Sipping wine, listening to live music, sampling savory local dishes, spending time with friends surrounded by the timeless beauty of the Lowcountry – Wine Under the Oaks at Boone Hall Plantation has taken the top pleasures in life and rolled them into one fabulous afternoon.
What started as a casual gathering 12 years ago on the front lawn at Boone Hall in Mount Pleasant has grown into the premier social event of the holiday season, moving to the back lawn of the plantation to accommodate more people. Last year, organizers saw a sold out crowd of 3,000 attendees.
This year, Wine Under the Oaks will take place on Sunday, Dec. 3, from 1 to 5 p.m. and promises to dazzle guests with an array of food and drink options and even opportunities to purchase gifts for the holidays. The event is presented in partnership with the stations of the Charleston Radio Group. With 60 plus tents, the huge event takes four days to set up, according to Boone Hall Plantation Director of Marketing Rick Benthall.
All ticket holders receive a commemorative wine glass, and complimentary tastings will be provided by nearly 25 wine distributors and winery partners, with more than 100 options available to sample. Admission also includes a food and wine pairing with complimentary samples provided by Boone Hall Farms and The Wine Shop; “breads and spreads”; complimentary dessert samples; and the ever-popular bubbles tent featuring a selection of champagnes and sparkling wines provided by the Biltmore Estate.
With the plantation home and grounds beautifully decorated for Christmas, Wine Under the Oaks is the perfect time to mark the start of the season.
“Mount Pleasant is such a great community, and there’s a festive spirit at this event with people coming together to celebrate the Christmas holidays,” Benthall said.
Charlton Singleton, known as the face of jazz in the Lowcountry, will perform live with other talented musicians from across the Southeast, entertaining guests with everything from classic rock to contemporary jazz.
The Culinary Institute at Trident Technical College will have a portable kitchen set up where two of Charleston’s talented chefs will present cooking demonstrations – with dishes and accompanying wines the audience gets to sample.
Attendees can look forward to a silent auction that benefits the American Red Cross and features items such as concert tickets, jewelry and vacation trips. Special pricing on certain wines at the World of Wines retail tent as well as unique gift options from specialty vendors will be available. Foodies will rejoice at the gourmet selections at reduced prices from some of the area’s finest restaurants.
The cost for Wine Under the Oaks is $52 per person; VIP tables for eight are available for $500 each.
Additionally, for the first time, Boone Hall will host “Uncorked,” a special fundraiser that is bound to be an unforgettable evening. This black tie event, which will be held Nov. 30 at the picturesque Cotton Dock, will feature specialty cocktails, gourmet hors d’oeuvres, live music and other merry diversions. A major portion of the proceeds from this event will go to support the community efforts of the Rotary of Mount Pleasant.
For tickets and more information for both events, visit www.boonehallplantation.com or call 843-884-4371.
By Pamela Brownstein