Farm to Table Wining…..

Farm to Table Dining. It’s all the latest rage. Every city boast chic restaurants promoting farm-to-table dining. A social movement focusing on food sourced directly from local farms. Sounds great right? However, as the key criteria is locally sourced, wouldn’t you agree locally produced wines should also be offered? We think so. Who wouldn’t want an excellent wine produced from a local vineyard paired with their farm-to-table meal? Keep it local right! Putting aside all romantic notions, a vineyard is every bit a farm. The larger majority of our local vineyards in the Southeast are family owned small businesses.

Josh Jones of CityScape Winery in Pelzer, South, Carolina, said that currently both Saskatoon Steakhouse and Kitchen Sync restaurants in Greenville are offering CityScape wines on their menus. We are further aware of restaurants in North Carolina offering locally produced wines. So it’s not unheard of, we just need to encourage chefs to consider locally produced wines the same as they do with locally grown foods.

So the next time you’re dining farm-to-table, ask for a bottle of locally produced wine. Let’s get this social movement growing!



Quick Reminiscing of 2018 and Looking Forward to 2019

2018 brought us many new experiences and of course several challenges. We rung in 2018 downtown Greenville, South Carolina….Yeah That Greenville!

The first few weekends took us to Morgan Ridge Vineyard and Brewhouse, Misty Creek Vineyard, Parker-Binns, and Baker Buffalo Creek Vineyard.

Valentines weekend took us to Charleston and Savannah. We enjoyed a visit to view the 400+ year old Angel Tree before making our way to Deep Water Vineyard.

March brought our anniversary and a visit to the Outer Banks of North Carolina. This trip offered us the opportunity to visit Sanctuary Vineyards in Jarvisburg plus a viewing of the oldest cultivated grape vine in the United States. The “MotherVine” located in Manteo is known to be 500+ years old. This scuppernong still produces grape today.

In May we hosted the inaugural Palmetto Wine Competition at the historic Belmont Inn in Abbeville. We’re proud of the event and thankful for the opportunity to promote the South Carolina wine industry.

The summer months brought visits to the Yadkin Valley, Upper Hiwassee Highlands, Eastern Tennessee, and to many of our local favorites.

October we were blessed with a visit to Highlands, North Carolina and a stay at The Old Edwards Inn. We were lucky to have the Sommelier give us a tour of the wine cellars.

Christmas brought us another opportunity to visit Charleston where we experienced a gorgeous Christmas Eve sunset on the beach at Isle of Palms!

Yes, this post skips right by so many fun times and visits to so many awesome places. Our resolution is to better promote all of the amazing small businesses and destinations for which we are fortunate to visit. We remain thankful for our family and friends, and for your continued support of our blogs Winery Escapades and Our Wine Tonight.

Here’s to a healthy, prosperous, and happy 2019.


Jenni and Dennis

A Few Things We Love About South Carolina Wineries!

As natives of South Carolina, allow us to share a few things we love about South Carolina wineries.

We love Pinot the pig, fun gatherings, and award winning wines at CityScape Winery in Pelzer.  

We love the annual Harvest Festivals and Pack the Porch festivals at Enoree River Vineyard in Newberry. So much fun!

We love hard apple cider and those hot apple cider donuts at Windy Hill Orchard and Cidery in York.

Love visiting Deep Water Vineyard on Wadmalaw Island outside of Charleston for a wine tasting, and walking next door for tasting at Firefly Distillery.

Love an after dinner visit to Old Rock Quarry Winery in Enoree. Feels like visiting old friends and hanging in their backyard drinking sweet homemade wine.

Pam loves drowning the cat at Cats Paw Winery in Rock Hill. Jenni loves the wine bottle gun opener!

Love a glass of estate grown European Vinifera wine and lunch from the café enjoyed on the terrace at Victoria Valley Vineyards in Cleveland. Love the Vine to Wine tours at Mercer House Estate Winery in Lexington. Five vineyards, five scenic ponds, 2 creeks, on a one mile walking path. Have a glass while exploring nature!

Love a tasting at Boardwalk Winery and Carolina Vineyard Winery when visiting the Grand Strand.

Love Open House the first Saturday of every month at Wandering Bard Meadery in Mauldin.

Love the estate grown French-Hybrid varietals at Wellborn Winery in the Woods up in Travelers Rest.

Love the fresh fruit wines produced at Lazy Bear Winery in Easley.

Love enjoying a bottle in the barrel room at Island Winery on Hilton Head Island.

We absolutely love hosting the Palmetto Wine Competition at the historic Belmont Inn in historic Abbeville.

Love the original Palmetto Signature Six. Six award winning wines produced entirely from South Carolina grown fruit.

Love so many of the award winning wines produced and bottled in South Carolina.

Palmetto Wine Competition’s award winning Best in Show; Raspberry White Zin from CityScape Winery.

Palmetto Wine Competition gold medal lineup!

A few more of our favorite South Carolina wines!

How about setting out to visit all of our South Carolina wineries! All of our South Carolina vineyards and wineries are locally owned small businesses. Cheers!

Your Household Guide – 1951

Stumbled upon the most interesting book tucked away in our hall bookshelf. This guide published in 1951 is full of long lost wisdom.

Thought it’d be interesting to share a few.

My comments in italics.

– To keep cookies fresh and crisp in the jar, place a crumpled tissue paper in the bottom.

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– To cut a fresh cake use a wet knife.

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– Cool a freshly baked cake away from drafts, as a draft can cause your cake to fall.

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– An apple cut in half and placed in the cake box will keep the cake fresh several days longer.

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– Leftover rolls: Place a pan of water in the bottom of the oven when you reheat rolls or biscuits. The steam from the water will rise and make the bread taste fresh and soft as the day it was baked.


– Plant radish and cucumber seeds together to keep bugs off cucumbers.

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Note we don’t recommend the below just found it interesting as we had no earthly idea what was Paris Green.

– To kill worms on cabbage, take one teaspoon Paris Green and 9 parts of flour and dust on cabbage.

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– Tiny seeds are easier to plant in an even row if sprinkled from a salt shaker.


– For rats and mice place sulphur where they run as they won’t run through sulphur.

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– Gum camphor will keep away ants. Now can someone tell us what Gum Camphor is?

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– Chiggers: A simple remedy which usually kills the chigger after the first application is kerosene oil and table salt, equal parts. Seriously…kerosene oil?

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– Hot alum water will destroy insects.

Had to google ” alum water.”

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– Store apples with potatoes. This will keep the potatoes from sprouting. One apple to every 4 potatoes.

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– Make sauerkraut when the moon is new until the first quarter, and the juice will stay on until it is used. Huh?

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– To label jars of food, write on the jar while it is still hot with a bright colored crayon. We really take sharpies for granted!


– When you wash baby’s bonnet, fit it over an inverted bowl to dry. Helps the bonnet hold its shape.

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– To whiten laces, wash them in sour milk. Why sour milk?

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– A slice of lemon in the water in which clothes are boiled will make them whiter.


– A small cork glued to the side of your sewing machine drawer or box, makes a convenient holder for your thimble. Wine bottle cork? We could hold a lot of thimbles!

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When needles have become rusty and seem unfit for use, rub up and down in earth and they will be like new. Uh…,earth?

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– String your pearls with dental floss.


– Place an egg in a pan of water. If fresh, it will lie on its side. If a few days old, it will tilt upward. If stale, will stand on end. If very old, it will float. No “use by” dates!

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When peeling onions, put a slice of bread in your mouth. I assume to prevent tears but it doesn’t really say….

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– Rub scissors with butter to cut marshmallows.

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– Onions will not make the eyes water if scalding water is poured over them before they are peeled. Surely it means scalding water over the onions and not ones eyes, which the latter would surely make the eyes water!

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– Spinach may be the broom of the stomach, but sauerkraut is the vacuum cleaner. Okay then!

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– Candles last longer if placed in the refrigerator for a few days before using.

Honey, are we having candles for dinner?

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The blade of a knife passed though a flame will slice bread more smoothly than a cold blade.

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– When scalding a chicken add one teaspoon of soda to the boiling water. Then the feathers will come off easier and the flesh will be clean and white. No not soda pop!

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To make the address plain on a parcel post package use a matchstick instead of a pen.

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– To make old popcorn kernels pop, put in jar with one tablespoon of water for two weeks, then it will pop.


Slice bananas with a silver knife, they won’t turn dark.

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– Do not wash eggs before storing, as water destroys the protective film that keeps out air and odors. Which leads us to this informative read about the difference in processing of eggs in Europe vs. in the U.S.A

Time Savers

– A pan of cold water placed in the oven will cool it off quickly.

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– To ripen bananas quickly, peel and place in oven 350 degrees for 10 minutes.


– A pitchfork is better than a hoe for uprooting grass.

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– A drop of sulphuric acid on dandelions will cause death of the roots.

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– Mix coffee grounds with dirt to set geraniums in. Increases growth and bloom.

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– Use a pan of clean, dry sand as a storage place for small garden tools. This will retard rust.

Now my most favorite helpful household hints from 1951

If the accident is serious, SEND for a physician at once.

– To make geraniums bloom, use bloody chicken water. What???

Apparently Brandy is very helpful as an antidote for poison

Check out the phone numbers in the back advertisements

Hope you have enjoyed as much as I did. Some wisdoms of yesteryear have certainly been lost in time.

Announcing The 2019 Palmetto Wine Competition

Jenni and Dennis Turner of WineryEscapades.Com officially announce the 2019 Palmetto Wine Competition will be held May 7th, 2019 at the historic Belmont Inn in Abbeville, South Carolina.

Planning for the 2019 state wine competition is ongoing and further details will soon follow. The 2018 competition awarded 38 medals amongst entries from nine South Carolina wineries.

The 2019 competition will award medals in categories of muscadine, bunch grape, fruit wine, mead, and cider. A highly qualified panel of judges bringing a wealth of knowledge will judge the wine entries by blind tasting. An awards gala sponsored by the South Carolina Winery and Grape Growers Association that same evening will crown and celebrate the award winning wines.

Press Release: Palmetto Signature Six

The Palmetto Wine Competition announces the 2018 Palmetto Signature Six.

October brings harvest in South Carolina vineyards and we celebrate South Carolina grown fruit by presenting our inaugural selection of home grown award winning wines, the Palmetto Signature Six.

Six award winning wines produced entirely from South Carolina grown fruit. This year’s award winning group includes three whites and three reds produced from vineyards spanning from the Low-country to the Upstate.

Presenting The White Wines

Woodsy White – Wellborn Winery – Travelers Rest

An unique blend of Syval Blanc and Traminette create this award winning off-dry white. Two French-American Hybrid varietals grown in Wellborn’s modest vineyard rooted in Northern Greenville County.

Vineyard Owners – Tony Beninati & Debbie Sikora
Winemaker – Tony Beninati

Curiously White – Enoree River Vineyards – Newberry

A blend of different white Muscadine varieties. A vineyard planted of Carlos Muscadine  at this Newberry winery, curiously yielded several vines with grape of unknown varieties. Fruit from these specific vines are blended to create this limited production award winning semi-sweet white wine.

Vineyard Owners – Richard & Laura LaBarre
Winemaker – Laura LaBarre

Magnolia – Abiding Vine Vineyards – Laurens

Produced entirely from the single Magnolia Muscadine varietal. The young vines at Abiding Vine Vineyard have thrived in the rich country soil producing this light and crisp award winning white wine.

Vineyard Owner – David Barnes
Winemaker – David Barnes

Taking Notice Of The Red Wines

Carolina Nights – CityScape Winery – Pelzer

Southern Greenville County grown Noble Muscadine and locally grown South Carolina blackberries beautifully blend to produce this award winning semi-sweet medium bodied easy drinking red wine.

Vineyard Owners – Josh and Deb Jones
Winemaker – Josh Jones

Blueberry Jalapeño – Mercer House Estate Winery – Lexington

Complex award winning blueberry wine with just the right amount of extra ummppp! This unique blend produces a bold complex flavorful red wine.

Vineyard Owners – Shannon and Kim Mercer
Winemaker – Shannon Mercer

High Tide – Deep Water Vineyards – Charleston

A light bodied wine produced from grapes of the single Noble Muscadine varietal harvested from Deep Water’s mature vines rooted on Wadmalaw Island. This award winning wine exhibits a robust nose and deep bold flavors.

Vineyard Owners – Jesse and Andrea Friewald
Winemaker – Jesse Friewald

Old Rock Quarry Winery- Reblog

In celebration of their one year anniversary at Old Rock Quarry Winery, we are reblogging this post from 2017.

So kind of on a whim Dennis & I decided to go to Old Rock Quarry Winery. Best decision ever! We met Debbie & Lindy Glidden. Sadly for us, the other owner, Linda, wasn’t there. We laughed, shared & tasted wine. She told us a story about Grapa from Germany that was also too spicy to drink. At the end of our tasting she asked which of their wines was our Grapa. We told her none! They have mostly sweet wines but we loved them all! A bottle of their Plum Crazy & one of the Snap Apple Sassy came home to the Turner wine collection. This is one that we will visit many more times!

Update: 9/8/2017 from Jenni:

We started our weekend with a second visit to Old Rock Quarry in Enoree after dinner since they’re open until 8 of Friday and Saturday. While the attached picture is not so flattering of me, I wanted you to “meet” the two lovely ladies that own the winery, Debbie and Linda. To say we love these 2 ladies would be an understatement. They are so funny and sweet! I would encourage all of you to make the drive (short from Spartanburg, Greenville, Greenwood, Laurens, Clinton and Columbia) to see these two. We shared a bottle of their peach, brought a bottle of that and a bottle of their Snap Apple Sassy home.

Now that the weather is cooler, Old Rock quarry has a really cool gas fire pit to help keep warm. The tables are made from wooden large cable spools and have a cut out in the center for the ice bucket to keep your bottle chilled. All makes for a really nice evening experience.

Visiting Old Rock Quarry Winery is reminiscent of visiting old friends.

Happy Weekend Wining!

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Carménère Review – CityScape Winery

Carménère grape imported fresh from Chilè.

Grape hand crushed and destemmed.

Single barrel aged.

Limited Release, only 300 bottles produced.

Dark Crimson in color.

Floral and spicy on the nose. Excellent aroma!

Medium to Full bodied.

Medium tannins.

Bold notes of black pepper on the tongue, black cherry, over ripe dark plum, and a strong spicy finish.

Would benefit from decanting.

Paired exceptionally well with the smoked brisket.

Personal scoring on the American Wine Society twenty point scale.

Appearance: 3

Aroma: 5

Taste: 5

Aftertaste: 3

Impression: 2

Total: 18 — Gold Medal worthy!

Priced at $28 a bottle.

Should age beautifully.

July 4th, 2018 was opening day for Wellborn Winery in Travelers Rest, South Carolina. We had waited in anticipation and it was great to see Tony and Debbie enjoy their grand opening celebration. A good crowd showed up and all in all the entire opening day was a huge success!

Tony and Debbie have done a great job with the property. A comfortable patio just outside the cozy tasting room offers tables to sit and relax. Several others tables are scattered about the property and overlooking the small vineyard.

Wines are crafted from French Hybrid and muscadine grapes grown in the estate one acre vineyard and also locally sourced from neighboring vineyards and farms.

Wellborn won a total of five medals in the 2018 Palmetto Wine Competition with the Woodsy White winning a gold. Several wines have also won medals in amateur competitions in Florida.

After enjoying the festivities and of course some award winning wine, we said our goodbyes and headed toward Tryon. We were excited to check out the construction progress at Mountain Brook Vineyards.

The construction didn’t hinder the crowd who were enjoying the musical talents of Bren Sams.

It was fun to sit with Carroll and Bren (during her short breaks between sets). We enjoyed moments chatting with Vickie, winemaker Liz, and even saw David Murphy who was one our head judges in the Palmetto Wine Competition. The views remain gorgeous even through the construction.

Our Forth of July first date tradition is watching the fireworks display from downtown Spartanburg. Arriving early to secure a good spot and thereby finding some time to kill, We meandered over to the AC Marriott and enjoyed something refreshing.

Finished our Independence Day fun with a great view of the patriotic fireworks display!

Happy Weekend Wining!