My favorite memories of the holiday season are probably the same as yours. Food, music, shopping, gifts, decorations and a little nip in the air. I’ve always loved accommodating family from out of town and spending time together, especially hitting the mall in packs, trying not to lose anybody while we shopped for gifts. We’d have lunch and talk endlessly while accomplishing little that was on our lists. The exercise was repeated several times even after Christmas, because then the specials were even more so and there was always something to return or exchange. The stuff we shopped for is long forgotten, but the memories of togetherness, teasing, laughing, and confiding secrets are dear.
If like me you weren’t fortunate enough to grow up in a city like Charleston where downtown was historical and many businesses were owned by neighbors and friends, join me in making up for lost time.
Last month I told you about several events that combine shopping, food and holiday magic. It’s worth repeating because let’s face it, ‘tis the season. On December 5th there’s an early evening wine tasting event in a dozen stores chosen for their range of product offerings and excellent hospitality. From North to South it’s House of Sage, Bob Ellis, Shooz, Copper Penny, Finicky Filly, C. Wonder, Candlefish, Talbots, Rapport, Brooks Brothers, Roberto Coin and Vestique. A marvelous array of choices for any shopping excursion but to make it even better, event partner Southern Wine & Spirits has chosen a list of excellent wines for your tasting pleasure. Wines will be from Napa and Sonoma Valleys, including Duckhorn, Ferrari Carano, Chateau St. Jean, Trefethen, Stags Leap and others. Add to this hors d’oeuvres by some of Charleston’s finest food purveyors and you have a truly winning evening.