Two Winners from the Santa Lucia Highlands of California

by Rocky Menge    September 18, 2018   I recently had the pleasure of tasting 7 wines from Morgan Vineyards in California. The vineyard is located in the Santa Lucia Highlands. Close to Monterey and the Pacific, Morgan is the highest altitude vineyard in California. This gives these wines an intense flavor with well balanced acidity….

Cheers

Paddle and Pint Friday, September 7 Enjoy paddling the Lower Saluda River as you’re surrounded by the beautiful scenery and wildlife of Saluda Shoals Park. After an hour on the water, sample delicious craft beers selected by the Vino Garage at the River Overlook. Ages 21 and up. Register here. Sunset on the Shoals Friday, September 21…

Palmetto Wine Sellers

Palmetto Wine Sellers 2218 Devine Street | 803.714.3320 It’s no secret that the Midlands is exploding with new options for purchasing and consuming wine. With wine bars and flights and tours and festivals, painting parties and ubiquitous Wine Down Wednesdays, enthusiasm for the beverage has skyrocketed, and it’s become a popular part of our community’s…

Best Happy Hours in Greater Columbia SC

It’s Happy Hour! Drink Specials, Beer, Wine, and Appetizers! Our Recommendations: 929 Kitchen & Bar 929 Gervais St. | 803.764.3825 Monday-Friday, 5 pm -7 pm Drinks: $1 off All Draft Beers $1 off All Wine $3 Soju Shooters $1 Soju Cocktails Bites: Beer & Fried dumpling combo, $8   Liberty on the Lake 1602 Marina…

Refreshing Summer Drinks

It’s August in Columbia and the sippin’ is easy! Try these thirst-quenching cocktails as you enjoy the final days of summer: Kaminsky’s Summer Sippers 930 Gervais Street These specialty cocktails are available from Kaminsky’s throughout the summer! The Watermelon Punch includes Captain Morgan Watermelon Rum, Watermelon Pucker, and Sour & Soda Water. The Patron XO…

Cheers :: Beer, Wine, Whiskey and Fun!

Paddle and Pint at Saluda Shoals Park Friday, August 3 | 5:30 – 7:30pm Paddle the Lower Saluda River as you’re surrounded by beautiful scenery and wildlife! Enjoy the views, have fun, and meet new friends. After an hour on the water, sample delicious craft beers selected by the Vino Garage at the River Overlook inside…

Beer Pairing Tips

Having the gang over to watch some football? Pair the finest quality blends of barley, yeast, hops and water with the foods you serve! Make it fun and host your own Beer Pairing Party.  Here are some ideas on what goes with what… Steak, hamburgers, roast beef and turkey: Pale Lager. A pale lager is…

Craft and Draft

  Battle of the Breweries: Fall Kickoff @ Craft and Draft Wednesday, September 13 | 2706 Devine St. Join Craft and Draft for the Fall Kickoff edition of the Battle of the Breweries! This one will feature six beers from Ballast Point Brewing Company versus six from Founders Brewing Co. Tap and KC Hotdog Food…

From the Vine: Tastings and Wine Specials

Cellar on Greene: Giant Wine Sale & Tasting 2001 Greene St. | 803.343.3303  Cellar on Greene hosts a GIANT WINE SALE & TASTING every other Saturday! Join them from noon – 2pm to sample over 30 wines, plus all wines are specially marked down for the occasion, so you can enjoy the lowest retail prices, and stock…

Under The Foam: Craft and Draft

Craft and Draft: Wine Wednesdays and Food Trucks 2706 Devine Street | 803.764.2575 Join Craft and Draft for Wine Wednesdays, featuring $5 off select wines by the glass. Craft and Draft also offers $1 off pints to ALL military and first response personnel! Check Facebook to see which food trucks will be set up at…

Under the Foam: Twisted Spur Brewing

Twisted Spur Brewing: Newest Summer Sour! 705 Gervais Street | 803.764.0203 Twisted Spur Brewing added blueberries, oranges, and vanilla to their already wonderful Berliner Weiss to bring you a new refreshing brew. Come join them today and give it a try!

Under the Foam: Columbia Brew Bus

SUNDAY FUNDAY on the Columbia Brew Bus 757-871-8150 | columbiabrewbus.com Beat the summer heat on the Columbia Brew Bus as you compete for trivia supremacy! You and your friends will be pitted against other teams in a traveling trivia battle through Columbia’s craft beer scene as you test your knowledge to win great prizes from local…

From the Vine: July 2017

Four Wines & Cheese Plate $10 Gervais & Vine 620 Gervais St, Ste A | 803.799.8463 Now at everyone’s favorite Mediterranean-inspired wine and tapas bar, you can get your wine and cheese on with a great deal! Every Wednesday, starting at 5:30pm try FOUR wine and cheese varieties for only $10! Stick around for live jazz/acoustic/pop music…

Under the Foam: June 2017

Swamp Cabbage Brewing Company 921 Brookwood Drive | 803.939.2589 Swamp Cabbage had a new Rubrum Red IPA Bottle Release in March. This fabulous IPA has a blend of Centennial and Chinook hops to provide bitterness, and a heavy dose of Cascade to lend a floral aroma. If you’re an IPA fan, you’ll really enjoy this one! More here….

Under the Foam: June 2017

Craft and Draft | Uinta Brewing Tap Takeover Pairing 2706 Devine Street | 803.764.2575 Thursday, June 1: Hosted by Craft And Draft and Evolution through Chocolate, this event will feature a pairing of delectable chocolates with wonderful Uinta Brews from 6 – 8pm. Check the Craft and Draft Facebook page for updates. More details coming soon!

Under the Foam: May 2017

Craft and Draft 2706 Devine Street | 803.764.2575  Saturday, May 20th: Join Craft and Draft for the release of New Holland Brewing’s Hoptronix IPA! This innovative Double IPA features “eye-popping bitterness”, yet finishes smooth and crisp. Thursday, May 25th: Pups and Pints Night! 4pm – 8pm. Grab your pups and friends and join Craft and Draft for a fun “Pups…

From the Vine: May 2017

Cellar on Greene: Giant Wine Sale & Tasting 2001 Greene St. | 803.343.3303  Mark your calendars…Cellar on Greene’s next GIANT WINE SALE & TASTING is Saturday, May 20th! Join them from noon – 2pm to sample over 25 wines, plus all wines are specially marked down for the occasion, so you can enjoy the lowest retail…

Crouch Distilling: Rum Release

Greetings Spirits Fans! In early April, Columbia’s own Crouch Distilling released their Cane Juice and Cane Syrup Rums.  Both are distilled from sugar cane grown on the Bair family farm in St. George, South Carolina. Their Cane Juice Rum is distilled from fresh pressed sugar cane juice, in the French Caribbean style, while their Cane Syrup Rum…