Wine & Beer Blog

A Little Wine and Cheese?

by Rhonda Barnhart - Cheesemonger, Chapel Hill, NC in Cheese, Wine & Beer

Well I don’t mind if I do! We’re gearing up for a Wine and Cheese Festival here at Southern Season. My job was to pick three cheeses from our cheese department any milk, any rind, any region. Hand over the lucky trio to Liz from Wine. A little thought. A little discussion. And Voila! The perfect pairing had been born.
“Bring the cheese and let’s try this out!” I was told by our wine expert. I was intrigued by this particular… read more

Spring Wines in Richmond, VA

by Sergio Pinzon, Richmond Store Wine Manager in Cheese, Wine & Beer, Wine & Beer

It seems spring has finally arrived or just skipped us and we’re straight in to summer here in Richmond.
I always look forward to this time of year. As the vines start budding and waking up, so does our appetite for fresh, bright and sometimes pink wines. Spring is a transitional period for both food and wine, we have plenty of winter vegetables left over while the spring ones slowly make their way on to our plate. This transitional… read more

Spring is here – as are new wines!

by Elizabeth Cooper in Cheese, Wine & Beer, Wine & Beer, Wine & Beer

The Spring Solstice has passed and we are in the time of year that sees the cherry trees blossom and gardens readied for planting. In the vineyard, this is the time of year we look for budbreak – a vulnerable time in the life cycle of the grapevine as spring frosts can happen and wreak havoc. It is also the time of year we look for the release of rosé wine, and in the retail and restaurant business it’s the time we start seeing… read more

Mad for Wine in March

by Elizabeth Cooper in Cheese, Wine & Beer, Wine & Beer, Wine & Beer, Wine & Beer

March Madness? OK, so not everyone is a sports fan, nor do many understand the stats, standings and brackets that go along with all the “madness.”  It’s pretty much all Greek to me.  This time of year makes me think Rosé rather than Rutgers and Pinot Gris rather than point guard; but alas there is something in March for everyone.
We are introducing Southern Season’s foray into the March Madness milieu with “Gourmet… read more

Wine for St. Valentine’s Day

by Elizabeth Cooper in Cheese, Wine & Beer, Wine & Beer, Wine & Beer, Wine & Beer, Wine & Beer

 
Join us as we raise awareness for the American Heart Association and its Mission to fight heart disease by wearing red. To honor this worthy cause, we will be drinking red as well at that evening’s Uncorked wine tasting event (wear red and you’ll receive 20% off admission!)
Chapel Hill: Friday, February 6, 5 – 8 p.m. 
Richmond: Friday, February 6, 5 – 8 p.m.
Charleston: Thursday, February… read more

Chapel Hill Wine Sale

in Cheese, Wine & Beer, Wine & Beer, Wine & Beer, Wine & Beer, Wine & Beer, Wine & Beer

Come into Southern Season and celebrate French culture. All French wine, beer and vermouths on sale at 20% off now through Monday, January 19. Don’t forget our special value Case of the Month for January. 
 
In addition to a great sale on French spirits, check out our Cheese feature and Deli specials:
 Vieux Cru des Cremiers – $23.99Made in the Jura Mountains from unpasteurized cow’s milk,… read more

National Bloody Mary Day

by Charlotte Myer in Cheese, Wine & Beer, Wine & Beer, Wine & Beer, Wine & Beer, Wine & Beer, Wine & Beer, Learn, Wine & Beer

 

“I’ve always loved New Year’s Day. More than the festivities of the night before, with their requisite planning, expectations, and the very real risk of having to wear high heels, New Year’s Day always feels like a fresh start: a day of optimism, and looking forward, and of making resolutions. But it’s also a day to sleep in and have a big brunch, which to me has always felt like… read more

Wine Harvest

by Elizabeth Cooper in Cheese, Wine & Beer, Wine & Beer, Wine & Beer, Wine & Beer, Wine & Beer, Wine & Beer, Learn, Wine & Beer, Wine & Beer

As the 2014 harvest draws to a close – the winemaker can reflect on the nail biting anticipation that goes along with the lead-up to this flurry of activity. Like almost no other business, the year’s toil is wrapped up into this small, highly anticipated window: a culmination of a year in the vineyard, at the hands of Mother Nature. Each vintage brings with it its own personality. In the words of a good friend and winemaker… read more

September Sippers

by Elizabeth Cooper in Cheese, Wine & Beer, Wine & Beer, Wine & Beer, Wine & Beer, Wine & Beer, Wine & Beer, Learn, Wine & Beer, Wine & Beer, Wine & Beer

Well, folks it’s that time of year… We are gearing up for our 3rd Annual Homebrew Competition and Extravaganza!  If you’ve been in the past, you have some idea of how it works and how much fun the Extravaganza truly is. If not, then you are in for a treat.  In any case, we have made some changes this year, so here is the skinny:
As you may or may not know, we are now three stores and with the additional locations, we will… read more

Becoming a Sommelier

by Elizabeth Cooper in Cheese, Wine & Beer, Wine & Beer, Wine & Beer, Wine & Beer, Wine & Beer, Wine & Beer, Learn, Wine & Beer, Wine & Beer, Wine & Beer, Wine & Beer

I have, over the years, had many people ask, “Where did you learn about wine and beer?” My standard response is “I drink a lot….” But in all honesty, I personally have not attended any type of school or classes—my “wine education” is based on considerable amounts of self study, travel, tasting and work experience. However, one of the motivating forces that spurred this “self study” was taking… read more