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It’s a Shuckin’ Good Time at Irvin~House Vineyards at the 2nd Annual Cork Shuckin’ Festival

With the new year here, Irvin~House Vineyards invites the public to help the vineyard celebrate 2013 at the Second Annual Cork Shuckin’ Festival on Saturday, February 9 from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the vineyard. Admission is free but patrons are encouraged to bring their cash and credit for a wide variety of libations and food options.

Oysters will be available for purchase by the bucket along with delicious barbecue from Holy City Seafood. Guests are encouraged to bring their lawn chairs and blankets to enjoy the music of the Bullgrapes from Frogmore, SC. 

 Tastings in the Firefly Vodka distillery and Irvin~House Vineyards winery are only $6.00 to taste 6 of 15 flavors of Firefly Vodka and Sea Island Rums and $4.00 to taste 5 wines. Patrons will receive complimentary glasses during both tastings.

The vineyard is closed during the month of January and will reopen in February. Regular hours at the vineyard are Tuesday - Saturday, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

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Merry Christmas & HELLO 2013 from Nelwater

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays from Nelwater Consulting!

It's been a wonderful 2012 and we're looking forward to a blossoming 2013. We have been honored to work with so many local Charleston businesses in all different fields ~ physicians, food and beverage, fitness, wines and liquors and many more ~ and thank them for trusting their brands to us.

This year we added to our staff and welcomed Natalie Grantham as account manager. She has been a wonderful asset to our team and has jumped right in assisting clients with everything from social media to website content. When I take maternity leave in April, yes we're expecting a little girl, Natalie will manning the helm along with our other staff as I enter into the world of motherhood. But don't worry, I will be still keeping my watchful eye on everything Nelwater.

We thank her for all of her hard work and know she will go far in the PR/Marketing arena!

In honor of the Christmas holiday, we will be closed the followin…

Ring in 2013 at Cru Café’s New Years Eve Celebration

Ring in a delicious newyear with Cru Café. Make your reservations now for Cru’s annual NewYears Eve Celebration on Monday, December 31, where there will be two seatings serving up flavorful dishes with wine pairings. The two seatings will be at 6:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. The 6:30 seating offers a five course dinner with wine pairings for only $65.00 per person. The 8:30 seating is a little bit more robust offering seven courses with wine pairings and a champagne toast for $115.00 per person. Make reservations by calling (843) 534-2434

Please note, wine pairings are subject to change. 

Cru’s NewYears Eve Celebration Menu: 

Mushroom Bisque, Porcini Acquerello Risotto, Shaved White Truffles
Carmel Road,  Pinot Noir,  Monterey  2010

Creamed Cru Collards, PEI Mussel, Fried Black Eye Peas

Crispy Pork Belly and Seared Scallop, Oyster Mushrooms and Truffle Honey
Arrowood,  Chardonnay  Sonoma  2009

Seared Local Snap…

Rosebank Farms Cafe: Tasty Shots

Rosebank Farms Cafe is nestled near Seabrook Island in the Bohicket Marina. If you haven't been there, you should see what you're missing. Using many local farmers, fishermen, shrimpers, and other various purveyors, Rosebank Farms Cafe was "farm to table" way before it became a headline. From their honey buttermilk fried chicken to their blue plate specials. There's something for everyone. 

Rosebank Farms Cafe 1886 Andell Bluff Blvd. Seabrook Island, SC  29455 Open for lunch & dinner 7 days a week (843)768-1807  Follow them on Twitter here!  Follow them on Facebook here! 

Recently, Nelwater spent the day photographing the best subjects at Rosebank Farms Cafe...the food. Look at some of these mouthwatering shots: 

Deck the Halls and Fill The Wine Racks at Irvin-House Vineyards’ Holiday Open Houses

With the hustle and bustle of the holiday season upon us, many are thinking of ways to entertain family and friends during the holidays. Escape to Charleston’s only winery, Irvin-House Vineyards for two Holiday Open Houses on Saturday, December 8 and Saturday, December 15 from 1:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m. at 6775 Bears Bluff Road on Wadmalaw Island. 

Each festive event will have local vendors selling delightful seasonal gifts. Shoppers over the age of 21 will receive a complimentary glass of homemade, hot mulled wine. While shopping, guests can enjoy the musical sounds of De Gullah Singers and The Plantation Singers and enjoy the tastes of Stono Cafe, who will be serving up some favorites for lunch under the oaks. 

If you’re in need of the perfect gift, the Firefly Distillery and Irvin-House Vineyard will have completed Lowcountry gift sets of all sizes for purchase and shoppers can create their own gift baskets with a variety of gift ideas including the Irvin-House Vineyards variety of wi…

Cru Catering Serves Up Thanksgiving Dinners to Take the Stress Out of the Thanksgiving Holiday

The Thanksgiving holiday is a day where friends and families come together to give thanks and celebrate, but often the stress that comes with preparing the Thanksgiving meal can be overwhelming. Send that stress packing and enjoy a relaxing holiday with Cru Catering’s Thanksgiving Dinner Pick Up option. 
It’s as easy as placing an order and picking up the day before Thanksgiving. All you have to do is heat the necessary dishes. Heating instructions will be included providing you a fool-proof, delicious meal without the hassle. 
Cru Catering’s Thanksgiving dinner will include roasted turkey, traditional Southern-style stuffing, housemade giblet gravy, port wine cranberry sauce, a roasted pumpkin and arugula salad, whipped sweet potatoes, caramelized braised Brussels sprouts and a mouthwatering bourbon pecan pie dessert. The full menu is $35.00 per person plus tax. Orders are a four person minimum and must be placed by Noon on Sunday, November 18. All orders can be placed by calling (843)…

Raise a Glass! Irvin~House Vineyards Celebrates 10th Annual Blessing of the Vines Festival

Raise a glass to celebrate a decade of wine making!  Irvin~House Vineyards, Charleston’s only vineyard and winery, is celebrating ten years of blessings at the 10th Annual Blessing of the Vines Festival on Saturday, November 10, 2012 from 12:00 p.m. until  5:00 p.m. The public will enjoy wine and Firefly tastings, live music from Cane Creek, food from local vendors and crafts along with their chance to witness the blessing of muscadine grapevines by Father Greg Snyder. The event is open to the public, admission is $10.00 per car and a portion of the proceeds will be donated to the Frierson Elementary After School Program.

Located at 6775 Bears Bluff Road on Wadmalaw Island, the public is encouraged to bring lawn chairs or a blanket to relax on the expansive lawn, no coolers please. Food will be available for purchase from Lowcountry Creole, Stono Cafe, Home Team BBQ and the Tomato Shed Cafe.
Local craft vendors will be in attendance and patrons can also enjoy our famous wine-a-ritas, wi…

Square Onion Kicks Off Monthly Wednesday Night Supper Event

Bringing the family back to the table for dinner has been one of Square Onion’s missions for almost a decade. To kickstart their mission, Square Onion is proud to announce a new monthly Wednesday Night Supper event on October 10, 2012, where guests can enjoy a delicious four course meal for only $38 per person. Wine pairings are available at an additional cost. 

The first Wednesday Night Supper is Wednesday, October 10 at 7:00 p.m. at 18 Resolute Lane, I’On in Mount Pleasant. Reservations are required for the four course supper and can be via email at or by calling 843-856-4246. 
“Often when I attend special events where the menu is pre-set, I am still hungry when I leave. I wanted to create a nice Southern-style supper monthly using local ingredients  that had a dinner feel, leaving you satisfied and relaxed.” says Cary Zapatka, chef and owner of Square Onion. “This is a perfect way for friends, couples and families to come together, have dinner and not worry about…

Raising $ Has Gone to the Dogs

Raising money has gone to the dogs. Square Onion is proud to announce Lilly’s Yappy Hour on Thursday, October 4, from 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. to  help raise funds and awareness for Liza's Lifeline Pet Program with a Yappy Hour in honor of Dara Watson's dog, Lilly, This pet program provides funds to assist victims of domestic violence with the care of their animals until they get back on their feet. A $10 donation at the door is requested. 

Bring your friends, family and your favorite fur friend to Square Onion for Lilly’s Yappy Hour for live music, snacks, wine, dog treats and great giveaways. All donations will be used specifically for vetting, feeding and/or boarding of victimized animals. 

Dara’s dog, Lilly, was a frequent visitor to Planet Bark Dog Resort in Mount Pleasant, a sister company to Square Onion. Dara Watson was murdered by her fiance, David Hedrick, on February 6, 2012.

“Anything we can do to help a program like Liza’s Lifeline, we’re thrilled to.” says Mary Zapatka, own…

Pin It! Cru Cafe and Catering Now on Pinterest

Cru Catering and Cafe is in Pinterest. Are you following them? 

Check them out here!
Pin your photos from Cru on Pinterest too! We'd love to see them. 

A New Addition to Nelwater Consulting

At Nelwater, we're always happy to add clients to our media and marketing family and because we've had such great success with our local clients, we're proud to announce that we've added a new account manager to the Nelwater family. 

It's been difficult deciding when to expand and when not to. I think all small businesses go through a stage where it's all about taking the next step and we're happy to add Natalie N. Grantham to our ever-growing company. 
A Charleston transplant in 2009, Natalie has grown to love and adore our community and call it home. Originally from Florida (first Jacksonville then Tampa), she became a Carolina resident at the ripe age of 9 to the wonderfully small town of Fort Mill, South Carolina. Born and raised a… wait for it… Florida GATORS fan, she was quickly won over by the Carolina Gamecock spirit and after only three years of high school took off to become a Gamecock in Columbia, SC. 
Natalie graduated from USC in 2008 with a bache…

Grape Stomping is Here- Lowcountry Style!

This Saturday, people from around the Lowcounty will descend upon Charleston's Only Winery and Vineyard, Irvin House Vineyards for the 9th Annual Grape Stomping Festival. I will be emceeing this annual party and this year have asked my old co-host and Ohio State Buckeye Alumnus, Meteorologist Dave WIlliams to join me. He's never emceed this event before - so I will make sure he's up there having a blast.

Never been to the Grape Stomp? You better come to this one! The weather is supposed to be around 86 with a 10% chance of rain. We couldn't ask for better weather. Also a portion of the proceeds benefit one of my favorite nonprofits that I am a member of, Lowcountry Local First.

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Time to get down and dirty with native muscadine grapes at the Irvin~House Vineyards’ Ninth Annual Grape Stomping Festival on Saturday, August 25, 2012 from 12:00 p.m. until 5 p.m. at Irvin~House Vineyards located on Wadmalaw Island. Admission is only $10.00 per car. …