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Like your favorite Auslese Riesling, the Hilton Head Island Wine and Food Festival continues to get better with age. Longtime fans of the event say that just as the best grapes mature, the festival’s biggest selling point is that it continues to evolve with the tastes of the times.

COVID concerns caused a shortened event in 2020 and a move from the traditional March window to its Sept. 14-18 schedule this year.

BLUFFTON BREWERY WINS BEER-TASTING TITLE

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Bluffton’s lot 9 brewing co., won Best of the Southeast for its “Mai Lord Mai Bock” beer in the United States Beer Tasting Championship. The brewery also received two honorable mentions for “Dana’s Big DIPA Imperial Hazy IPA,” as well as its “Lil’ Slice of Hefen Wheat Beer.” The competition analyzed 775 beers from 177 breweries across 18 different beer categories, a news release said.

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“Tarpon Cellars was founded with the focus of bringing people together through wine, music, art, and philanthropy. We feel the best way to do this is through not only crafting inspired wines that speak to a sense of place and vintage, but by being a heart-centered business that values connection, sustainability, and community over anything else. We make wines to share with our friends and our family, and the sense of gratitude we have for that is what encompasses everything that we do.”

lulukitcBREWERY OPENS ON HILTON HEAD ISLAND

Lincoln & South Brewing Company has opened on Island Drive on Hilton Head Island. The Vermont-inspired brewery was founded last year. It offers beverages on draft and is planning to  make  them available in cans. Open Tuesday through Sunday. Dog friendly. Food trucks and live music featured.

newsJUICE HIVE NAMED BEST VEGETARIAN RESTAURANT

Bluffton-based The Juice Hive, the healthy eatery and juice bar known for its cold-pressed juices, smoothies and a variety of all-natural, predominantly raw foods, has been awarded a 2021 Recommendation Badge from Restaurant Guru. The award, based on visitors’ reviews, recognized The Juice Hive as Best Vegetarian Restaurant in Bluffton. Restaurant Guru provides users with complete information on restaurants, including visitor reviews, menus and photos.

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ICONIC ‘POOL BAR’ JIM SHOWCASES BUSINESS SAVVY

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Don’t let Jim “Pool Bar Jim” Lisenby’s laid-back demeanor and permanent smile fool you: behind the ever-present Hawaiian shirt beats the heart of a businessman. It’s just that for the last 40-plus years, his business has been good times and fuzzy memories that last a lifetime. 

And you’d best believe business is good. In one week this past June, 35 gallons of Lava Flow slaked the thirst of thousands of locals, and Lisenby said Pool Bar Jim’s likely sold more Painkillers than any other bar in the state.

restnewsTÔRŌ RESTAURANT OPENS 

TôRō has opened at Beach Market, 2 North Forest Beach Drive, Hilton Head Island. Serving Latin and Asian inspired fare delivering a blend of culinary creativity and culture to a vibrant, yet casual and innovative atmosphere. Mon-Sun 11 a.m. - 9 p.m. 

restnewsNEW RESTAURANT OPENS AT PLANT RIVERSIDE DISTRICT

Savannah Tequila Co. has opened at Plant Riverside District in Savannah. The restaurant and pub offers traditional Mexican favorites (including handmade tacos, flautas, and burritos), signature margaritas and agave spirits. Food to-go available.

LUCKY ROOSTER KITCHEN + BAR READY TO REOPEN IN APRIL 

Lucky Rooster Kitchen + Bar plans to reopen in April, according to new owners Leffew Restaurant Group, a news release said. Executive chef David Landrigan leads the kitchen. Landrigan is a graduate of the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park. He spent 11 years with Circa 1875 and La Scala Ristorante in Savannah, Ga. Lucky Rooster Kitchen + Bar will be open every day. For more information, visit luckyroosterhhi.com