Oh, the beauty
  • Oh, the beauty

I spent a fabulous two nights in Palmetto Bluff last weekend for the Music to Your Mouth festival. I’ve written a formal recap over here, but there are some things I didn’t get a chance to cover in that write-up. For one, I don’t think I gushed over the beauty of the place enough. If I was a one percenter, the first thing I’d do is buy me a little house in that village and stock it with champagne, which I would drink from crystal flutes while driving around on my golf cart. But that’d be totally illegal. Maybe instead of driving around in my own golf cart, I’d call the inn and ask them to drive me around. They’d totally do it. That’s how the one percent operate.

A bunch of Charleston’s food and beverage professionals headed down for the weekend and enjoyed some champagne-fueled camaraderie. Here’s my list of boldface names: Angel Postell (Charleston Wine + Food Festival), Steve Palmer and Jeremiah Bacon (Oak, Oku, Cocktail Club, Macintosh), Brad Ball (Social), Mike Lata (FIG), Harry & Nicki Root (Grassroots Distributing), Mark Marhefka (Abundant Seafood), Patrick Emerson (Maverick restaurant group), Sean Brock (Husk, McCrady’s), Jeremiah Langhorne (McCrady’s), Frank Lee (SNOB, Maverick group), and I’m sure I’m forgetting some folks.

I learned some interesting things hanging around these people:

1) champagne is not a good chaser for moonshine

2) grower’s champagne (a.k.a. farmer’s fizz) is better than those expensive luxury brands of champagne

3) sabering open bottles is a dangerous sport favored by drunken sommeliers

4) no matter how many cases you bring, there is never enough champagne

Do you see a theme here? Perhaps it was the fact that Kevin Pike, a master sommelier considered by many to be the foremost expert on champagne in America, was leading the charge, but there was so much champagne flowing at one point, they had to send to Charleston for more.

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