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From the Cellar

Traditions of the Fall Harvest

on Tuesday, 25 November 2014. Posted in Magazine, From the Cellar, Follow This!, Something To Wine About

turkey.jpgAmy Porter, 2014
      What better time of the year to remind ourselves of the joy a special bottle of wine can add to the dinner table surrounded by family and close friends. An occasion that focuses on the seasonal crops of the land that includes root vegetables and fruit that have just been harvested and will be prepared by millions throughout the United States to celebrate Thanksgiving.  
So it makes perfect sense to also celebrate another harvested fruit, the grape.  As wine pairing goes, Thanksgiving may be the most anxiety-induced meal of the year. It's fraught with high expectations, and the whole production has to be better than good, because the guests are putting your meal up against their own interpretation of tradition.  Make your dinner table unique by adding your own special touch by choosing just the right wines to make your menu really stand out.

Papers, Please! Passport To Pairings event unfazed by cold weather.

on Tuesday, 11 March 2014. Posted in From the Cellar, Follow This!, Do This!

By Patrick Graham

After traveling 3000 miles from Seattle to Charleston, Bodegas Ontañón wine representative Kathryn Kirkland was accustomed to temperatures of 41 degrees and rainy on a regular basis, but she basked in the warmth of the devoted fanbase of the 2014 Charleston Food + Wine Festival:  “I love Charleston--I think it’s quaint and the people here are very, very sweet, and I like the charm of the city.”   Having been pleased with the reception given to the Spanish winery’s Vetiver Blanco (made exclusively from the Viura varietal) and the astounding Reserva (a 95/5 blend of Temperanillo and Graciano), Kirkland affirmed the raison d'être for this celebration of the senses:  “[It’s] the people who are thoroughly enjoying food and wine…this is why we do this.”


Pinot Envy at the William Aiken House

on Tuesday, 11 March 2014. Posted in Magazine, From the Cellar, Follow This!, Do This!, LOCAL Bites

by Chris Hart

Photos by Robin Riebman
Excited attendees lined up down the street, happily waiting outside as they caught glimpses of winemakers and chefs setting up at the William Aiken House. The fortunate shift in weather contributed to the setting, as there could not have been a better day to host a wine and food event in such a beautiful historic courtyard. Pinot Noirs from all over the globe were represented, alongside dishes from some of the festival’s guest chefs.

Winemaker and Owner Michael Honig of Honig Vineyard & Winery Visits Charleston on February 26 to Host Special Dinner with Chef Jeremiah Bacon at Oak Steakhouse

on Friday, 07 February 2014. Posted in Magazine, From the Cellar, Follow This!, Do This!, LOCAL Bites, Something To Wine About

     Winemaker and owner Michael Honig of Honig Vineyard & Winery visits Charleston on Wednesday, February  26 to host a special dinner with Chef Jeremiah Bacon at Oak Steakhouse. Michael Honig, a leader in sustainable farming, has been running the family-owned winery for the last thirty years after his grandfather passed over the torch.  At the winery, Honig produces some of Napa Valley’s best sauvignon blanc and cabernet sauvignon wines which have received countless accolades from outlets such as 
Wine Spectator, Wine Enthusiast , Wine & Spirits and more.

Advanced Somm. Patrick Emerson kicks off new wine venture COMMUNION WINE CLUB, LLC.

on Sunday, 22 September 2013. Posted in Magazine, From the Cellar, Follow This!, LOCAL Bites, Eat This Summer 2013

Patrick Emerson, Advanced Sommelier, is proud to announce the formation of his new full service wine and beverage consultancy, Communion Wine Club, LLC.  (CWC)

“I am excited to offer consulting services to a growing clientele of restaurateurs who are ready to tap into the profitability and energy of a great wine and beverage program,” says CWC founder Patrick Emerson.  “Not long ago, great wine and cocktail lists were hidden away in a small set of fine dining establishments, visited by an elite few. Today’s consumer is wide open and ready to embrace a more diverse, more intense and even provocative drinking experience.  Restaurateurs across the board have an opportunity to tap into this new democratization of good taste by expanding their beverage programs with us at Communion.”

CWC also works at the private level for clients interested in wine dinners, trainings, team building and private tastings, as well as cellar management, purchasing and international wine tours.  CWC will offer an exclusive online wine club with wines handpicked by Emerson in the coming months. 

Charleston Fine Art Dealers’ Association Presents Eighth Annual Palette and Palate Stroll

on Monday, 29 July 2013. Posted in Magazine, From the Cellar, Do This!, LOCAL Bites, Eat This Summer 2013

By Robin Riebman 

    ansonpeach The slightly cooler than average temperatures and a rare rain-less evening created a wonderful night for the Charleston Fine Art Dealers Association’s 8th annual Palate and Palette Stroll. If you’ve never been, you just need to know that it’s a great opportunity to wander through the art galleries in the southern part of the peninsula, and taste bites from renowned local chefs. Proceeds from the event support local art and art education. Executive Director Lese Corrigan pointed out that many of the gallery owners have been members of the CFADA for years and choose to have their favorite local chefs return. Others have the opportunity to collaborate with fresh new faces in town. Participants come from all over the country to enjoy this intimate event. At $45, for drinks and snacks, I would say this is a fun way to spend a special evening. The scholarship funds have gone to the Gibbes Museum of Art, Redux Contemporary Art Center and the Studio Art Department at the College of Charleston. In the future I would love to see some more coordination between the chefs. I hope that new restaurants will continue to participate, offering up a small glance into the beauty of the Charleston restaurant scene with a backdrop of lowcounty and contemporary gallery art.


on Wednesday, 05 June 2013. Posted in Magazine, From the Cellar, Eat This Summer 2013

Presenting four fantastic variations of the classy summer cocktail — the Sangria. Wine, fruit and spirits make the trifecta for a fruity and delicious libation. Perfect for entertaining.
Sip. Enjoy. Repeat.

Lowcountry Wine

on Monday, 11 February 2013. Posted in Magazine, From the Cellar, Eat This Spring 2013


Every once in a while a wine under $15 comes along and delivers big time! This recent discovery passes both quality and value tests and has quickly become a store favorite. Domaine Martin farms this limestone plain from the recently elevated AOC vineyard ‘Plan de Dieu’ with a winning combination of 60% Grenache, 25% Syrah and 15% Mourvedre. Powerful and spicy with ripe black plum fruit and a touch of minerality and forest floor make this ever so old school. The real estate is neighboring of famed Chateauneuf du Pape and Gigondas and has the same powerful finish as those two for half the cost! Bottled unfiltered, this gem is worth a case buy and should be a great addition to any cellar for the next 5-6 years.

Bring on the Kegs! Wine by the glass without the bottle

Written by Lauren Levine on Thursday, 15 November 2012. Posted in Magazine, From the Cellar, Eat This Winter 2012

We now live in a world where we have become much more concerned about the environment, our children’s futures and waste. We are more frugal in how we spend our hard earned cash, especially when it comes to our own reward time. An evening of candlelight and comradery is all the brighter when it is also green.

Movia “Puro” Rose A Disgorgement Delight from the Hills of Slovenia

Written by Lauren Levine on Wednesday, 29 August 2012. Posted in From the Cellar, Eat This Fall! 2012

He placed the wine into my hands very gently upside down. "Handle this with care. Do not turn it right side up and do not let it get warm." I took the dark, heavy bottle from him and rushed this wine directly to the cellar. I checked on it every day until the day of it's fate, the day of it's disgorgement.

How Great Thou Art; James Island’s cozy little room

on Wednesday, 15 August 2012. Posted in Magazine, From the Cellar, Dine or Dash, LOCAL Bites, Eat This! Summer 2012


By Patrick Graham



When I arrived on James Island in the summer of 1999, my first residence was just down the street from the Terrace Plaza in the 1900 block of Maybank Highway.  For a little while, I was frequenting this mini-shopping center for its ubiquitous laundromat that seemed to consume all of us washer & dryer have-nots in the area, but I always found the rest of the square to be a curious oddity, one laden with culture in the midst of a community that was evolving from a backwater suburb to one of the more desirable locales in the area.  The little art theater and an upscale furniture store anchored the place, and soon the other storefronts began to reflect the spirit of sophistication that was beginning to permeate the island’s western end.


Southern Art Paired with Southern Food

on Tuesday, 10 July 2012. Posted in From the Cellar, Do This!, Eat This! Summer 2012

Take Pleasure in Charleston’s Most Celebrated Indulgences

– Southern Art Paired with Southern Food


Charleston Fine Art Dealers’ Association Presents Seventh Annual Palette and Palate Stroll - July 13, 2012


Laura Alberts_at_Wells_GalleryCHARLESTON, S.C. — The Charleston Fine Art Dealers’ Association (CFADA) will give you a chance to find out what special ingredients make Charleston the #1 travel destination in the United States! On Friday, July 13, 2012, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., take pleasure in the historic city’s finest indulgences on the Seventh Annual Palette and Palate Stroll, an evening dedicated to fine art, unique cuisine and wine.

Something to Wine About!

on Thursday, 24 May 2012. Posted in Magazine, From the Cellar, Eat This! Summer 2012

by Lauren Levine

     Shortly after moving to Charleston, I began hearing the name Manoli pop up every couple of weeks. It's not the kind of name you forget, so every time it was said, I noticed. One day, while at work, my beloved co-worker says, "You know we get some of our cheeses from Manoli." Finally I said, "Who is Manoli?" I felt as if she must be like the magical Oz, having her name spoken everywhere, but where and who is this woman? And there begins our story.

Check out these tasting notes from Local Sommeliers

on Monday, 27 February 2012. Posted in Magazine, From the Cellar, Eat This! February 2012

vineyard-shutterstock 70084468-XLRGPop the cork and take flight. Wine flights often include a tasting of multiple wines. Enjoy this diverse sampling from some of the Low Country’s most trusted palates and wine connoisseurs. Whether you are new to tasting wine or looking to
enhance your understanding of specific regions, vintages or varietals — See, Swirl, Smell, Sip and Savor This!