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Woodlands Inn hosts The Rising Stars of Spain wine tasting and dinner on Tuesday, October 21

Summerville, SC – Spain has enjoyed great sporting success in 2008: Rafael Nadal won Wimbledon and became the world’s number one tennis player; Carlos Sastre won the Tour de France; and the country’s soccer team won the European Championship – its first major tournament for 44 years,

Now, dining guests at Woodlands Inn can find out why Spain’s wines also belong in the winner’s circle at “The Rising Stars of Spain” wine tasting and pairing dinner.

The event, part of the resort’s monthly “Wines of the World” series, takes place on Tuesday, October 21 and begins at 6:30 p.m. with a large cheese and charcuterie selection, followed by a 7:30 p.m. seating and four-course dinner. It will feature wines from the areas of Rioja, Ribera del Duero and Priorat.
Spain’s geography and climate are favorable to viticulture, the art and science of growing grapes. The first evidence of serious winemaking in Spain began when Phoenician merchants brought the culture of vineyard cultivation and winemaking to Spain’s coastal regions.
The cost to attend is $88 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 Nathan Whiting – South Carolina’s only Mobil Five Star chef – and his award-winning culinary team present the following special dinner menu:

First Course
Late Season Gazpacho, Rock Shrimp, Celery Leaves, Olive Oil
“Albariño, Do Ferreiro, Rias Baixas, Spain 2006”

Second Course

Grilled Quail, Patatas Bravas, Piquillo Peppers, Pimenton de la Vera
“Monastrell, Bodegas Olivares, ‘Altos de la Hoya’, Jumilla, Spain 2006”

Main Course
Flank Steak a la Plancha, Smoked Bacon, Roasted Tomatillo, Brown Rice
“Tempranillo, Atalayas de Golban, Ribera del Duero, Spain 2005”

Almond Bread Pudding, Dried Fig Compote, Fire Weed Honey Ice Cream
“Sherry, El Maestro Sierra, Pedro Ximenez, Spain"
“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. Condé 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 Resort & 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 Inn 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, Grand Chefs. 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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