduled for March 5, 2016. The evening will begin with a walk-around wine
tasting and silent auction with passed hors d’oeuvres. A five-course dinner with wine
pairings will follow in a tent in the museum’s north garden, and the evening will culminate with a live auction. Come find out why many think this is the finest food and wine
event in east Tennessee.
Here’s your chance to partake in a four wine experience during a visit to Kistler’s Winery.
Each couple will receive a certificate for 2 people entitling them to the visit. The Trenton
Roadhouse Vineyard has been in production since 1994 and designated as a single vineyard since 2009 — the most recent of Kistler’s ten vineyard designate Chardonnays. Parker
says the 2011 Trenton Roadhouse Chardonnay is “a dead ringer for a Chassagne-Montrachet
premier cru.” Ratings range from 91–94 points from the various critics. Some of the New
World’s best Chardonnay right from Sonoma County!
LOT SS 33 $1000+
To give you an idea of what transpires, the 2015 L’Amour du Vin dinner was prepared
by Chef Stephen Barber, Long Meadow Ranch, St. Helena, with the assistance of the
chefs of Blackberry Farm. The wines of Long Meadow Ranch’s winery were paired with
each dinner course. Previous guest chefs have included Patrick O’Connell of The Inn at
Little Washington, Linton Hopkins of Restaurant Eugene and Dean Fearing of Fearing’s
Restaurant at the Dallas Ritz-Carlton. Previous featured wineries have included: Kosta
Browne, Realm Cellars, Spottswoode, Vineyard 7 & 8, Morlet Family Vineyards, Rudd,
Ramey and Pride Mountain.
Package includes reservations for two and an overnight stay in a two-bedroom private
guesthouse. Dorothy and Cesar Stair are very gracious hosts. Those winning bidders
who have attended L’Amour du Vin in the past have shared the clever and varied catalog
of wine, art, travel and dining lots with us. You can ask Glenn and Dottie Irwin, who
became involved with the L’Amour du Vin after winning the initial Knoxville lot offered
in Atlanta years ago.
LOT SS 34 $900
Buckhead by the Seine
• $250 gift certificate
Three Diverse Magnums
• One magnum (1.5L) La Follette Pinot Noir Sangiacomo Vineyard Sonoma Coast 2012
• One magnum (1.5L) Quivira Dry Creek Zinfandel Sonoma 2012
• One magnum (1.5L) Torbreck RunRig Shiraz-Viognier Barossa Valley 2010
In the 16th to 18th centuries, the area we know as Sonoma County appeared on European
maps as a mythical kingdom called “Quivira” whose streets were said to be paved with
gold. Today, the region’s “gold” is the acres of grapevines that thrive there. Committed
to making the finest wines that showcase the unique terroir of their Dry Creek Valley
location, Quivira specializes in small-lot wines from varietals specifically matched to
the soils, seasonal strength of sun, and coastal influenced nights that accentuate the
unique characteristics that flow from the vine directly to the wine. This wine is a classic
Dry Creek Zinfandel. There’s a brambly mix of raspberries and black cherries in the 2012
balanced by pepper, earthy tannins and enough acidity to keep things interesting.
Torbreck Vintners was founded by David Powell in 1994. The roots go back to 1992 when
David, who was then working at Rockford, began to discover and clean up a few sections
of dry-grown old vines. Near lifeless, he nurtured them back to health and was rewarded
with small parcels of fruit that he made into wine. David’s share-farming principle has
enabled Torbreck to use fruit from the very best vineyards in the Barossa Valley, which
is home to some of the most precious old vines in the world. In 2008 Torbreck Vintners
was acquired by Pete Kight. The 2010 RunRig is 97.5% Shiraz and 2.5% Viognier. It’s an
exceptional bottle! Writing for Parker’s The Wine Advocate, Lisa Perrotti-Brown rated it
a perfect 100 points! It will reward you if you have patience to wait a couple of years for
it to mature, but it is a killer now. Be sure to make an appointment to have your teeth
cleaned after drinking this one.
LOT SS 35 $700
LOT SS 36 $250
La Follette is a rather symbiotic partnership between owners Pete and Terri Kight and
winemaker Greg La Follette. After a chance meeting in 2008, the three discovered a
common aspiration: to craft exceptional wines of the highest artistic expression, then
make them far more affordable than other hand-crafted California wines of a similar
pedigree. Managed by third-generation farmers, brothers Mike and Steve Sangiacomo
with brother-in-law, Mike Pucci, this vineyard benefits from the cooling influence of the
Petaluma Gap, the gateway to the Sonoma Coast region. The Roberts Road block used in
the Pinot Noir Sanfiacomo Vineyard was planted in 1998. A total of 920 cases were made
of this single vineyard designate, rated 93 points by Wine Enthusiast and 91 points by
Parker at the end of last year.
Le Bilboquet is Buckhead’s new French Bistro sensation and if you have yet to experience
their discrete Parisian charms, here is your chance. Cloned from its successful sister
restaurant in Manhattan, Chef Jean Louis Sangare presides over a classic French Bistro
in every detail from the blue velvet banquettes to the crepe suzettes and croque monsieur.
No wonder the critics are raving and diners are craving this delicieux dining destination.
Here’s your opportunity to sample French café society in Atlanta’s hottest shopping and
dining area, so bid really high, although in a dissolute, languid French way as if you don’t
really care, but we know you do. Not applicable for alcohol sales.
• Estate tour and tasting for 4 at Cliff Lede Vineyards
• One signed 3L Cliff Lede Vineyards Poetry Cabernet Sauvignon Stags Leap District 2009
We send a warm welcome to Cliff Lede winemaker, Chris Tynan, who is attending our Auction.
Cliff Lede has made a hit here in past years. This Canadian has a wry sense of humor
and is a charming dinner partner. His wines match his charm and his Poetry Inn was
called a “micro-climate of luxury” by Architectural Digest and “one of the most tranquil
spaces in the buzzing Napa Valley.” Most of you know that Cliff purchased the S. Anderson
property upon the death of the former owner. Cliff took over a business with a formidable
reputation and has enhanced it! Cliff, viticulturalist David Abreu, Winemaker Chris
Tynan and Consulting Winemaker Philippe Melka have come together to form an outstanding team, making the most of this remarkable property.
You and another couple can see for yourself when you tour the Lede Estate and enjoy
a tasting at the property located in the Stags Leap District in Napa Valley. Your guided
tour of the property will lead you through the vineyards to the state-of-the-art winery.
Relax in one of the intimate tasting spaces and enjoy wines from both Cliff Lede Vineyards in Napa and FEL Wines from Anderson Valley and Sonoma Coast paired with a
selection of seasonal canapés. FEL is a sister winery to Cliff Lede, named after Florence
Elsie Lede, Cliff’s mother.
Poetry is Cliff Lede Vineyards’ flagship wine. The 2009 Poetry is comprised of 75% Cabernet Sauvignon, 9% Cabernet Franc, 9% Merlot, 5% Petit Verdot and 2% Malbec. It was
rated 94 points by Parker’s The Wine Advocate and 93 points by James Laube, Wine
Spectator’s California Cab hound. Your double magnum is signed by Proprietor Cliff
Lede. Great Cabernet Sauvignon has always come off this property, and this is certainly
no exception.
Caveats: Appointment required. Expires March 28, 2016.
LOT SS 37 $1500
• Two magnums (1.5L) Levendi Cabernet Sauvignon Stagecoach Vineyard Napa
Valley 2007
• One (750ml) bottle Levendi Cabernet Sauvignon Stagecoach Vineyard Napa
Valley 2005
• One (750ml) bottle Levendi Cabernet Sauvignon Symphonia Vineyard Napa Valley 2004
“Full-Circle” Experience for 2
Levendi Estate Winery currently makes their wines at the popular Laird Estate just
south of Yountville. Laird offers custom crush solutions for a number of small to medium
sized wineries. Levendi is owned by the Gianulias, a Greek family with a long tradition
of making wine in Greece as well as in the Napa area. Their family has been making
private wine for centuries in Greece and also for a number of years in the US. James, the
father, has a long background in property development and his son David and family friend
Todd currently oversee the day to day operations of the winery. Levendi concentrates
on 100% varietal wines with the focus being Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon; they
typically will not blend multiple varietals into the same wine.
LOT SS 38 $500
First settled in the late 1800s and abandoned during Prohibition, Long Meadow Ranch
was revitalized in 1989 by proprietors Ted, Laddie and Chris Hall, who set out to produce
world-class wine using sustainable, organic farming practices. Focused on Bordelais
style wines with purity of flavor, Long Meadow Ranch Winery continues a proud legacy
of crafting elegant, food-friendly wines and handcrafted extra virgin olive oils utilizing
“full-circle farming” methods.
The “Full-Circle” Experience is the ultimate Long Meadow Ranch adventure and is the
2013 Global Winner of the Wine Capitals of the World Award for Innovative Wine Tourism Experiences. Guests will be chauffeured to the 90-acre Rutherford Estate property,
where they tour LMR’s organic vineyards and extensive organic farm and see egg-laying
poultry, honey bees, Sauvignon Blanc vineyards, and vast array of heirloom fruits and
vegetables from seedling to soil. Then it’s up to the 650-acre Mayacamas Estate home
ranch nestled high above Rutherford. There, guests explore award-winning rammed-earth
winery, caves and olive oil frantoio. After learning about wine and olive oil making, guests
explore the Estate where organic grapes, historic olive orchards, Appaloosa and Haflinger
draft horses, and Scottish Highland Cattle call the Ranch home. The visit culminates
with one of the best vistas in the Napa Valley where you will taste the complete portfolio
of Varietal and Estate wines that Long Meadow Ranch has to offer. Guests will return to
the Logan-Ives House for the ultimate farm-to-table experience created by Estate Chef,
Timothy Mosblech, thoughtfully paired with Long Meadow Ranch wines.
The Stagecoach Vineyard is located high on the eastern volcanic ridge above Napa at
1500 feet. Approximately 1,000 cases of this Cabernet are produced each year. Symphonia
Vineyard, by contrast, is located on the Napa Valley floor. While none of these vintages
has been rated, surrounding vintages have and are normally in the low-90 point range.
This is good Cabernet for your steaks and other cookout fare.
• Tour of Rutherford Estate organic vineyards and farm
• Tour of Mayacamas Estate caves and historic olive orchards followed by tasting
of Long Meadow estate and varietal wines
• Farm-to-table experience paired with Long Meadow Ranch wines at Logan-Ives House
• 3-year magnum (1.5L) vertical Long Meadow Ranch Cabernet Sauvignon Napa
Valley, 2008–2010
The Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley is estate-grown. Wine Enthusiast, the only reviewers
to have tasted and rated this vertical, awarded scores of 93, 93 and 90 points, respectively.
These wines will pair beautifully with great beef dishes in your repertoire.
LOT SS 39 $700
• One 3L Lyrarakis El Greco Red 2010, commemorative bottle
• 2 Magnums (1.5L) Lyrarakis Last Supper Red 2008
Napa Stay
We welcome this new winery to the fold. Meet Bart Lyrarakis and Sam Catechis
and taste some of their wines.
There is virtually no family in Crete which has not been involved in the production of
wine at one time or another. In 1966 the founders of Lyrarakis decided to become professionally involved with the production of wine. The founding was accompanied by planting
some of the best local wine varieties, namely the white Vilana, and the reds Kotsifali and
Mandilaria. The winery is situated in one of the most recognized vineyard regions of
Crete, namely at Alagni, Heraklion, the most mountainous village of the appellation area
(AOC) of PEZA. The company only started bottling wines under the Lyrarakis family
brand in the early nineties. The first vintage of Lyrarakis was 1992; before then all the
production was sold in bulk to major wineries of Greece or abroad.
We welcome back Markham’s president, Bryan del Bondio, who was with us in many
of our earlier years.
Enjoy a three-night stay for 2 couples in Markham Vineyards’ newly remodeled Yountville
guesthouse. While you are there you can swim, play bocce or just relax on the deck with
a glass of Markham Vineyards Merlot. Another interesting planned activity will be your
private tour and tasting at the winery. President Bryan del Bondio and Winemaker Kimberlee Nicholls will accompany you, answer all of your questions, and serve you some
great wine. Kimberlee has been winemaker at Markham for more than 20 years. You might
think that Merlot was dying out or has become passé, but Markham has consistently made
great Merlot for decades. In addition, their portfolio of wine includes a complete array of
the varietals you would expect from any great Napa Valley winery including Sauvignon
Blanc, Cabernet Sauvignon and Pinot Noir.
The vintage specified for the two magnums of THE LAST SUPPER is 2008. It is a blend
of three wines — 20% Mandilari, 20% Syrah and 60% Kotsifali. Mandilari is an indigenous
grape to the Greek wine regions of the Aegean islands and Crete. It is a red tannic grape
that is often found as a blending partner of Kotsifali. Kotsifali single varietal wines bear
all the hallmarks of traditional “Southern Mediterranean” wines: low in colour, relatively
high in alcohol, with smooth tannins and soft acidity. In addition to augmenting Kotsifali
‘s tannin content and tempering its alcoholic strength, Mandilari deepens the colour in
wine blend and makes it more ageworthy. The 2010 El Greco is a blend comprised of 90%
Syrah and 5% each Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon. The EL GRECO 3L is a commemorative bottle featuring St. Peter and St. Paul. It honors the great Renaissance artist who was
born (1541) and raised on the island of Crete, which was at that time part of the Republic
of Venice, and the center of Post-Byzantine art. He trained and became a master within
that tradition before traveling at age 26 to Venice, as other Greek artists had done.
• 3-night stay for 2 couples in the Markham guesthouse, Yountville
• Private tour and tasting with President Bryan del Bondio and Winemaker
Kimberlee Nicholls
Bordeaux immigrant Jean Laurent came to California in 1852 to seek gold but instead
founded one of the first wineries in Napa Valley. Bruce Markham arrived in Napa Valley
almost 100 years later, also looking to start a winery. He purchased vineyards in Yountville, Oak Knoll and Calistoga and the old Laurent winery, which was operating as a
cooperative at the time. In 1978, he founded Markham Vineyards. Beginning in 1988,
Markham undertook an ambitious four-year, multi-million dollar renovation, expansion
and vineyard-replanting program. These efforts have made Markham one of the most
advanced, stunning winemaking facilities in the country. Come see for yourself.
LOT SS 41 $1000
LOT SS 40 $2050
• 2-night stay for 2 couples at Martinelli Winery
• VIP tasting for 4
• One magnum (1.5L) Martinelli Pinot Noir “Bondi Home Ranch” Sonoma 2012
• One magnum (1.5L) Martinelli Pinot Noir “Bella Vigna” Russian River Valley 2012
Rock the Rockpile!
We extend a warm welcome back to our longtime friend, Julianna Martinelli. We always
love having you with us.
The 2012 Bella Vigna Pinot Noir received 90 points from James Laube (WS). The 2012
Bondi Home Ranch received 94 points from Parker — “This complex, Côte de Nuits-styled,
full-bodied, powerful, rich Pinot Noir…” What more do you need to know?
LOT SS 42 $900
We welcome our longtime friend Clay Mauritson to this year’s events!
Winemaking may have been the logical evolution in his family’s long history of farming
in the Dry Creek Valley, however, it took an absence from the valley and attention to
those inner voices that led Clay Mauritson back to these same vineyards that he spent
planting, tending and picking as a teen. What he came to realize was that he already had
a lifetime of understanding about the subtleties and strengths of each micro-climate
within the Dry Creek, Rockpile and Alexander Valleys. The only thing left was to DREAM
BIG! Since 1868, the Mauritson family has been growing grapes in the Dry Creek Valley.
Clay’s great-great-great grandfather, S.P. Hallengren, a grape-growing pioneer in the
Rockpile region, first planted vines in 1884.
One of the oldest and most historically significant vineyard owners and wine producers
in Northern California is the large Martinelli family that cultivates over 350 acres.
Remarkably, 90% or more of their entire production is sold off to other wineries as the
production of their Martinelli wines tends to be small, ranging from fewer than 100 cases
to 500–600+. Since 1896, five generations of the family have worked together producing
apples and wine in Sonoma County. Now, you can win a two-night stay for two couples at
Martinelli’s charming accommodations located in the beautiful Russian River Valley of
California. From your deck you will have incredible views of the vineyards, the winery,
and the valley. You will also receive a VIP tour and tasting at the winery, just steps away
from your cozy abode. Note: These are non-smoking accommodations, include a full
kitchen, and are at the top of two flights of stairs. Your stay will include a VIP tasting of
those great Martinelli Wines — lots of great Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Syrah and Zinfandel.
• Two-night stay for up to two couples in the Mauritson Family Winery guest cottage
in Dry Creek Valley
• Day with Winemaker Clay Mauritson including private tour and tasting at the winery
and lunch in the famed Rockpile vineyard
• 6-magnum collection Mauritson Family Rockpile single-vineyard Zinfandel 2013,
one each:
– Rockpile Ridge Vineyard Sonoma County 2013
– Westphall Ridge Vineyard Sonoma County 2013
– Jack’s Cabin Vineyard Sonoma County 2013
– Cemetery Vineyard Sonoma County 2013
– Pritchett Peaks Vineyard Sonoma County 2013
– Uncle’s Block Sonoma County 2013
Clay invites you to beautiful Dry Creek Valley for a two-night stay for two couples in the
winery guest house. You will see the rugged beauty of the area and understand what has
kept the Mauritson family farming this area for 15 decades. While you are there, Clay will
be your personal guide for the day, including a private tour and tasting at the winery and
lunch in the famed Rockpile vineyard. Think of all the things you will want to ask Clay
about his family’s history in the Dry Creek Valley. To etch the lessons firmly into your
memory, you receive six magnums from the single vineyard Rockpile Zinfandels that
Clay made for the amazing 2013 vintage.
Are you ready to rock?
LOT SS 43 $2000
Way Better than a Selfie
• One magnum (1.5L) Memento Mori Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley 2011
• One magnum (1.5L) Memento Mori Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley 2012
• 1-hour portrait session with CatMax Photography
Catrina Maxwell makes people look good. She’s an Atlanta native with a degree in
commercial photography who brings out everyone’s best side. Catrina’s work has been
featured in Atlanta Magazine and Rolling Stone Magazine among others, so you know
you’ll be in good hands. Plus, you’ve probably met her at one of our many events — Catrina is always there with her camera in hand! This is a one-hour photography session
at a mutually agreeable time and place so prepare to be immortalized. Cat can arrange
prints, canvases and albums for purchase after the session. Smile!
Expires November 10, 2015. Not available on holidays. Tax and gratuity is included.
LOT SS 44 $250
We welcome Memento Mori back to the Auction for their second consecutive year.
Steve Job’s words are the inspiration to the founders of Memento Mori, friends Adriel
Lares, Hayes Drumwright and Adam Craun. Steve used the words Memento Mori to
express “Remember you will die.” Here, it is interpreted in a more celebratory way — “Remember to live.” In other words, these guys believe that life is too short to not drink
anything less than stellar wine. The friends began the project in 2007, tasting all over
the valley before bringing on renowned grape grower Andy Beckstoffer, young winemaker Sam Kaplan, and consultant Nancy Duckhorn. That’s a mighty fine combination.
The fruit for their first release wine (2010 vintage) was sourced from some of the valley’s
top vineyards in Oakville, Saint Helena and Rutherford. The initial release received
91 points from Parker, himself. For these two vintages, the Parker ratings are 90 and
95 points respectively.
Our interpretation of Memento Mori is: Life is too short to drink bad wine!
LOT SS 46 $650
• One 3L bottle of McManis Family Cabernet Sauvignon California 2013
The McManis family has been farming in the northern interior region of California since
1938. In 1990, fourth generation farmer Ron McManis, and his wife Jamie founded the
McManis Family Vineyards. Currently, they farm over 2,600 acres of premium wine grapes
located within the premier growing areas of the northern interior. In 1998, the company
designed and built a state-of-the-art winery and today the McManis Family Vineyards
label comprises over 300,000 cases of wine across a range of red and white varietals
sourced from ten estate vineyards. Cabernet Sauvignon is the best-selling wine that
McManis produces. The 2013 vintage was rated 90 points by Wine Enthusiast which
featured the wine as a “Best Buy” in February 2015.
LOT SS 45 $100
• Six-year (750ml) vertical of Meteor Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley,
2006–2011, in a wooden crate
Horse Racing, Wine, Art and Food — Giddyup!
Welcome Dawnine Dyer, Winemaker and Proprietor of Meteor, back to the Auction
for her second year!
The Muscarelle Museum of Art in Williamsburg, Virginia has carved out a unique niche
for their Wine Auction weekend and man is it fun. Their Auction is always on Kentucky
Derby Weekend with viewing the Derby itself as a centerpiece, so they’re running for the
roses and the rosés at the same time. The Auction takes place on the Museum’s lawn Saturday with the Derby as its crescendo so plan on decking out in full Derby regalia — blue
blazers, bonnets (there will be a best bonnet contest) the works! This awesome weekend
of events represents their Grand Cru level package so whoever gets the winning bid here
will be treated like the winning horse’s owner. Go to the whip early bidders!
So here’s the deal. At Knoxville’s L’Amour du Vin (wine auction benefiting the Knoxville
Museum of Art), your friendly Wine Gnome purchased seats for a six-year vertical tasting
of Meteor Vineyard Special Family Reserve (2005-2010) for him and his lovely bride.
People, listen up. The wine was staggeringly fantastic! Trust us. You MUST have this
wine in your cellar. BUY IT! Here is the Wine Gnome guarantee. If you don’t like it, call
the Gnome and he will negotiate with you to take it off your hands!
LOT SS 47 $800 if you are on their mailing list.
If not, a whole lot more!
Grand Cru Package
• 6:00 PM Reception and gourmet five-course wine dinner for two Friday night
at Fat Canary
• Accommodations for two nights at the Williamsburg Inn (a five star Diamond
Property — Superior or Deluxe Level) All sales and lodging tax is included.
• Breakfast for two at the Williamsburg Inn Saturday morning
Located almost due east of Napa on the far side of the Silverado Trail, the Coombsville
appellation is home to many great wineries. Meteor started as a dream 35 years ago
when Barry Schuler, a college student with an emerging passion for wine, first visited
Napa Valley. After roaming the valley and tasting, he was struck by the burning desire
to someday live in Napa, grow grapes and make wine that could take its place among the
World’s greats. Barry and his wife Tracy bought the property that is now Meteor Vineyard in 1998. By the time the vineyard was ready for its first harvest, prestigious names
such as Etude, Vineyard 29, Arietta, Favia and Lail Vineyards were clamoring to work
in the vineyard. In 2003, the Schuler’s decided to produce a very small quantity of 100%
Meteor Vineyard wine, to discover what a singular expression of the vineyard would
be. The results were so impressive that they decided to make Barry’s 35-year-old dream
come true; and in 2004, the first Meteor vintage was born. Can you say cult wine? It is
certainly that! No review for any vintage of Meteor wine by any critic has ever received
a review below 91, most much higher.
• Wine Auction weekend for two with lodging in Williamsburg, VA, May 1–3, 2015
• Two tickets to the Muscarelle Museum of Art
• Two tickets to the 5th Annual Muscarelle Wine Auction
– 2 :00 PM Reception
– 4:00 PM Live Auction
– 6:30 PM Kentucky Derby Race Party
• Transportation to and from Friday’s dinner and the Saturday Auction
Gratuity is included for meals. Valet, room service and other amenities are additional.
LOT SS 48 $2800
A Blast from the Past! A Baker’s Dozen of Well-Aged California Wines
Six bottles of Good Spanish Rioja
• 2 (750ml) Geyser Peak Cabernet Sauvignon Sonoma North Coast 1974
• 1 (750ml) Ridge California Petite Sirah York Creek Vineyard Napa 1974
• 2 (750ml) Sebastiani Proprietor’s Reserve Angelica Antigua N
• 2 (750ml) Sebastiani Cabernet Sauvignon Sonoma 1968
• 1 (750ml) Silver Oak Cabernet Sauvignon Alexander Valley 1983
• 2 (750ml) Parducci Pinot Noir Mendocino 1971
• 3 (750ml) Louis M. Martini Cabernet Sauvignon California Mountain 1970
• 6 (750ml) La Rioja Alta Gran Reserva 904 Rioja DOC 1998
Jim and Rene’s sixth lot is an interesting view into California’s past. The Wine Gnome
scrambled to find nine of these bottles available to purchase currently. The others were
more elusive. All of these names are familiar to us, even if the specific vintages and
specific wines might not be. Specific ratings are hard to come by, but the ones we found
were generally in the 88–90 point range. Plus, if you know Jim and Rene, you know they
don’t drink bad wine.
Needless to say, all of these bottles are ready to drink. These are old wines, but probably
worth the risk. Jim’s cellar is pristine.
LOT SS 49 $600 just for the Ridge, Sebastiani C.S.,
Silver Oak and Martini
The 1998 Gran Reserva 904 is a blend of 90% Tempranillo and 10% Graciano aged in cask
for four years. The wine was rated by Parker’s The Wine Advocate in 2012 as a 95 pointer.
It will be great for at least another 15–20 years. If you like Tempranillo, this is your lot.
LOT SS 50 $300
The ringers in this lot are the two bottles of Sebastiani Angelica Antigua. The Gnome
found a Q&A piece in the Seattle Times from three years back. The initial offering of this
wine was released in 1977, but the vintages that comprise were from the early to mid-60s
and it was bottled in the early 70s. The product is a dry-styled cream Sherry.
La Rioja Alta was founded in the town of Haro in 1890. They own 1,100+ acres of vineyard
from which their entire portfolio is sourced, predominantly Tempranillo complemented
by Graciano, Mazuelo and Garnacha, using American rather than French oak. The wood
is cured for two years outdoors before being shaped and hammered into barrels at their
own cooperage. Quite simply, these are some of the finest Riojas that can grace your cellar.
Six bottles of 1990 Left Bank Bordeaux
• 3 (750ml) Château Pontet-Canet Pauillac Grand Cru Classé 1990
• 3 (750ml) Château Langoa-Barton Saint-Julien Grand Cru Classé 1990
Château Langoa-Barton and Château Pontet-Canet were both ranked in the Classification
of 1855 that Napoleon III requested for the Exposition Universelle de Paris. Langoa-Barton
was ranked as a Troisièmes Cru (3rd Growth) and Pontet-Canet was ranked as a
Cinquièmes Crus (5th Growth). The Crus were based on sales volume the previous year.
Both wines received ratings in the low 90’s after their release.
Six good bottles of classified Bordeaux that are fully mature and ready to drink. The
Nalley’s have bought and stored them for you and are now bringing them to you for your
drinking pleasure.
LOT SS 51 $700
12 bottles of 2000 Bordeaux
• Four tickets to the 36th Annual l’Eté du Vin, July 23–25, 2015
• Château Rauzan-Gassies Margaux, Grand Cru Classé
• Château Dauzac Margaux Grand Cru Classé
• Château Olivier Pessac-Leognan Grand Cru Classé de Graves
• Château Gruaud-Larose St.-Julien Sarget de Gruaud-Larose
• Château la Tourette Pauillac
• Château Léoville Poyferré Saint-Julien Château Moulin Riche
• Château Chauvin St.-Emilion Grand Cru, Grand Cru Classé
• Château la Couspaude St.-Emilion Grand Cru, Grand Cru Classé
• Château Dalem Fronsac
• Château La Croix de Gay Pomerol
• Clos Rene Pomerol
• Château Marjosse Entre Deux Mers, Bordeaux
Pack your bags and come to Music City for The 36th Annual l’Eté du Vin! Lucky bidders
will join fellow wine lovers at the Vintners’ Tasting on Thursday, July 23 and have a
seated, structured wine tasting featuring award-winning wines, paired with light snacks.
This year’s Guests of Honor will personally speak to their wines and interact with the
crowd to deliver a truly special experience for all in attendance. The Silent and Live Auction
will take place on Saturday, July 25 at the new Music City Center in downtown Nashville.
Guests may browse a large Silent Auction, while enjoying champagne and fine wines. As
the reception closes, guests enjoy a gourmet dinner as the Live Auction starts. Auctioneer
Fritz Hatton will excite the crowd and showcase excellent lots including find wines, unique
dinners and tastings, one of a kind trips and luxury items. Winning bidders will have the
option to purchase tickets to the Patrons’ Dinner on Friday, July 24, 2015.
The Nalley’s have provided a fascinating lot with a window into Bordeaux that most
people rarely see. Thank you, Jim and Rene.
This group consists of five Left Bank (Cabernet Sauvignon dominate) and seven Right
Bank (Merlot dominate) wines. The Rauzan-Gassies is a Deuxièmes Cru (2nd Growth)
and the Dauzac is a Cinquièmes Cru (5th Growth). Look closely at the names and you
will see that the lot contains a wine once considered the second wine from Léoville
Poyferré and the current second label from Gruaud-Larose. It also contains a classified
wine from Graves and two classified Cru Bourgeois from St.-Emilion.
Four of these bottles were rated 92 points; two were rated 91 points; three 90 points; and
the rest were 89 points. Not shabby at all! These wines are mature and ready to drink.
You might not know the names, but there is good drinking to be had here.
LOT SS 52 $700
We start by stating that nothing bad came out of France and certainly not from Bordeaux
in the year 2000. It is the first of numerous wines of the decade. Parker rated the vintage
96 for all of Bordeaux. How bad can that be?
LOT SS 53 $1640
Roman Revel
• Four-course Chef’s dinner for eight with wine
Friends, Romans, countrymen, lend me your taste buds. Osteria Mattone is Roswell’s
own little slice of authentic Italy. Come get your slice, paisan. Start things off with a wine
tasting hosted personally by Chef Ted Lahey and Wine Director Daniel Pernice. Va bene!
Then your party of eight will sit down for a one-of-a-kind Roman dining experience that
will have you holding on to your togas as Chef Lahey presents a specially made fourcourse dinner which will be perfectly paired with wines hand- selected by Daniel. When
in Rome…bid it up!
Valid Sundays-Thursdays for up to one year from Auction date. Gratuity not included.
LOT SS 54 $850
• 3 (750ml) bottles PATEL Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley 2011
• 3 (750ml) bottles PATEL Red Wine Napa Valley 2011
Deliciousness Delivered Door-To-Door
We welcome owner Raj Patel back to our Auction!
• One month’s gourmet meal kit delivery plus wine
Patel Winery owner Raj Patel was born in India’s Gujarat State and came with his family
to California in the early 1970’s. They settled in Northern California and became a part
of the American scene. After a varied career that included finance and Bank of America,
Raj put together a business plan and started Patel Winery. Raj Patel has led something
of a charmed life, at least in the wine-related aspects of his business. He is also unique
in the fact that he is one of the few natives of India to own a winery in California. Because
of that fact, none other than Robert Parker decided to rate his first release. “We only made
a total of 100 cases of our first wine and Mr. Parker gave it a 95. I guess you can say that
his rating gave us a great start.” Patel produces hand crafted Bordeaux-varietal red wines
from Napa Valley. Our wine is rooted in the use of Old World techniques and is distinctively Napa Valley in expression.
We are grateful to our good friend Judith Winfrey, President of PeachDish and long-time
supporter of the Auction, for this lot!
LOT SS 55 $600
Even foodies fall into a rut making meals at home sometimes. Wouldn’t it be great to get
some exciting new dishes coming out of your kitchen? Your prayers have been answered
with this lot. PeachDish is the amazing gourmet home delivery service that will change
your culinary life. You will enjoy four ready-to-make meals each week for a month including vegetarian dishes, all including the finest, freshest locally sourced, often organic
ingredients. Meticulous directions make the meal-making easy. And there’s more. 3 Parks
Wine, Glenwood Park’s wine, meats, cheeses and gifts boutique is graciously supplying
four to six bottles of red wine to accompany PeachDish’s fine meals. Wow. Bid high and
then run home and wait for the doorbell.
Offer expires March 28, 2016.
The 2011’s are just now being released. The 2011 Red Wine is comprised of 65% Merlot,
19% Cabernet Sauvignon, 11% Malbec and 5% Petit Verdot. Buy this lot and find out what
Parker discovered.
LOT SS 56 $300
• Peju Chef de Table for 6
• Private tour and tasting
• Round of golf for up to 3 persons with Andrew Phipps at the exclusive Napa Valley
Country Club
• 4-course lunch and tasting with private chef paired with Phipps Family wines
• One magnum (1.5) Phipps Family Cellars Zinfandel “PFC Treborce Vineyard” Dry Creek
Valley 2011, signed and hand-waxed
We welcome back longtime friend and supporter Lisa Peju.
Peju has been making wine in Rutherford since 1982. Their wines have won multiple
awards through the years. One of only 18 Certified Green Wineries, the Peju family
is dedicated to sustainable and organic farming practices.
Upon arrival, you will be greeted with a welcome toast and will explore the beautiful
estate garden. Next, you and your guests will enjoy a private tasting of Peju wines
accompanied by local artisan cheeses in the famous Tasting Tower. Following the tasting,
you will move to the Peju kitchen and experience Executive Chef Alex “Farm to Table”
luncheon — a regional culinary exploration of seasonal dishes prepared and served in
the Peju Kitchen or in the garden, depending on the season. The dinner will, of course,
be complimented by specially selected Peju wines.
LOT SS 57 $1200
You and up to two guests will be treated to a 18-hole round of golf with Andrew Phipps,
Owner & Winemaker of Phipps Family Cellars, at the Napa Valley Country Club, Napa
Valley’s only totally private Country Club. NVCC is in its Centennial Year and boasts
amazing vistas of the entire North Bay and Napa Valley.
After golf, you will be treated to a 4-course Napa Valley Culinary Experience. Andrew
will join you for an afternoon of dining and tasting through the Phipps Family Cellars
line-up. A delicious four-course lunch will be prepared by Fred Halpert, a local Michelintrained chef; and, all of the food courses will be paired with a different selection of
Phipps wine.
Envisioned by Tony Peju even before he purchased the property, the 50 foot tower at Peju
was designed by Southern California architect Calvin Straub in 1980-81, and its rendering
has graced the label of every estate-bottled Peju wine. Resembling a French Provincial
tower, the structure encloses 1600 square feet with mezzanine and is built from stucco
and stone. It is this tower that will welcome you and your 5 guests when you arrive at
Peju for your private tasting, tour, and lunch. Peju makes Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot,
Cabernet Franc, Syrah, Fifty/Fifty, Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay and Provence, a proprietary blend of red and white varietals. With a lineup like that, you know the tasting
will be special.
We welcome first-timer participants Andrew and Jennifer Phipps to our Auction.
The lot includes one signed, hand-waxed magnum of Phipps Family Cellars Treborce
Vineyard Zinfandel from the Dry Creek Valley. Dubbed the Cab-Lover’s Zinfandel, these
wines are limited in production and sell out quickly each year.
The 2011 Zinfandel received 90 Points from Wine Enthusiast which it described as “Classic
Dry Creek Zinfandel.” Andrew wants to know when you want to play golf!
LOT SS 58 $1500
Cheese-Making and 144 Glasses of Wine!
• Five-year (750ml) vertical Forman Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley,
• At-home mozzarella bar and wine tasting for 12
What a lot of fun this will be and we do mean a lot! Invite 11 of your favorite people
over and get set for a night of noshing, kneading and wine drinking as Portofino comes
to your kitchen. Chef Matt Marcus himself will lead your group through a hands-on
cheese-making experience where everyone will learn how to make mozzarella cheese so
creamy and delicious you may never buy it from a store again. You’ll be sampling Matt’s
delectable antipasti while you laugh and learn, and that’s not the half of it. Portofino’s
charming wine expert Chris Blake will be taking your taste buds on a wine tour you
won’t believe. Twelve different wines will be served — that’s 144 glasses of wine. Wow!
Your guests will leave (eventually), singing your praises (probably in loud voices with
Italian accents) having had an unforgettable night at your home. Bid big.
Tax and gratuity are included. Not available holidays or weekends. Expires March 28,
2016. Call Portofino to schedule.
• Six-year (750ml) vertical of Pride Mountain Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve
Napa Valley, 2004–2009
Served at The White House more than twenty-five times, featured among only twenty-two
California wineries chosen for Robert Parker’s book, The World’s Greatest Wine Estates,
and placing six times on the Wine Spectator’s annual Top 100 list of wines in the last ten
years, the wines of Pride Mountain Vineyards justifiably belong in every serious wine
collector’s cellar.
During the first couple of years of this vertical, Pride was making the transition from the
great Cabernet master and winemaker, Bob Foley, to Sally Johnson, formerly of St. Francis
Winery. Pundits fretted whether Sally was up to the task of seamlessly and adequately
replacing Foley. Well, here are the results — Parker ratings were 96, 93+, 98, 95+, 92 and
96. You don’t need a better recommendation than that!
Year in and year out, simply some of the best Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley.
LOT SS 60 $1100 maybe if you can find it anywhere!
The vineyards are divided into three parcels, each one planted with these four Bordeaux
varieties. Below the winery the “Clos” is deepest in the gravel/sand deposits. Directly
above the winery the steeply sloped plot is composed of more dense and larger volcanic
rock, so much so that extensive dynamite explosions were needed for rock shattering
to facilitate planting. Further up the mountain lies the third parcel which is made up
of the same pink gravel but is underlain with a gray volcanic ash. This combination of
soils gives Forman’s red wine the unique elegant taste it is known for.
Mr. Parker rated all of the vintages 90–93+, with only one being a 90. All five wines are
in their peak maturity. The Potts have provided us with another excellent lot. Steak dinner
party, anyone?
LOT SS 59 $1400
Ric Forman founded Forman Vineyard in 1983 to fulfill a dream of producing small
quantities of classically made Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon. After a three-year
search of the Napa Valley for the perfect location, he purchased, in 1978, the current
winery/vineyard site which is perched on a ridge at the base of Howell Mountain overlooking the town of St. Helena. This remarkable site has produced great wines in the
Bordeaux style from Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot and Petit Verdot.
LOT SS 61 $400 excluding any premium for the vertical
• One 3L Browne Family Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley 2012
Andrew Browne, principal of Browne Family Vineyards, is the first to tell you he’s a
tastemaker, not a winemaker. As a curator of the brightest talent, best vineyards and
the divining rod of winning concepts at Precept Wine, where he serves as its CEO, his
groundbreaking feats across the wine industry carry through to his own family legacy
in wine, Browne Family. Throughout his 20-year career ascent in the wine industry, he
was laying the foundation for his namesake family winery. Inspired by the greatness
of one man — his grandfather, William Bitner Browne — integrity and excellence are the
standards upon which Browne wines are created. This is premium Washington wine,
made with the utmost quality and enjoyment in mind.
This wine has not been rated. However, it normally secures ratings in the low 90s from
all of the pundits. This is good Cabernet Sauvignon from the State of Washington.
LOT SS 62 $275
• 6–pack (750ml) Purple Hands Pinot Noir “Le Nouveau Monde” Oregon 2013
• 2 (750ml) bottles Purple Hands Pinot Noir “Holstein Vineyard” Dundee Hills 2013
Three times three liter of Rob’s Oregon Reserves
We welcome Cody Wright, owner and winemaker of Purple Hands Wine, to this
year’s Auction.
Cody Wright, founder and winemaker, was raised by highly-regarded pioneers of the
Oregon wine industry. He spent childhood days wandering between vineyard rows and
moving fermenters with forklifts. And his wife, Marque Wright, who assists in managing
winery business, grew up in southern Oregon amidst timber operations and cattle farms.
Together, they are the soul of Purple Hands. Cody worked in various vineyard management
and winemaking roles at Argyle, Ken Wright Cellars and ROCO. Abroad, he further
honed his craft at Knappstein Winery in Claire Valley, South Australia and Ata Rangi in
Martinborough, New Zealand. In 2005, Cody established Purple Hands as a small boutique
winery. And in ten years’ time — with no small help from Marque — the winery transformed
into a cult favorite that produces several thousand cases a year of critically acclaimed wine.
LOT SS 63 $500
After making wine for other people for more than twenty years, Rob Stuart and his
partners founded R. Stuart & Co. in early 2002. Rob started his winemaking journey on
the bottling line at Hans Kornell in Napa, California. From there he went on to work in
the cellar at Valley View Vineyards and then on to Staton Hills in Yakima, Washington
where he made wine for ten years. Rob managed to return to Oregon in 1994 when he
became the winemaker at Erath Vineyards, his home away from home until he started
his current adventure. Now he makes the wines he loves: Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris and
sparkling wine. These are classic Oregon Pinot Noirs. Temperance Hill Vineyard provides
fruit for single vineyard releases from Adelsheim, Bergström and Tori Mor, to name only
three. Erath and Rex Hill have single vineyard releases from Weber Vineyard. With company like these, you know the wines produced from these vineyard sources are first rate.
The Pinot Noir “Le Nouveau Monde” is the prestige Pinot Noir from Purple Hands. Only
150 cases, Cody Wright’s favorite 6 barrels from the entire vintage, were made. Purple
Hands call this wine, “Le Nouveau Monde” translation; “The New World”. The wine was
named after the passion and dedication to Oregon’s terroir and its unsurpassed quality of
Pinot Noir that the Purple Hands entire operation embraces and exhibits. Harvey Steiman,
Wine Spectator’s Oregon expert, rated the entire portfolio of Purple Hands Pinot Noir
91–93 points for the previous (2012) vintage. We believe these 2013 Pinots will be equally
good or even better!
• One year membership in their RED WINE CLUB
• Mixed case of Limited Production Single Vineyard Pinot Noir, all 750ml bottles:
– 3 bottles Weber Vineyard Dundee Hills 2011
– 3 bottles Weber Vineyard Dundee Hills 2012
– 3 bottles Elkhorn Ridge Vineyard Oregon 2012
– 3 bottles Temperance Hill Vineyard Eola-Amity Hills 2011
In addition, you receive a one year membership in R. Stuart & Co.’s Red Wine Club. Are
you mostly a red wine drinker? This is your Club. You will receive 6 bottles of red wine
in each of your club shipments — usually Pinot Noir, but not always. Maybe you occasionally want some white wines? The good news is that you can just add them to your Club
order to fill a case and they’ll send it to you via ground shipping, for free. Benefits include:
6 bottles of wine, three times a year (March, May and September); 20% off all bottle purchases, year round; complimentary year round ground shipping on one case or more
(as weather permits); unique recipes and tasting notes to pair with each Club wine; a private
winery tour and barrel tasting for your party of four (two per year); and a complimentary
wine flight for four in the Wine Bar (four per year). It’s a nice deal.
LOT SS 64 $2000
Attention Pinot Enthusiasts
• One magnum (1.5L) Scribe Winery Estate Pinot Noir 2013
• Private group tasting for 4 on the Scribe Winery Estate
• Carneros vineyard tour for 6 with barrel tasting at Saintsbury
• Family-style lunch by Fatted Calf
• 3 single-vineyard magnums:
– Saintsbury Pinot Noir Lee Vineyard Carneros 2012
– Saintsbury Pinot Noir Brown Ranch Vineyard Carneros 2012
– Saintsbury Pinot Noir Cerise Vineyard Anderson Valley 2012
Welcome Saintsbury partner Philippa Ward to our Auction!
Saintsbury was founded in 1981 by winemakers Dick Ward and David Graves who quickly
showed that Carneros was a likely terroir for Pinot Noir. Today, winemakers Chris Kajani
and Tim Colla continue to produce exceptional Pinot Noir and Chardonnay.
The tour will end with a late family-style lunch provided by the local, highly acclaimed
Fatted Calf. Fatted Calf is a charcuterie and butcher shop dedicated to the details that
produce incredibly tasty food. This experience is for up to six Pinot Noir enthusiasts
and to be redeemed by December 2015.
And, don’t forget the three single vineyard magnums of great Pinot Noir. These three
Pinots are produced in small lots ranging from 270 cases (Cerise) to 600 cases (Brown
Ranch). All three are great Pinots that demonstrate the winemaking skills of Chris and
Tim. Roast duck or roast lamb anyone?
LOT SS 65 $2000
Now you can go and find out what the buzz is all about. Four people will experience firsthand the phenomenon that is Scribe when you go for you private group tasting. You can
see for yourself the efforts that are underway to restore the old estate to the grandeur of
yesteryear. You also receive a magnum of the 2013 Estate Pinot Noir. Fruit is from the
Arrowhead Slope Vineyard on Arrowhead Mountain.
So, put on your boots because it’s time to kick up some Carneros dirt! Join Chris Kajani,
winemaker, and Richard Ward, co-founder, for a mid-morning Carneros vineyard tour at
Stanly Ranch and Lee Vineyard. You’ll gain firsthand experience in the fine-tuned detail
and patience needed to grow exceptional Pinot Noir. In the vineyard, you’ll witness a
unique growing stage of the vine and, depending on the time of year, take part in cluster
counting or grape sampling. Then, you’ll head back to the winery for a barrel tasting of
single-vineyard Pinot Noirs from esteemed vineyard sites in Carneros, Anderson Valley
and Sonoma Coast.
The history of the Scribe Winery estate dates back to 1858 when Emil Dresel, son of a
German winemaker, came to California seeking his fortune. He planted the first Sylvaner
and Riesling varieties imported into the US. He was succeeded by his brother Julius who
used Missouri rootstock to fight the Phylloxera outbreak in 1878, thus becoming the first
grower in California to use disease resistant rootstock. The Dresel estate winery came to
a halt during prohibition. Since opening in 2009, the owners and vintners Andrew and
Adam Mariani — and their stylish, photo-ready wine feasts — have been featured in GQ,
Paper and countless design magazines and blogs. But what’s caught the eye of California
producers isn’t the buzz — it’s that Scribe is part of a growing revolution of young winemakers who are sharing their wine in intimate settings (no giant tasting rooms, please)
and pulling off one of the hardest feats in wine: creating leagues of loyal fans.
LOT SS 66 $225+
Who Dat Gon’ Miss Dis Bayou Brunch?
• Brunch for 6 with Mimosas
Take a bunch to this brunch and let the good times roll. Scott Serpas, a seriously
award-winning Chef and New Orleans native, can sho nuff put some great N’Awlins
style vittles on the table, y’all. Classics, like beignets, flash-fried oysters, banana brown
sugar French toast, Creole omelets and all kinds of other favorites. You’ll toast (French
or otherwise) the start of your meal with a complimentary round of Mimosas and from
that point on — anything goes. Don’t spare the hot sauce when you bid.
Served 12:30 PM or later. Tax and gratuity not included. Reservations required. Offer
expires March 27, 2016.
LOT SS 67 $300
Taste What’s Shakin’
Through the Roof
• Gift basket
• Three-course tasting menu with wine pairings for four
The Shake Shack has it goin’ on, y’all. 100% Angus beef burgers (unless you like shroom
burgers better), fries (try ‘em covered with cheese), gourmet dogs, beer and wine, floats,
frozen custards and oh, those famous shakes. This is a serious burger joint in the heart
of the new Buckhead dining Mecca and if you’re a burger or a shake aficionado, you’ve
just gotta check this place out. This gift basket is a great way to do it. It includes a bottle
of Shake Shack’s house red and white wine (made exclusively for Shake Shack by Frog’s
Leap, no less), Mast Brothers chocolate, and a $50 gift card to Shake Shack. Shake it,
don’t break it. Wrap it up, you’ll take it.
South Main Kitchen is Chef Christy Stone’s domain in Alpharetta where seasonal,
mouth-watering flavors have been consistently impressing diners for a while now. You
would do well to see and taste what all the delicious noise is about and this is your
chance. Bring three friends and enjoy the culinary artistry of three tasting courses
paired with perfect wines in the intimate dining area or enjoy the views and the chews
up on South Main’s rooftop. Want this lot? Better bid through the roof.
LOT SS 68 $200
LOT SS 70 $375
Tax included. Gratuity additional. Expires March 28, 2016. Book any Sunday–Thursday.
• 6 (750ml) bottles Soter Vineyards Pinot Noir North Valley 2012
The Willamette Valley is Oregon’s most recognized appellation for cool climate varietal
wines, and it is in the northern part of this region where the finest vineyards are found,
an epicenter of quality referred to as the “North Valley.” The extremely high quality
vineyard sites within the Dundee Hills, Eola-Amity Hills, Ribbon Ridge, Yamhill-Carlton
and McMinnville viticultural areas provide a rich and diverse array of raw materials
from which Soter carefully practices the “art of the blend.”
The 2012 vintage will be regarded as one of the greatest in the history of the Willamette
Valley. A warm, early spring flowering helped to begin and ensure full ripening under
consistent, sunny skies throughout most of the growing season, which included harvest
time. In 2012, Soter’s North Valley Pinot Noir represents the highest caliber of combined
vineyard sources, including Beacon Hill, Momtazi, Zena Crown and Vista Hills.
Wine Spectator rated every one of Soter’s North Valley 2012 Pinot Noirs at least 90 points.
This one was no exception. It’s great Pinot! And Tony Soter is one of the masters of Pinot!
LOT SS 69 $200
Dinner with a Kitchen View — Treat Yourself
• Wine dinner for six at Chef’s Table PLUS overnight accommodations and spa treatment
at Mandarin Oriental, Atlanta
Get away for just a day with a staycation in fashionable Buckhead. First on your itinerary:
check into the luxurious five-star Mandarin Oriental, Atlanta for high-class Southern
living and a perfect base from which to explore Atlanta. Next, forget your troubles with
an 80-minute Peaches and Cream Journey treatment at The Spa. Last, but not least,
invite five of your best friends to dinner at St. Cecilia for a coastal European meal
complete with wine pairings. Savor your custom menu at the Chef’s Table and chat with
Executive Chef Craig Richards and one of St. Cecilia’s beverage experts about your tasty
treats and beverages. Bid like crazy, then relax, relax, relax.
The St. Cecilia dinner should be scheduled in advance before November 15, 2015 for a
mutually agreeable time and is subject to seating availability. Taxes and gratuity on full
value not included. Not valid on holidays. Mandarin Oriental, Atlanta experience expires
March 25, 2015. All additional spa charges and gratuities are responsibilities of guest.
LOT SS 71 $1750
Brews and BBQs
Riesling and Amore
• VIP tour and tasting for 25
• 1 Magnum Amore 2008, signed in wood box
• 6 (750ml) bottles Spring Mountain District Dry Riesling 2012
• 6 (750ml) bottles Spring Mountain District Dry Riesling 2013
Here, let us top that off for you. And for 24 of your closest buds! SweetWater is hooking
you up with a VIP tour and tasting. Everyone gets pint glasses, six tasting tickets for
delicious craft brew, speedy check-in, a VIP server and Fox Bros. BBQ. The crew at
SweetWater will lead y’all on a tour to share the story of how the beer began to flow
and to show you how the magic happens. Thirsty yet? Raise your paddle and quench
your palate!
Available Wednesday through Fridays from 5:30 PM–7:30 PM and weekends from
2:30 PM–4:30 PM. Must be 21+ to attend. Tax included. Gratuity not included.
LOT SS 72 $625
West Coast Wow!
• Four-Course dinner with Washington State wines for six
This is a one-of-a-kind. Terra Terroir is importing the very best Washington State has to
offer and hiding it away just for you in their secret dining garden. Robert Parker thinks
Washington State has possibly the best line-up of wines in America and you’re going to
enjoy the all-stars, brought by a real expert on the subject, Patrick Smith of Efeste Vineyards.
Patrick will have Cayuse Vineyards Syrah Caillou Vineyard, Quilceda Creek Cabernet
Columbia Valley and Force Majeure Collaboration Series VI du Cheval Vineyard Red
Mountain; two bottles of each. Told you this was a Wow! Patrick will be aided and abetted
by Sommelier Chris Driollet, winner of seven consecutive Wine Spectator Awards of
Excellence and supervising the opening and pouring. Now for the food — a four-course
feast prepared by Chef Leye and served in your secret hideaway garden. It’s no secret
this is a fantastic lot. Pour on the bidding.
Sam has a well-deserved reputation for his Cabernet Sauvignon, but this year he has
brought us some good Riesling plus a mag of his Super Tuscan blend. During Terra
Valentines’ vineyard development on Spring Mountain, they identified some cooler
microclimates, not well suited for red varietals but just right to grow white wine grapes.
Riesling was planted based on their love of aromatic white wines and the track record
for Riesling in the Spring Mountain District. Not your typical sweet Riesling, Terra
Valentine’s is bone dry and more Alsatian in style. This two-year vertical will give you
a great idea about Sam’s ability to coax those wonderful aromatics out of the wine but
without cloying sweetness.
Located on Spring Mountain just below Pride Mountain, Terra Valentine shares this
incredible mountain with many well-known wineries. Our long-time friend Sam Baxter
is the Proprietor and Winemaker. We are happy to have you with us again, Sam.
The Sangiovese is sourced from Piero Antinori’s vineyard located at 1600 feet elevation
in the Atlas Peak appellation of the eastern hills of the Napa Valley. If anyone knows how
to grow Sangiovese, it’s the folks at Antinori. At the time of blending, small amounts of
estate Cabernets and Merlot are added (7% and 3% respectively for the 2008) to fill out the
palate and create a seamless blend that showcases the bright strawberry and blueberry
fruit of the Sangiovese.
You know Sam makes great wines. You need to try these and see just how versatile
his winemaking skills are.
LOT SS 74 $600
Tax included. Gratuity not included. Schedule by March 28, 2016.
LOT SS 73 $900
Sip, Laugh and Learn
• 2-night stay for 2 couples in the Chardonnay House at Thomas George winery, Russian
River Valley
• Private tasting in estate caves with winemaker John Wilson
• Etched 3L Thomas George Estate Pinot Noir Russian River Valley 2012
• Wine class for four
Ferrets are great at hiding so you may not be familiar with this wonderful wine and
gift shop in Woodstock. The Gifted Ferret has everything a wine connoisseur could
want including hard to find boutique wines, gourmet chocolates, exotic wine coffees
and a staggering array of wine related gifts and accessories. The Ferret folks also put
on first-rate wine appreciation classes for anyone from a rank beginner to a seasoned
wine aficionado. These aren’t stuffy affairs, mind you. You’ll learn a lot and have more fun
than a mongoose in a hen house so make sure you weasel your way into winning this bid.
Check thegiftedferret.com and sign up for the specific class that interests you.
LOT SS 75 $160
Big Bottles — Big Wine
• 6 signed bottles of Steele Cabernet, Red Hills Vineyard
Jed Steele has a knack for making amazing wines, honed over 40 years in California
vineyards and vats. Jed was the winemaker that helped start Edmeades (those lush big
Zins), and later the first winemaker at explosively popular Kendall Jackson (for many,
the quintessential California Chardonnay). Now Jed makes his own wines and this
is one of his best. The big bold Red Hills Vineyard Cabernet. This 500 acre vineyard,
planted by Andy Beckstoffer in 2000 is producing complex flavors of blackberries and
cherries and Jed knows just what to do with them. Six bottles — all signed by Jed — three
750s to get you started, plus a Magnum, a 3-Liter and a 6-Liter bottle. Donated by Jed’s
good friend Todd Martin at The Shed at Glenwood and The Pig & The Pearl. Thank you
Jed and Todd! This is big!
Thomas George Estates is a Russian River Valley producer of artisan wines. In total,
Thomas George’s Russian River Valley estate program encompasses 63.5-planted acres,
with 49 acres and eight clones of Pinot Noir, 12 acres and five clones of Chardonnay,
1 acre of Viognier and 1.5 acres of Grenache (with plans for more). In addition to producing an array of Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Viognier bottlings, primarily from Russian
River Valley estate fruit, TGE also works with a handful of top vineyards to craft limited
quantities of exceptional Sauvignon Blanc, Zinfandel, Syrah and Pinot Blanc.
You will receive a fabulous wine experience for four people consisting of a two-night
stay in the luxurious Chardonnay House located on the winery estate near Healdsburg
in heart of the Russian River Valley. This 2 bedroom, 2 bathroom guest house is a perfect
way to enjoy the surroundings of Northern California wine country. Experience the estate
caves while winemaker, John Wilson, leads you through a private tasting session. Winning bidder will also receive a hand etched 3 liter of Thomas George Estate 2012 Estate
Pinot Noir.
Welcome President and COO Jeremy Baker back to our Auction.
Over the years, Stephen Tanzer — the critic with the most extensive review of TGE wines — has consistently rated most of their Pinot Noir and Chardonnay wines in the 90–93 point
range. Many of Thomas George Estate’s wines are sold out at the winery. This should be
a component of your next wine country tour.
LOT SS 77 $1825
LOT SS 76 $850
• Private tour, lunch and guided tasting for 4 with Three Sticks winemaker Bob Cabral
• One magnum (1.5L) Three Sticks Chardonnay Durell Vineyard Sonoma Coast 2012
• One magnum (1.5L) Three Sticks Pinot Noir Durell Vineyard Sonoma Coast 2012
• One magnum (1.5L) Three Sticks Cabernet Sauvignon Sonoma Valley 2008
We welcome Scott Forrest, Director of Sales, to our auction this year. This is the first time
Three Sticks Winery has been in attendance at our events.
This year, Price hired Bob Cabral to be winemaker at Price Family Vineyards and Three
Sticks. Bob spent 16 years as winemaker at Williams-Selyem and is well-known for his
prowess with Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. You will receive a private tour, lunch and guided
tasting for four persons with Bob. These events will occur at the Vallejo Catanada Adobe,
the oldest residence in Sonoma County and home to Three Sticks Winery. Imagine tasting
your way through that great wine from the Durell Vineyard with the expertise of Bob
Cabral to guide and educate your palate!
• Tasting and lunch for 4
• 3 (750ml) bottles of Tiger Mountain wine: one each Cabernet Franc Reserve; Tannat;
and Petit Manseng
Martha and John Ezzard have long been friends of this Auction, and we welcome them back
again this year. We are always glad to see them and appreciate their continued support.
Tiger Mountain Vineyards is located on a scenic five-generation-old farm an hour
and forty minutes northeast of Atlanta in Rabun County.
They are giving a custom made embossed wood box containing its three double gold
winning wines: Cabernet Franc Reserve, double gold, best of show, 2014 International
Eastern; the 2010 Tannat, double gold winner, 2014, American Wine Society and gold
medal, 2014 Jefferson cup Invitational; and, its latest vintage of Petit Manseng, double
gold winner, 2012 Los Angeles International. These interesting varietals are not common
throughout the US. Here is a chance to sample them from your home soil.
“Three Sticks” refers to the three Roman numerals that follow Founder and Principal Bill
Price’s written name. He was known as “Billy Three Sticks” growing up surfing in Hawaii,
where the young Price attended high school. Born in Los Angeles, Price was introduced
to wine at an early age by his father, who was born in France, and would give him thimblesized tastes of wine mixed into a glass of water. Price remembers playing ball against the
wall of the Louis M. Martini Winery in St. Helena, bored and impatient, while his father,
who often brought his son along on sojourns to Napa and Sonoma wine country, tasted
wine inside the winery. In 1992, Price co-founded Texas Pacific Group (TPG), a private
equity firm, with two partners. TPG invested in companies as large and diverse as J. Crew,
Burger King, Continental Airlines, and Petco. In 1995, TPG purchased Beringer. “That’s
when I was really introduced to the wine business,” says Price. He purchased the Durell
Vineyard in 1998, and launched Three Sticks Wines in 2002. In 2007, he sold his share
of TPG back to his partners, and entered the wine business full-stop.
In addition, you will enjoy lunch and wine for four in the rustic ambiance of the historic
Red Barn at Tiger Mountain Vineyards. Additionally, your party will receive a private
tour and tasting of ten locally grown wines conducted by winemaker Dr. John Ezzard.
Reservations for the lunch and tour may be made for any Saturday or Sunday, May
through November, 2015.
This is a great opportunity to investigate and experience the wonderful job that Martha
and John have been doing “up north” in Rabun County.
LOT SS 79 $500
None of these bottles have been reviewed. However, the previous vintage of Durell
Chardonnay and Pinot Noir scored 92 points from Tanzer and Wine Enthusiast. We are
sure these will measure up to that standard.
LOT SS 78 $1500
• One 3L Trefethen Estate Cabernet Sauvignon Oak Knoll District 2006
A Ten-Year Perspective of the Red Wines from Tres Sabores
During his decades as a key executive for Kaiser Industries, where he helped construct
the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge and the Hoover and Shasta dams, Eugene Trefethen
and his wife Catherine entertained frequently, with Scotch the socially mandated beverage
of choice. But at family and business dinners, Catherine, a gifted chef and gardener, made
sure the table was laden with good food — including fresh vegetables from her garden — and fine wine. When Gene retired in 1968, the wine-loving Trefethens moved to Napa
Valley — then considered an agricultural backwater, where they purchased six small farms
and the ramshackle 19th-century Eschol Winery, creating a 600-acre wine estate. At the
time, there were fewer than 20 operational wineries in Napa Valley and many of its vineyards were on life support. Where others saw ruin, however, the visionary Trefethens
saw enormous potential. The original idea was to sell all of the grapes, but their son
John changed all of that. In 1973, aided by his new bride Janet, John produced Trefethen
Vineyards’ first commercial wine. Just three years later, the winery’s 1976 Chardonnay
earned “Best Chardonnay in the World” honors at the 1979 Gault Millau World Wine
Olympics in Paris.
Eight (750ml) bottles, one each:
• Rutherford Perspective Cabernet Sauvignon 2002
• Rutherford Perspective Cabernet Sauvignon 2012
• ¿Por qué no? Napa Valley Red Wine by Tres Sabores 2002
• ¿Por qué no? Napa Valley Red Wine by Tres Sabores 2012
• Tres Sabores Zinfandel, Rutherford Estate (Rudy Zuidema, Winemaker) 2002
• Tres Sabores Zinfandel, Rutherford Estate (Ashley Heisey, Winemaker) 2002
• Tres Sabores Zinfandel, Rutherford Estate (Ken Bernards, Winemaker) 2002
• Tres Sabores Zinfandel, Rutherford Estate (Julie Johnson, Winemaker) 2012
LOT SS 80 $550
Tres Sabores Winery is a little vineyard tucked away in Rutherford, off Highway 29
in the Napa Valley. As you drive down the dirt road, after the paved road, a beautiful
organic garden begins to emerge and beckons you further into her fold. The garden
is only the beginning of the organic experience offered at Tres Sabores. Julie Johnson
is the sole proprietor and winemaker of this intimate boutique vineyard and everything
about her is warm and balanced and yes, organic. Tres Sabores is Spanish for “Three
Flavors” — in each wine there are three equally yet distinct tastes: the Terroir; the Vine;
and the Artisan, or winemaker’s personal contribution.
The 2006 Estate Cabernet Sauvignon is a blend consisting of 91% Cabernet Sauvignon,
4% Malbec, 3% Merlot and 2% Petit Verdot. None of the reviewers we normally follow
rated this wine. However, Decanter Magazine, a very reputable British wine magazine
with Stephen Spurrier as a consulting editor did review it. Spurrier is the person who
staged the infamous Judgment at Paris in 1976 which put California Chardonnay and
Cabernet Sauvignon at the top of worldwide attention. Decanter awarded the 2006 four
stars out of five. Based on their rating system, that puts it behind only two or three
(sometimes none) similar wines from the region being reviewed. It is Decanter’s “highly
recommended” category. We concur.
We extend a warm welcome to Julie Johnson, Winemaker and Owner of Tres Sabores,
who is joining us for her 5th year with our Auction.
Julie is so excited to be pouring the 2012 Vintage. It also seemed like a great time to go
back in time a bit and taste their early efforts at defining the personality of their beautiful,
old (1971), dry-farmed, and organically-farmed vineyard on the Rutherford Bench. The
2002 Zinfandels comprise the last year of Julie’s "Tres Sabores Project" which asked three
different winemakers to simultaneously and side-by-side, create their own expressions
of Julie’s Zinfandel vines. Julie included two vintages of Tres Sabores’ ¿Por qué no? Red
blend (Zinfandel, Petite Sirah, Petite Verdot and Cabernet) to illustrate how the style of this
"born to be fun and fancy free" wine has evolved. Now that’s an offer that is hard to refuse!
LOT SS 81 $360+
• 4-year (750ml) vertical Trione Vineyards Cloverdale Block 21 Cabernet Sauvignon
Alexander Valley, 2007–2010
• Private tour & library tasting for 8 at the winery
• One signed magnum (1.5L) Trisaetum Estates Pinot Noir Reserve Willamette Valley 2012
Dedicated farmers for forty years, brothers Mark and Vic Trione own and cultivate close
to 700 vineyard acres in three prime Sonoma County appellations: Russian River Valley,
Alexander Valley and Sonoma Coast. Father Henry Trione and the family owned Geyser
Peak Winery from 1982 until it was sold to Fortune Brands in 1998. Mark and Vic founded
Trione Vineyards and Winery in 2005 and hired Scot Covington as winemaker. They
have renovated the Old Stone Winery that dates back to 1908 which is located on their
Home Ranch in Alexander Valley. It is a go-to destination whenever you are in Santa Rosa.
In 2003, Andrea and James Frey founded Trisaetum in one of the few places where climate,
soil, and entrepreneurial spirit combine to produce some of the world's best Pinot Noir &
Riesling. Today, the family-owned and operated winery in the heart of Oregon's Ribbon
Ridge AVA produces small lots of acclaimed Pinot Noir and Riesling from its three estate
vineyards. Trisaetum's first commercially available vintage was 2007. The Coast range
estate is a 22-acre vineyard which marks the southwestern boundary of the YamhillCarlton AVA. The second estate is a 28-acre vineyard that surrounds the winery on Ribbon
Ridge outside Newberg. The third and smallest estate is an 8-acre old vine vineyard in
the Dundee Hills AVA named Wichmann Dundee. Each vintage, Trisaetum releases up
to 10 different Pinot Noirs and 6-10 different Rieslings from winemaker/owner James Frey.
LOT SS 82 $1000
This lot includes a private tour and library tasting for 8 persons at the winery with local
artisanal cheese and charcuterie pairings. We can only imagine how that food will match
up to those elegant Rieslings and Pinot Noirs that James produces.
Also, there is a magnum to keep of Trisaetum’s 2012 Reserve Pinot Noir. It is comprised
of Trisaetum’s favorite barrels from a storied vintage. It rated 94 points and was designated a “Cellar Selection” by Wine Enthusiast. It was also rated 93 points by Tanzer.
Trione Vineyards & Winery offers this reserve library vertical showcase of single vineyard selection Block 21 Cabernet Sauvignon. This offering starts with the 94 point rated
(Wine Enthusiast) 2007 Cloverdale Ranch Block 21 Cabernet, continues with the 92 point
(WE) 2008, and ending with Trione’s current limited release 2010 vintage. This fourbottle vertical includes 2007, 2008, 2009 and 2010 single block, single vineyard Cabernet
sourced from the prized northern-most vineyard property in Alexander Valley. Only
700 cases are produced each year and it is only sold in select markets around the country.
It typically contains small amounts of Merlot, Petit Verdot, Malbec and Cabernet Franc;
however, the Cabernet Sauvignon percentage stays at or above 85%.
LOT SS 83 $650
E Pluribus Unum
• 3 (750ml) bottles Villa Maria Estate Cabernet Sauvignon - Merlot Reserve Gimblett
Gravels, Hawke's Bay, New Zealand, 2009
• 3 (750ml) bottles Villa Maria Estate Pinot Noir “Single Vineyard Taylor’s Pass,”
Marlborough, New Zealand, 2012
• 3 (750ml) bottles Villa Maria Sauvignon Blanc “Single Vineyard Taylor’s Pass,”
Marlborough, New Zealand, 2014
• 3 (750ml) bottles Villa Maria Chardonnay “Single Vineyard Taylor’s Pass,”
Marlborough, New Zealand, 2011
• In-home Cal-Ital Dinner for 10 prepared by Chef Larry Esposito
• 1st case of Unum Wine Cellars new release wine featuring label art of winning bidder
and guests
So, you’re asking yourselves, why the headline — One from many? Well, for starters, that
is how Unum Wine Cellars got its name. Unum is a boutique wine brand based out of
Terra Valentine’s Winery on Spring Mountain in Napa Valley. Unum is a blend of several
wine-loving Atlanta families and Sam Baxter, a second-generation Napa winemaker, who
has served as head winemaker and General Manager at Terra Valentine for the past decade.
The focus of Unum is the art of blending different clones, single vineyards and varietals
to achieve an elegant style that is built to last. Focused originally on Spring Mountain
Cabernet Sauvignon back in 2001, today the portfolio also includes 6 other varietals,
and it is Sam’s intent to introduce other wines later this winter. So, via the art of blending,
e pluribus Unum!
The Cabernet Sauvignon/Merlot blend is 75% Cab and 25% Merlot. Both Parker’s The Wine
Advocate and Wine Enthusiast rated the 2006 with 91 points. The 2012 Taylor’s Pass Pinot
garnered 91 points from Wine Spectator and the 2014 Taylor’s Pass Sauvignon Blanc was
awarded 92 points by Wine & Spirits Magazine. This is good Kiwi wine.
Now, let’s apply this concept to your extremely special dinner for 10 at your home. You
get to pick the guests, Chef Larry Esposito will pick the Cal-Ital inspired fare and Unum
picks the wine. You do know Chef Larry, right? He worked his way through college as a
cook in California wine country and continued in the restaurant business after graduation. He opened his first restaurant in New Jersey at age 28. After winning accolades
from the local critics, he moved his game to Atlanta where he opened restaurants and
consulted in the industry. He landed the top chef job with Sfuzzi Restaurant Corp. Then,
Fratelli di Napoli restaurants began achieving accolades and exposure to the local media
again. Now Larry works with Sysco Foods Corp as a sales consultant. So, Larry knows
Cal-Ital very well. Your 5 course meal will be matched with stupendous Unum wines,
including: Crush Farm Chardonnay, Unum Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir, District Oakville
Merlot, District Atlas Peak Cabernet Sauvignon, Unum "King Of The Hill" Red Blend,
and Unum "Napa Reserve" Cabernet Sauvignon. You can only imagine what Sam Baxter
has done with the blends to create these beauties!
From a one-man band to a global brand in just 50 years… In 1961, at just 21 years of age,
George Fistonich leased five acres of land from his father in Mangere, Auckland and
started off with just an acre of vines. He harvested his first grapes in 1962 and made his
first wine under the name Villa Maria. Throughout the 1960s, Villa Maria was a one-man
band with George’s wife, Gail, supporting him in his venture. He made dry red and white
wines, sourcing grapes from the greater Auckland regions. In the early 1970s he started
to employ staff and the company began to expand rapidly. Today, Villa Maria employs
more than 250 permanent staff and exports wine to over 50 countries worldwide.
LOT SS 85 $540
Now for the special twist — personalized bottles from the next release of Unum wine.
The first twelve bottles off the line become yours. Unum will provide a professional
photographer to take candid photographs of you and guests throughout the evening
of your dinner. The photos taken become property of Unum Wine Cellars, but Unum
decides which image will be used for label artwork. How cool is that? The new release
will be bottled in November of this year, so your party needs to occur prior to that time.
So, from all of these moving parts — your guests; your house; your china and settings;
your kitchen, stove, etc; Chef Larry’s Cal-Ital cuisine; Unum’s great wines; and, your own
personalized case of the new vintage — one stupendous party! E pluribus Unum!
LOT SS 84 $5000 won’t even be enough
for the opening bid!
Cellar Concierge Package
A Taste from Wine Enthusiast's "American Winery of the Year"
• One year of storage for 10 cases of wine in their pristine, perfectly controlled climate
• One signed 3L Wente Vineyards Chardonnay “Riva Ranch,” Arroyo Seco, 2013
• One signed 3L Wente Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon “Charles Wetmore,” Livermore
Valley, 2012
This lot comes to us from our good friend, Elton Potts. You have read about the wine
he and his lovely wife Alessandra are donating. Now you can have a home for all that
wine you’ll be collecting…or at least 10 cases of it!
Vine Vault is a brand new wine storage company, started here in Atlanta. Vine Vault
is offering one year of storage of 10 cases of wine. Your wine will be stored at 55 degrees
with a 60%-70% humidity. The climate is electronically controlled with redundant systems,
including a back-up generator, and warning alerts to Vine Vault's management should
the climate change. Your wine is protected by a state of the art biometric security system,
with three layers of physical security in addition to ample security cameras.
Additionally, you will have use of Vine Vault's beautiful tasting lounge and special events
room, including invitations to special tastings with winemakers and sommeliers. You
can also take advantage of other services they offer, including insuring your collection,
their trading room and wine shipping and packaging options.
So, savor a taste from the oldest continuously operated, family-owned winery in the
country, Wente Vineyards. Whether toasting "California's First Family of Chardonnay"
with a 3 liter bottle of 2013 Riva Ranch Chardonnay, or showcasing your 3 liter bottle of
2012 Charles Wetmore Cabernet Sauvignon, both bottles signed by the 4th and 5th generations of the Wente Family, you are sure to enjoy a taste of history in every glass!
During the year, Vine Vault will coordinate four pickups or deliveries to your home in
the metro Atlanta area. For instance, they will come get your wine to put it into storage,
or deliver a few bottles for that special dinner you're planning. When your wine arrives
at Vine Vault, they will inventory it, inspecting each bottle's label, ullage, and cork or foil,
and enter it into their Wine Management System so that you can access your inventory
at all times. They will even load your inventory into Cellar Tracker, if you wish.
The winery was established by Carl Wente in 1883 on 47 acres of land. Having received
training in wines while working for Charles Krug of Napa Valley, Wente purchased a
few vineyards and land of excellent soil. In 1935 his sons, Ernest and Herman, introduced
California's first varietal wine label, Sauvignon Blanc. The efforts of the Wente family,
including pioneering night-time mechanical harvesting, have helped establish the Livermore Valley as one of the premier wine-growing areas of California. Since then, it has
expanded to over 2,000 acres, plus an additional 700 acres in Arroyo Seco.
LOT SS 87 $300
LOT SS 86 $500
Design Your Dinner
• Collaborative four-course wine dinner for 10
If you’ve yet to visit White Oak Kitchen & Cocktails, this would be an amazing opportunity
to introduce yourself to this marvelously creative eatery in Downtown Atlanta on Peachtree
at Baker Street. Metropolitan sophistication meets rural produce of the finest farms and
purveyors, simple meets complex, and diners meet the best food and cocktails you can
imagine. Now imagine being part of the planning process for an absolutely incredible
dining experience. You’ll meet with White Oak’s Executive Chef and Sommelier to help
craft the four-course dinner of your dreams, made to order for your specific tastes and
complete with perfect wines to compliment your selections. This is quite a rare treat, so
plan to meet and greet the top staff in advance of your big night out. Then wine and dine
in style in one of White Oaks’ private dining areas set aside just for your group. But first
you’ve got to customize the winning bid.
Planning meeting and dinner are subject to availability. Tax is included in the bid price
but gratuity is extra. Valet parking is complimentary. Expires March 28, 2016.
LOT SS 88 $1500
• 2-night stay for one couple in guest suite
• Two 3-vintage (750ml) verticals Willamette Valley Vineyards Pinot Noir
“Tualatin Vineyard,” Oregon, 2008, 2009, 2010
• 12 (750ml) bottles of D.O.Ca. Rioja Wines
• Book: The Wine Region of Rioja, by Ana Fabiano, U.S. Trade Director of Wines from
Rioja and Brand Ambassador for the D.O.Ca Rioja
Willamette Valley Vineyards has provided two verticals of their prestigious Tualatin
Pinot Noir (vintages 2008, 2009 and 2010). The 2008 vintage received 90 points from
Wine Advocate, the 2009 received 90 points from Wine Enthusiast, and the 2010 received
90 points from both Tanzer and Harvey Steiman, Wine Spectator. This wine comes from
the Tualatin Estate, one of Willamette Valley Vineyards’ three amazing vineyard sites.
Established in 1971, Tualatin is one of the oldest and most respected vineyard sites in
Oregon's Willamette Valley. The vineyard has produced excellent wines for over 40 years.
Tualatin is the only vineyard to have won the Best of Show for both the red and white
categories at the London International Wine Competition in the same year. Tualatin's
Pinot Noir captured the Governor's Trophy, Oregon's most prestigious wine award, two
years consecutively in 1994 and 1995. This is a feat unduplicated by any Oregon winery.
A select case of reservas, representing wineries from Rioja, Spain, one of the world's
most famous, and leading, wine regions. The D.O.Ca of Rioja administers highly
sophisticated and stringent quality control in the winemaking process, from viniculture
to bottling. The "reserva" designation, means the wine has been aged in oak barrels
and bottles for at least 36 months. Known for their excellent quality, Rioja red wines
are blended predominantly with the indigenous Tempranillo grape, earning consistent
ratings of 90 points and higher.
LOT SS 90 $350
Along with the 6 bottles, you also receive a two night stay at their guest suite for one couple. The guest suite features: a master bedroom overlooking the estate vineyard with one
king size bed; master bath with soaking tub; butler kitchen with refrigerator; living and
dining areas; outdoor living area with fireplace; and television and wireless computer
access. During your visit, you will enjoy a private winery tour and tasting. This is a great
base of operations for your next Oregon winery excursion.
The Wine Region of Rioja is one of the most comprehensive books on the wine region to
date, yielding an insider's perspective on a place steeped in grand tradition meanwhile
undergoing a modern renaissance. You'll learn about the region's old and newer bodegas,
their winemakers, grape varietals, wines, while immersed in history, geography, culture
and cuisine.
LOT SS 89 $1500
• One (750ml) bottle Harlan Estate Proprietary Red Wine, Napa Valley, 1997
• One (750ml) bottle Opus One Proprietary Red Wine, Napa Valley, 1997
• One (750ml) bottle Opus One Proprietary Red Wine,Napa Valley, 1998
• One (750ml) bottle Henschke Shiraz “Hill of Grace,” Eden Valley, Australia, 1994
This lot contains four outstanding bottles of wine from Philip Zanone’s cellar. Philip is
past Co-chair Mary Johnson’s father. Mary, we will have to bring you back as Co-chair
if he will continue to donate bottles like this from his cellar every year! Thanks to both
of you.
Opus One is a joint partnership founded by Baron Philippe de Rothschild and Robert
Mondavi. The first vintage was 1979. In 1981 a single case of the joint venture wine sold
for $24,000 at the first Napa Valley Wine Auction — the highest price ever paid for a
California wine. From that time forward, Opus One has enjoyed a rich heritage. James
Laube, WS, rated the 1997 with 94 points and placed a barrel sample rating of 90–94 points
on the 1998. Most people we know respond to inquiries about Opus One with the comment
“Open One.” Here is your opportunity to do just that — twice.
What can be said about Harlan Estate that hasn’t been already written? In the 20 vintages
that Parker has rated, the lowest score was 92 points, one of only three scores below 95.
There have been five 100 point perfections. And guess what! The 1997 is one of those!
It is a blend of 80% Cabernet Sauvignon with the rest being comprised of Merlot and
Cabernet Franc. We could go on, but you get the point.
Four stupendous bottles of great wine!
In God We Trust, Framed, Signed, Numbered Limited Edition,
Giclee on Canvas 38” x 30”
Thomas Arvid is at it again, lending his prodigious talents to the Wine Auction for the
umpteenth year in a row. Thomas’ photorealistic skill is near legendary when it comes
to depicting all things vinous and this intriguingly titled piece, “In God We Trust” is no
exception. This Limited Edition is framed, signed and numbered (can’t get more officially
Arvid than that) and will be drinking as beautifully after 20 years on your cellar wall as
it was the day it was finished in the Arvid studio. This is one to win, folks. In High Bidding
We Trust.
LOT SS 92 $2350
The Henschke “Hill of Grace” is a special wine. Regarding Henschke, Parker has stated:
“Other than the top cuvees of Penfolds' Grange, and the old vine Grenache and Astralis
from Clarendon Hills, no Australian wines are richer than these offerings from Henschke — a winery that gets my nod as one of Australia's two or three finest producers.” How good?
Parker hasn’t given a “Hill of Grace” a rating below 90 points in almost 3 decades — and
then, only one 90 point rating! The 1994 vintage was rated 98 points just last year by
Lisa Perrotti-Brown writing for Parker’s The Wine Advocate.
Bottles & Trees, Framed Acrylic on Canvas, 27” x 24”
Talk about pedigree. Owning a piece from the masterful mind of Ray Dugas will add depth
and quality to any collection, not to mention the fact this beautiful original work will
look great wherever you put it. Ray is Professor Emeritus in Graphic Design at Auburn
University and has been creating award-winning work with his illustrations, paintings
and graphic designs for more than 40 years. His peers, numerous show juries, students
and many professional organizations have all recognized Ray’s skill and creativity. Ray’s
awards and accolades go on and on, like his talents, so now’s your chance to own this
piece; it will only last until the bids close, so we suggest you act accordingly.
LOT SS 93 $2000
LOT SS 91 $2500
Off the Vine, Mixed Media Gallery Wrap, 30" x 30"
SUPER 8 View, Four Color Screen Print on French Paper Speckletone
with True White, 24" x 18"
William Greiner, New Orleans native and current resident of Baton Rouge, LA, is new
to the artist’s gallery of the Wine Auction this year. And what a spirited and welcome
newcomer he is with this “Super 8 View” from his current series “Near and Far.” This
intriguing artist proof incorporates painting, collage, photography, print making and
appropriation. Greiner’s work can be found in over 60 permanent museum collections,
including MOMA, Art Institute of Chicago, the J. Paul Getty Museum and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. Your winning bid will put you in some rarified company!
LOT SS 94 $3500
LOT SS 97 $1800
Sabre Esler is the artist of the moment. Sabre loves to capture and retain life’s fleeting
moments with her expressionist technique, designed to create a visceral and emotional
connection with her viewer. She uses a technique of rapid palette knife strokes, which
allows her paints to melt magically into each other creating serendipitous color harmonies
in her richly layered compositions. This gives her work a dynamic energy, a spontaneity
that she calls “a soul response” to the “color of the perceptual moment.” Sabre’s beautiful
and evocative works have found their way into many highly regarded and prestigious private and public collections. With your winning bid, we’ll be adding your name to that list.
Poppies by the Roadside, Framed Oil Painting, 24” x 24”
Bombay Yellow, Oil and Ink On Canvas, 14" x 14"
Jean Glenn is at it again. Jean is a frequent contributor to our past Auctions and she is
gracing us again with one of her pieces. A reformed still life and landscape painter, Jean
now concentrates on abstracts. She is always chasing after the organic shapes that emerge
after applying layers of paint to her canvases. The organic shapes are highlighted to give
an overall cohesive statement to each work. Her aim is to let the eye of the viewer travel
in and out of the painting as well as across its surface. Your aim should be to get this by
outbidding all the other viewers with discerning eyes.
The image of these poppies, by a roadside in North Carolina, made a lasting impression
on artist Linda Hanks. Fortunately for us, Linda decided to return the favor and make
a lasting impression of them. Aren’t they beautiful? An award-winning talent who first
developed a love of painting at the knee of her mother, also a painter, Linda has always
loved the drama and emotion the color red inspires. It’s easy to see why. Admit it. Wouldn’t
these poppies look great by your roadside? Or maybe your sofa.
LOT SS 98 $1200
LOT SS 96 $2200
Albedo, Watercolor and Glass on Birch Panel, 20" x 20"
Susie Pryor is drawn to the ordinary images of life, yet somehow, by depicting them
honestly and truthfully, without overt artifice, she makes them extraordinary. Wine
Among the Flowers is a perfect example. This is such a clean, pure still life — like a beautiful young wine. An Athens native, Susie’s work has been shown in numerous exhibitions
and publications. Perhaps it will soon be on view in your collection. So enjoy — provided,
of course, your bid has enough juice to take home this delicate bouquet.
LOT SS 99 $2800
LOT SS 101 $7200
Ah, yes — the mysterious Mr. O.M. Norling. He calls his style neo-Bohemian eclectic.
Why not? So it’s no wonder his spectacular and unique masterpieces remain shrouded
in mystery. Incredible forays into the imagination are brought fantastically to life through
his unparalleled technique, draftsmanship and whimsically inspired artist’s eye. Inspired
by the powerful concurrence of feminine strength and vulnerability, the figures within
the compositions create a static tention of metaphors drawn from a mysterious set of circumstances that occurred in the rural boundaries of early 20th century Sweden. These
pieces start conversations. Cults. Fights. Who knows what else? This one will definitely
start a bidding war. O.M. Norling strikes again.
LOT SS 100 $8500
Subjugation of a Hat Box, Oil and Mixed Media on Structured Birchwood
Panel, 36” x 49”
Wine Among the Flowers, Oil on Canvas, 48" x 36"
A welcome newcomer to the Wine Auction art family, Kristine Nardelli uses the remnants
of a broken windshield or the chunks of glass in a shattered doorframe as the beginnings
of her unique art, rather than seeing them as an ending. Her work represents her fascination
with the fractured images and her compulsion to restructure the thousands of visual fragments. You will be fascinated, too, by the unique way she uses broken tempered glass
to explore the infinite ways this material changes the hue, tone, depth and perception of a
painted image. You may never look at a shattered wine glass in quite the same way again!
Harvest Romance, Original Framed Charcoal, 24” x 18”
A moment in time in Napa Valley can be a beautiful lasting memory, especially when
it’s captured by the skilled eyes and hands of artist, Steven Quartly. Steven began his
serious art training in oils no less, at the age of 13 and has been refining his craft ever
since. Whether he’s using a pallet knife, a paintbrush or a charcoal pencil, Steven always
brings his unique lyrical sensibilities and his reverence for light and perspective to any
work he creates, and this original charcoal is no exception. Highly acclaimed, profusely
awarded, Steven’s pieces can be found in impressive collections and homes all over
America, and with a little luck, perhaps in yours. Harvest an original Quartly with a
High bid.
LOT SS 102 $2100
Morlet, Mixed Media on Board, 30" x 40"
Every year for several years now, the talented Dawne Raulet contributes one of her
stunningly realistic wine bottle portraits to the Auction and each year her work seems
to be more in demand than the year before. Here we go again. This year Dawne has
selected a beautiful bottle of Morlet white wine from her cellar. Luc and Jodie Morlet
make lovely French-inspired wines from select sources in Napa and Sonoma counties,
which makes their highly regarded wine the perfect subject matter for Dawne’s artful
eye. At this rate, Dawne will have more of her wine bottles in prestigious Atlanta
cellars than Chateau Lafite. Own a vintage Raulet.
LOT SS 103 $3200
Dance in Wine Country, Framed Mixed Media on Glass, 18" x13"
Felice Sharp is an old soul in a much younger woman’s body. She calls herself a contemporary European artist but she takes some of her inspiration from her centuries-old past.
Felice’s work brings her subjects down to their essential elements. She breaks the materials
she employs down to the essential elements, as well. She sources the pigments she uses
in her signature encaustic method from her native soils in Southern France. She then
overlays a wax varnish to enhance and alter the plays of light on the rendered forms
underneath. The technique is not new — only the results. Those results are a style all
her own, as seen in this graceful portrait of a dancer. If you are lucky, the results of your
bidding will be a Felice Sharp original all your own.
LOT SS 105 $3200
Wine in the Afternoon, Acrylic on Canvas, 24"x30"
It’s impossible not to smile when you look at any of Wanda Ruzicka’s paintings. They
come alive with vibrant color and draw you in with their warmth and engaging scenes,
whether it’s a still life, happy people enjoying life or a gorgeous landscape. Featured at
Ferrari Fine Art Gallery, Wanda has the art credentials — education, training and experience — but it’s her brightly realized, full-of-personality, optimistically themed approach
that makes her such a popular favorite among art lovers and collectors here in Atlanta,
and beyond, for that matter. You probably have a wall that would love this painting!
Don’t be outbid!
LOT SS 104 $2200
Open Communication, Hand Embellished Limited Edition, 24" x 48"
Wow! Ford Smith’s electric landscapes are real eye-stoppers, blazing with color and their
own unique style. No one does a landscape quite like Ford, who combines several styles
of painting including expressionism, impressionism and a touch of the abstract to create
his mesmerizing contemporary works. Ford's sense of nature is not a Romantic's wild and
angry universe. To the contrary, his distinctive paintings reflect a palpable optimism and
vibrant confidence. This Ford is more like a Lamborghini. So bid accordingly.
LOT SS 106 $1950
Untitled, Oil on Canvas, 38"x32"
Atlanta native, Elizabeth Stockton, working in her home studio, always has a dozen or
more of her oil-on-canvas pieces going at a time. A painting is never worked from start
to finish, but is created in a self-described impulsive process of adding and subtracting
layers of color until the painting begins to emerge and show what it wants to be. Her
ethereal style is emotionally evocative and is meant to convey a feeling of peace and
quiet and tranquility. Make the winning bid and share the bliss that Elizabeth finds
in creating her beautiful work.
LOT SS 107 $5500
Mushroom Frog, Copper Sculpture
Beau knows. Beau really knows frogs. The large, individually hand-sculpted, copper
kind. Beau learned his craft of cutting, shaping, hammering and brazing copper from
his father, who was the original frog-man, but over the years Beau has taken things to
whimsical, wonderful extremes. You may have seen his frogs hanging out at the Atlanta
Botanical Gardens, in Smyrna’s downtown village and various other parks and private
collections. They’re famous. And they do just as well indoors or out as the copper weathers
beautifully into a pleasing patina. You can see more of Beau’s work, and many other
interesting art pieces in all media by visiting the Vinings Gallery.
Or better yet, buy this frog and visit your own gallery. Just don’t let somebody else
outbid you. Leapfrog ‘em!
LOT SS 109 $700
Port aficionados, take note: You know the value of a bottle of vintage Quinta do Noval
Nacional. In particular, the stratospherically rare vintages of 1963 and 1970 depicted in
Suzanne Hughes Sullivan’s oil painting are considered the holy grails of ports. Accompanying these legendary bottles are two of Cuba’s finest cigars. The combination is the
quintessential artistic experience. Anyone who appreciates beautifully crafted art and
beautifully crafted port should consider crafting a beautiful bid to get this Suzanne
Sullivan original.
LOT SS 108 $2800
Nacional Treasures, Framed Oil on Wood Panel, 18” x 24”
Audrey NYC, Acrylic on Canvas, 21"x15"
John Stango is proud to be a true American artist. He uses his brush to capture the
essence of our country and all that it represents to him. Using vibrant colors and energetic brushstrokes to objectify and expose the mood and personalities of our time, John
draws artistic inspiration from retro advertising, pop icons, B-movies, mid-century
modernism, magazines, noir films and all things pop culture. Incorporating a unique
combination of silk-screening and hand-painting, John’s canvases are at once nostalgic
and modern. You’ll be proud to add such a whimsical, distinctive and recognizable
canvas to your collection.
LOT SS 110 $1000
Some Thoughts In My Brain, Acrylic on Gallery Wrapped Canvas, 48" x 48"
• Tour and gourmet lunch for 6
We can't get this image out of our heads. Nancy Westfall’s colorful acrylic would be a
fantastic enhancement to any cellar, bar or dining area. Her fun, wonderful, whimsical
works have been a popular part of past Wine Auctions so don’t be shy when you place
your bid — Nancy has a following, people. Nancy’s paintings hang in numerous galleries
and homes, including those of a few celebrities, and if you’re lucky, we’ll be adding your
name to the list after today’s Auction.
We’ll use Ross Halleck’s description for this lot:
LOT SS 111 $2400
A gourmet lunch for six will be paired with a selection of award-winning Halleck Vineyard
wines: Sauvignon Blanc, Dry Gewurztraminer and a selection of Russian River Valley
and Sonoma Coast Pinot Noirs. They promise to add some other surprises to make it
a most memorable afternoon.
We are looking forward to it as much as you are. Enjoy!
LOT SS 113 $750
A Coveted Collection of Comestibles
Sip wines on the deck while gazing across Sonoma County to Mt. St. Helena in distant
Napa County. We will tour through the one-acre vineyard, which produces up to 100 cases
of award-winning Estate Grown Pinot Noir, rated recently by Dan Berger as a “perfect
wine” of 100 points and judged #1 Pinot Noir in the U.S. in 2003. Ross or Jennifer Halleck
will answer all your vineyard and winemaking questions.
• Gourmet Gift Basket
Everyone at the Wine Auction enjoys eating and drinking well, but only one person
will walk away with this treasure box of gourmet goodies. From Birmingham, Alabama’s
renowned Icebox Coffee comes not one but two of their famous products. First, a container of their signature cold-brewed coffee concentrate — super flavorful and cold-brewed
to remove bitter acids and oils, and second, a package of their Finer Grind Coffee, too.
From Holmstead Fines, makers of choice Chutneys, comes a jar or two of their killer
condiments, which will add some zing to anything. High-end olive oils are a culinary
obsession, and few do olive oil better than Copper Pot Kitchen infused olive oils. Add
to this some delish T.Lish all natural salad dressing, G. Mommas southern style (that
means made with REAL butter, y’all) cookies, and a surprise or two and this is a basket
you’ll want to get a handle on. Bid when you’re hungry.
LOT SS 112 $100
Steak Your Claim to a Night in Italy
• Dinner with wine pairings at Davio’s for two
Did you hear? It’s incredible! They’ve actually moved Northern Italy to North Atlanta!
Phipp’s Plaza, as a matter of fact. Don’t believe us? Well, obviously you haven’t eaten at
Davio’s yet. You won’t get a better opportunity than this, paisan. Chef Richard is going
to personally supervise this meal from antipasti to dolce. Top sirloin with gorgonzola
and white truffle oil, anyone? Top veal chop with prezzemolata sauce? Perhaps pesce is
your thing. Roasted organic salmon or sushi grade tuna, maybe? Who knows what the
Davio’s team will be serving? All we know is it will be magnifico. Especially because
they’ve paired the perfect wines with every course. So stake your claim to this delicious
steak dinner by being the high bidder. Va bene!
Expires March 28, 2016. Tax and gratuity not included.
LOT SS 114 $250
The 2015 High Museum Atlanta Wine Auction salutes the following individuals
for their time and commitment to write and produce the 2015 Catalog:
Thank you to all the Distributors
Cristin Bowman
Elizabeth McDonald Dick Denny
Cleve Willcoxon
Glenn Irwin
Woodie Wisebram
Avant Partir
Atlanta Wholesale Wine
Continental Beverage
Eagle Rock Distributing
We thank the over 200 volunteers who make the auction events possible.
We salute you all!
Empire Distributors, Inc.
One thousand thank you’s to Chef Steven Satterfield of Miller Union for the countless
hours he spent soliciting chefs both near and far for the Winemaker Dinners and for the
Friday Fête.
Georgia Crown Distributing
When you look at the auction stage, raise your glass to the team of ladies — our recorders — because without their support, it’d be difficult to keep up with all you bidders! Many
thanks to Irene Aronin, Cindy Dobbins, Hinda Chaikind, Janet Miller and Leslie Lucas.
Many thanks to Beautiful Briny Sea, GoVino, Barbara Heath of The Mercantile and Dina
Woodruff and Paige Lee of Peridot Buckhead and Peridot West for providing gifts.
A special thank you to Carmen Pope who goes the extra 10 miles when we need it.
We want to thank Katie Laney of Calligraphy by Katie and Holly Bryan of Holly Bryan
Artistic Floral Design for their time and talent.
General Wholesale Co.
Hemispheres Global Wines
National Distributing Co.
Prime Wine & Spirits
We thank the following for the
delectable treats they provided
for our Live Auction baskets
CalyRoad Creamery
Cook’s Warehouse
Gourmet Foods International
Holeman & Finch Bread Co.
Restaurant Eugene
Savannah Bee Company
Sweet Grass Dairy
Vinings Gallery
Quality Wine & Spirits
Savannah Distributing Co.
Southern Vines
Speciality Wines
Ultimate Distributors
United Distributors
For Special Support
The Wine Auction is very thankful for the loyalty; blood, sweat and tears;
creative ideas; and endless hours of hard work that these friends have
given us. It is because of their dedication that our events happen and are
a success!
Cindy Marshall
A Legendary Event
Tony Brewer
Party Time Mugshots
Brand Fever
Premier Events
Penske Truck Rental
Magnum Companies
Elizabeth McDonald, Lizzie Day Inc.
Restaurant Informer
Tents Unlimited
Rob McDonald, McDonald Media
Sprinkles Cupcakes
Icebox Coffee
Event Rentals Unlimited
Crocker & Starr . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 78
La Follette . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 158
R. Stuart & Co.
Alexana Wines . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 86
Cru Artisan Wine . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 142
Lail . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 74
Ramey . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 102
Andrew Geoffrey
D. R. Stephens Estate . . . . . . . . . . . . 41
Lando . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 80
Realm Cellars . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 69
Arkenstone . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 129
Dana Estates . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 34
Lede Family Wines . . . . . . . . . . . . . 159
Red Car . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 54
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Domaine Serene . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 101
Levendi Winery
Relic . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 120
Au Bon Climat
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55, 56
Elden Selections . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 72
Lieu Dit
B&L Brands . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 130
LIOCO . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 51
Revana . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 97
Bailiwick . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 131
Fairchild Estate . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 143
Liquid Farm . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 37
Rex Hill/A to Z . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 120
Barbour . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 78
Gamble Family . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 70
Long Meadow Ranch
Reynolds Family . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 78
Benovia . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 132
Gary Farrell . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 58
ROAR . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 98
Bernardus . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 98
Gemstone Vineyard . . . . . . . . . . . . . 74
Lyrarakis . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 162
Round Pond . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 68
Big Table Farm
Georg Rafael Vineyards
Madorom . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 60
Roy Estate . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 74
Blackbird . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 52
Gothic Wine . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 146
Markham . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 163
Saintsbury . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 182
Boedecker Cellars
Grgich Hills Cellar . . . . . . . . . . . . . 147
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Sandhi . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 56
Halleck Vineyard . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 213
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Schramsberg . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 121
Hiatus Cellars . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 78
Mayacamas Vineyards
Scribe . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 183
Brown Family Vineyards . . . . . . . . 179
Hidden Ridge
McManis Family . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 166
Shea Wine Cellars
Bure . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 45, 77
Hill Family Estate . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 78
Memento Mori
Sherwin Family . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 60
Cain . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 136
Meteor . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 168
Skipstone . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 74
Carabella . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 105
Hourglass Wine Co. . . . . . . . . . . . . . 70
Monticello . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 114
Carte Blanche . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 87
Husic Vineyards . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 44
Moone-Tsai . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 74
Steele Wines . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 188
Cass . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 137
Idle Cellars . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 151
Morlet Family Vineyards . . . . . . . . . 35
Switchback Ridge . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 124
Castelli Martinozzi
Inman Family Wines . . . . . . . . . . . 152
O’Shaughnessy Estate . . . . . . . . . . . 67
Tenuta Argentiera
Iron Horse . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 48
Patel Winery . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 174
Tenuta Di Trinoro . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 36
Champagne Henri Giraud . . . . . . . . 42
Italics Winegrowers . . . . . . . . . . . . . 78
Paul Hobbs
Terra Valentine . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 187
Champagne Perrier-Jouët . . . . . . . . 31
J. Lohr Vineyards . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 153
Peay Vineyards . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 54
Terroir Life
Champagne Pol Roger . . . . . . . . . . . 42
Jarvis . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 83
The Calling Wines . . . . . . . . . . . . . 125
Chateau D’Esclans . . . . . . . . . . . . . 107
JUSTIN . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 154
Phipps Family Cellars
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Thomas George
Cirq Estate
Kale Wines
Precept Wine
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Three Sticks
Bonaccorsi .
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BRAND Napa Valley
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Champagne Guy Charlemagne .
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Copper Cane . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 140
Keplinger Wines . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 87
Pride Mountain . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 46
Tiger Mountain . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 191
Corazon del Sol . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 84
Purple Hands
Corison Winery
Kosta Browne
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Trefethen Vineyards
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Tres Sabores . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 193
Katie and West Johnson
41, 69
Commander’s Palace . . . . . . . . . . . . 77
Louise and E.T. Laird . . . . . . . . . . . . 33
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Merry McCleary . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 45
Common Quarter — Chef Jeff
Gardner and Chris Talley . . . . . 41, 73
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Sally and Allen McDaniel
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Turley .
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Tuscan Vineyard
Imports/Tours . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 94
Rene and Jim Nalley . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
. . . . 49, 115, 116, 117, 118, 170, 171, 172
Tyler Winery . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 96
Alessandra and
Elton Potts . . . . 60, 118, 119, 178, 179
Unum Wine Cellars . . . . . . . . . . . . 196
Vignette Cellars . . . . . . . . . . . . 90, 127
Villa Maria Estate . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 197
Vineyard 7 & 8 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 45
Wagner Family of Wine . . . . . . . . . 106
Wente Family Estates
Jean Ann
and Richard Raymer
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Jerilene and Nat Slaughter
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Philip R. Zanone, Sr. . . . . . . . . . . . 202
Concentrics Restaurants — Todd Rushing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 78
Cooks & Soldiers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 88
Davio’s Northern
Italian Steakhouse . . . . . . . . . . . . 213
DBL Limited
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Delta Air Lines . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
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Dry Creek Kitchen . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 58
Eat Out Atlanta . . . . . . . . . . . . . 88, 150
Whetstone . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 64
4th & Swift . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 88
Farmhouse Inn . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 48
Willamette Valley
Absolute Travel
Fifth Group Restaurants
Williams Selyem
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Aqua Blue
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Aria — Chef Gerry Klaskala . . . . . . . 38
Geographics. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 48
Wine 4 All . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 138
Belle Meade Bourbon . . . . . . . . . . . . 73
Gum Creek Farms
Wines of Rioja . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 201
BETTER HALF . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 133
Hacienda La Esperanza . . . . . . . . . 60
ZD Wines
Tom Black . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 39
Hotel Healdsburg . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 58
Blackberry Farm . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 63
Iberian Pig
Bocado . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 134
Kimball House
Dickie Brennan . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 77
King + Duke
Knoxville Museum of Art
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Kristie and Charles Abney
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47, 56
Ali and Charles Banks . . . . . . . . 62, 63
Gina Christman . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 144
Marg and Dick Denny
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Margaret and Scott Dozier
Holcombe Green .
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Angelle and Art Hamilton . . . . . 31, 77
Kitty and Barrett
Hawks . . . . . . . . . . . 110, 111, 147, 148
Dottie and Glenn Irwin
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Julian LeCraw, Jr. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 100
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Buttermilk Kitchen .
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Canoe — Chefs Matt Basford
and Sarah Koob . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 38
Canoe Cellar Door — Matt Bradford . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 38
Charlie Bird — Chef Ryan Hardy . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 56
Chicken and the Egg
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Wind Gap
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Le Bilboquet
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Local Three — Chefs Ben Barth,
Chris Hall, Todd Mussman
and Gary Scarborough . . . 38, 41, 73
Miller Union — Chef Steven Satterfield . . . . . . . . . 56
Murphy’s Restaurant . . . . . . . . . . . . 88
Muscarelle Museum of Art
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Muss & Turners — Chef Dameren Parenteau
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Nashville Wine Auction
Tim Nichols .
41, 73
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Oak Steakhouse at Avalon
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Osteria Mattone . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 173
Paces & Vine . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 88
Park 75,
The Four Seasons Atlanta . . . . . . . 83
Pebble Beach Food &
Wine Experience . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 62
Poole’s Downtown Diner — Chef Ashley Christensen . . . . . . . 51
Portofino . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 178
Resort to Laura Madrid
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Restaurant Eugene — Chefs
Jason Paolini and Brian Jones . . . 38
Rolls-Royce Motorcars Atlanta — Greg Williams . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 83
Loews Atlanta Hotel
Sea Island
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South Main Kitchen . . . . . . . . . . . . 185
Serpas True Food . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 183
Southbound . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 88
LUSCA . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 88
SpringHouse — Chef Rob McDaniel
Gerry Mennie . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 38
St. Cecelia . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 185
Mandarin Oriental, Atlanta
Staplehouse — Chef Ryan Smith . . . 38
Juan Mercado . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 69
STK — Chef Mark Alba . . . . . . . . . . . 38
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Sweet Grass Dairy
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Brewing Company . . . . . . . . . 73, 186
Table 1280 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 88
Vanessa and
Thomas Arvid
Ray B. Dugas . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 203
Sabre Esler
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Tequila Herradura
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Terra Terroir . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 186
Jean Glenn, TEW Galleries . . . . . 204
The General Muir . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 88
William Greiner . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 205
The Gifted Ferret
Cindy and Gary Handler — Vinings Gallery . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
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The Lexington Cancer
Foundation, Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 52
The Optimist — Chef Adam Evans
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The Pig & The Pearl
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Linda Hanks . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 205
Kristine Nardelli
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O.M. Norling . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 206
The Shed at Glenwood . . . . . . . . . . 188
Susie Pryor, Pryor Fine Art . . . . . . 207
Watershed on Peachtree
Steven Quartly . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 207
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White Oak Kitchen
& Cocktails . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 199
3 Parks Wine . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 175
Big Green Egg . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 133
Catrina Maxwell
of CatMax Photography
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CinéBistro at
Town Brookhaven
Icebox Coffee
PeachDish . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 175
Shake Shack Buckhead
Dawne Raulet
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Wanda Ruzicka . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 208
Felice Sharp, Pryor Fine Art . . . . 209
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Vine Vault . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 198
Beau Smith
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Ford Smith . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 209
John Stango
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Elizabeth Stockton . . . . . . . . . . . . . 210
Suzanne Hughes Sullivan . . . . . . . 210
Nancy B. Westfall . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 212