Wine from Civil War-era shipwreck uncorked in South Carolina

on 01/04/15 at 10:42 am


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A bottle of wine recovered intact four years ago from the 1864 wreck of a Civil War blockade runner that sank off the coast of Bermuda was uncorked and sipped by a panel of experts on Friday during a food festival in Charleston, South Carolina.

The verdict: A heady sulfur bouquet with distinct notes of saltwater and gasoline.

The wine was uncorked at a Charleston Wine + Food event titled “From Deep Below: A Wine Event 150 Years in the Making.”

About 50 people bought tickets to watch as a panel of wine experts decanted and tasted it on Friday evening, organizers said.

“I’ve had shipwreck wines before,” master sommelier Paul Roberts said. “They can be great.”

This one, obviously, was not.