By BRUCE SMITH
CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) - An experiment in aging wine in the ocean resumes off Charleston next month.
Earlier this year, the Mira Winery of St. Helena, Calif., submerged four cases of Cabernet Sauvignon in Charleston Harbor for three months.
Jim "Bear" Dyke Jr., the Charleston resident who owns the winery, says twice as much wine will be submerged in November for twice as long.
It's part of an ongoing experiment to scientifically determine what effect water motion, light, temperature and other factors have on the wine.
Gustavo Gonzalez, the winemaker for Mira, says that the wine submerged earlier this year seemed to have acquired bottle aging without spending any more time in the bottle.
In effect, he says, aging in the water appears to have turned a 2009 vintage into a 2007.