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Putting the relationship back into wine

Serious Wine. Amazing Food. Great Music.

Wine Dinners and Lectures.

Check out the options - There's something for everyone!

Thursday, Friday and Saturday: Nov. 12-14, 2020

11am - 4pm each day 

To purchase tickets, click here!

Small Towns Supporting Small Wineries

Experience the charm of Highlands and Cashiers with Elevated Wines.  During our premiere event, November 12-14, we'll roll out the

welcome mat to host small production wine makers from "wine" towns along the West Coast and across the pond.  Whether a true oenophile, new to the world of wine, or in search of a change of scenery, 

Elevated Wines is for you.

Join us on Main Street in Highlands and The Village Green in Cashiers.  Come one day or all three.

What's Included:

20+ Small Production Wineries

80+ High Quality Wines

Meet & Greet with Winemakers and Vineyard Owners

Small Bites From the Plateau's Top Chefs

Amazing Local Music

Socially Distanced Fun

Gift Bag with Tasting Glass, 6 bottle wine tote, padfolio

and pen for tasting notes, neck gaiter for warmth and

to fashionably cover mouth and nose, and more!

-----Wine Dinners and Lectures-----

Thursday - 4118 Kitchen + Bar dinner featuring James Beard Foundation collaborative wine, Dough Wines  $75pp++

Friday and Saturday - Midpoint featuring small vineyard imports from France, Chile, Argentina

Friday - Tug's Proper featuring Winemaker David Tate from Barnett Vineyards and Tate Wines  $125pp++

Saturday - Tug's Proper featuring owner Jean Arnold of Kate Arnold Wines and Stacey Pytlewski of Coquerel Wines.  Understanding food and wine pairings (8 wines paired with small plates)  $75pp++

Saturday - Log Cabin dinner and import tasting with Master Sommelier Max Kast featuring family-owned global boutique wineries

$175pp++  (limited spots available)

Lectures - Master Sommelier Max Kast sponsored by the CLE (Center for Life Enrichment) at Highlands Wine Shoppe. (There are less than

300 Master Sommeliers in the world.)

Thursday and Friday

12-1:30pm - Understanding Your Palate

2-3 - How to Blind Taste Wine

Highlands Tasting Locations and Local Partners:

The Highlands Wine Shoppe (Registration)

The Highlander Mountain House

Tugs Proper


Thank you to the Pat Allen Realty Group, 

the CLE (Center for Life Enrichment) and the

Highlands Chamber of Commerce for a grant to help promote

tourism and growth in Highlands.

Thursday, Nov. 12th - Small Production Wines - 11am to 4pm

Friday, Nov. 13 - Small Production Wines - 11am to 4pm

Saturday, Nov. 14 - CASHIERS - Small Production Wines - 11am-4pm

Saturday, Nov. 14 - HIGHLANDS - International Wines and Local Beers - 11am-4pm

Daily Ticket: $175 

Three Day Ticket: $450

Purchase Tickets HERE.


The Cashiers Chamber of Commerce

The Village Green (Registration)

Landmark Real Estate Sales and Vacation Rentals

Saturday, Nov. 14 - Small Production Wines - 11am-4pm

Daily Ticket: $150

Purchase Tickets HERE.


We've included an International Saturday and an "Elevated" event in CASHIERS, too!

Small towns supporting small international wineries...and some local breweries! 

 You'll enjoy small production wines from France, Italy, Spain, Austria, Chile, 

and Argentina where quality is the key with average bottle prices over $30.

Beer at a wine event? It's no secret that winemakers drink beer to keep their palate fresh. 

 So, let's have a brew!

All NC Regulations will be followed and event tents will be open air.

Face coverings and hand sanitizer will be provided.

Designated drivers will be available. Volunteers and off-duty police

will be at your service.

To purchase tickets, click Here.

Participating Wineries

Tate Wine

Barnett Vineyards

Royal Prince

Lapelle Wines

Vine Cliff Winery

August Briggs Winery

Kate Arnold Wines

Andis Wines


Vina Robles Vineyard

Coquerel Wines

Trentadue Winery

Elizabeth Spencer Winery

Textbook Vineyards

Pine Ridge Vineyards

Ancient Peaks

Reynolds Family Winery

Turley Wine Cellars


MacRostie Winery

Dough Wines (James Beard Foundation collaboration)

Paul Lato Wines

Purchase Tickets

Max Kast, Master Sommelier

Elevated Wines: Special Guests

Wine is meant to be shared. It is with great pleasure that we welcome these special guest to Highlands to share a glass and extend our hospitality to them as honored guest.


While studying History at the University of Montana, Max Kast supported himself by working in restaurants and wine bars. With a pocket full of tip money, he purchased a bottle of 1991 Chateau Musar Rouge and fell completely in love with wine. After graduating with a BA, he decided to forego the world of academia for a full time career in the world of food and wine when he realized he spent more time reading Michael Broadbent, Kermit Lynch, and Jancis Robinson than applying to grad school. Max was the wine director at the Relais & Chateaux property, Triple Creek Ranch in the Bitteroot Valley of Montana before he moved to Chapel Hill, NC where he spent 10-years as Wine Director of the Grand Chef Relais & Chateaux Fearrington House Restaurant. During his time at the Fearrington House he helped the property earn the coveted Grand Chef Relais & Chateaux and the Forbes Five Star designations.

In 2018 after over a decade of traveling, tasting, studying and more studying, Max earned the coveted designation of Master Sommelier from the Court of Master Sommeliers. Max is one of only 273 Master Sommeliers in the world. Since 2016 Max has worked for Broadbent Selections, where he passionately promotes their diverse portfolio of family-owned global boutique wineries from around the world including the wine that set him on his path, Chateau Musar.


David is Winemaker for Barnett Vineyards (Napa) and Tate Cellars (Napa)

Susan is Director of Sales for Tate Cellars


National Sales Director: Vine Cliff Wines (Napa)


Kate Arnold Wines (California, Oregon, Washington)


Owner: Fine Juice Wines, August Briggs (Napa)


VP of Pacific South Wine, CoVina Robles (Paso Robles)


Dir of Sales, Coquerel Wines (Napa)


National Sales Manager, Elizabeth Spencer Winery (Napa)


Mid-Atlantic Manager, Textbook Vineyards (Napa), MacRostie Winery & Vineyards (Sonoma), Dough Wines (Sonoma,

Napa, Oregon) James Beard Foundation Partner