Sancerre and Oysters

By Catherine | On Apr 20, 2013 | 1 Comment

Wines from Sancerre and oysters are a match made in heaven.  Debbie Marlowe of The Wine Shop of Charleston hosted a wonderful tasting last week, presided over by Laura Masero of Joseph Mellot wines and Eric Hill, the distributor. All tastings are educational and the big revelation for me during this event was learning about all of the different varietals…

Small Production Wines from France

By Catherine | On Mar 25, 2013 | No Comments

Marie Sauer of Sauer Grapes Wine Lounge hosted a wonderful tasting of French wines last week.  Anyone who knows me or reads my blog knows how fervently I support small grower producers in any region.  The people who grow the grapes and create the wines are passionate about quality and authenticity.  Sophie and Fabrice Laronze are among these select growers,…

Merry Edwards’ Magnificent Pinot Noirs

By Catherine | On Mar 14, 2013 | No Comments

During the 2013 Charleston Wine and Food Festival, I had the distinct pleasure of attending Merry Edwards‘ Single Vineyard Pinot Noir tasting.  Merry was one of the first women wine makers in CA, beginning her career in the industry in 1974.  In 1997, family and friends joined Merry to found Merry Edwards Winery, with a focus on producing Pinot Noirs…

Aqua Aging?

By Catherine | On Feb 28, 2013 | No Comments

An unusual experiment is taking place right here in Charleston Harbor.  Mira Winery of Napa Valley, CA, submerged four cases of 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon to test the effects of “ocean aging.”  The bottles were treated with additional wax seals and placed in specially designed steel mesh cages that allow the water to circulate around the bottles. The wines are in…

Thank You, News, and Notes

By Catherine | On Feb 12, 2013 | No Comments

Thank you for participating in the Rock and Vine promotion – those of you who left comments and those of you who helped to spread the word.  You are all greatly appreciated.  The winners have been selected and should be receiving their beautiful books within the next week or ten days. This post contains various things I have been meaning…

Rock and Vine and a Chance to Win!!

By Catherine | On Feb 1, 2013 | 10 Comments

A beautiful new book, Rock and Vine, will be available soon and I have two gorgeous pre-release copies of this book to give away!  There is no cost involved and no”catches”. It is the story of California’s evolving wine business.  Most of us know some of the names of the great pioneers of wine in California, the likes of Robert and…

2012 Wrap-Up

By Catherine | On Jan 20, 2013 | No Comments

Hello and  Happy 2013. I hope the new year is off to an excellent start. The holidays were fun and wine-filled and several deserve special mention.  Some of our family gathered in Charlotte, NC, to celebrate Christmas and we consumed many bottles of Champagne and Pinot Noir.  Our Christmas Eve selection was Gaston Chiquet Rosé pictured here – gorgeous salmon…

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…

2009 Bordeaux

By Catherine | On Nov 29, 2012 | 2 Comments

Debbie Marlowe of The Wine Shop of Charleston conducted a fantastic tasting of 2009 Bordeaux at her shop on November 27.  We tasted nine Bordeaux, working in flights of three wines per round.  There are five legal grape varietals that may be included in Bordeaux, which is always a blend of at least two of the five.  They are Cabernet…

2012 Grower Producer Champagne Seminar

By Catherine | On Nov 9, 2012 | No Comments

Last week was the 2012 Grower Producer Champagne Seminar.  I enjoyed it even more than last year’s because my knowledge has increased over the past 12 months.  Also, it was held at an ideal venue, the amphitheater at the Culinary Institute of Charleston.  Harry Root was our Master of Ceremonies, assisted by Marie Sauer.  We tasted 12 Champagnes and enjoyed…


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