The trouble with stashing wine in an unmarked underwater location is you eventually have to find it.
When Mira Winery's Jim Dyke Jr. and Gustavo Gonzalez last November motored down Charleston Harbor to salvage a case of Cabernet Sauvignon they'd submerged in 2013, they weren't sure what to expect from the wine: Previous oceanic aging experiments had been inconclusive. But the expedition didn't produce any answers. After hours of searching, their crew couldn't come up with the steel cage holding 11 bottles.
This week, though, Mira reclaimed its cage. According to Dyke, the dive team used sonar and survey grids, running survey lines for more than two hours before locating a "legitimate target." (The previous recovery attempt was organized around a similar strategy, but nasty weather and uncooperative equipment interfered with the search.)
The pulled-up wine has been aged longer than any other bottles in Mira's "aquaoir" portfolio. The winery hasn't yet announced a price or release date for the Cabernets, but when it last offered Aquaoir wine for sale, it charged $500 for a set of two bottles: One aged on land, and one aged underwater. Prior to ocean-aging, the Cabernet retails for $52.
Dyke says the diver confirmed the eight racks of wine submerged during the failed rescue mission are still in place. Mira doesn't intend to lose track of them.