Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Hello December

Hello Friends

Lucky for us, we're taking December off this year to relax.

Lots of you know we are ISO new operators for the Grotto, and how's that going, Vince&Maura?

Well, we're optimistic, but realistic as well.  It took a looooooooooong time before that auto parts company showed up.  So we can wait.

In the meantime, we plan on doing some tastings this winter.

First one out the gate will be an all-red-wine affair, date TBA.

Hint: we fill our seats broadcasting the events to our email list and usually don't use facebook, so if you want on the list, send your address to and we will put you on.

Best wishes for a joyful, peaceful holiday 2017 to all.  


Monday, October 23, 2017

Grassroots Wine Sale to Benefit the California Fire Relief Effort

Grassroots Wine, one of our suppliers, is donating 10% of the proceeds from the sale all Sonoma and Napa wines sold this week to folks like you (us)

Below is the link to the list of wines, it has critics' reviews and pricing.

If you'd like to order anything, just let us know.  Thanks !

You may have to cut and paste this, sorry. 

If you can't get it to work, send me an email at and I will get it to you.

Cheers !

Saturday, August 19, 2017

Wines from Chile ON SALE during August. Don't Miss It !

Hello Friends!  

We are having a Summer Sale on Chilean Wines at the Grotto !!  

Chono is a first class producer of wines in Chile, and these five wines below are Awesome !  

And don't let the fact Mr. James* has only put a score on three of these wines keep you from trying the others, as they are equally as fine.  

Order by email to or call Vince @ 843-615-1654
The last day to order is Tuesday, August 29.

Pickup will be Friday, September 1, or other arrangements will gladly be made.

Purchases of 12 of more bottles receive an additional 10% discount.

Solid case purchases receive an additional 15% discount

* Mr. James Suckling is a well known and well respected wine writer, former senior editor of the Wine Spectator.  And yes, we value his opinion.

The Andes loom large over Chono's vineyards. Chile's unique terroir sits between the cool extremes of the Pacific Ocean and the Andes. 
Chono Cabernet Sauvignon - Single Vineyard - Maipo Valley 2013
Regular - $13.00

August special price - $10.00
89 Points James Suckling

Elegant and balanced Cab from the heart of Chile's top red producing region. 100% Cabernet Sauvignon is tough to find at this price and to find one as delicious as this is rare indeed. 12 months in French and American Oak. 
Chono Sauvignon Blanc - Single Vineyard - Leyda Valley 2015
Regular - $12.00

August special price  - $9.00
91 Points James Suckling

Aromatic and bright white from the cool Leyda Valley. 100% Sauvignon Blanc that refreshes with each sip. All Stainless steel production ensures freshness and zip. 
Chono Pinot Noir - Single Vineyard - Casablanca Valley 2015
Regular - $14.00

August special price  - $11.00

Wait, this is 100% Pinot Noir with 30% aged in French oak from a single vineyard that looks, smells, and tastes like Pinot? Must be crazy pricey, right? Nope. We continue on the value course here. This wine rocks!
Chono Red Blend Cauquenes Valley 2014
Regular - $13.00

August special price  - $10.00

We find Cauquenes in the most southern part of the Maule Valley. This blend represents this amazing terroir. 40% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30 % Carignan, 10% Garnacha, 10% Petit Verdot, and 10% Tempranillo. 
Chono Carmenére - Single Vineyard - Maipo Valley 2014
Regular - $12.00

August special price  - $9.00
88 Points James Suckling

This vineyard was planted in 1995, so the vines have had 22 years to develop, and it shows in the glass. The tannins are velvety and smooth. 12 months in French and American oak. 

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Update on our Reopening

Hello and Good Morning

In our last post we mentioned re-opening in June.

The new date is going to be in September.

However, on Saturday, July 15, we will have a pop-up opening where a glass, or a flight, or a bottle can be enjoyed with some interesting things to nibble on.

We hope you can drop in, we'll open that night at 5 pm.

We will confirm this date as well.  Have a Great Summer !


Tuesday, April 25, 2017

We're on Vacation ! Reopening Soon

Hello Friend and Wine Fan

Fortunately, we are active senior citizens, and that requires us to take a lot of time off.

We are currently closed for regular business, but still available for private events.

Thank you for your enthusiastic support; it is truly appreciated.

Look for us to reopen the wine bar and cheese/charcuterie operation in June 2017!

In the meantime, watch for our special sales.

The last one was April 12, we had the Teorema Garnacha 2012 on sale for $4.99.

This Spanish red wine has a 90 point rating from Stephen Tanzer, a trusted reviewer who many regard as the top in the business.  Ourselves included, yes

Send us an email and we will add you to our list of subscribers.  We won't give your address to anyone else.

Cheers !  Vincent and Maura

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Updated Menu

In case you've just found us, here is our current cheese and charcuterie menu as of December 2016, and after that, a typical tasting sheet, which changes at least weekly.  Cheers!



All plates comes with crackers, olives & Marcona almonds
$5 per item


GRUMPY GOAT – bold, creamy, robust, semi-firm
PURPLE HAZE – sprinkled with tender buds of lavender and fennel pollen, soft
TRUFFLE TREMOR - earthy truffles, bloomy rind, soft
CANA DE CABRA –  full-flavored, creamy, hints of citrus & mushrooms, semi-firm


P’TIT BASQUE – French Pyrenees, earthy, nutty flavor, medium-firm
DANTE – creamy, buttery, nutty, with a lemon note finish, firm


BARBER’S 1833 RESERVE CHEDDAR – aged 2 years, complex flavor, firm
COTSWOLD CHEDDAR – chives & onions, buttery, semi-firm
PARMIGIANO- REGGIANO – Italian, sharp, semi-firm2
RED DRAGON – English cheddar with mustard seeds & Welsh ale, semi-firm
ST. STEPHEN’S TRIPLE CRÈME – Brie-style, buttery, piquant, soft
TOMA PIEMONTESE – Italian, full-flavored, sweet, creamy, semi-firm


CHORIZO – Iberico, Dry-cured, slightly spicy
TOSCANO – Tuscan, fennel
WILD BOAR – smoked over applewood
SAUCISSON SEC – Herbes de Provence
MOLISANA – black peppercorn, garlic, Italian style
PROSCIUTTO- La Quercia Americano

White Wines
2014 Sacred Hill Chardonnay       
A chardonnay from one of New Zealand best properties, this version is light and fruit-driven, with pear, melon, and pineapple, and the finish is lingering.  The wine is simple, easy to drink and seamless.     Glass  $9  RBP $24

2015 Zestos Malvar         
From Spain, Malvar is indigenous to the Iberian peninsula, the wine is full, with stone fruit and peach flavors, with a tiny touch of alluring sweetness, but it is dry.   Glass $7  RBP $13

2016 Indaba Chenin Blanc        
This is a fantastic value wine, it’s crisp and clean, with fresh tropical fruit flavors.  Light, dry, delicious.  Glass $5 RBP $10

2013 Marcus Molitor Riesling   
Mosel wine from Germany, it’s made at the stunning Haus Klosterberg winery.  Floral, with rich fruit flavors, a bit of lemon, with just a touch of sweetness.  Very smooth.                 Glass $8  RBP $16

Red Wines
2013 Lucky Rock Pinot Noir
From Sonoma County, this wine is medium, with abundant aromas of black cherries and earth; it’s a pure expression of this varietal,.  On the palate, it’s rich and deep, and has a long lasting satisfying finish.    Glass $0 RBP $22

2013 G5 Garnacha                  
From the Torres family of Spain, who have been making wine since 1870, this medium red is fruity, with a solid cherry core, balanced acidity and smooth on the finish.  Glass $7  RBP $13

                                                2013 Southern Belle     
From Spain, this is a blended wine that’s big, soft, elegant, and intensely fruity.  It has a rich mouthfeel, and has a long finish that carries on the intense fruit.  Good with all cheeses.        Glass $10 RBP $22           

                                     2011 Brancaia Chianti      
This is a Chianti Classico Riserva. "Beautiful flavors of dried cherry, lemon and dried chili peppers. Full body with fine tannins and a fresh finish. Delicious. Gorgeous Chianti Classico." Wine Spectator, 93 points. Glass $14 RPB $40 

Thursday, September 29, 2016

Theo's Peanut Butter Cups

Now at our shop, dark or milk chocolate peanut butter cups.  Yum !