Mira Winery Makes History in Charleston Harbor
A Napa Valley-based winery with Southern roots, Mira became the first American winery to experiment with aging wine in the ocean last week. On February 20, divers placed four cases of Mira’s 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon in specially designed cages in Charleston Harbor. The purpose is to experiment with the impact of ocean aging vs. aging wine in a warehouse. According to Mira, wine recovered from shipwrecks has been found to have a remarkable taste, suggesting it may have actually been enhanced by underwater factors. In three months, the cages will be raised to test both chemically and for taste with Charleston sommeliers, who tasted the wine before it went into the harbor. After the process is complete, Mira Charleston Harbor will be sold through the winery’s website.