Charleston Wine + Food returns March 1-5, 2017, for a five-day celebration of Charleston’s food and drinks scene with more than 100 citywide events. We’re proud to once again support the festival’s Cocktail Competition, Iron Mixologist and a series of spirit-focused workshops with new topics, such as Around The World of Scotch, From Shelf to Shaker, and Rush Hour: Coffee Cocktails. Here’s a look at this year’s spirit workshops. Several events have already sold out, so be sure to get your tickets soon at charlestonwineandfood.com.
THURSDAY, MARCH 2
Big Daddy Bourbon
A festival favorite, fourth-generation bourbon whiskey producer, Preston Van Winkle of Old Rip Van Winkle Disillery, guides guests through a one-of-a-kind bourbon tasting. SOLD OUT
FRIDAY, MARCH 3
Around The World of Scotch
Do a blind tasting of some of the finest scotch and whiskeys traveling from countries around the world. Whether on the rocks or neat, this seminar will pique the curiosity of even the most seasoned scotch enthusiast.
The Ice Age of Mixology
The ice you use in your glass is just as important as the ingredients you put into it. Join Charlotte Voisey at Proof on King Street for a hands-on guide to choosing and using the best ice for your cocktails.
From Shelf to Shaker
Nick Bennett of Porchlight will join Genevieve Mashburn of Little Jack’s for a fun workshop covering the basics from behind the bar, guaranteeing you’ll be the star of the bar at your next cocktail party. SOLD OUT
SATURDAY, MARCH 4
Come On, Get Pappy!
Join The Gin Joint’s Beverage Director, James Bolt, as you learn how to create an upscale cocktail without disturbing the great bourbon flavor, all while soaking up the rich history of this top-shelf bourbon from Preston Van Winkle himself. SOLD OUT
The Home Bar @ Hire Wire Distilling Co.
Master the art of home bartending as you learn how to make traditional southern cocktails, such as Old Fashioneds, Mint Juleps and more, while enjoying snack pairings from James Beard award-winning chef, Justin Devillier.
Four of Charleston’s finest bartenders will battle through three rounds of cocktail combat in a series of challenges demanding creativity, speed, quick thinking and composure behind the bar.
Rush Hour: Coffee Cocktails
Join The Spectator’s Allen Lancaster as well as Bob Peters of The Punch Room for an assembly of caffeinated concoctions inspired by morning rush hour. Small bites will accompany the lineup of libations. SOLD OUT