Ciel claret


By Catherine | On Apr 30, 2012 | No Comments

What do you think of when you hear the term claret?  I used to think of people sipping claret in the 17th and 18th centuries, knowing it was a red wine, but not much else.  Claret evolved from the French “Clairet”, the name of a dark rosé made in Bordeaux and exported until the 18th century.  Over time, the meaning…


Wining and Dining in DC

By Catherine | On Apr 20, 2012 | No Comments

Greetings.  Last weekend was a fun and food filled adventure in one of my favorite cities, Washington D.C.  My daughter, Hilary, and I made a return visit to Michel Richard’s Citronelle, the restaurant where we began the celebration of her 21st birthday 11 years ago.  We were seated at an upper level table with an excellent view of the diningroom…

Abbott Claim Pinot Noir


By Catherine | On Apr 9, 2012 | No Comments

Hello, friends and readers.  I apologize for my absence over the past weeks.  I caught a nasty virus and couldnt’ smell for 2 weeks, so there was no interesting wine tasting going on for me!  Then I went to Jamaica and that was all about rum. There have been some interesting articles of late.  (As an aside, I just don’t understand…

Seghesio Zinfandel


By Catherine | On Mar 19, 2012 | No Comments

Hello, everyone.  I had the opportunity to enjoy two terrific Zinfandels with friends last week.  The first is Old Vine Zinfandel 2009 from Seghesio in Sonoma County.  Like most Zin’s, it is robust and fairly high in alcohol at 15%. The wine is deep red in color with aromas of dark berries and spice.  It is full bodied and silky smooth on…


Dining with Friends

By Catherine | On Mar 11, 2012 | No Comments

Last night I enjoyed dinner with my dear friends, Andrea and John, at their home.  I took a bottle of Alexana 2007 Revana Vineyard Pinot Noir for us to drink with dinner.  We enjoyed a sparkling Vouvray with caviar canapes while John, who is quite the chef, completed dinner preparations. The first course was a fabulous dish of fresh asparagus in carbonara…


2012 Pinot Envy Uncorked

By Catherine | On Mar 4, 2012 | No Comments

Charleston celebrated the Charleston Wine and Food Festival this weekend.  The weather did not cooperate Saturday, but the Festival was able to make rapid adjustments to ensure that events weren’t adversely affected.  Two years ago, I attended this event and was glad that I selected it, again, this year.  There were fewer wineries this year and more emphasis on food, and many of…

Luvina at McCrady's

Recent Vintages for Oregon Pinot Noir

By Catherine | On Feb 25, 2012 | No Comments

A friend and I made a return visit to McCrady’s for dinner last night and it was another extraordinary, well paced feast for the eyes and palate.  Pictured is the fish course I chose, lupina, with fresh sorrel sauce, fingerling potatoes, and sun chokes.  I took a bottle of Ken Wright 2008 Savoya Vineyard Pinot Noir to drink with dinner.  Like Ken’s Meredith Mitchell Vineyard Pinot that was enjoyed with family…

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Oregon and Washington Class

By Catherine | On Feb 13, 2012 | No Comments

My Total Wine store located at 1820 Ashley River Road puts on great wine classes.  There is usually one class per month on Saturdays from 3-5 with popular classes repeating on Thursdaysof the same week from 6:30-8:30. For any of you with a Total Wine in the area, the classes and special events are well worth checking out. Yesterday’s subject region was the Pacific Northwest featuring wines…


Definitely In Good Taste!

By Catherine | On Jan 29, 2012 | No Comments

Continuing my exploration of Charleston area wine shops and wine bars that I have never visited, I stopped in at In Good Tasteon Friday evening.  In Good Taste is a cozy shop that has been in business for over 25 years and is owned by Jacki Boyd.  The store offers wines, whole bean coffees, teas, cheeses, and an assortment of…

J. Christopher

Charleston Restaurant Week

By Catherine | On Jan 21, 2012 | No Comments

Charleston Restaurant Week is in full swing.  On Wednesday, a friend and I tried one of the city’s newer restaurants, The Grocery.  This is another eatery dedicated to serving fresh, locally sourced products.  It has a rather bare bones decor, which suits the building that houses it as well as its name. We selected J. Christopher 2009 Pinot Noir from Willamette…

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