Got 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.


Wine Tasting at Brookgreen Garden

Brookgreen GardensIs there a more beautiful site on the Grand Strand to enjoy wine and scenery? On Saturday, June 15 from 5:30 – 8 p.m.  Brookgreen Gardens invites you to enjoy a wine tasting in the beautiful Live Oak Allee. Attendees will enjoy samplings of 20 exceptional wines from ‘Down Under’ – Australia and New Zealand, accompanied with food pairings.

One of Brookgreen’s annual fund raisers, the wine tasting and silent auction provide a casual evening of enjoyment and whose proceeds help support the gardens all year. Tickets are $50 for members and $65 for guests which includes wine tastings, food pairings, live music, and a signature wine glass.

Tickets to this special wine tasting event are limited. Order tickets online or call 843-235-6016. Tickets are also for sale at the Lowcountry Center and the Admission Plaza. If you are looking for fun things to do in Myrtle Beach, with the lovely Live Oak Allee as a backdrop, the wines, hors d’oeuvres, live music and a silent auction with wine-related items, will make this event an evening to remember. The silent auction is once sponsored by The Friends of Brookgreen Gardens.

Brookgreen Gardens, a National Historic Landmark, is located on US Highway 17 between Myrtle Beach and Pawleys Island and is open to the public from 9:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. daily. For more information call 843-235-6000.


Farm to Table Dinner at Thompson Farms

2nd Annual Farm to Table Dinner

On Sunday, October 2nd, 2011 enjoy a dining experience on the Thompson Farm. Prior to dinner, guests will partake in an hour long tasting with spirits, wine and hors d’oeuvres and then board the farm wagon for a trail ride out to the field for dinner. Enjoy live blue grass music while experiencing a six course feast with wine and spirits tastings throughout the evening. Nine area chefs will put their skills to the test using locally grown and raised ingredients, meats and fresh seafood caught off our shores. This fall farm event is like no other dining event in the area. Tickets are sure to sell out fast, be sure to get yours today.

A portion of the proceeds for this event will benefit the Coastal Uncorked, Inc. scholarship programs at both Horry Georgetown Technical College and also Coastal Carolina University.

If you are interested in purchasing a Corporate Table (seats 6), click here. This ticket saves you $150.


2011 Pawleys Island Festival of Music & Art

Pawleys Island Festival of Music and Art has announced the musical performance lineup for the 21st annual event, slated for September 20th – October 2nd, 2011 at Litchfield Plantation.

According to event organizers, the lineup for the 2011 festival promises carry on the annual tradition of bringing exclusive talent to the area that is unmatched by any other event.   “We have spectacular lineup of cultural events and entertainment for the entire community to enjoy,” said Executive Director Delores Blount. “Mark your calendars now to join us in celebrating the 21st season of the Pawleys Island Festival of Music and Art.”

Musical Performances for the 21st Annual Pawleys Island Festival of Music and Art include:

Thursday, September 22
A Classical Evening

Friday, September 23
12th Annual Pawley’s Island Wine Gala

Saturday, September 24
Spyro Gyra

Sunday, September 25
The Kickin Grass Band

Thursday, September 29
Ball In The House

Friday, September 30
David Osborne Trio

Saturday, October 1
The Hit Men  – A Tabled Event

Sunday, October 2 – Family Day
1-6 pm Chalk Walk
3-5 pm Bit’s & Pieces Puppet Theatre – The Musical Tale of Peter Rabbit
4-7 pm Gallery Crawl

All new events for the Visual Arts performances will be announced in the coming weeks.

The Pawleys Island Festival of Music & Art features two weeks of cultural entertainment and musical performances at the Litchfield Plantation as well as a Wine Festival that serves as a fundraiser for the event.  For more information on the Pawleys Island Festival of Music & Art, visit them online at or call 843-626-8911.


Insider Tips: Happy Hour

South Strand (Surfside, Murrells Inlet, Pawleys)

Backfinz – 7.5
Bliss Restaurant & Lounge – 7.7
Blue Crab – 6.9

Borgata – 8.0
Bovine’s Wood Fired Specialties – 6.7
Brick House Lounge – 7.0

Captain Dave’s Dockside/Bubba’s Love Shack – 6.8

Causeway Grill & Raw Bar – 6.6
Charleston Cafe – 6.7

Cooter’s Backyard Bar – 7.2

Creek Ratz – 5.8
Crystalite Cafe – 7.5
**Dead Dog Saloon – 7.1
Garden City Beach Bar & Grill – 6.9

Gilligan’s Steamer & Raw Bar – 7.2
 Hannah Banana’s Sunshine Cabana – 6.3

Island Bar & Grill (North) – 8.2
Island Bar& Grill (South) – 7.7
Jackson’s Inlet Bar & Grill – 6.6
Jasper’s Sports Grille – 7.3

K-Rae’s Pub – 7.3
La Playa – 6.3
Marlin Quay Bar – 7.1
O’Keefe’s Irish Pub  – 7.4

On The Half Shell – 6.6
Pawleys Island Tavern – 7.3
Quigley’s Pint & Plate  – 7.8
Salt Creek Cafe
 – 7.7
Sandy Monkey – 6.3
Scotty’s Beach Bar– 6.1

Southside Pattys  – 6.6
Southside Raw Bar – 7.1

Spencer’z – 7.4 
Stadium Club – 6.3
Suck Bang Blow – 7.0
Surfside Live / It’s Beer 30 – 6.6
Uncle Tito’s – 6.2
Vienna’s Pizzeria & Sports Pub – 7.8
Webster’s Tavern – 6.6

** The Dead Dog experienced a fire on 2/22/12 that will temporary close the restaurant.

Restaurant Review: Twelve

Twelve was created with a specific goal in mind – to have their guests feel as though they are dining at a good friend’s home. With an eclectic mix of furnishings, warm inviting colors and soft glowing candlelight, they have achieved that goal! Attention to details and friendly, caring service makes Twelve the place to go, whether just stopping in for dinner or celebrating a special occasion! Twelve’s full service bar offers specialty cocktails and a wine list carefully put together to offer you a great selection at reasonable prices by the glass or bottle. Their menu features classics like Shrimp Scampi, made with extra large jumbo shrimp, Surf and Turf, Grilled Salmon and Chicken Piccata along with some old time favorites done with our own special twist! Be sure to try their Up Town Mac and Cheese, Gourmet Meatloaf, and Chicken Pot Pie with an Herbed Bread Stuffing crust! And bring your appetite because you won’t want to miss our homemade desserts like Cheesecake Lollipops, Key Lime Pie with a Ginger Snap crust, and even a special take on a PB and J Sandwich!

Check the website for specials including wine dinners

2520 Hwy. 17 Bus., Murrells Inlet, SC, 29576
(843) 651-3222
TIPAre you a golfer?Are you a member of the Grand Strand Golf Association?

Well, if so then you’re welcome at Twelve!

GSGA Members visiting Twelve receive a 20% discount on all items (Excluding Alcohol)

Just present a valid GSGA membership card!

UPDATE 10/31/12 – NEW OWNERS AT TWELVE – read more HERE


Wine Tasting Event at Frank’s Outback

A wine tasting designed to offer ideas for wines that complement traditional Thanksgiving dishes is scheduled for 5:30-7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 10, at Frank’s Outback in Pawleys Island. The price is $25 per person, and 10 wines will be sampled. Thanksgiving-type food will also be served during the tasting. If you stay for dinner at the restaurant, you may receive a 50 percent discount on a bottle of wine.

Frank’s Outback 10434 Ocean Highway Pawleys Island (843) 237-3030