In December, Kelli and I were headed to Charleston for the Garden and Gun Jubilee. While there we were looking for a fun activity to do in the Holy City. We had previously stayed at The Grand Bohemian Hotel and loved how eclectic this centrally located hotel was. [In case you missed our feature, you can read it here.] When we heard they offered a wine blending class we knew this would be the exciting new activity we were looking for. And it certainly didn’t disappoint! I’m sharing our wine blending experience with their leading Sommelier so the next time that you’re looking for something fun and unique to do in Charleston — try this class!
Upon our arrival, we went to Élevé, the rooftop bar and restaurant of the Grand Bohemian. We enjoyed a delicious cocktail (to prep us for the class ahead!) while taking in those gorgeous Charleston views. We then went downstairs to take part in their group wine blending class. The class began with Sarah Young, Head Sommelier and instructor, giving an introduction to the different grapes used and educating us on the different regions and vineyards the grapes were sourced from. Then, the fun really started. We were able to start experimenting with blending (and tasting!) and throughout the process discovered the ratio and blend that each of us really liked. Once we had come up with our own delicious combination of flavors we were able to cork a bottle of our specialty blend. The experience was complete by being able to also create our own original label. Of course mine was called Lavin Label (very creative, I know!) The best part is that each participant was able to bring home their own distinct bottle.
The experience of wine blending was a fun and unique activity to do while visiting a city we love. It is a fun way to do something different and a great way to meet others. The actual class is a ninety-minute experience. It is the perfect activity to celebrate a girls’ weekend, a birthday, or an anniversary trip. Needless to say, I might have to bring Casey with me next time to make our own blend. Since it was a group class, there were about six other people there, but if looking for a more intimate setting, private wine blending classes are also available. The setting for the class is as beautiful as the wine is delicious. The class takes place on a long farm table, crafted from the most gorgeous wood. You can easily get lost in the moment and think you are in a villa in Tuscany.
If you’re wondering what to wear once you’ve booked the class, rest assured it is casual. You can wear jeans with a nice top or a favorite go-to dress with heels. I was fortunate to work with the talented Lauren Milmine to complete my look and who I have worked with in the past. Lauren is an amazing designer based out of Savannah. She makes her pieces locally and I always love getting to style my looks with her creations. The brass statement mini tassel hoops and druzy quartz necklace were exactly what I needed to finish my outfit for the evening.
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