March 6 - March 10, 2019

Charleston Wine + Food

Tasting Notes


Virginia Wineries & Cideries You Don't Want To Miss At CHSWFF

Wine + food lovers flock to Charleston every year to discover new chefs, restaurants, wines, and more, and gather together to celebrate the culinary feats happening all around our country. The Virginia Wine Board is proud to participate in CHSWFF year after year and pour wines that represent our great state. As the fifth largest wine producer in the US, comprised of more than 300 wineries and vineyards, CHSWFF is an incredible platform to showcase what we’ve been working on back home. We’ve selected a few of our fantastic producers to join us at CHSWFF and share a bit more of what they’re doing in Virginia wine country. We can’t wait to toast the occasion with you at four great CHSWFF events. In anticipation, we rounded up some interesting tidbits from our winemakers and a preview of what they’ll be pouring during the festival. Cheers! #VAWine  

Can’t miss VA Wine events:

Thursday, March 1, Shuck It: Oysters 101 Participating producers: Ingleside Vineyards , Thibaut-Janisson Winery, Boxwood Estate Winery, Veritas Vineyard & Winery Friday, March 2, Kith & Kin Participating producers: Williamsburg Winery, Ox-Eye Vineyards, Lovingston Winery, Boxwood Estate Winery Saturday, March 3, How ‘Bout Them Apples? Participating producers: Foggy Ridge Cider, Blue Bee Cider, Castle Hill Cider Saturday, March 3, Shucked Participating producers: Ingleside Vineyards , Thibaut-Janisson Winery, Williamsburg Winery, Ox-Eye Vineyards, Lovingston Winery, Boxwood Estate Winery, Blue Bee Cider, Veritas Vineyard & Winery  

Meet our VA Wine producers:

Foggy Ridge Cider Foggy Ridge Cider began in 1997 with a cider apple orchard in the Virginia Blue Ridge Mountains. Founder, Diane Flynt “grows ingredients”—bitter and acidic apples like Hewe’s Crab, Harrison, Tremlett’s Bitter, Ashmead’s Kernel and Dabinett, all full of complex flavor. For over a dozen years, our crew has crafted traditional cider apples into fine cider using all the skill and expertise of modern fermentation. For CHSWFF, Foggy Ridge Cider is working with Husk Charleston, a longtime supporter of their orchard-focused ciders, to present a cider workshop for Festival goers. Husk restaurants in Charleston, Greenville, SC and Savannah, GA, all offer Foggy Ridge Cider blends on their bar and beverage lists. The How ‘Bout Them Apples workshop includes cider tasting from top tier cider producers across the US including Castle Hill Cider and Blue Bee Cider from VA, as well as New York ciders. A Library Cider from the Foggy Ridge Cider cellar is also part of this workshop for cider enthusiasts. Ox-Eye Vineyards Ox-Eye’s vineyard site, in a high protected perched valley, offers cool climate varieties (i.e. Riesling, Lemberger and Gruner Veltliner) the chance to mature to full flavor and still maintain significant amounts of acidity.  As a family operation, their efforts to craft fine wines through minimal intervention result in varietally correct vintages that respect the terroir and offer pleasing and unique wines to enjoy. Williamsburg Winery This week 30 years ago, Williamsburg Winery had their first wine sale, meaning they’ve officially been selling Virginia wine for 30 years! That in itself is very unique, making them the 8th oldest winery still operating in the Commonwealth. Williamsburg Winery’s property, known as Wessex Hundred, is where some of the first grapes were grown in Colonial Virginia. It's fair to say that the Virginia wine industry was born in Williamsburg. The Acte 12 of 1619 Chardonnay, pays homage to the early wine industry in Colonial AmericaIn addition to our winery and 40+ acres of vineyards, our 300-acre Wessex Hundred farm is home to two restaurants and a 28-room boutique hotel. Boxwood Estate Winery Boxwood is located and in the Middleburg Virginia AVA, created by Executive Vice President, Rachel Martin. A family owned and operated winery, Boxwood is run by the sister and brother team, Executive Vice President, Rachel Martin and Vice President, Sean Martin. Rachel oversees Boxwood Winery’s viticulture, winemaking and distribution. Sean manages the tasting room, wine club and two wine bars in the greater Washington, DC area: Reston, VA and National Harbor, MD. Staying within the Bordeaux-style, Boxwood Winery has added an estate-grown, Sauvignon Blanc to the repertoire of red Bordeaux-style blends. This wine is made to be paired with shellfish (most successfully with oysters)The Boxwood Reserve 2015, a Cabernet Franc, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon blend that was scored 93 points by James Suckling will be featured along with our dry and delicious Boxwood Rosé 2017. Blue Bee Cider Blue Bee Cider established the first urban cidery in the South in 2012. The vast majority of their cider is sold on site, at their historic stone stables complex. The cider that our owner Courtney Mailey will be pouring is a single varietal called Harrison, a rare heirloom variety reclaimed from near extinction when Courtney was a cider-making apprentice. Harrison was the most prized cider apple in the British colonies at the end of the colonial era and during the transition into independence as the United States. As a cider apple without other redeeming qualities such as fresh eating, juice or vinegar making, Harrison fell out of production during the Prohibition Era. The last Harrison tree was discovered in 1976 (when Courtney was three years old!) and cuttings floated around fruit exploring networks until Tom Burford was able to positively identify it in Virginia in the late 1990s. Lovingston Winery Lovingston Winery will be pouring the Pinotage 2014 just released the weekend of CHSWFF. Lovingston is one of only a handful of wineries producing Pinotage in the United States, with only 65-acres approximately in US soil. While Pinotage is a cross of Pinot Noir and Cinsault, the 2016 vintage shows the Pinot Noir side of its lineage more than ever before, thanks in large part to the vineyard practices and whole-berry ferment that our winemakers Riaan Rossouw and Stephanie Wright employ at Lovingston. Ingleside Vineyards Founded in 1980, Ingleside Vineyards is one of Virginia’s oldest and largest wineries. Ingleside will be pouring their 2016 Albariño and 2014 Left Bank. Both wines were made from grapes grown on Ingleside’s 50 acres of vineyards. Made from 100% Albariño, the crisp yet fruit-forward characteristics of this wine make it a perfect pairing with oysters. Ingleside’s 2016 Albariño received a Double Gold medal and the designation of “Best Albariño” at the 2017 San Francisco International Wine Competition. The 2014 Left Bank is a Bordeaux-style red blend. It was inspired by the Cabernet Sauvignon-based wines from the left bank of the Gironde River in Bordeaux, France. Made from a blend of 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Cabernet Franc, 20% Petit Verdot and 10% Merlot, it was a Gold Medal winner in the 2018 Virginia Governor’s Cup Competition.
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2018 Charleston Wine + Food Street Team

Calling all social media mavens + digital aficionados! This year experience a fresh, new way to see and taste the festival with the #CHSWFFStreetTeam. This fabulous group of social media savvy bloggers + Instagrammers are prepped and ready to bring you the most delicious sights and sounds of the 13th annual Charleston Wine + Food festival. Get to know our street team below, and make sure you’re following along on their accounts and #CHSWFFStreetTeam for the juiciest scenes + sips happening February 28 - March 4.

Andrea Serrano:


Andrea is a freelance Wardrobe Stylist and blogger. After spending time working in New York developing her clientele and working as the in-house stylist for Dennis Publishing, she decided to settle down in Charleston. After spending some time in retail and opening a few of her own boutiques, Andrea became the Freelancer she is now and started her blog Charleston Shop Curator.

Ashley Brown: 


Ashley is the proud mother of four with a love for all things fashion and family. She created her blog Sweet Southern Prep, in 2010 as a way to share lifestyle tips and fashion. The blog grew and soon she was working with brands like Kate Spade and Lilly Pulitzer. She's been running the blog since its start 8 years ago and still going strong.

Candice Herriott:


Lover of good food. Candice Harriott started Charleston Food Writer to share her culinary adventures. The simple things like entertaining friends, cooking  and learning new things inspired her to create a place where she can share her stories and connect with other food lovers along the way.

Jai Jones:


Jai Eats, a blog created by Jai Jones as a way to share his favorites. Writing from Charleston SC, there's never a shortage of good restaurants and drinks to share. Inspired by the way everyone comes together because of food, Jai's blog shares favorites in hopes of making them yours too.

Johnny Caldwell + Taneka Reeves:


The dynamic duo Johnny + Taneka, creators and writers of Cocktail Bandits talk about food and beverage from a feminine, urban perspective. Their blog shares their own cocktails, their favorites from bars all over, and food as well.


Liz Martin:


The Charleston Weekender, Liz Martin started her blog in 2015 creating a space that gives you that weekend getaway vibe. Her site features travel guides, Charleston guides, and an online shop full of Charleston apparel, weekend essentials and everything you need to make you life a little brighter.

Miguel Buencamino:


Miguel grew up in Orlando, FL. His background stems from a love for cooking with his grandmothers. Learning from family and his time testing recipes in the kitchen, Miguel created Holy City Handcraft as a way to share his adventures in the kitchen either cooking or mixing cocktails.

Natalie Mason: 


Natalie, creator of Designer Bags & Dirty Diapers, is a lover of all things family, fashion and food. Her blog highlights day-to-day outfits and where you can find some great sales. You'll also find delicious recipes and entertaining tips on her site.

Sydney Gallimore :


A lover of food, Sydney Gallimore founded Queen of the Food Age back in 2011. Her blog was a way of sharing the two things she loved most: food and writing. She's also a freelance writer for Charleston Grit, Thrillist, Where Traveler and more. Her love for what she does shows through all her work.

Sydney Turnquist :


Sydney Turnquist is the co-writer for Queen of the Food Age. The adventurous food critic has continued to explore Charleston since she moved here in 2009. She's broadened her palate and ventured into trying various foods outside of her comfort zone by tasting her way through the Holy City.

Christian Senger:


The Charleston news go-to, Christian Senger created Holy City Sinner in 2011. His blog has been voted as one of the most popular in Charleston, dishing day-to-day news and happenings within the Holy City. He talks about all sides of the city, giving readers a better understanding of Charleston.

  Photos by : @libbywilliamsphotos  Transportation by: @lowcountryvalet
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