Wine submerged in harbor goes on sale

A mesh container holding a case of Mira wine that was submerged for three months in Charleston Harbor as part of an aging experiment was removed from the water May 21.

Bruce Smith

Some of the wine recently retrieved from the bottom of Charleston Harbor will go on sale today on a first-come, first-served basis to Wine Club Members.

Mira Winery is releasing 12 of the 48 ocean-aged bottles called Charleston Harbor Aquaoir 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon at 10 a.m.

The bottles will be sold in a two-pack set, which will include a bottle of the submerged vintage and a bottle of land-aged 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon. The price for the package is $500, shipping included.

Mira Winery is the first American winery to successfully experiment with ocean aging. On May 21, Mira concluded the first phase of a three-month experiment in Charleston Harbor when the Napa Valley-based producer of fine wines recovered four cases of its 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon from 60 feet below in the Atlantic Ocean.

The winery is testing the effects of tidal motion, variable temperatures, 60-foot pressure depth, 100 percent humidity and zero light on the taste of wine.

Mira's president, political consultant Jim Dyke, lives in Charleston.

Tour Tennis now has a second store in the Charleston area.

The tennis paraphernalia shop is now open at 1662 Savannah Highway in West Ashley. The original store opened three years ago at 598 Belle Station Blvd. in Mount Pleasant.

The shops are owned by Mike Palmer and Andy Batkins, both of Charleston. Hours are 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

ActiveRx, a Chandler, Ariz.-based fitness company for aging adults, will open its first South Carolina Active Aging Center this fall in Mount Pleasant.

The facility will open Sept. 3 at 999 Lake Hunter Circle, just off Anna Knapp Boulevard. The site was selected because of easy access to Mount Pleasant Senior Center and East Cooper Medical Center.

Landis Salon is now at 1022 Savannah Highway in West Ashley. The women's and men's hair salon was at 141 Calhoun St. in downtown Charleston for 16 or so years, but owner Landis Powers decided to move because parking was becoming a hassle. By summer's end, a Ladles Homemade Soup will fill the former salon space, which is also slated for a new 50-room hotel.

The former Five Loaves Cafe in the corner of Crickentree Village in Mount Pleasant has been transformed into an events venue after the restaurant moved into the former Village Tavern spot in the same shopping center.

The spot is ideal for rehearsals, birthday parties, luncheons or corporate functions, said Casey Glowacki with Five Loaves, which operates the space.

Garden & Gun magazine wants to know who has the best Southern-made products.

The Charleston-based lifestyle periodical has opened the entry process for its “Made in the South Awards” with a call out to Southern artisans making products in five categories: food; drink; style and design; outdoors; and home. The magazine's editors and a panel of expert judges will review the final selections.

One winning entry and several honorable mentions will be chosen in each category and their stories will appear in the December 2013/January 2014 issue. Winners will receive a cash prize. Any Southern artisan or business with a product that will be available through January 2014 can apply.

Go to to enter by Aug. 1. The chairman of the independently owned magazine is Pierre Manigault, who is chairman of The Post and Courier's parent company.

Do you know of a business that is opening, closing or expanding? Reach Warren L. Wise at 937-5524.