Bordeaux Style Blending at the Grand Bohemian

By Catherine | On Jan 24, 2016 | No Comments

The Grand Bohemian Hotel in Charleston holds red wine blending classes several times each week. Yesterday, on a blustery January Saturday, I attended a class, expertly led by Wine Director and Sommelier Scott Newman. The classes can accommodate up to 12 guests; ours was a group of 7, some locals and some visiting from other states. We were greeted with…

Dining in Maryland, Wining in Virginia

By Catherine | On Jun 28, 2015 | No Comments

Last week, I spent several delightful days with my daughter in Maryland.  As always, it involved lots of good food and wine!  Of note was our visit to a wonderful wine bar in Frederick called Vini Culture.  They feature three enomatic systems (also known as “cruvinets”) that dispense more than two dozen wines.  Customers load money onto a card and…

Champagne 2013

By Catherine | On Dec 21, 2013 | No Comments

Life has been busy with the holidays and all.  I think we have all been a little out of sync with Thanksgiving being so late.  The annual Grower Producer Champagne seminar was held in November, hosted by Harry Root of Grassroots Wines and facilitated by Marie Sauer of Sauer Grapes.  The wines presented were another “killer” line up.  It is…

Cinsault, Vino Volo, and More

By Catherine | On Jul 21, 2013 | No Comments

In June I made a short trip to Frederick, MD to visit my daughter and son-in-law.  We had dinner at a favorite spot, The Tasting Room.  Conversation with the sommelier, Jarrett Walsh, led to the decision to “go out on a limb” just a little and try a wine made from 100% Cinsault.  This particular wine is made by Michael…

New Wine Lounge – Sauer Grapes

By Catherine | On Dec 19, 2012 | 1 Comment

Marie Sauer opened a new wine lounge and retail store on Daniel Island this month.  Its name is a cute play on words – Sauer Grapes.  Open from 3-8 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday, stop in to relax, sample, and browse in the fun, art deco style lounge.  Taste unique wines available by the glass or bottle and take advantage of…


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