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Wine Tasting: Sips & Sommeliers

March 28 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

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Explore a curated wine tasting prepared by expert sommeliers from one of Charleston’s favorite wine shops, Wine & Co., while overlooking the Charleston Harbor. The theme for March 28 Sips & Sommeliers Wine Tasting is California! Explore the wines from the sunshine state from Charleston based, Wine & Co. Light bites will be available for pairing.

The Sips & Sommeliers Wine Tasting Series is part of the 76th Annual Festival of Houses and Gardens. All Sips & Sommeliers events are 21+. Limited space available, tickets required. 




More about California wine:

California wine production has a rich viticulture history since 1680 when Spanish Jesuit missionaries planted Vitis vinifera vines native to the Mediterranean region in their established missions to produce winefor religious services. In the 1770s, Spanish missionaries continued the practice under the direction of the Father Junípero Serra who planted California’s first vineyard at Mission San Juan Capistrano.

Its contemporary wine production grew steadily since the end of Prohibition, but mostly known for its sweet, port-style and jug wine products. As the market favored French brands, California’s table wine business grew modestly, but quickly gained international prominence at the Paris Wine Tasting of 1976, when renown French oenophiles, in a blind tasting, ranked the California wines higher than the primer French labels in the Chardonnay (white) and Cabernet Sauvignon (red) categories. The result caused a ‘shock’ in viticulture industry since France was regarded as foremost producer of the world’s finest table wines. This revolutionary event attributed to expanding the recognition and prestige of vintners in the New World, specifically, the Golden State. 

The state produces about ninety percent of the American wine supply and is the fourth largest wine producer among the world’s independent nations. California has more than 4,200 wineries ranging from home-grown and small boutiques to large corporations with international distribution, and even more vineyards and growers, at close to 6,000.