Wine Tips Blog Posts

Discover Virginia Wines

September 4th, 2018

By Georgene Mortimer, Island Winery The central part of the state hits the “sweet spot” for viniculture. If your fall road trip to or from the Lowcountry takes you through Virginia, it’s worth a detour to spend some time in central Virginia. In addition to historic early American sites, Civil War battlefields and bucolic farmland,… Read More…

Beyond Sake: How to Pair Wine with Japanese Cuisine

August 22nd, 2018

By Georgene Mortimer, Island Winery Japanese restaurants are ideal destinations for groups with different food preferences. Sushi and sashimi provide the opportunity to experience the true essence of fish, from cooked and familiar to raw and exotic. Subtly flavored noodle dishes such as udon, soba and ramen make a hearty comfort meal. Tempura cuisine is… Read More…

Better Together: Delicious Cocktails with Local Ingredients

August 1st, 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…

Pairing the Right Wine with Oysters

July 27th, 2018

By Georgene Mortimer, Island Winery What you need to know to create the perfect pairings. Exploring oysters on the half shell has become just as adventurous as sampling wines. Thanks to advances in oyster farming and the growing popularity of raw bars, oyster tasting has advanced to the point of being akin to wine tasting…. Read More…

Liquid Refreshment at Your Next Celebration

June 17th, 2018

By Georgene Mortimer, Island Winery Create the perfect drink station to celebrate joyous occasions. June is the month for hosting joyous celebrations: graduations, showers, weddings and summer vacation! With such wonderful occasions to celebrate, you want to make sure that you provide for all of your guests’ needs without stressing yourself out. Good planning keeps… Read More…

Spanish White Wine

April 22nd, 2018

By Georgene Mortimer, Island Winery Stuck in a white wine rut? Let’s go to Spain to solve the problem. Interestingly, Spain has more land devoted to vineyards than any other European country. Indeed, most of this land is used to grow red grapes for world-famous red wines, but white wines are still Spain’s best-kept secret…. Read More…

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…

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…