FESTIVAL | Bacchus would be proud

Family Harvest Festival

Sat. Aug. 25

2-6 p.m.


Irvin~House Vineyards

6775 Bears Bluff Road

Wadmalaw Island



In ancient times, grape stomping was anything but a family affair. According to Roman legend, Bacchus, the god of wine, presided over wine celebrations that were so, um, bacchanalian, they were eventually forbidden by the Roman Senate. To this day, the idea of squeezing grapes between your toes suggests a certain decadence and revelry — whether it’s based on legends of the tradition or the simple fact that you’re squeezing ripe purple fruit between your toes, we don’t know. Though they’ve graduated to more modern harvesting procedures, Irvin~House Vineyards revives the ancient ritual this Saturday at their fourth annual Family Harvest Festival. That’s right, the kids are invited too. Vino is certainly the focus of this event, but there are plenty of activities to get the rugrats in an autumn state of mind, like sack races and apple bobbing. Irvin~House, Charleston’s only winery, is located on 48 picturesque acres on Wadmalaw Island. Specializing in the unique, distinctive muscadine grape, which grows profusely all over the Southeast, Irvin~House offers five different wines including Magnolia, a refreshing, sweet, fruit-flavored white wine and Palmetto, a rich red wine with a full-bodied, fruity muscadine flavor. Those over 21 can sample the wines (and buy a few bottles if you’re impressed), and anyone can roam through the vines and taste the grapes. If they leave you hungry, there’ll also be award-winning barbecue from Black Jack Barbecue. Local bluegrass musicians will be pickin’ for your entertainment, and also be sure to watch (or take part in) the “Lucy Look Alike” contest, inspired by the infamous grape-stomping episode of I Love Lucy. —Erica Jackson SATURDAY

Charleston Tea Plantation Tours
America’s only tea plantation, now owned by R.C. Bigelow, is open to visitors. Take a narrated bus tour of the fields and see how tea is made, talk to tea experts, and sample American Classic Tea. Each Sun. 12-4 p.m. and Wed.-Sat. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Charleston Tea Plantation, 6617 Maybank Hwy. (843) 559-0383. www.bigelowtea.com/act

Thoroughbred Club Afternoon Tea
Afternoon tea with all the trimmings; reservations strongly suggested. Each Mon.-Sat. 1-4 p.m. $22/Classic Charleston, $27/ South of Broad. Thoroughbred Club, 205 Meeting St. Charleston Place Hotel. (843) 722-4900 x7689.

Tequila Dinner
A four-course Tezon Tequila dinner features marinated shrimp and split creek chevre, hickory smoked pork and butter poached scallop, roasted trigger fish and a lobster and orange cream sauce, and tres leches hazelnut brittle. There will be a reception at 6 p.m. with hors d’ oeuvres and white sangria. The dinner begins at 6:30 p.m. Thu., Aug. 23. $65/all inclusive. Tristan, 55 South Market St. (843) 534-2155. www.tristandining.com

Beer Tasting
Sample four high-gravity beers and enjoy specials on cheese plates. Each Thurs. 5-7:30 p.m. $5. O’Hara & Flynn, 1640 Palmetto Grande Dr. (843) 216-1916.

Charleston Farmers Market
Every Saturday, the market features the finest local produce, plants, flowers, and herbs along with food, fine art and crafts, and live entertainment. Each Sat. 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Through Dec. 16. Marion Square, Calhoun and King. (843) 724-3746.

Summer Shrimp and Wine Dinner
A four-course shrimp dinner designed by Chef Tim Armstrong features shrimp and red curry soup, barbecued shrimp, shrimp and wild mushroom ravioli, and chocolate and roasted pistachio terrine. Dishes are paired with wines from the seasonal wine list. An hors d’oeuvres reception will precede. Call for reservations. Wed. Aug. 29, 6:30 p.m. $68/all inclusive. Old Village Post House, 101 Pitt St. (843) 388-8935. www.mavericksouthernkitchens.com

Taste of Spain
Chef Jeremy Holst presents a five-course tasting menu featuring pan-seared scallop and patas bravas, serrano ham-wrapped local prawns, olive oil poached halibut, roasted rack of Colorado lamb, and banana croquet with a spiced chocolate sauce. Dishes are paired with bold and fresh wines from Rioja, Navarra, Castilla y Leon, and Priorat. Thu., Aug. 23, 7:30 p.m. $125/person. Six Tables, Belle Hall Shopping Center. 664-G Long Point Road. 971-8850. www.sixtablescharleston.com

A Taste of France
Enjoy a five-course wine dinner exploring the culinary regions of France. Call for reservations. Last Mon. of every month. $40/individual, $70/couple. Coco’s Cafe, 863 Houston Northcutt Blvd. (843) 881-4949. www.cocoscafe.net

Wine Lover’s Happy Hour
Wine flights of five different wines of varying themes. Each Tues.-Sat. 5-7 p.m. $5 for 5 (2 oz. pours). Amuse, 1720 Sam Rittenberg Blvd. (843) 573-8778.

Summer Wine Strolls
Stroll America’s oldest landscaped gardens and sample a variety of summer wines. Stay for dinner and get a complimentary dessert. Wed. 5:30-7 p.m. $5. Middleton Place, 4300 Ashley River Rd. (843) 556-6020. www.middletonplace.org

Arlaana Wine Tastings
Tasting of wines from around the world accompanied by hors d’oeuvres. Each Wed. 6-8 p.m. $20. Arlaana Restaurant, 259 Seven Farms Dr. (843) 471-2400. www.arlaana.com

Wine Tasting
Sample wines from local distributors twice a week. Call for details. Each Mon. Thurs. 5-7 p.m. $5. Avondale Wine and Cheese, 813B Savannah Highway. (843) 769-5444.

Around the World Wine Tasting
Sample wines from around the world. Each Fri. 5-7 p.m. $5. O’Hara & Flynn, 1640 Palmetto Grande Dr. (843) 216-1916.

Friday Wine Tasting
Sample wines from around the globe. Each Fri. 5-7 p.m. $5. O’Hara & Flynn, 160 E. Bay St. (843) 534-1916.

In Good Tastings
Informal weekly wine event. Each Fri. 5-7 p.m. $1. In Good Taste, 1901 Ashley River Road. (843) 763-5597.

Wine Tastings at Ted’s
This week’s tastings feature Rieslings, Gruners, Vetliners, and Zweigelts. Fri. Aug. 24, 5-7 p.m. $1. Ted’s Butcherblock, 334 East Bay St. (843) 577-0094. www.tedsbutcherblock.com

Sangria Tasting
WINEDINEWINE presents a chilled summers eve offering the tastings of four different Sangrias paired with Chef Robert Brown’s summertime appetizers. RSVP to Shea at winedinewine@comcast.net. Fri. Aug. 24, 6-8 p.m. $30. 11 Center Street, 11 Center St. (843) 810-0088. www.11center.com

Flight Night
Sample varying flights of wine, focusing on Spanish flavors. Tues. $12-$25. Raval, 453 King St. (843) 853-8466.

A wine pairing benefit event to raise awareness and funds for S.C. Lowcountry Environmental Education Program (LEEP) featuring sparkling, white, and red wines paired with a selection of artisan cheeses, meats, & sweets. Tue., Aug. 28, 6:30 p.m. $35. Avondale Wine and Cheese, 813B Savannah Highway. (843) 810-0088. WINEDINEWINE@comcast.net

Wine & Art Pairing
WINEDINEWINE presents a wine & art pairing featuring the works of local artist Ryn Henry. The evening wine pairings feature sparkling, white and red wines with artisan cheese and sweets. RSVP to Shea at winedinewine@comcast.net Wed. Aug. 29, 6 p.m. $15, $20/nonmembers. O’Hara & Flynn, 1640 Palmetto Grande Dr. (843) 810-0088.

Craft Beer Tastings
Beer guru Scott Shor leads guests through five craft beers from around the globe, paired with breakfast foods prepared by Chef Michael Ruggiero. Thu., Aug. 23, 6:30-8 p.m. $25. Ted’s Butcherblock, 334 East Bay St. (843) 577-0094. tedsbutcherblock.com

Biology, Beer, & a Five-Course Meal
Megan Westmeyer of the S.C. Aquarium’s Sustainable Seafood Initiative and Carolina’s Exec. Chef Jeremiah Bacon present a dinner of local sustainable seafood paired with local beer from Palmetto Brewing Co. Westmeyer will a lead a presentation, and Bacon’s five-course menu will feature littleneck clam ragout, Szechuan peppercorn shrimp, grilled wahoo, and pan-roasted wreckbass. Wed. Aug. 29, 7-9 p.m. $65. Carolina’s, 10 Exchange St. 724-3800. www.carolinasrestaurant.com

Late Summer Salads
Chef Kim guides participants in preparing salads with a gourmet flare. Watermelon & Feta salad, tabouli, and a cold Thai noodle salad are on the menu. Call to register. Thu., Aug. 23, 6:30 p.m. Free. Earth Fare, 74 Folly Road. (843) 769-4800. www.earthfare.com

Kosher Cooking
Learn the art of kosher cooking with Rabbi Ari Synter and kosher caterer Marcie Rosenberg of Dining In, Inc. Learn the basic symbols to look for when purchasing products, and how to adapt your favorite recipe for a kosher kitchen. On Aug. 27, Rosenberg continues to teach how to keep your kitchen organized and Tristan Exec. Chef Ciaran Duffy teaches how to make trendy kosher dishes. Mon. Aug. 27, 7-9 p.m. $69. Trident Technical College (Main Campus), 7000 Rivers Ave. (843) 574-6152.

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