Wine@Nine Brings A New Heritage Tradition to Hilton Head

If you enjoy pairing good golf with fine wine, you’re in for a treat!

Located between holes 1 and 9 of the famed Harbour Town Golf Links, Wine@Nine débuts at the RBC Heritage beginning Monday, April 10, 2017. This upscale outdoor venue offers both wine and golf lovers the opportunity to enjoy premium wines during the RBC Heritage, and is open to spectators throughout the week. This year, Wine@Nine showcases premium vintages from Meiomi and SIMI, including sparkling wines for signature mimosas.

The idea for Meiomi brand wines began with Lorna Belle Glos Wagner, a founder of the famous Caymus Vineyards. In 2001, Wagner’s grandson, Joe, a fifth-generation Napa Valley winemaker, created Belle Glos Pinot Noir in her honor. The Belle Glos Pinot Noirs are vineyard-designated wines, meaning the exact vineyard origin of the grapes is known and, as such, command a high price. This experience inspired Joe to create an exceptional, yet affordable, Pinot Noir for wine lovers.

To achieve his goal, Joe blended grapes from the coastal California vineyards of Sonoma, Monterey and Santa Barbara. He named his new brand Meiomi (which translates as “coast”), a nod to the native, coastal-dwelling Yuki and Wappo tribes. Meiomi quickly achieved a favorable reputation among wine critics.

Look for Meiomi Pinot Noir and Chardonnay at Wine@Nine, and expect big, juicy fruit flavors and minimal tannins from this classic, California coastal Pinot Noir. This medium to light-bodied red wine should go down smooth and easy, even in hot weather. The Meiomi Chardonnay achieves a characteristically consistent taste of smooth summer fruits with a sweet and spicy aroma by using the perfect ratio of grapes from coastal California vineyards.

SIMI Sauvignon Blanc is also featured in the new tournament venue. This crisp refreshing wine is perfect for a day on the golf course. Nestled in the heart of Sonoma Wine Country, SIMI winemakers work their magic in century-old stone cellars. In 1846, during one of the many Italian immigration waves, Giuseppe Simi left Tuscany to try his luck in California. Later, his brother Pietro joined him, and they released their first harvest in 1890. During Prohibition, Giuseppe’s daughter, Isabelle, saved the business by selling off all the vineyards so she could keep possession of her family’s storied cellars. When Prohibition was lifted, she re-launched the brand with 500,000 cases of perfectly cellared wine.

Sometimes, nothing refreshes quite like a sparkling wine, so Wine@Nine also offers Ruffino Prosecco, a fruity and fragrant sparkling wine, perfect on its own or blended into a mimosa. Try one for yourself in the vineyard-themed space, complete with hardwood floors, barrel tables and on-site sommeliers while watching the tournament from the elevated viewing platforms, or on the large video board.

Proceeds from Wine@Nine benefit the Hilton Head Island Fire Fighters Foundation. For details and tickets to the RBC Heritage, visit rbcheritage.com.

Written by Georgene Mortimer, Island Winery, where the perfect bottle of handcrafted artisan wine awaits. Complimentary tastings, wine by the glass and cheese platters are available Monday-Saturday from 12:30-5:30 p.m. and Sunday, 12-4 p.m. For more information, call (843) 842-3141 or go to islandwinery.com.

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