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    Nation's Top Charity Wine Auction Benefiting the Arts Kicks off 20th Year

    ATLANTA, October 17, 2011 – The High Museum Atlanta Wine Auction is celebrating its 20th anniversary and saluting all those who have helped make it such a success over the past two decades, including corporate sponsors, the volunteer committee, past co-chairs, chefs and the winemakers. The High’s wine auction is the largest charity wine auction in the U.S. benefiting the arts, the fifth largest overall and the largest fundraising event for the Museum. The funds generated by the auction, which amount to more than $19 million over the last 19 years, are a significant contribution to the High’s exhibition and educational programming.

    The High Museum Wine Auction’s Special Guests of Honor for 2012 are Jim Clendenen from Au Bon Climat, Robert Bower from Fladgate Partnership and Miguel Torres Jr. from Torres. David Fischer from Ramey Wine Cellars is the Special Friend-in-Wine. The Special Guest Chefs are Ben and Karen Barker from Magnolia Grill, Durham, North Carolina; Gerry Klaskala from Aria; Anne Quatrano from Bacchanalia, Floataway Café, Star Provisions, Quinones and Abattoir; and Frank Stitt from Highlands Bar and Grill, Birmingham, Alabama.

    “This year will be a very special celebration, and I look forward to working with this year’s co-chairs, Merry McCleary and Carmen Pope,” said Cate Candler Singerman, Wine Auction Manager. “We are honored to welcome such esteemed special guests, some of whom have been longtime friends of the auction, and we are grateful for the continued support of our volunteer committee, benefactors and generous corporate sponsors. We look forward to great bidding on spectacular auction lots to ensure another successful wine auction.”

    Beginning Wednesday, March 28, and continuing through Saturday, March 31, the auction will again raise its trademark big-top tents in Atlantic Station. The week-of festivities will include the Artist Dinner and Dine Around Dinners on Wednesday, March 28, and the Trade Tasting and in-home Winemaker Dinners on Thursday, March 29. On Friday, March 30, several Tasting Seminars will be held, followed by the Friday Night Fête, a special evening under the tents for benefactors, sponsors and winemakers, with the 2012 Special Guest Chefs preparing a multi-course menu and live music by Class Act Band. Saturday, March 31, will feature the main event: the Vintners’ Reception and Live Auction. For more information about specific events, please visit www.atlanta-wineauction.org.

    The Wine Auction is pleased to announce the following Corporate Sponsors: Wells Fargo Private Bank and Wells Fargo Insurance Services as the Grand Cru sponsor; Premier sponsors Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles, Geographics, Turner and Unisource; Friday Night Fête sponsor Wilmington Trust; Delta Air Lines as the Official Airline; Automotive sponsor Mercedes Benz USA; Tasting Glass sponsor Sherlock’s Wine Merchant; KPMG as the Winemaker Dinner sponsor; Culinary partner A Legendary Event; Website sponsor MaxMedia; Hotel sponsors The Four Seasons and The St. Regis Atlanta; and Beverage sponsors The Coca-Cola Company and smartwater.

    High Museum Atlanta Wine Auction
    Founded in 1993, the High Museum Atlanta Wine Auction is the largest fundraising event for the High Museum of Art, the leading art museum in the southeastern United States. The Wine Auction is the top charity fundraising event in Atlanta, the sixth largest charity wine auction in the United States according to “Wine Spectator” and the number-one charity wine auction benefiting the arts. The funds generated by the auction, which amount to more than $19 million over the last 19 years, are a significant contribution to the Museum’s exhibitions and educational programming. Proceeds help to make possible special exhibitions and partnerships such as the upcoming multi-year, multi-exhibition partnership between the High and The Museum of Modern Art, and it also provides funds for dynamic youth education programs, which draw thousands of schoolchildren to the High each year.

    High Museum of Art
    The High Museum of Art, founded in 1905 as the Atlanta Art Association, is the leading art museum in the southeastern United States. With more than 12,000 works of art in its permanent collection, the High Museum of Art has an extensive anthology of 19th- and 20th-century American and decorative art; significant holdings of European paintings; a growing collection of African American art; and burgeoning collections of modern and contemporary art, photography and African art. The High is also dedicated to supporting and collecting works by Southern artists and is distinguished as the only major museum in North America to have a curatorial department specifically devoted to the field of folk and self-taught art. The High’s media arts department produces acclaimed annual film series and festivals of foreign, independent and classic cinema. In November 2005, the High opened three new buildings by architect Renzo Piano that more than doubled the Museum’s size, creating a vibrant “village for the arts” at the Woodruff Arts Center in Midtown Atlanta. For more information about the High, please visit www.High.org.

    The Woodruff Arts Center
    The Woodruff Arts Center is ranked among the top four arts centers in the nation. The Woodruff is unique in that it combines four visual and performing arts divisions on one campus as one not-for-profit organization. Opened in 1968, the Woodruff Arts Center is home to the Alliance Theatre, the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, the High Museum of Art and Young Audiences. To learn more about the Woodruff Arts Center, please visit www.woodruffcenter.org.

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