Each spring, The Bascom presents Collective Spirits, a three-day celebration of wine, food and the arts marking the opening of the Summer Season on the Highlands/Cashiers Plateau. From May 19-21, wine and dine throughout the weekend with some of the worlds most revered winemakers and the Southeast’s most renowned chefs. All will converge on Highlands and Cashiers among art lovers, community leaders and special guests for Private Home Wine Dinners, the Grand Tasting “Meet & Greet” Wine Market, benefit wine dinners at local restaurants, the “Catch the Spirit” Village Sip & Stroll, an exclusive “Reserve Wine” Tasting and the finale - the Grand Gala Benefit Dinner and Auction at The Bascom.
This year, Collective Spirits welcomes renowned Chef John Besh from Restaurant August in New Orleans, Chef John Fleer (formerly Chef at Blackberry Farm) now at Canyon Kitchen in Cashiers, Chef Carvel Gould from Canoe in Atlanta, Chef Frank Lee from S.N.O.B. (Slightly North of Broad) in Charleston and Chef Todd Ginsberg from Bocado in Atlanta.
All will lend their prowess creating unforgettable menus for the Opening Night Private Home Wine Dinners. To pair with this culinary creativity, wineries like Brochelle Vineyards, Tuck Beckstoffer Wines, DuMol, Paul Hobbs Wines, Reynolds Family, Silver Oak, Twomey, Schug Carneros Estate, Lambert Bridge Winery, Miner Family Wines and Ehlers Estate will have principals and winemakers in attendance to share their wines and speak about their craft.
On Friday, the Grand Tasting “Meet & Greet” Wine Market is a ‘stock your cellar’ celebration featuring an assortment of the finest wines from producers like Authentique Vin - Thomas Meunier Selections; B.R. Cohn, Brochelle Vineyards, David Arthur Vineyards, DuMol, Ehlers Estate, Fisher Vineyards, Lambert Bridge Winery, Miner Family, Paul Hobbs Wines, Nickel & Nickel, Reynolds Family Wines, Rubicon, Schug Carneros Estate, Silver Oak Cellars, Solena Estate, Twomey Cellars and Zacherle Wines. All wines will be available for purchase through Mountain Fresh Grocery in Highlands.
Following the Grand Tasting, local restaurants will offer intimate winemaker dinners, Gamekeeper’s Tavern will feature wines of Schug Carneros Estate and B.R. Cohn. Madison’s Restaurant will feature wines of Brochelle Vineyards and Solena Estate. Ristorante Paoletti will feature Paul Hobbs Wines. Wolfgang’s Restaurant and Wine Bistro will feature Lambert Bridge Winery and Reynolds Family Wines. Reservations should be made directly with the restaurant.
New this year to Collective Spirits is the “Catch the Spirit” Village Sip & Stroll sponsored by Bryson’s Food Store. Guests will spend Saturday afternoon meandering through Bryson’s Food Store located at Highlands Plaza and the shops at Town Square located on Main Street tasting wine and learning more about what goes into each bottle.
The weekend culminates in a Grand Gala Benefit Wine Dinner and Auction Saturday evening at The Bascom. The auction includes some rare and collectible French wines, a generous donation of Bascom patron Ruthie Watts; a VIP weekend for two couples with tours, tastings and dinners at Reynolds Family Winery and Lambert Bridge Winery; an exclusive trip to Charleston during the Spoleto Festival and, a 15L bottle of Veuve Clicquot Champagne will be up for bid.
Raising critical operating funds for The Bascom, Collective Spirits Wine and Food Festival is made possible in part by sponsors Wilmington Trust, BNY Mellon and Sysco and partners Atlanta Social Season Magazine, Franklin Ford, The Highlander Newspaper, the Highlands Newspaper, The Laurel Magazine, Moss Robertson Cadillac, Old Edwards Inn and Spa, WHLC FM 104.5, Wines Down South, and WNC Magazine.
The Bascom is open year-round. For additional information about Collective Spirits, please visit TheBascom.org, CollectiveSpirits.com or call (828)526-4949.
FRIDAY NIGHT SILENT AUCTION
— Dinner Under the Stars at Shortoff for 12 at Alfred Kennedy & Bill Kenny's home, catered by New Mountain Events with pairings from Paul Hobbs Wines
— One magnum Tuck Beckstoffer’s 2006 Mockingbird Cabernet Sauvignon
— One 3L bottle of 2006 Miner Family Winery “Oakville” Cabernet Sauvignon
— Six 750ml bottles of 2003 Paul Hobbs Cuvee Augustina Chardonnay
— One boxed set of two 750ml bottles of 2002 Harlan Estate “The Maiden”
SATURDAY LIVE AUCTION
— Six signed, boxed magnums of Ramey Cellars Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon
— Six 750ml bottles of 1989 Chateau Pichon-Longueville, Comtesse de la LaLande
— Art immersion trip for two to New York City with airfare, museum tours and two nights at the Sherry Netherland hotel
— On Golden Mountain - Dinner for 10 hosted by Jon and Bobbie Golden featuring Chef Sean Doty and Shafer Vineyards
— Napa/Sonoma long weekend for two couples including Wine Country accommodations with Lambert Bridge Winery, Reynolds Family, B.R. Cohn and DuMol
— One 6L bottle 1997 Fisher Cabernet Sauvignon Lamb Vineyard Imperial PLUS a six magnum vertical of the same wine (1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2006, 2007) AND a VIP tour, tasting and lunch for four at the winery
— One boxed magnum set (two bottles) 1997 Harlan Estate Cabernet Sauvignon The Yachts of Seabourn - Seven-Day Mediterranean Cruise to Monte Carlo, Oct. 14-21, for two people including stops in Antibes, Porquerolles, Port Vendres and St. Tropez
— One 750ml bottle each Chateau Mouton-Rothschild, 1982 and 1988
— Paddle Raise for Outreach at The Bascom
— One 15L bottle of Veuve Clicquot Yellow Brut Label Brut Champagne Non-Vintage
— 100-point Wine Dinner for 12 couples
— Name The Bascom Wine
— Long Weekend for two couples in Oregon Wine Country including airfare, winery accommodations, tours/tastings and special VIP experiences
— Twelve 750ml bottles of 1989 Chateau de Beaucastel, Chateauneuf-du-Pape
— Veuve Clicquot Champagne and Caviar Brunch for 10 at Canyon's End in Lonesome Valley featuring Chef John Fleer
— Spoleto Festival USA Experience for two in Charleston, South Carolina, June 1-3, 2012, including accommodations, performances and insider events
— Six 750ml bottles of 1982 Chateau Talbot