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Being a winemaker in South Carolina is all about hard work and dedication, not to mention a fair dose of luck. The climate is the major obstacle. Grapevines must endure 100-degree summer days in a region where summers range from being too wet in some years, to too dry in others. Vines are grown in high-acid soils and pruned to provide shade from the hot sun of this southern state. It’s often necessary to harvest grapes early to maintain acidity. Even when the crop is safely in the fermenter, vintners must keep their fingers crossed that an autumn hurricane doesn't roar through and destroy the land for next year’s harvest. There are fewer than ten wineries currently operating in South Carolina. The search goes on for just the right varieties for this unique terroir, with native Muscadines, viniferas, hybrids, and everything in between, being tested. It’s a difficult struggle, but for South Carolina wineries it’s a labor of love. – Description from Appellation America (view original content)

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  • King

  • Regent

    This red wine is a recent cross of white (Mueller-Thurgau and Sylvaner) and red (Chambourcin) grapes. Regent is named...

  • Muscadine

    Muscadines (Vitis rotundifolia) are a grapevine species native to the present-day southeastern United States that has...

  • Dixie

    Well suited for growing in the hot southeastern or Gulf states of America, Dixie can be used for wine or as a table g...

  • Merlot

    The Occitanian word “merlot” translates to “young blackbird.” An accurate description for this popular, early-budding...

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  • Island Winery

    Island Winery was started by Loren & Georgene Mortimer. Dr. Georgene Mortimer is a professional ...

  • Hyman Vineyards

    Hyman Farms, Inc. is a South Carolina Agri-business specializing in growing and processing botani...

  • La Belle Amie Vineyard

    La Belle Amie Vineyard is family owned and operated by Vicki. The family built the wine and gift ...

  • Irvin-House Vineyards

    Jim and Ann Irvin both grew up on family farms. Jim in Louisville, KY and Ann on Johns Island, SC...

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  • Some good Semillon being made in Oz...I still have the YY's to buy, though ... gathering.After a dip in to South Carolina for lunch, Rock Hill, nothing to see there, my wife did manage to find a decent restaurant. Sometimes a good, semi sloppy chicken sandwich and herb fries  is exactly what's required for lunch. I probably ordered the wrong w... Read More

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  • Vacationing along the Southeast. I brought some regular daily drinkers as I ... Holidays from Hilton Head, South Carolina:This 2014 Textbook Cab Sav is a favorite in the $25 and under category. We believe it punches well above its price point. &nbs Read More

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  • If you live in North or South Carolina, you should check out the Lake Carolina Wine and Food Festival on Saturday, October 13.  This popular outdoor festival is located in Northeast Columbia, SC only 20 minutes from downtown Columbia, SC 1 hour and 15 minutes from Charlotte, NC and 2 hours from Charleston, SC.Tickets and information are availabl... Read More

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  •     Taste the food, drink the wine and feel the music at ... ... experts from Columbia, South Carolina.  Come see what’s cooking.  Not only will they feature exceptional wines and delicious food, but craft beer vendors will also be pouring their seasonal brews.Experience the culinary culture of the South.  Fresh ingredients, local flavor, and... Read More

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  • Hyman Vineyards Noble Red Muscadine NV


    I went to the Hyman Vineyards, and I was treated very well...As for the wine, it was on the jammy side...A very heavy wine with an uneven balance...It was hard to swallow from the "weight" of the wine...I found it to have low tannins, low acidity, and a oval-like body...There was little aftertaste due to the syrupy center...The bouquet was lovel... Read More

    Wine review by Krys Still

  • Firefly Vodka


    Alone, it has a light jammy after taste, not overpowering, slightly bitter to the palate, and crisp finish. With water, (1 part firefly to 1 part water)it's less bitter and has a breakfast tea with grape flavor. Very clean and very aromatic. Read More

    Wine review by Krys Still

  • I'm from lexington, south carolina and where I live, there aren't many places that serve wine.  But in our downtown area, we have tons of restaurants that not only serve wine, they have wine tastings too.  I'm really just starting out with wine.  I've had some cabernet sauvignon, merlot, and shiraz which I liked.  I'm wanting to expand my wine k... Read More

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  • I stopped in at the Tucson "Total Wine" Store yesterday, since I was in Tucson ... Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Florida, Georgia, Arizona and California, but perhaps you can request a copy on line at so you are sure, I don't own shares in Total Wine and nobody I know is an employee, I have just never seen anyone... Read More

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