Mixed Case: High Museum Atlanta Wine Auction 2014

Twelve Tasty Sips

Our Mixed Case series serves up an eclectic mix of recent ‘adult beverage’ discoveries by the dozen.

Whether you’re perusing a bar menu while traveling or uncorking wine at home, let our guide lead to new taste destinations.

By Hope S. Philbrick

The 22nd High Museum Atlanta Wine Auction recently celebrated multiple generations of winemaking with the theme “Legends of the Vine: A Celebration of Generations.” The largest charity wine auction in the U.S. benefits the arts and is a significant contribution to the High’s exhibition and educational programming.

At the Trade Tasting, where hundreds of wines were festively poured, these 12 wines made a most memorable impression.

Editor’s Note: Since it would have been impossible for me to taste every wine poured at an event of this size and scope, I focused my attention on wines that would pair well with spring and summer dining and entertaining.


Laughing Pig Rosé
This dry rosé would pair with a range of foods and is also an enjoyable sip on its own. Made by Big Table Farms in Oregon, it’s the sort of easy-to-drink, pleasing-to-all-palates sort of wine that entices frequent glass refills. A case of this could disappear fast at a summertime party. Retails for approx. $22.

2013 Rutherford Round Pond Estate Sauvignon Blanc
This aromatic wine sniffs and tastes of apricot, lemon-lime and Cool Whip with notes of green melon and kiwi. Acid makes it food friendly. Retails for approx. $24.

2012 Bianchi Signature Selection Sauvignon Blanc
Bright and acidic, this wine would play nicely with spicy grilled summer fare. Retails for approx. $18.

2000 Henri Giraud Grand Cru Champagne Fut de Chene
Big bold bubbly with a pleasant yeast backbone. The guy pouring samples insisted it’s the best sparking wine in the world. I may not go that far, but I wouldn’t pour it out. Retails for approx. $40.

2009 Domaine Chaume-Arnaud Vinsobres
It’s green! Not literally, but the farm was certified biodynamic in 2009. The blend of Grenache, Syrah and Mourvèdre has balanced acidity and tannins and notes of violets and dark cherries. Retails for approx. $18.

2013 Cep Hopkins Ranch Russian River Valley Rosé
Bright berry flavors and citrus acidity dominate this refreshing wine. Stick a bottle in the ‘frig and serve it with a slight chill. Retails for approx. $20.

2009 Qupé Estate Bottled Syrah Bien Nacido Hillside Estate Santa Maria Valley
Deep and rich, this well-balanced wine is the answer to the question, “What should I pair with this steak?” Retails for approx. $40.

Chateau D’Esclans Domaines Sancha Lichine
Some rosé wines are too sweet, others too blah. This one is just right with fruity flavors balanced with acidity and even a full body for some va va va voom. Retail price unlisted.

2008 Tiger Mountain Vineyards Cabernet Franc
Produced in Georgia of Georgia Grown grapes, this Cabernet Franc is a revelation of what is growing in the foothills of the Appalachians. Dry yet luscious, fruity yet spicy, it’s packed with interesting with kicks of berry, leather and spice. Retail price unlisted.

2013 Hogwash
Produced by Tuck Beckstoffer and Frederick Delivert in California, this rosé blends fruit from the Central Coast and Mendocino County. Their goal was a classic Provence-style rosé and they totally nailed it. This food friendly wine has notes of melon, green apple, orange blossom and minerals. Retails for approx. $18.

2012 J. Rickards Winery Sémillon
Made of fruit from California’s Russian River Valley, this aromatic wine has bold notes of green apple, melon and tart figs. Retails for approx. $22.

2009 Reynolds Family Winery Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon, Stags Leap
Cellar this wine that boasts notes of currant, blackberry, cedar, tobacco and cocoa. Retails for approx. $100. All of the pressed-flower labels are individually handmade and thus utterly unique.






















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HopeP_144Hope S. Philbrick is founder and editor-in-chief of Getaways for Grownups. Her work has appeared in dozens of publications nationwide. She’s written about wines and spirits for more than 10 years. When not writing, she can usually be found on the road or savoring something tasty.

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