More than 500 lucky oenophiles will be wined and dined on May 16–18 at The Bascom’s annual Collective Spirits fundraiser in Highlands, NC. The festivities kick off on Thursday evening with exclusive benefactor-only dinners featuring renowned chefs and notable wines. Chefs include Susan Spicer of New Orleans’ Bayona restaurant, Elliott Moss of The Admiral in Asheville, NC, James Beard award winner, Sean Brock of Husk in Charleston, SC, Reagan Browell of The Willcox Inn in Aiken, SC, Patrick Owens of Charleston’s Opal and Chris Hall of Local Three in Atlanta, GA. These dinners are even more sought after due to their locations in some of Highlands’ and Cashiers’ finest private homes.
Friday begins with two educational tasting seminars in the classrooms at The Bascom. Friday evening will include a VIP Wine Tasting of rare and collectible restaurant-only wine-list wines, followed by the Stock Your Cellar Wine Market and Tasting on the Terrace at The Bascom. The Market will spotlight dozens of award-winning vintners, who will offer tastings and hard-to-find wines for sale by the discounted case. A seated dinner on Saturday at Highlands Country Club will culminate in a live auction conducted by wine specialist Greg Quiroga of Reynolds-Buckley in California. In May 2010, Quiroga built up a six-figure seed fund for The Bascom’s mountain plateau outreach and educational programs benefiting underserved children and families. There is never a charge for gallery exhibitions at The Bascom, which is open year round, seven days a week. More than 40,000 people, including residents of the Highlands-Cashiers plateau, area children youth and adults, and visitors to the community are served each year. Expect even more results from the proceeds, which will continue to enrich the life of the region’s residents through The Bascom’s high-quality educational programs, many at no cost to the community.
Saturday’s live auction items are a fabulous mix of glamorous trips to luxury destinations, exclusive gourmet dinners, private wine tastings hosted by the vintners themselves and carefully curated wine collections. The Bascom announces its Collective Spirits 2013 vintners, with special Guest of Honor winemaker Rick Sayre of the Rodney Strong Winery. Additional notables include Axel Schug, owner of Schug Carneros Estate; winemaker Robbie Meyer of L’Angevin and Pierson-Meyer; Sales Director Kathy Berez of Failla Wines; Robin Lail, owner of Lail Vineyards; National Sales Manager Doug Cohen of Solena Estate; John Anthony Truchard of John Anthony Vineyards; East Coast Sales Sarah Noble of Loosen Brothers Wines; Gabrielle Leonhard, The Gabrielle Collection; Natali Meetze of Falcor Wines; Steve Pignatello, importer of French wines; Bob Singer of Caymus Vineyards; winemaker Joe Davis of Arcadian Winery; Tuck Beckstoffer of Beckstoffer Wines and Chris Bratcher of Bratcher Wines.
Please mark your calendar for the Collective Spirits events as below:
Thursday, May 16 – Private Wine Dinners (Benefactors only*) – 6pm
Friday, May 17 – Educational Tasting Seminars – 1-3pm
Friday, May 17 – Stock Your Cellar Wine Market and Tasting ($100 per person) – 6pm
Saturday, May 18 – Gala Dinner and Auction ($275 per person) – 6pm
*Benefactor packages start at $2,500.
For additional information regarding events and participating chefs and vintners, please visit (www.collectivespirits.com). For ticketing information, call the ticket office at 828/787-2896.
For other Collective Spirits inquiries, contact Claire Cameron, Events Manager, at 828/787-2882 or e-mail to (firstname.lastname@example.org).
For more information, or for more details on all Bascom activities, visit (www.TheBascom.org) or call 828/526-4949.