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Thursday, May 13, 2010

Charlie's Blogs About Weekly Wine Selections

Here at the 1750 Inn at Sandwich Center we enjoy our wine; reading about it, learning about it, talking about it, drinking it, and sharing it with guests who are staying at the Inn. Each week Charlie, our resident wine guru, will be sharing some of his experiences with, and some things he has learned about, wine. He will also be sharing information about the wines we will be serving at the Inn. Below is Charlie's first Weekly Wine-ing. Check our blog each Wednesday to find out what wine is being featured at our guest wine tasting each week. Then, make a reservation to stay with us and try it for yourself.

Charlie's Weekly Wine-ing

As Jan mentioned in her introduction, I'll be sharing my wine selections for the Inn in the weekly blog she lets me write. But, for now, I am just happy to be back home in Sandwich and close to my favorite wine shop, Cellar 55 Wine Merchants, where I find great wines for my cellar and to share with our guests.

In our winter travels, we always look for new wine stores and wine bars to see what is being offered in other parts of the country and then we ask Cellar 55 to bring them into the store. Near the end of last year's trip, we discovered a new wine bar, Wine World at Watercolor in Santa Rosa Beach, Florida between Grayton Beach and Seaside. We met up with our friends Jane and Greg who introduced us to their new wine and bread diet. At Wine World we bought our bottles of wine in the retail shop and carried them into the bar area where we ordered wonderful platters of cheeses and olives with dipping oils and great breads.  I selected a Mollydooker Two Left Feet Shiraz that worked well with the food. 

A few days later, we stopped in Ashville, NC and found a delightful wine bar in a great old art deco style building in the downtown business district. What a pleasant surprise after running into snow in the mountains and having a hard time finding a parking space big enough for the RV. This quiet little bar, the Sante Wine Bar, offered tasty tapas prepared by the owner/chef who took the time to come out and check on us frequently. We found a new wine, Petite Petit, a petite syrah and petite verdot blend that was great with our goat cheese board. Ashville was a short stop on our way home. This is the first time we have taken a route through the Carolinas from west to east instead of our usual south to north fly by on I-95.  To my surprise, there were lots of vineyards and wineries along the way, which we unfortunately did not have time to visit. 

We also made a quick stop for lunch in Charlottsville, VA., the home of Thomas Jefferson's Monticello, which we visited last year. In my cellar I still have a very special bottle of Monticello Claret from Barboursville Vineyards near Jefferson's original vineyards. So, I was aware that this part of the state has a wine industry, but I was impressed by the large number of wineries in this immediate area. I now have "wine country" maps for both NC and VA and next year, if the weather cooperates, we will stop and try the local wines. I love the California wines mainly because we have had the good fortune to visit many of them personally. So next year, I'll broaden my horizons and try grape wines from these regions. Sorry, but I am still passing on the "fruit wines" that I tried by mistake in Florida.

Always in search of great wines to offer our guests, I am off to a Chalk Hill Estates Vineyards tasting at Cellar 55.

Happy Wine-ing,

Charlie Preus, the Innkeeper's Assistant and Wine Steward at the 1750 Inn at Sandwich Center, Sandwich, Cape Cod, Massachusetts

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