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High Museum Atlanta Wine Auction

High Museum Wine Auction

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In 1993, Jurassic Park and Mrs. Doubtfire were big at the box office, gas cost $1.16 a gallon, and the first High Museum Atlanta Wine Auction was held. Since then, the auction has become the largest charity wine auction in the U.S. benefiting the arts and the 10th largest overall, according to Wine Spectator.

It’s also the largest fundraising event for the High Museum of Art – proceeds over the past 24 years have totaled more than $26 million, providing significant funding for the High’s exhibitions and educational programming.

“The High Museum Atlanta Wine Auction has put Atlanta on the map for winemakers and food and wine lovers alike,” says Steven Satterfield, chef and owner of Atlanta restaurant Miller Union and a longstanding supporter of the Auction. “As the dining scene in Atlanta has grown, we’ve seen the Auction flourish as well, contributing to the recognition of our regional strengths on the national level.”

This year’s two special guest of honor are Jim Clendenen, owner and winemaker of Au Bon Climat, and Michael Browne, co-founder and winemaker for Kosta Browne Winery. The annual Trade Tasting, open only to those in the restaurant and hospitality industry, will be held Thursday, March 23, in the Green Lot tents at Turner Field in Atlanta.

Statistics:
Since 1993, the annual High Museum Wine Auction has welcomed than

  • 400- wineries
  • 100- chefs
  • 12,000- guests
  • 60,000- bottles of wine
  • $2 million- the most the auction has netted in one year (both in 2007 and 2008)
  • $213,750- highest auction bid in the auction’s history, in 2016, for wine, food and music at The Roxy in the Battery Atlanta
  • 85- restaurants participated in 2016
  • 6- sites that have hosted the auction, most recently at the Green Lots at Turner Field

Sponsored by Restaurant Informer and Muss & Turner’s, the event offers more than 100 premium wineries represented by winemakers and principals. For more information or to register for the trade tasting, go to atlanta-wineauction.org/trade.

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