With so many wineries to check out during the High Museum Wine Auction Vintners’ Reception, it’s hard to know where to start. Here are some suggestions:
Champagne Pol Roger
What better way to begin the event than with champagne? If you’ve never had Champagne Pol Roger you’re in for a treat. It also happens to be a favorite with England’s royal family, and was served at the weddings of Prince William and Kate Middleton and Prince Harry and Meghan Markle.
Coursey Graves Winery
Returning to the auction, these sophisticated red wines come from lesser-known hillside vineyards in Napa and Sonoma, where the soil and weather are similar to Bordeaux. Winemaker Cabell Coursey (who co-owns the winery with John Graves) is an Atlanta native.
Returning to the auction for a second year in a row, with lush and round Chardonnay and opulent reds from Napa and Sonoma.
Another winery that is returning for a second straight year. From the Napa Valley and inspired by the south of France, these are muscular yet elegant reds and a stellar rosé.
Proprietor and winemaker Sam Baxter is a familiar face at the High Museum Wine Auction and his wines from Napa’s Spring Mountain are always worth a special taste.
TH Estate Wines
I first tasted TH wines about 10 years ago when it was known as Terry Hoage Vineyards, and I am so excited they are coming to the auction. TH is located in Paso Robles and makes excellent white and red wines from Rhone varietals. There’s a Georgia connection – proprietor and winemaker Terry Hoage played football at the University of Georgia and had a successful career in the NFL. His flagship Syrah “The Hedge” is named for the famed UGA hedges.
It is wonderful to see Truchard returning to the wine auction after an absence of several years. Tony and Jo Ann Truchard are pioneers in Carneros. From starting with 20 acres the Truchards now have 400 acres, of which 280 are planted. It’s hard to have a favorite wine as all are excellent, though their Roussanne (which sells out quickly) is a special treat.
If you know Williams Selyem, then you know how good their Pinot Noir is. If you don’t know them, you’ll want to make their table one of your first stops to make sure you get a taste.
Sandhi Wines & Domaine de la Côte
Partner and proprietor Raj Parr is one of the special guests of honor at this year’s wine auction so you’ll certainly want to taste his wines.
These returning wineries are always on my list to visit. Click here to see what I’ve written about them in the past.
Click here to see all the wineries and restaurants that will be participating in the High Museum Wine Auction’s Vintners’ Reception.