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Woodlands Inn hosts a “Weekend of Wine” on May 15 and 16

Master Sommelier Robert Bath to lead series of seminars and dinners       


SUMMERVILLE, SC One of the world’s foremost wine experts, Master Sommelier Robert Bath, will lead a weekend filled with food, wine and fun at Woodlands Inn on May 15 and 16. One of only 150 people in the world to have achieved the distinction of Master Sommelier, Bath will hold a series of wine seminars throughout the weekend, and then enjoy the gourmet cuisine of Woodlands Executive Chef Nathan Whiting with participants in the evenings.

The intimate gathering is only available for up to 30 people and pricing begins at $299 per person for Friday’s and Saturday’s seminars and meals. A special rate of $199 per person is available for Saturday’s activities only, and accommodation rates for participants begin at $249 per room per night. All event and room pricing is exclusive of taxes and gratuities.

Woodlands Owner and Management Company Salamander Hospitality, founded by noted entrepreneur and philanthropist Sheila C. Johnson, recently refurbished the 19-room property. The inn is one of only four properties in North America to hold the Mobil Five Star and AAA Five Diamond ratings for both its accommodations and restaurant. The Dining Room at Woodlands was just selected as the Charleston area’s “Restaurant of the Year” by The Post and Courier daily newspaper.

For more information and to make reservations, visit or call 800-774-9999.


The weekend’s schedule includes:


Friday, May 15

  • 3-5 p.m. – “Tasting Wine the Master’s Way” Seminar, with Robert Bath
  • 6-7 p.m. – Reception: Share your best 2004 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon. Bring your favorite Cabernet Sauvignon to be blind tasted again wines picked by other wine aficionados at this event.
  • 7 p.m. – Private three-course wine pairing dinner featuring the acclaimed cuisine of Woodlands Executive Chef Nathan Whiting.


Saturday, May 16

  • 10 a.m.-Noon – “How to Pair Food and Wine” Seminar, with Robert Bath and Nathan Whiting
  • Lunch at your discretion
  • 2-4 p.m. – “The Exciting Wine Appellations of New Zealand” Seminar, with Robert Bath
  • 6-6:30 p.m. – Champagne Reception
  • 6:30 p.m. – Gala four-course wine pairing dinner featuring Chef Whiting’s cuisine


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 four 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. For more information call (800) 774-9999 or visit


About Salamander Hospitality

Innisbrook Resort and Golf Club 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 the Mobil Five Star- and AAA Five Diamond-rated Woodlands Inn near Charleston, SC, and the luxurious Salamander Resort & Spa, located in Middleburg and scheduled to open in spring 2011. The company also owns and operates a division of gourmet prepared food markets called Market Salamander with locations in Middleburg and Innisbrook, 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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