WINE TASTING | Old world? New world?
The Great Wine Debate
Tues., Sept. 18,
125 Parsons Road Summerville
Ah, the old world vs. new world debate. Some wine snobs believe European vineyards produce the best varietals, while others contend New World wines produced in Latin America and New Zealand rival those old world vintages. The Woodlands Resort and Inn dares to settle the ultimate vineyard argument at The Great Wine Debate. Guests will sample distinguished wines from various continents during a one-hour tasting at the Woodlands' Dining Room, designated one of the world's 50 Best Hotel Restaurants by Food + Wine. The world-renowned contestants include Chateau Phelan-Segur from France, Silvaner Eiswein from Germany, Pinot Noir from Oregon, and Sauvignon Blanc from New Zealand. The tasting segues into a four-course pairing dinner, which will include mint pesto, buttermilk flounder, braised beef short rib, and pineapple upside-down cake "reconsidered." Guests compare one Old World and one New World wine of the same price value and grape varietals in a blind tasting accompanying each course. Ballots enter a drawing for another pairing dinner and an overnight stay for two in a suite. Call or e-mail email@example.com for reservations. — Rachel Ward TUESDAY
Mellow Mushroom Fundraiser
Mellow Mushroom will donate 10 percent of patrons' bills to the organization or charity of their choice. If the patron spends over $500, Mellow Mushroom will donate 15 percent. The fundraiser wraps up with an '80s prom party on Saturday night. Through Sept. 15. Mellow Mushroom, 309 King St. (843) 723-7374.
Charleston Tea Plantation Tours
America's only tea plantation, now owned by R.C. Bigelow, is open to visitors. Take a narrated bus tour of the fields and see how tea is made, talk to tea experts, and sample American Classic Tea. Each Sun. 12-4 p.m. and Wed.-Sat. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Charleston Tea Plantation, 6617 Maybank Hwy. (843) 559-0383. www.bigelowtea.com/act
Thoroughbred Club Afternoon Tea
Afternoon tea with all the trimmings; reservations strongly suggested. Each Mon.-Sat. 1-4 p.m. $22/Classic Charleston, $27/South of Broad. Thoroughbred Club, 205 Meeting St. Charleston Place Hotel. (843) 722-4900 x7689.
A five-part series designed to introduce you to the wonderful world of food and wine pairing. Each class provides a casual lesson and tasting of different courses. Each Wed. 6 p.m. Through Oct. 11. $25/per class. Tristan, 55 South Market St. (843) 534-2155. www.tristandining.com
Sample no fewer than five high-gravity beers and enjoy specials on cheese plates. Ten percent discount during tasting. Each Thurs. 5-7 p.m. $5. O'Hara & Flynn, 1640 Palmetto Grande Dr. (843) 216-1916.
Babes on a Budget
Exclusive WINEDINEWINE event for the sophisticated woman who enjoys social networking and sharing fine wine while staying on a budget. Fri. Sept. 14, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Free. John M. Dunnan Gallery, 131 King St. (843) 810-0088. firstname.lastname@example.org
Charleston Farmers Market
Every Saturday, the market features the finest local produce, plants, flowers, and herbs along with food, fine art and crafts, and live entertainment. Each Sat. 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Through Dec. 16. Marion Square, Calhoun and King. (843) 724-3746.
Bertani Wine Anniversary Celebration
In recognition of the 150th anniversary of Bertani Wines, S.N.O.B. presents an exclusive multi-course wine dinner with pairings from Bertani's spectrum of classic Italian wines. Featuring guest speaker and wine expert Laura DePasquale. Thurs., Sept. 13, 7 p.m. $95. Slightly North of Broad, 192 East Bay St. (843) 723-3424.
Wine Lover's Happy Hour
Wine flights of five different wines of varying themes. Each Tues.-Sat. 5-7 p.m. $5 for 5 (2 oz. pours). Amuse, 1720 Sam Rittenberg Blvd. (843) 573-8778.
Wine Tasting Benefit
WINEDINEWINE hosts a tasting to benefit the Dee Norton Lowcountry Children's Center (DNLCC). The featured wine pairings consist of sparkling, white, and red wines paired with artisanal cheeses, mustards, meats, and sweets. Wed. Sept. 12, 6-8 p.m. $35. O'Hara & Flynn, 1640 Palmetto Grande Dr. 810-0088. email@example.com
Sample wines from local distributors twice a week. Call for details. Each Mon. Thurs. 5-7 p.m. $5. Avondale Wine and Cheese, 813B Savannah Highway. (843) 769-5444.
A wine tasting and silent auction benefiting My Sister's House, Inc. Check or cash only please. Tickets are available at the door. Thurs., Sept. 13, 6-8 p.m. $15. (843) 747-4069.
Around the World Wine Tasting
Sample wines from around the world. Each Fri. 5-7 p.m. $5. O'Hara & Flynn, 1640 Palmetto Grande Dr. (843) 216-1916. 160 E. Bay St. (843) 534-1916
In Good Tastings
Informal weekly wine event. Each Fri. 5-7 p.m. $1. In Good Taste, 1901 Ashley River Road. (843) 763-5597.
Sample varying flights of wine, focusing on Spanish flavors. Tues. $12-$25. Raval, 453 King St. (843) 853-8466.
Summer Wine Strolls Stroll
America's oldest landscaped gardens and sample a variety of summer wines. Stay for dinner and get a complimentary dessert. Wed. 5:30-7 p.m. $5. Middleton Place, 4300 Ashley River Rd. (843) 556-6020. www.middletonplace.org
The Island Chef Cooking Demo
Chef Chad Glasscock lends insight into seasonal island entertaining. Wed. Sept. 12, 6:30 p.m. $50. Charleston Cooks!, 194 E. Bay St. (843) 478-4634. www.theislandchef.com
High Gravity Beer Class
Taste six high gravity beers with beer guru Casey Lee of Advintage Distributing. Casey will highlight beer terminology, flavor profiles and food pairing suggestions. Each beer will be paired with appetizers created by Executive Chef "Mama" Rose Durden. Thurs., Sept. 13, 7-8:30 p.m. $20. Laura Alberts Tasteful Options, 819 Island Park Dr. (843) 881-4711.
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