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The Brooks’ Art of Good Taste Season Springs to a Start, Memphis 2009
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Memphis, TN (January 26, 2009) – This spring, the Memphis Brooks Museum of Art will launch its largest Art of Good Taste wine auction season in history.  As the premiere fundraising event for the Brooks, in the past nine years The Art of Good Taste has contributed over $2.5 million towards the museum’s educational programming, travelling exhibitions, and ever-expanding permanent collection.  

The Art of Good Taste attracts renowned chefs and prominent vintners from around the world. This year’s “Spring Fever” theme highlights California’s celebrated Spring Mountain region with an unprecedented number of vintners from the area travelling to Memphis to participate in the events.  The twelve featured vintners will be: Barnett Vineyards, Behrens & Hitchcock Vineyards, Guilliams Vineyards, Keenan Winery, Newton Vineyard, Paloma Vineyard, Peacock Family Vineyard, Vineyard 7 & 8, Schweiger Vineyards, Sherwin Vineyards, Spring Mountain Vineyard, and Terra Valentine.  

Located above the Napa Valley, Spring Mountain is defined by small vineyards, often hand-tilled on terraces, and wineries hidden from view among forests and steep winding roads. Over the years, the appellation has produced an abundance of wines acclaimed worldwide for their unmistakable intense flavor and delicate, balanced tannins that are now the signature of Spring Mountain wines.  

“There’s a lot of excitement surrounding this year’s Art of Good Taste series,” says Diane Jalfon, Director of Development at the Brooks. “We are thrilled to welcome so many vintners from the Spring Mountain district. Since many of their wines are not available locally, it gives guests a wonderful opportunity to enjoy these high quality vintages. Plus, we are offering some fabulous lots in this year’s auction, ranging from rare wines to extraordinary tastings and dinners. For newcomers as well as veterans, this year’s events are not to be missed.”  

“The wineries of Spring Mountain are excited to be featured at the Brooks’ Art of Good Taste,” said Sheldon Richards, President of the Spring Mountain District Association.  “Tennessee is a rapidly growing market for us with some very knowledgeable wine collectors.  With a dozen wineries participating in these events, I think Memphis is in for a great weekend.”  

The Events

Fleming’s Wine Dinner: Sunday, February 22
Guests will enjoy a five-course dinner by Chef William Kloos paired with wines from featured Spring Mountain Wineries: Spring Mountain Vineyard, Terra Valentine, and Schweiger Vineyard. Several silent and live auction items also add to the evening’s excitement.  (Tickets are $150 per person.)  

Brooks Uncorked: Friday, April 10
Consistently selected as one of Memphis’s top 10 parties of the year, this fabulous event will feature more than 80 wines from around the world alongside a gourmet dinner buffet by Chef Wally Joe. Guests can also bid on a range of luxury items in the silent auction. (Tickets are $150 per person.)  

Patrons Dinner: May 8, 2009
At this elegant black-tie dinner, guests will enjoy a remarkable five-course dinner designed by Chef Wally Joe and other renowned chefs. This memorable meal is paired with hand-selected wines from the twelve featured Spring Mountain vintners.  The dinner will also feature a short live auction of some high-end items, including rare-vintage wines, exclusive wine dinners and tastings, exotic trips, dazzling jewelry, and exceptional artwork.  (Tickets are $750 per person, and include admission to the Grand Auction.)  

Grand Auction: May 9, 2009
The Grand Auction features a silent auction of more than 70 lots, including rare and high-profile wines, art, fine jewelry, and private dinners. Guests bid on these items as they enjoy champagne, cocktails, free-pour wine, heavy hors d’oeuvres, and live music.  When the silent auction tables close, guests move onto the plaza for the exciting live auction. This lively outdoor event will feature the most exotic and coveted items, auctioned off by auctioneers from Hart Davis Hart Wine Co. (Tickets are $150 per person.)  

VIP Treatment
Members of the media can get a complimentary pass to any and all of these exciting and newsworthy events by calling Lindsey Satterwhite, Development Associate for Fundraising Events, at (901) 544-6209. We appreciate your support of the Memphis Brooks Museum of Art.

The Art of Good Taste
As the Brooks’ premiere fundraising event of the year, The Art of Good Taste has grown from a single wine auction in the late eighties, to five main events.  Popular “Warm Up to Wine” tasting classes are also offered four times a year.  Wine and art lovers alike attend The Art of Good Taste events in support of the museum – in 2008, the Brooks welcomed over 1,000 patrons to these events.  Over the past nine years, The Art of Good Taste has contributed nearly $2.5 million to fund the museum’s exhibitions and educational programs.  For more information about The Art of Good Taste events, please visit  

The Art of Good Taste 2009 is presented by SunTrust. Sovereign Sponsors are Acura of Memphis; Pinnacle Airlines Corp.; Stanford Private Wealth Management; and the Parker Family/UBS Financial Services. The Imperial Sponsor is Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar. Magnum Sponsors are: Buster’s Liquors & Wines; Hart Davis Hart Wine Co.; Oak Hall; Memphis Magazine; Paulsen Printing; RAM Entertainment; VIP Memphis Magazine; and Dr. Thomas Chu, M.D., P.C.  Additional support is provided by Athens Distributing Co., Delta Wholesale Liquors, Southwestern Beverage Distributing, Star Distributors, United Liquors, The Victor L. Robilio Company, DCI Gallery, Michael Carpenter & Switch Creative, and Graphic Systems, Inc.The Brooks thanks its Community Partners: ArtsMemphis, The Hyde Family Foundations, The Tennessee Arts Commission, The Jeniam Foundation, and AutoZone.

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