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Gardener Media recently attended a wine tasting at Palmetto Wine Sellers on Devine Street. Palmetto Wine Sellers provides the Midlands with a unique, modern, and more personal way to buy wine. Rocky “The Wine Guy” Menge is the establishment’s founder. He’ll act as your own personal sommelier, by consulting with you to find high quality bottles that you’ll love, in your price range.
Rocky presided over our wine tasting, sharing his passion for and knowledge of wine with us, and educating us on wine varieties, tips on purchasing wine, pairing information, wine storage advice, and anecdotes from his time traveling through Europe.
Rocky started us off with some sparkling wine, then poured each attendee three white wines and three reds. With his guidance, we compared and contrasted the wine trios, describing what we liked and why, what we didn’t like and why. We peppered him with questions and he debunked common misconceptions. He explained the differences between expensive and inexpensive wines, corked and screw-top, what wine ratings mean, what the French drink, what “Estate” wines are, how Champagne disgorgement works, and why he never orders wine when dining out, but instead brings his own and pays the corkage fee. Rocky taught us all of this, in a plain and modest manner that put even us amateur wine drinkers at ease. He told us, when customers ask him, “What’s the best bottle of wine?”, his answer is always, “The one YOU like best!”
The tasting was extremely informative, and so fun! Sampling Rocky’s selection of wines one after the other really allows you to taste, smell and understand the differences between each variety. The evening ended with each attendee ordering a bottle, or a case, of what they most enjoyed during the tasting.
If you are curious about wine, would like to find some new favorites, need consultation on your new wine cellar, or advice on curating a wine list for special events, give Rocky a call! Want to participate in a tasting but can’t make it over to Palmetto Wine Sellers? Rocky will even come to your house to conduct a tasting!
In the meantime, sign up for “Words from The Wine Guy”, Rocky’s periodic e-newsletter for wine specials, events, new offerings and great tips, here.