Wine Tips Blog Posts

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…

The Mule: An All-Occasion Drink with a Kick

July 22nd, 2016

Mule drinks seem to be making a comeback. The Moscow Mule, named such for its use of vodka, was created in the 1940s, when a vodka distributor and ginger beer maker joined forces to promote their otherwise unpopular beverages. Esquire.com describes the scene of their birth at a pub where a marketer, who was having… Read More…

Music & Wine

June 5th, 2016

Can background music affect the taste of wine? The latest research says yes! A growing body of scientific evidence shows that what people taste when evaluating a wine can be influenced by the music that happens to be playing at the same time. It has long been known that what we hear can influence aspects… Read More…

Lesser-Known Wine Regions

April 27th, 2016

France, California, and Italy might be the most popular wine regions of the world, but what about the underdogs? Discover what wines await in these lesser-known wine regions: Morocco Morocco’s population is 98 percent Muslim, so one would not expect that it sustains an entire wine region with a long history of wine production. The… Read More…

How healthy is red wine?

March 7th, 2016

By Georgene Mortimer, Island Winery In the early 1990s, the “French Paradox” made headlines, and began the trend that put red wine in a healthy light. The paradox was that the French had lower death rates from heart disease in the 1980s than countries such as the United States and the United Kingdom, even though… Read More…

Wines to indulge in with Comfort Foods

January 29th, 2016

By Georgene Mortimer Nothing beats the simple indulgence of comfort foods. They are a universal cure for a bad day or blue mood and add to our overall sense of well-being. We all have our own concept of comfort food and certainly amongst them are quick fixes like vanilla ice cream, Oreo cookies or a… Read More…

Punch’s Past: From refining rum to a Christmas tradition

December 11th, 2015

By Georgene Mortimer, Island Winery Punch is a fascinating and old beverage that looms large in our history. The earliest discovered use of the word dates back to 1632. In the past, it was used to convert voters, grease the wheels to pass legislation, define Christmas and influence war. The main ingredients of punch were… Read More…

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