Wine Tips Blog Posts

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…

Madeira Magic

March 13th, 2017

Madeira, a delicious wine with a fascinating history, holds a special place in the traditions of Savannah, and was a centerpiece of high society. Named after the island where it is made—southwest of Portugal and 400 miles west of Morocco—Madeira’s unique taste comes from fortification (adding additional ingredients) and repeated heating of the wine. This… Read More…

Wining and Dining at Santa Fe Café

January 12th, 2017

The Santa Fe Café is known for its unique New Mexican cuisine and Roof Top Cantina. Their wine and beverage menu is one of the best on the Island, with many high-quality tequilas, scrumptious margaritas and nice selection of domestic, imported and local beer: all the drinks one expects with a fine Mexican or Southwestern… Read More…

Gullah Wines

November 16th, 2016

Several years ago, I had the opportunity to chat with a woman of Gullah heritage. I told her I recently opened a winery on the Island and that I came from an Italian family with a long tradition of home winemaking. She told me that home winemaking was a part of her tradition, too. I… Read More…

Italian Winemaking

September 12th, 2016

Italians did not invent wine, but they certainly perfected it. Passionate about the things with which they surround themselves—art, romance, food and family—it makes sense that Italians would perfect a beverage that has been their dietary staple for thousands of years. Wine came to Italy about 4,000 years ago. The southern Italian climate was so… Read More…

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