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Napa Valley wine aged underwater recovered

  • A mesh container holding a case of wine that was submerged for three months in Charleston Harbor is lifted onto a dock in Charleston, S.C., on Tuesday, May 21. Divers on Tuesday recovered four cases of wine that had been submerged in the harbor by Mira Winery of St. Helena, Calif. The winery is conducting an ongoing experiment into what effect ocean aging has on wine. (AP Photo/Bruce Smith)

CHARLESTON, S.C. — A Napa Valley winery on Tuesday recovered four cases of Cabernet Sauvignon that were submerged in Charleston Harbor three months ago in the first phase of an experiment to determine the effect of ocean aging on wine.

Divers recovered four yellow steel cages containing the wine that was put in 60 feet of water back in February by the Mira Winery of St. Helena, Calif.

Jim "Bear" Dyke Jr., the Charleston resident who owns the winery, says the wine will now be sampled and chemically analyzed.

Later this year, he said, more wine will be submerged in the harbor for twice as long as the winery continues to experiment with ocean aging.

Wine has been aged in the ocean before by wineries both in Europe and on the West Coast. Mira wants to do a systematic analysis of the effects of such aging, Dyke said.


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