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Woodlands Inn hosts The Great Wine Debate at its Wines of the World tasting and dinner on Tuesday, September 16

Summerville, SC – Napa or Sonoma: which is California’s best wine country?

Well, guests at Woodlands Inn’s next monthly “Wines of the World” event can decide for themselves.

The wine tasting and pairing dinner will take place on Tuesday, September 16, and begins at 6:30 p.m. with a tasting of 16 wines and a large cheese and charcuterie selection, followed by a 7:30 p.m. seating and four-course dinner.

Napa and Sonoma counties produce some of the most sought after premium grapes in the world. The underlying key to a successful premium-producing vineyard is the land. In Napa and Sonoma, the cultures of France and Italy have been combined with America's farming heritage to create two world-class wine regions. Some of these regions’ most famous wineries will be competing at the event, including their finest Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Noir, Cabernet Sauvignon and dessert wines. Two wines of the same grape varietals, one from Napa and one from Sonoma, will compete in a blind tasting served with each course.

The cost to attend is $145 per person, exclusive of tax and gratuity. Reservations are required and can be made by calling 843-308-2115. Overnight accommodations are available at special rates when combined with the “Wines of the World” experience. Visit for more information and details.

Executive Chef Tarver King – South Carolina’s only Mobil Five Star chef – and his award-winning culinary team present the following special dinner menu:
Macerated Scallops, Sweet Pepper Soffritto, White Shrimp Vinaigrette
Sauvignon Blanc, Duckhorn, Napa 2007”
Sauvignon Blanc, Merry Edwards, Russian River Valley, Sonoma County 2007”
Five Spiced Bluefin Tuna, Watercress, Roasted Hazelnut, Sour Cherry Bigarade Sauce
Pinot Noir, Robert Sinskey, Carneros, Napa 2006”
Pinot Noir, Fritz, Russian River Valley, Sonoma County 2006”
Venison Saddle in Two Preparations Mushrooms, Red wine Reduction
Cabernet Sauvignon, Silver Oak, Napa 2001”
Cabernet Sauvignon, Silver Oak, Alexander Valley, Sonoma County 2001”
Butterscotch Torte, Caramel Ice Cream, Salty Pecan Anglaise…….
Late Harvest, Dolce, Napa 2004”
Late Harvest, Dry Creek Vineyards, ‘Soleil’, Dry Creek Valley, Sonoma County 2005”

“Wines of the World” is held every third Tuesday of the month. Wines from all over the world are served at each tasting, providing guests with a great opportunity to sample and learn. The next “Wines of the World” tasting and dinner is October 21 and will feature “The Rising Stars of Spain.” Visit for more details on this and other upcoming special events.

The Dining Room at Woodlands has been recognized with the Mobil Five-Star and AAA Five Diamond award, the prestigious Relais Gourmands designation from Relais & Chateaux, and the “Best of Award of Excellence” by Wine Spectator every year since 2000. Cond Nast Traveler has listed Woodlands among the “Top Ten Hotels for Service in the World” and “Best by Food.” Food and Wine Magazine lists The Dining Room as one of “America’s 50 Best Hotel Restaurants.”

About Woodlands Inn

Located in the charming village of Summerville and just a short drive from historic Charleston, SC, Woodlands Inn is an immaculately restored 1906 classic revival mansion set amidst 42 acres of parkland grounds. It is one of only three properties in North America to hold the Mobil Five Star and AAA Five Diamond ratings for both its accommodations and dining room. In 2008, it was also ranked by readers of Travel + Leisure magazine as number one in the US and Canada for service, and number three worldwide. The resort features 18 guest rooms and suites, a country guest cottage, a day spa, croquet lawn, red-clay tennis courts, a temperature-controlled swimming pool, unique meeting facilities, and golf privileges at nearby area courses. The Dining Room at Woodlands is widely known for its innovative and sophisticated version of New American Cuisine and the use of fresh local foods to create a nightly menu with a Lowcountry influence. Woodlands is a member of the prestigious global organization, Relais & Chateaux, and maintains the organization’s culinary distinction, Relais Gourmands. For more information call (800) 774-9999 or visit

About Salamander Hospitality

Woodlands Inn is owned and managed by Salamander Hospitality, a privately owned and operated company based in Middleburg, VA, just outside Washington, D.C. Founded by entrepreneur Sheila C. Johnson in 2005, the company owns, manages and develops hotels, resorts and inns that reflect the authenticity and character of their surrounding environment. The portfolio includes Innisbrook Golf Resort and Club near Tampa, Fla., and the luxurious Salamander Resort & Spa, located in Middleburg and scheduled to open in spring 2010. The company also owns and operates a division of gourmet prepared food markets called Market Salamander with locations in Middleburg and Palm Beach, FL, and Salamander Touch, a fine goods and linen store in Middleburg for the luxury resort lifestyle. For additional information, call (540) 687-3710 or visit

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