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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…

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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…

Christmas 2012

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…

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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

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…

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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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Early Autumn Activities

By Catherine | On Oct 8, 2012 | 3 Comments

The autumn season is upon us, even though it doesn’t feel like it here in Charleston.  We did have a “taste” of fall, but then the humidity set back in.  There have been a number of interesting events over the past few weeks.  One of our new local eateries is called Butcher and Bee and it has a unique format,…

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The Neuroscience of Wine Tasting

By Catherine | On Sep 8, 2012 | 1 Comment

This post is a bit more technical than usual, but it is so interesting, I want to share the concept. The information here was presented by Tim Gaiser at the Wine Bloggers Conference in Portland this past August. Tim has 2 degrees in music, worked in the restaurant business for many years, and is one of fewer than 200 people…

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Tasting with Old Friends and New

By Catherine | On Aug 29, 2012 | 1 Comment

Misuzu, who is a wine distributor from Japan, was interning at Ken Wright Cellars when I visited in 2011. She was back in the U.S. for a combination vacation/business trip and we had the opportunity to go to some wineries together while I was in Oregon.  We share some favorites and our first stop was Alexana where our friend, Christie,…

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Back to Willamette

By Catherine | On Aug 26, 2012 | No Comments

On Sunday, I packed up and headed south, back to Willamette Valley.  I checked into Ken Wright’s Winery Lofts, feeling like I had “come home.”  Carlton’s Walk in the Park was in progress, so I caught the trolley to the park.  It is an annual festival to benefit local charities and includes wineries, food, art, and music.  The wineries included…


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