High Museum Atlanta Wine Auction Ranked #5 Nationally in "Top US Charity Wine Auctions" by March 31, 2006 Issue of "Wine Spectator" Magazine

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Charity wine auction based in Atlanta is ranked number five in the country for Top U.S. Charity Wine Auctions according to Wine Spectator magazine's March 31, 2006 issue.

The High Museum Atlanta Wine Auction has been named number five in a national ranking of the Top 10 charity wine auctions in the United States by “Wine Spectator” magazine. The ranking will be announced in the March 31, 2006 issue.

Each year “Wine Spectator” gathers information on charity auctions throughout the country. Out of more than 70 auctions reporting, “Wine Spectator” ranks its Top 10 “based solely on the amounts raised by the sale of live-auction lots. The Top 10 is also limited to those auctions whose live lots focus on wine and wine-related items....” The High Museum Atlanta Wine Auction reported a live bid amount of $1.22 million. This 69 percent increase over the previous year.

“It’s wonderful to be back in the Top 10,” notes Wine Auction manager Woodie Wisebram. “This ranking is very important not only to our wine industry donors, but also to bidders, benefactors and sponsors. It further cements our position as a world-class wine auction that supports a world-class museum.”

High Museum Atlanta Wine Auction

Founded in 1993, the High Museum Atlanta Wine Auction is the largest fund-raising event for the High Museum of Art—Atlanta’s top charity fundraising event and one of the top-five charity wine auctions in the United States. The funds generated by the Wine Auction, which amount to more than $8 million in the last 13 years and $1.5 million in 2005 alone, are a significant contribution to the Museum’s acquisitions, exhibitions and educational programming.

The Auction’s 2006 theme “Toast a New High. Ooh, la, la!” salutes the High’s new 177,000 square-foot expansion designed by acclaimed Italian architect Renzo Piano, and also references the October 2006 debut of “Louvre Atlanta.” This unprecedented partnership with the Musée du Louvre in Paris will bring hundreds of works of art from the Louvre’s collections to Atlanta over a three-year period.

The 2006 Wine Auction events will have a new home under big top tents at Atlantic Station in Midtown Atlanta. Organized by co-chairs Lorri McClain and Suzanne Salmon, Wine Auction week begins on Tuesday, March 28 with a Cooking Class at Table 1280 Restaurant and Tapas Lounge. Wednesday, March 29 is the Artist Dinner, and Thursday, March 30 offers a Trade Tasting and in-home Winemaker Dinners. Friday, March 31 kicks-off with Premier Tasting Seminars, and then a Gala Dinner Dance and silent auction will be held under the big-top tents. Saturday’s events on April 1 include the Vintners’ Reception and Live Auction followed by a new event, Red, White & New.

This year, the Wine Auction will honor three special guests from the wine world—Jean-Michel Cazes, Alexandra Pereyre de Nonancourt and Maximilian Riedel. Cazes, a long-time friend to the Auction, is owner of famed French wine estates Chateau Lynch-Bages, Les Ormes de Pez and Villa Bel Air. Alexandra Pereyre de Nonancourt will represent her family’s revered Laurent-Perrier Champagne house. Maximilian Riedel is chief executive officer and the 11th generation of the Riedel crystal dynasty, which celebrates its 250th anniversary in 2006. Teaming up to wield the gavel for the Live Auction are esteemed wine auctioneers Michael Davis of Hart Davis Hart Wine Co., Chicago, Ill., and Ursula Hermacinski. For more information about specific events, please visit http://www.atlanta-wineauction.org.

Wine Auction Support

The 2006 High Museum of Art Wine Auction is made possible with through the generous support of the exclusive Presenting Sponsor, Turner Broadcasting System, Inc., and Grand Cru Sponsor, Cantor Fitzgerald. Premier Corporate Sponsors for the Wine Auction include “Atlanta Homes and Lifestyles” Magazine, Geographics, Holder Construction Company and Wachovia Wealth Management. Atlantic Station is the Site Sponsor.

Atlantic Station

Co-developed by Jacoby Development and AIG Global Real Estate Investment Corp., a member company of American International Group Inc. (AIG), the Atlantic Station® redevelopment is a 138-acre environmental redevelopment of the former Atlantic Steel Mill at the nexus of interstates 75 and 85 in Midtown Atlanta. The redevelopment is ultimately projected to include 12 million square feet of retail, office, residential and hotel space as well as 11 acres of public parks. For more information, visit http://www.atlanticstation.com.

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 over 11,000 works of art in its permanent collection, the High Museum of Art has an extensive anthology of 19th- and 20th-century American art; significant holdings of European paintings and decorative art; 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 http://www.High.org.

The Woodruff Arts Center

The Woodruff Arts Center is ranked among the top four arts centers in the nation. A not-for-profit center for performing and visual arts, its campus comprises the Alliance Theatre, the Atlanta College of Art, the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, the High Museum of Art, Young Audiences and the 14th Street Playhouse.

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