Got Wine?

wine

At the end of a day on the beach, shopping or the links, it’s time to slow down and relax.  How about a glass of wine?  Here are a few suggestions close to our Lakeside Villa at Litchfield by the Sea in Pawleys Island, SC

1) Perrone’s: This Mediterranean staple is nearly next door to Litchfield By the Sea, making it a great spot for a late afternoon happy hour and, eventually, dinner. The wine list isn’t one of those books with pages and pages of head-spinning options; instead it’s compact but excellently honed — a perfectly crafted short story as opposed to a rambling novel. We like that their wine menu includes tasting notes, so we have a primer of what to expect. Wines hail from all the important regions and are priced for every level of affordability. If you want to shell out a few more bucks —and it really is just a few more —opt for a glass from their reserve list. These wines are kept in temperature and humidity-controlled environs to slow degradation, so wines that were previously considered too rare or expensive are available to taste. Do note that the three-ounce pours start at $15, but it’s a small price to pay to try the likes of a Domaine Grand Veneer Chateauneuf du Pape. Each wine on the list provides the ideal accompaniment to Perrone’s locally sourced and inventive cuisine as well as their sophisticated but friendly ethos.
2) Austin’s Ocean One: Beloved in the South Strand for their delicious food and stunning sea views, it’s also home to a fantastic wine list. We’ve got lots to choose from among their globe-spanning selections at a number of price points. Riesling from Mosel, Chianti from Tuscany, Shiraz from Vale, Sauternes from Bordeaux — and just about everything in between. A large selection of wines are available by the glass and go as low as $5.50 per pour, but if you’re in a bottle mood, you’re in luck. And if you’ve got deep pockets, you’ll be in hog heaven. High rollers might not bat an eye at the Joseph Phelps Insignia meritage for just about $300, but those of us closer to earth can still get a great bottle of Rainer Ridge merlot and more for under $30. We love getting a smattering of small plates (Bahamian Lobster Skewers anyone?) and sipping a perfectly matched wine alongside them.
3) Bistro 217: This is, like, the quintessential cozy anniversary and celebration spot, so it’s no wonder they stock more-than-a-handful of sparkling wines and champagne. Brunch begs for a mimosa (at the bargain price of $5), but they also can offer you a bottle of ’02 Dom Perignon. Brace yourself for a hefty bill, though, as that bottle will run you close to two hundred bucks. However, if it’s a party of two, who can realistically finish an entire 750mL of bubbly without getting a little too, um, tipsy? We love the idea of splitting a split, and for $8 the Chandon Brut is more than adequate. After you toast your marriage / new job / kids moving out of the house and so forth, travel north on their wine list to find some fun and fabulous wines by the glass or bottle. We like the way they’ve arranged their varietals: some fall under the traditional titles (“chardonnay,”“cabernet sauvignon”) while many wind up under blanket terms such as “friendly reds”or “fresh and fun.”These are good barometers of what’s headed your way, as a glass of Pine Ridge Chenin/Viognier blend is both as fresh and fun as it gets. And paired with Fried Green Tomatoes and Oysters? Wow. Watch as the zippy citrus and clean mouthful cut right through the bleu cheese and bacon cream sauce, as well as elevating oysters  to an explosively flavorful level.

There are many other spots to check out, but we like these finds because they’re so easy to get to from Litchfield by the Sea.

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