Very Special Wine Tasting ~ Launch Party For "Charleston Then and Now" and Reyneke Wines!

Please join us this week on Wednesday, May 15, for a very special Wine On The Water Wednesday!  

We're thrilled to host a truly special occasion with two special guests: renowned author Leigh Jones Handal and Reyneke Wine Maker Barbara Melke.

We're excited to have Leigh Jones Handal with us to launch her latest book, 'Charleston Then and  Now.' 

Leigh, a dear friend of The Wine Shop of Charleston, is Chick-in-Charge at Charleston Raconteurs; "Do You Know Your Lowcountry" columnist at Charleston Post & Courier; author of "Lost Charleston",  "Storied & Scandalous Charleston" and "Charleston Then and Now".

Charleston Then and Now

City guide Leigh Jones Handal tells the story of the Charleston she loves through archive photos matched with their modern viewpoint. 

There are vintage photos of the great plantation houses, plus the grand buildings on Meeting Street, and the soaring spires of Charleston’s many churches. Handal has uncovered a treasury of vintage images which have been matched with modern photos to show new aspects of this enduringly fascinating city.

Leigh will join us for a reading of an excerpt from her work and signing copies from 4:00 PM to 6:30 PM.


Reyneke Wines with Wine Maker Barbara Melke

In 1988, the Reyneke family bought the farm Uitzicht, a 90-acre farm on the ridge of the Polkadraai Hills, with spectacular views of Stellenbosch. Johan Reyneke initiated the extensive transition from conventional farming to organic practices, aligning with biodynamic principles. Reyneke earned the distinction of becoming South Africa's inaugural farm to receive certification from Demeter International, the preeminent global authority on biodynamic accreditation.

In addition to the book launch, we are very excited to have another special guest with us, Wine Maker Barbara Melkewe.  Barbara Melck joined Reyneke as Winemaker in 2022. Barbara was attracted to biodynamic and organic winemaking because of the respect for nature required throughout the entire process. “When you farm this way, you have a different kind of respect for the soil, the land, the vines, people and the environment. You learn to think about this differently and to respect the natural way things are. Working with nature instead of against it,” she says.

Wines We're Tasting

Reyneke Vinehugger Chenin Blanc: Experience the epitome of elegance with Reyneke Vinehugger Chenin Blanc. This captivating wine entices the senses with its bright citrus aromas and delicate floral notes. Refreshing and well-balanced, it delights the palate with crisp acidity and a nuanced complexity, making it the perfect companion for any occasion.

Reyneke Chenin Blanc: An embodiment of purity and finesse, Reyneke Chenin Blanc showcases the true essence of this beloved varietal. Delicate aromas of ripe pear, white flowers, and a touch of honey greet the nose, while the palate is treated to a medley of crisp green apple, citrus zest, and mineral nuances. With its vibrant acidity and lingering finish, this wine is a testament to Reyneke's commitment to excellence in winemaking.

Reyneke Vinehugger Red: Reyneke Vinehugger Red offers a fragrant blend of red cherries, violets, spice, and black pepper, with hints of smoky notes, blackberries, and tobacco. On the palate, you'll notice distinct flavors of pepper, allspice, dark fruit, and nutmeg. It's well-balanced with a structured, dry finish.

Reyneke Syrah: Bold and expressive, Reyneke Syrah has a fragrant aroma of white pepper, spice, and red cherry, with hints of rosemary and lavender. Its palate is lively, with juicy tannins and a balanced structure. Layers of fruit, spice, and herbs create a refined wine with a long-lasting finish.

We look forward to seeing you for this very special evening!


The Team at The Wine Shop of Charleston and City Marina Spirits

Wednesday, May 15 ~ 4:00pm-6:30pm
Book signing ~ Free
Wine Tasting ~ $10 per person  
No reservations needed


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