The last Nosh Mob was an exclusive invite-only wine tasting at Charleston Grill that took place on a picture perfect spring evening. General Manager Mickey Bakst invited us to enjoy the courtyard that connects the Grill and the Palmetto Café, where Chef Michelle Weaver put out a spread of amazing Spanish tapas, and Sommelier Rick Rubel welcomed Tomás Arribas from Enate Wines in Spain and Josh Hackler of Spanish Vines Importer to mingle with our crowd and tell us about these very special wines.
We tasted a Chardonnay, a Tempranillo, and a Rosada from the estate, which is located in the northeast corner of Spain where the grapes mature slowly and the wines have a higher acidity.
The highlight for me was the Rosada, a rosé with the body of a white wine and the soul of a Cabernet (it is made from 100 percent Cabernet Sauvignon grapes). In between bites of serrano ham, bacarones, and marcona almonds tossed in olive oil and sea salt and toasted in a hot oven, we listened to the story of Enate's wines and watched as Tomas demonstrated his skill with the porron, a wine pitcher used in Spain to aerate the wines. You can use it to pour wine into a glass or directly into your mouth.
At the end of the evening, after ordering several bottles of wine to take home and enjoy, I meandered over to Charleston Grill to slurp down some chilled oysters and a bowl of delicious oxtail soup. It was a perfect European-tinged night.