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A Tasting Weekend: Part One

This past weekend was a weekend of wine with friends, a wine tasting on Saturday and again on Sunday. Fun times, new wines, a gala celebration and a trip to a new wine store. All in all, it was a great weekend. Here we go… Wine with Friends I am sure we all go through this. You reach out to friends to get together, and you can not find a date that works for the group. Next thing you know it is 6 or 8 weeks out before a gathering materializes. This describes what it took to get this group together at…

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Gamay Beaujolais Tasting

If you happen to be having a wine “expert” over for drinks and you want to impress? Serve a Gamay Beaujolais. But make sure to serve it at fifty degrees. She will think you are the hippest winester in town.  If you choose a wine from Chénas or Fleurie, she will bow at your feet. Apparently, Gamay Beaujolais is the “hip” wine to be drinking right now. This tidbit and much more were some of the things I learned at yesterday’s Gamay Tasting at Monarch Wine Merchants. David McCarus from McCarus Beverage Co. presented four biodynamic wines made by cutting-edge winemakers in…

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goat.sheep.cow.north

goat.sheep.cow.north I have done many things at goat.sheep.cow.north. I have gone to a wine tasting, bought several bottles of wine and a few blocks of cheese, and I have sat at the bar and had a glass or two of wine. But what I have not done is sit down at a table to drink wine and eat. So that is what we did last Friday with Liz and her lifelong friends, Diane and Stephen from Atlanta. But first, know that goat.sheep.cow.north is three entities all wrapped into one location. It is a curated wine store. It is the best…

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Wine Tasting & August Social Recap

Wow, I needed this wine tasting. Too many crises and juggling way too much. It could not have come a day too soon. Since I last posted a lot continues to happen to limit my ability to post every day.  Yes, my crashed computer was misdiagnosed and then “fixed” but not really. Then three days later, fixed again only this time for real. But now that first fix is causing problems because it conflicts with much of my image editing software. I can either spend seven hundred to a thousand dollars to update software.  Or I can get it back to…

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Restaurant Run Down

Hits & Misses and Updates at Charleston Eateries I have been out to eat at many a restaurant over the past few weeks, but it has primarily been for lunch or a quick bite. So today will do a restaurant round up of some of the many places I have dined. Some good, some great and others not so good. This is just my experience. Take it for what it is. Restaurant Update: Hen and The Goat  – A Breakfast Update Last time I talked about Hen and The Goat was during a lunch visit. Well, folks, I know this…

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Fun Day Friday: A Potpourri

It has been a great week for Strong Coffee to Red Wine.  There are two events/happening that I want to share with you. There is a post update on one of my favorite wines, and a funny little story about my Gary.  Never a dull moment in this house. This post is a quick read so you can get on with your weekend.  Fasten your seatbelt here we go… I am not sure about your weekend, but I won’t be spending time outside at my house around dusk for a while.  The cicadas have sprung forth and it is so loud…

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The Independent Wine Store

You may think this sounds a bit over the top, but when I buy wine, it is a personal experience. Gary and I do not share the same wine preferences, so I am always in search of wines that are in our middle ground.  They need not be too fruit-forward (aka fruity) and jammy for Gary and not too many tannins (aka mouth parching) or high alcohol content for me.  Finding wines that meet these criteria without guidance from wine experts would be a significant challenge if not purely a guessing game. And I have done that all before but choose…

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Hutson Alley Event: Rosé for Summer

Last Call One last push for my first survey.  I hope to get a few more responses so if you have not yet completed it, please do now. Click Here then scroll down until you see the box.     The Background Hutson Alley is a private walking thoroughfare that connects several of the Holy City Hospitality restaurants with Vincent Chicco’s on one end and 39 Rue de Jean on the other. Michael’s on The Alley, The Victor Social Club, and Coast Bar & Grill are in between, and Virginia’s on King is just around the corner. The alley faces a parking…

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Rodney Scott’s Whole Hog BBQ

* South Carolina BBQ Royalty Settles into Charleston * I have been reading about the Scott Family and their whole hog BBQ pits in Hemmingway for years.  When I learned that Pitmaster Rodney was opening Rodney Scott’s Whole Hog BBQ in Charleston, I was ecstatic.  Being a huge BBQ fan, I was thrilled that the legendary pitmaster would be serving it up a mere 15 minutes from home.  While it opened in February, I gave them some time to get their sea legs but the wait was over last Tuesday, and I just have to tell you about the experience. Get Your…

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Sandwich: A Hen, Goat, Lobster and a Bear

Think of today’s post as a mashup. Only this is a mashup of two different lunch experiences.  And no I did not eat a hen, a goat or a bear; although I have eaten hens and goats in the past, never a bear. Hen and The Goat You are heading to Folly Beach, and you forgot to eat lunch, what do you do? Or you are in the mood for a killer sandwich, the likes of which Charleston has not seen before, what do you do? The answer to both of those questions is to head down Folly Road just before Camp…

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