Pride Mountain Vineyards
April 4, 2008
Oh, That Southern Hospitality . . .

Fortunately for those of us at the winery, the Peachtree State is a long way away . . . otherwise we might see a lot less of Carolyn Pride. Returning from a trip with son in law and national sales manager, Stuart Bryan, for the High Museum Atlanta Wine Auction last weekend, it was clear that she truly enjoyed the gracious hospitality and the cultural opportunities presented by our friends 2500 miles away.

The fundraising weekend kicked off when hosts Sara and John Shlesinger opened their beautiful home to a wonderful dinner featuring Pride wines, prepared by Executive Chef Robert Gerstenecker of the Four Seasons Hotel Atlanta (left, with Carolyn Pride and Assistant Sous Chef, Hakan Coskun).

Friday night brought the Gala Dinner and Auction, where after another evening of great wine, food and company, our magnum vertical of 2000 - 2005 Cabernet Sauvignon and a VIP trip to the vineyard for two couples raised $11,000 for the High Museum Atlanta.

Not to be outdone by their neighbors in Atlanta, the final stop on this weekend of southern hospitality was a lovely wine dinner put on by the brothers Greg and Gary Butch at their much lauded restaurant in Savannah, Elizabeth's on 37th. Thirty plus guests enjoyed a lovely menu of Chef Kelly Yambor's creations based on locally sourced ingredients and the restaurant's own house grown herbs and edible flowers, complimented by Pride wines chosen just for the occasion.

Thank you to everyone involved in making this such a great weekend!