Hobbies are supposed to be a respite from work, but there's always the talented hobbyist who ends up making a professional go of his leisure activity.
Charlestonian Nigel Cooper, for example, in 2007 bought ten acres of Argentinian land so he and five Neighborhood Dining Group business partners could produce private-label wines for Husk and McCrady's (OK, so it's a very high-end hobby.)
Cooper moved to Buenos Aires to pursue the project, bottling the first The Angel Oak wines in 2010. He was so impressed with their quality that "his vision soon grew beyond Husk and McCrady's," according to a release announcing the latest additions to The Angel Oak line.
A 2011 Celestial, described as a "sublime and superlative" barrel-fermented Malbec,; a 2012 Malbec Reserva; a 2012 Assemblage Reserva; a 2013 Torrontes and a 2013 Rosť last month debuted in Charleston. The 2011 Malbec Reserva and Assemblage Reserva received above-90 scores from Wine Enthusiast magazine.
The wines are sold at local retailers including goat sheep cow, Bottles, Southern Season and Accent on Wine.
For more information, visit angeloakwines.com.