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Wine tasting attracts a crowd

Mayor Bill Young and wife Janice Young enjoying the event.

A wine tasting held at the South Carolina Artisans Center Thursday attracted a good crowd of patrons. The event was sponsored by the Artisans Center and the Colleton County Arts Council.

Sponsored by The Wine Shop at 3 Lockwood Drive in Charleston, the tasting offered several different types of wine for the people’s waiting palates.

Several different kinds of wines were offered for tasting and for sale’ The bottles were categorized by the foods they were compatible with.

Wines compatible with shrimp were listed as Joel Gott Pinot Gris, produced in Oregon; Shooting Star Sauvignon Blanc, made in California; Picpoul de Pinet out of Coteaux du Languedoc; Carmel Road Riesling, produced in Monterey; Ken Forrester Petit Chenin, made in South Africa; Louis Latour Beaune Blance 2010 out of France; L’Ostal Cazes Rose, produced in Southern France; Aime Roquesant Rose, made in Provence; and Poggio Anima Montepulciano d’ Abruzzo.

Wines compatible with veggie Hors d’Oeuvres were listed as Arquero Chardonnay, produced in Spain; Peirano Estate Chardonnay made in California; Cambria Chardonnay out of the Santa Maria Valley; Pronto Pinot Grigio; Finca Vinta D. Quijote Verdejo, produced in Spain; Vinhas Atlas Vino Verde, made in Portugal; Chateau de Pizay Beaujolais; Meiomi Pinot Noir, produced in three countries; and McManis Petite Sirah.

Wines compatible with beef were listed as Finca El Origen Malbec, produced in Mendoza; Lyeth Meritage, made in California; Two Mountain Winery Melot, made in Washington; Leese Fitch Merlot out of California; Excelsior Cabernet Sauvignon, produced in South Africa; Three Saints Cabernet, made in the Santa Ynez Valley; Immortal Zinfandel, produced in California; and Domaine de Chateaumar Syrah Cuvee Vincent.

Wines compatible with sweets were listed as Krim Sekt Sparkling Red, produced in the Ukraine; Urban Riesling, made in Germany; Jam Jar Shiraz out of South Africa; and Joel Gott Cabernet Sauvignon. All of the above wines were available for sampling at the tasting.

Interim Arts Council Director Campbell Tripp said Friday that the finger foods that were served at the event, which included shrimp, a meat and cheese plate, and steak strips were all cooked by Arts Council and Artisan Center personnel after conferring with the wine shop personnel to ensure the food and wine would complement one another. Campbell added that a key-lime pie type of dessert was also served.

“I was pleasantly surprised and also excited by the turnout,” Tripp said. “Somewhere between 60 and 70 people attended.” He added that Kevin Church, who was retained for entertainment purposes, did a good job of playing acoustical songs on his guitar and singing.