CHARLESTON, S.C. – A California winemaker plans to use the Atlantic Ocean to age four cases of Cabernet Sauvignon.
Napa Valley-based Mira Winery, owned by Jim Dyke Jr., of Charleston, South Carolina, will submerge the wine off Charleston Harbor for three months. The winery wants to see how the motion, temperature and light in the ocean may affect the aging of the wine.
Winemakers have packed the bottles in specially-designed steel mesh cases.
Winemakers have long known wine recovered from sunken ships has a unique taste, and the ocean is thought to have something to do with that. There have been experiments with ocean aging in Europe, but Mira Winery says this is the first off the United States coast.