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Collective Spirits Wine and Food Festival 2014
During the weekend of May 15 through 17, 2014, The Bascom will present one of the Southeast's premier wine and food events for the culinary pleasure of more than 650 ticketed guests. With more than 11 different events over three days, this fundraising weekend is the single largest fundraiser for The Bascom, ensuring that the unique education, exhibition and community outreach will continue for the year to come.
Exclusive Benefactor Events
wine glasses The Collective Spirits Thursday exclusive benefactor-only dinners will feature notable chefs and wines, expertly paired and showcased in the Highlands-Cashiers Plateau's finest homes. Friday’s activities will begin with two educational and informative symposiums held at Highlands Country Club (with a light lunch between). For the true wine and food connoisseur, these two tastings offer in-depth exploration of the viticultural areas of Oregon (11:30am) followed by with a truly special foray into the world of Tabasco and its similarity to the art of winemaking (1:30pm). Friday evening’s Stock Your Cellars Market will boasts dozens of award-winning vintners offering tastings of an impressive and varied selection of wines for sale by the discounted case—all to benefit The Bascom!

Friday we will offer two educational wine tasting seminars at Highlands Country Club, providing the true wine connoisseur with an exclusive opportunity to taste and buy some very rare and difficult to find world-class wines. Friday evening’s Stock Your Cellars Market will boast dozens of award-winning vintners offering tastings of an impressive and varied selection of wines for sale by the discounted case.

On Saturday, Collective Spirits culminates with an elegant seated meal and live auction conducted by wine-specialist Greg Quiroga (Stellar Fundraising Auctions) at Highlands Country Club. Over the years Quiroga's impressive ability to engage patrons and his unparalleled knowledge of fine, collectible wines lend an expertise to the auction leading to exponential increases in net proceeds year after year!


View the 2014 Auction Lots!

Chris Montero • Cafe b., New Orleans, LA
Chris Hall • Local Three, Atlanta, GA 
Katie Button • Curate, Asheville, NC 
Justin Burdett • Ruka's Table, Highlands, NC
Joe Clarke • American Grocery Restaurant,
Greenville, SC
Rob McDaniel • Springhouse, Lake Martin, AL
Sue Zemanick • Gautreau's, New Orleans, LA
Sam McGann •  Blue Point Restaurant, Duck, NC

2014 Collective Spirits Committee
Elizabeth & Rod Rodriguez, Chairs
Glo Ghegan and Mike Campbell, Co-Chairs
Bev Seinsheimer
Claire Cameron
Maison Joseph Drouhin
Domaine Drouhin Oregon
Camille Cox, Laurent Perrier Champagne
Todd Stewart, Elk Cove Vineyards
Sam Lando, Lando Wines
David Robbins, D. R. Stephens Estate
Doug Cohen, Solena Estate
Rob Preiditsch, Vignette Cellars
Miles MacDonnell, Round Pond Estate
Scott Nagle, Trisaetum Winery
Lindsay Woodard, Retour
Axel Schug, Schug Wines
Brenda Mixon, The Grade Cellars & Sea-Fog
What are the Demographics of the Highlands-Cashiers Plateau?
Highlands, North Carolina has been rated by the Wall Street Journal as the 99th most affluent town in the U.S and is also home to five Wine Spectator Awards of Excellence. In addition, the Highlands-Cashiers Plateau boasts more than 20 private golf and tennis communities within a 15-mile radius, each serving haute cuisine and fine wines. Collective Sprits is widely promoted in the Southeast by The Bascom and media coverage includes articles in regional and wine specific magazines. Festival attendees come from Atlanta, Charlotte, Charleston, New Orleans, Orlando, Naples, Palm Beach, Memphis, Nashville, Birmingham and Sea Island among many touted locales.
Purchase Your Tickets!

Festival Schedule

Thursday, May 15, 2014
Private Home Wine Dinners*
6:30 pm
Hosted at the Ainsworth-Noah, Britton, Brown, Durkin, Fisher,
Forehand, Foxworth-Stewart,
and Palmer homes

Friday, May 16, 2014
Wine Symposiums
11:30 and 1:30 pm
Highlands Country Club
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Stock Your Cellars Market
and Wine Tasting

5:00–7:30 pm
The Bascom Terrace
Individual Tickets: $100

Saturday, May 17, 2014
Grand Gala Benefit Auction and Dinner
6:00 pm
Highlands Country Club
Individual tickets $275

*Sponsor/Benefactor Invitation Only

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