South Carolina Philharmonic


February 29, 2016

It's time to uncork Tasting Notes 2016

COLUMBIA, S.C. – The high-end wine, and gourmet food, samplings of Tasting Notes, one of the Midlands’ signature fundraising events, will raise critical support for the S.C. Philharmonic from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Monday, March 28, 2016 at the S.C. State Museum.

Tasting Notes draws wine and food lovers from across the region to impact the S.C. Phil’s educational programs and Masterworks Series. Event chair Fred Medway invites guests to once again enjoy an inclusive tasting of 50 high-end wines from around the world while they indulge on tempting fare from 18 of the Midlands’ finest restaurants.

Featured wines include varieties from Banfi, Charles Smith Wines, King Estate, Pahlmeyer, St. Supery, Swanson Vineyards, Taittinger, and more. Each wine in the tasting will be available for purchase.

Restaurants providing food selections include 116 Espresso & Wine Bar, Alodia's Cucina Italiana, Blue Marlin Steaks & Seafood, Bourbon Columbia, Gervais & Vine, Grill Marks, Michael's Cafe & Catering, The Melting PotMiyo's Gourmet Group, Motor Supply Co. Bistro, New York Butcher Shoppe, Pearlz Oyster Bar, Ristorante Divino, Southern Belly BBQ, Thirsty Fellow Pizzeria & Pub, Travinia Italian Kitchen Northeast, and The Wired Goat Café. Beer lovers can enjoy additional beverage options from River Rat Brewery, and First Citizens Café will offer post-“meal” coffee.

The Reggie Sullivan Quartet will lend to the lively atmosphere, which includes the Tasting Notes silent auction. Guests are encouraged to browse curated specialty wines, vacation packages, artwork, and more during the evening. Outside, Tinder Box will sell cigars in a special lounge area, and guests can explore a special presentation of an Aston-Martin V12 Vantage and a Maserati Quattroporte by Foreign Cars Italia of Charlotte. Both vehicles are available for sale, with the S.C. Philharmonic receiving a portion of the proceeds. Southern Valet will provide complimentary valet parking and Checker Yellow Cab will be on site to provide safe rides home.

Tasting Notes is a business casual event, and wine and food selections are included. Tickets can be purchased for $100 at or by calling S.C. Phil Audience Services at 803.254.PHIL (7445). Sponsorship opportunities for individuals or businesses are available.

About the S.C. Philharmonic

The South Carolina Philharmonic entertains, educates, enriches, and excites diverse audiences through live symphonic music. As the Midlands’ only professional orchestra, the S.C. Phil is a non-profit, 501c3 that has served the community’s needs for cultural development, education, and entertainment since 1964. The introduction of Music Director Morihiko Nakahara in 2008/2009 ushered in a new era of artistic excellence that has allowed the orchestra to move forward and become the Midlands’ pre-eminent performing arts organization. The S.C. Phil believes exposure to the arts is an essential element that helps people realize their full potential, connect to others in the community, and be introduced to new cultural experiences. The S.C. Phil’s vision is to see lives changed through the transformative power of music and has established education and outreach programs designed specifically to engage and educate diverse groups throughout the Midlands.

Media Contact

Jason Rapp, Communications Director
803.771.7937 or email

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