Wine Bar Update: 9-30-2013

STICKER SHOCK:  I need to get one more item for closing on the loan for the wine bar – insurance.  I have gotten two quotes in this week and have experienced some serious sticker shock.  I have dealt with insurance for years in my position as a financial controller.  As a result, I have several connections in the industry.  I consulted with them as I built my business plan for the wine bar and prepared my projections.  I thought I had a handle on it, but the quotes (like everything else I have touched for this project) are WAY over budget.  A couple of things have led to this – being so near the coast (and hurricanes) and the fact that I don’t have an experience rating yet.  I am waiting for a couple of other quotes to come in hoping to find a policy that won’t break the bank.

CELEBRATION:  We also had reason to celebrate this past week.  For the last six months, I have been in South Carolina while hubby was still in North Carolina working.  One of us needed to keep a pay check and since the wine bar is my dream, he wanted to continue working while he helped me realize it.  This past week he was offered a job working for the City of Bluffton doing basically the same thing he has been doing for the City of Winston Salem.

Over the last few months, I have met with bankers, architects, and contractors by myself.  I have made major life-altering decisions with only a phone call to discuss these decisions with Hubby.  I even bought our new home with him only seeing it online, not in person.  But now we can be together again as the construction begins on the bar.

We celebrated by taking the family to The Old Oyster Factory on Hilton Head Island.

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View from our dinner table.

We opted for a bottle of Cakebread Cellars 2011 Chardonnay.  The wine was creamy with just a hint of buttery notes and spicy oak.  It had flavors of green apple, melon and citrus.  The finish had just enough bite to make it linger on the palate.  The delicate balance between acidity and minerality made this the perfect wine for  our meal.

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2011 Cakebread Cellars Chardonnay paired with Bruschetta

We started by pairing our wine with The Old Oyster Factory’s own recipe for Bruschetta, then moved on to our entrées.

Seafood Medley

Seafood Medley

Fried Scallops with Mashed Potatoes

Fried Scallops with Mashed Potatoes

Low Country Boil

Low Country Boil

We completed the meal with all the kids getting t-shirts from our waiter.

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The Family

We’re home!

Please be sure to check us out on Facebook and give us a thumb’s up.  www.facebook.com/latitudewinebar.  Our soft opening will be a special event for Facebook followers only and we would love to see you there!

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5 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. the drunken cyclist
    Oct 02, 2013 @ 09:50:05

    Thanks for the update! I do certainly plan to visit once it is open!

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  2. Fine Wine Glasses and More
    Oct 04, 2013 @ 22:14:02

    Sounds like it is coming together. I’m sure you will get something figured out with the insurance. I had an interesting discussion with my Dad when he was here, about how bad insurance companies are (it is great until you need it…), he worked for a major insurance company (in Norway) his whole working career lol.

    Reply

  3. the winegetter
    Oct 15, 2013 @ 19:55:18

    I know I am late to the party, but am really glad to see that things are moving along and that you’ve been reunited with your husband!! Awesome. Keep up the spirit!!

    Reply

    • Red Wine Diva
      Oct 15, 2013 @ 20:08:28

      Thanks, Oliver. It has been stressful. We are now in our new home as well so with all of that behind me, I am starting to regain my focus. Thanks for dropping by!

      Reply

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