The Ocean Room to host Ocean Aged Wine Dinner with Mira Winery

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Charleston, S.C. (May 2014)Kiawah Island is among a select number of locations nationwide to host ocean-aged (Aquaoir) wine tasting diners following the Napa-based Mira Winery’s recovery of eight cases of wine from the Charleston Harbor. Mira, the first winery to experiment with aging wine in the ocean, will host the blind taste testing dinner for 18 individuals at The Sanctuary, hosted by Kiawah Island Golf Resort Sommelier Garth Herr of the Ocean Room and Mira President Jim “Bear” Dyke, Jr. and Winemaker Gustavo Gonzalez.

For the last 18 months, Mira Winery has been experimenting with a new process for aging wine that holds the potential to revolutionize the way the industry thinks about aging.  To date, the experiment has been conducted in two phases, both 60 feet beneath the Charleston Harbor, where data is collected and then the wine is analyzed against the same wine aged on land.


“We have long said that Mira is an innovative winery with Napa grapes and southern roots. The Lowcountry is home to some of the nation’s finest restaurants, including many that serve Mira, so offering Aquaoir to the public, here, is a perfect fit,” Dyke said.

Phase II of the ocean aging experiment, launched in November of 2013 was twice as long with twice as much wine as Phase I.  Eight cases of Mira Winery’s 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon spent six months 60 feet below the ocean’s surface in a heavily tidal area.  Each cage was equipped with gauges to measure temperature on an hourly basis.  The ocean aged wine was extracted last Tuesday May 6th, tested chemically and blind test tasted against the same wine aged on land.

“We still have not determined the dominant underwater factor(s) that are impacting the wine but we know there is something there,” said Mira Winemaker Gustavo Gonzalez. “If you can apply what we are learning to aging wine on land, it has the potential to revolutionize how an entire industry thinks about aging.”


The dinner at the Ocean Room on Kiawah Island will be followed by another at The Palm Restaurant in Orlando, Florida this fall. More tasting locations will be announced in the coming weeks at


About Mira Winery

Mira Winery produces a limited amount of single vineyard wines from well known Napa Valley AVA Districts Stags Leap, Los Carneros and Rutherford.  With over 20 years of wine making experience, Winemaker Gustavo Gonzalez is a craftsman whose critically acclaimed wines are of exceptional character and complexity, delighting the palates of wine drinkers today and for years to come.  Our well established and long term relationships with some of the most elite and oldest growers in Napa Valley allows us to manage the process from bud to bottle, vinifying the grapes to maintain the characteristics of these exceptional geographies and produce a portfolio of uniquely luxurious wines.


Mira was formed in 2009 as a partnership between Gustavo Gonzalez, whose 20-year winemaking career started in a winery lab and led him to be head red Winemaker for Robert Mondavi Winery, and Jim “Bear” Dyke, Jr. whose 20-year political career started with parking cars in the Senate Parking lot and led him to the White House.  Gustavo has made wine in five countries and was responsible for the 2001 Tenuta dell’Ornellaia Masseto which Wine Spectator gave a 100 point rating and described as “possibly the best Tuscan red ever.”  Dyke served as Communications Director for the Republican Party, and served in the administration of George W. Bush. Learn more at


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