High's Picks

Are you a wine lover?  Then don’t miss “The Big One,” the 25th year of the High Museum Atlanta Wine Auction, March 22–25. The Auction is the largest charity wine auction in the United States benefiting the arts and the largest fundraising event for the High Museum of Art.

The co-chairs for the 2017 Auction are wine enthusiasts and philanthropists Vicki Palefsky and Alessandra Potts. Palefsky, a resident of Buckhead, has been a supporter of the Wine Auction since 2006.  Potts, a resident of Milton, is owner of the wine storage business Vine Vault and has been a supporter of the Auction since 2010.

Since launching in 1993, the Auction has welcomed more than 12,000 guests and uncorked more than 60,000 bottles of the finest wines from 400 of the world’s top wineries. To further delight your palate, amazing chefs from Atlanta’s most renowned restaurants bring their culinary creations to the table.

Proceeds from the Auction have amounted to more than $26 million over the last 24 years and provide significant funding for the High’s exhibitions and educational programming.

Wine Auction Week officially begins March 22 with Dine Around Dinners at local restaurants, tasting seminars, Winemaker Dinners at private homes, and more.  The festivities wrap up with the Friday Fete on March 24 and the Vintners’ Reception and Live Auction on March 25. More info and tickets are available at Atlanta-WineAuction.org 
We asked Vicki and Allesandra to share their favorite bottles with our readers. Cheers!

Vicki Palefsky’s Picks:

Favorite Red: Peay Vineyards Scallop Shelf Estate Pinot Noir

Favorite White: Williams Selyem Drake Estate Chard

Value Red: Van Duzer Pinot Noir Rose

Value White: Martinelli Chardonnay

Best Bubbly (U.S): Schramsberg J. Schram Rose

Best Bubbly (International): Billecart Salmon Brut Reserve

Best for Hostess Gift: Paul Hobbs Hyde Pinot Noir

Alessandra Potts’ Picks:

Favorite Red: Ovid Napa Valley

Favorite White: Rudd Mt. Veeder Estate Susan’s Blanc

Value Red: Sherwin Estate Cabernet Sauvignon

Value White: Torbreck Steading Blanc

Best Bubbly (U.S.): Schramsberg 2007 Reserve

Best Bubbly (International): Billecarte Salmon Brut Blanc de Blancs Grand Cru

Best for Hostess Gift: Buckhead 2012 Shiraz (the Potts’ private label)