The Charleston Wine + Food Festival has thus far given no indication of what's in store for its aluminum anniversary in 2015, but a recent hire suggests wine will remain at the forefront in year 10.

Communion Wine Club founder Patrick Emerson, who previously served as wine and beverage director for Maverick Southern Kitchens, has assumed the same title at the festival. According to a blog post on the festival's website, Emerson will "nominate and recruit top wineries, winemakers, distillers and brewers" and "develop innovative seminars and tastings."

Emerson will serve in a consulting capacity.

"I'm really excited about the opportunity," says Emerson.

An upcoming event that's not related to the festival offers drinkers a chance to learn more about Emerson's wine tastes: Next week, the advanced sommelier is staging a one-night wine bar at Kitchen 208. The June 20 event, which runs from 5 p.m.-9 p.m., will feature 18 wines. Emerson describes the selection as "refreshing, unique varietals." To learn more, call 830-1254.