Wine Tips Blog Posts

Shrimp & Grits & Wine

April 2nd, 2018

Pairing the perfect wine with this traditionally Southern dish is surprisingly easy. By Georgene Mortimer, Island Winery It took thousands of years for the Lowcountry’s distinctive cuisine to evolve out of ancient Native American and West African food ways. Shrimp and Grits is a great example of that culinary crossroads. Grits are coarsely ground corn boiled… Read More…

Better Together: Delicious Cocktails with Local Ingredients

March 6th, 2018

Did you know that Hilton Head Island is home to a brewery, a distillery and a winery? Tucked behind the airport on the north end of the Island, Cardinal Road is the location of these three craft beverage makers, all of which are located within walking distance of one another. A trip to Cardinal Road… Read More…

Elderberry Wine

January 25th, 2018

Kick off the New Year with a taste of this iconic berry, which is loaded with antioxidants and vitamins. By Georgene Mortimer, Island Winery Bare and crooked in the winter, the elder tree is a powerful symbol in medieval lore, a potent ingredient in Native American medicine and an important key to delicious alcoholic beverages…. Read More…

Understanding Wine Flavors

December 15th, 2017

Natural chemicals produced by fermentation give vintages their distinctive taste. Wine is made from grapes, but why doesn’t it taste like grapes? Wines are typically described as tasting like cherries, grass or citrus. Sometimes they are described as “buttery” or “leathery,” but they are almost never described as “grapey.” Some believe these descriptions are sales… Read More…

A Taste of Italy: Discover the Secrets of Paining Italian Food and Wine

November 15th, 2017

On November 18, Hilton Head Island celebrates the flavors of Italy at Meatball Madness, where local restaurants compete to perfect the tastiest meatballs on Hilton Head Island. This year’s festival will literally break records as the Italian American Club attempts to cook the world’s largest meatball! All proceeds will raise money to combat local hunger…. Read More…

Oktoberfest-Friendly Wines

October 15th, 2017

Whether you’ve been to the real deal in Munich, Germany or celebrated in a beer garden thousands of miles away, the following fun facts should hopefully enhance your next Oktoberfest experience: It began as a wedding. Oktoberfest started in 1810 in the city of Munich to celebrate the wedding between King Ludwig I and Princess… Read More…

Pairing Wines with Chili

September 15th, 2017

The Kiwanis Clubs of Hilton Head Island present the 33rd Annual Chili Cookoff on Saturday September 30 with all-you-can-eat chili prepared by amateur and professional chefs. Let’s raise our glasses to celebrate this charitable event with a look at different chili styles paired with the perfect wine. True Texas Chili – Texas is the birthplace… Read More…

Summer Reds

August 22nd, 2017

In August, Hilton Head Island reaches peak heat with tropical humidity—making it the perfect time for red wines! While a red wine on a steamy summer day may not seem as enticing as an icy piña colada, the “dog days” of late summer are ideal for experiencing red wines. Summer heat enhances subtle flavor profiles… Read More…

Hilton Head Honeymoon

July 20th, 2017

Whether you’re a newlywed or celebrating your diamond wedding anniversary, you cannot help but feel like a honeymooner on Hilton Head Island—from romantic bike rides on its beaches to its unforgettable sunsets, from its fine dining or secluded picnic spots. But have you ever wondered where the term “Honeymoon” comes from? Long before champagne toasts… Read More…

Weddings, Wine & Wisdom

June 29th, 2017

At Island Winery, we often meet brides seeking the perfect wine for their special day. Some want local wines to give their wedding that authentic Island feel, others want custom-label wines to commemorate the big day, and others simply ask for advice about ideal menu pairings. With wedding season in full swing, we thought we… Read More…