The Incomparable Indulgence in the Inner Circle

Experience a wine dinner in the Country Music Hall of Fame’s Rotunda that represents the crème de la crème carefully culled from the cellar of Pam and Steve Taylor. On Saturday, February 3, 2024, 30 lucky bidders will get a seat at the table tasting the finest wines of France and California in this evening for the ages.

Our special guest and moderator for the evening will be Andy Chabot, Senior Vice President of Food and Beverage for Blackberry Farm and Blackberry Mountain. During his 20 year tenure, Andy has overseen the development and growth of wine programs at Blackberry Farm resulting in James Beard Awards and Wine Spectator Grand Awards. Who better to share insights on tonight’s extraordinary line up of wines that the Wine Geek himself!


The evening begins with a glass of 2008 Krug Vintage. Described by Antonio Galloni as a “nervy, electrifying champagne, the likes of which has not emerged from Krug’s cellars since the magical 1996,” it is a fitting way for this exclusive group to begin the evening.


With your first seated course, you will be presented with a side-by-side line up that will make the most serious wine lovers weak in the knees: a 2017 Dagueneau Silex, a 2014 Haut-Brion Blanc and a 2018 Eisele Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc.


Next up is a master course in the very best representation of Chardonnay:  a 2009 Leflaive Bâtard-Montrachet, a 2014 Bonneau du Martray Corton-Charlemagne and The Judge! The 2017 Kongsgaard, that is!


Bring the smelling salts quickly because the lucky members of the inner circle will be swooning over the third course as the Grape of Kings makes its appearance. Indeed, you will be drinking like kings as you sip the 1996 Domaine de la Romanee-Conti Richebourg, next to the 2000 Domaine Armand Rousseau Père et Fils, Ruchottes-Chambertin Clos des Ruchottes, next to California Pinot royalty, a 2012 Marcassin.


More wine please! Why yes there is but it is ONLY the four original first growths from the iconic 1996 vintage. “100 points!” says Robert Parker about the 1996 Margaux. The indulgence of enjoying a side-by-side tasting of Lafite-Rothschild, Latour, Margaux, and Haut-Brion is only for this very privileged inner circle.


But wait, there is more! The stars of California Cabernet come blazing in for your final savory course with this incomparable line up:  a 2010 Screaming Eagle, a 2012 Harlan, and a 2016 Scarecrow will make you realize you not only have a brain but you used in wisely when you raised your paddle for to be a part of this dinner.


And finally, to end the perfect evening of indulgence in wine and food, the 2001 Yquem. “The greatest Yquem I have ever tasted” says James Suckling. “It is among a very small clutch of incredible wines that crash through the 100-point ceiling and rocket beyond the stratosphere,” says Lisa Perrotti-Brown.


Do the math on the value of these wines and raise your paddle for admission to this inner circle. Only 30 spots will be sold to this incomparable indulgence.


Krug Vintage Brut Champagne 2008

Ultramarine Heintz Vineyard Blanc de Blancs 2018


First Course
Château Haut-Brion Blanc 2014

Didier Dagueneau Pouilly-Fumé Silex 2017

Eisele Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc 2018


Second Course
Domaine Leflaive Bâtard-Montrachet Grand Cru 2009

Domaine Bonneau du Martray Corton-Charlemagne Grand Cru 2014

Kongsgaard The Judge Chardonnay 2017


Third Course
Domaine de la Romanée-Conti Richebourg Grand Cru 1996

Domaine Armand Rousseau Père et Fils Ruchottes-Chambertin Clos des Ruchottes 2000

Marcassin ‘Marcassin Vineyard’ Pinot Noir 2012


Fourth Course

Château Haut-Brion 1996

Château Latour 1996

Château Lafite Rothschild 1996

Château Margaux 1996


Fifth Course
Harlan Estate Proprietary Red 2013

Screaming Eagle Cabernet Sauvignon 2010

Scarecrow Cabernet Sauvignon 2016


Château d’Yquem 2001



Buy-A-Spot at this dinner taking place on Saturday, February 3, 2024 at the Country Music Hall of Fame Rotunda moderated by Guest of Honor, Andy Chabot.  A total of 30 spots will be sold separately. The Auctioneer will explain the rules from the podium.

A total of  30 spots will be sold separately. The Auctioneer will explain the rules from the podium.


One spot includes:


  • 1 seat at the dinner


  • 1 pour of each wine


If you are interested in purchasing multiple spots, please hold up the corresponding number of fingers when bidding.


No shared pours.


Donated by Pam & Steve Taylor, Andy Chabot