The selections are sometimes from small vineyards where the wines are not readily available. One day, not long ago, he was presented with an unforgettable wine: A generous friend appeared with a 1972 Chateau Mouton Rothschild, one of the most celebrated wines in the world. If he could even find a bottle for sale, it would cost hundreds of dollars. “The guy kept the price tag on,” Preus says. “When he bought it, it cost $16.95. It was the best bottle I ever had.”
Last year, Preus started Cape Cod Wine Time (wine.innatsandwich.com). Preus and his wife wanted to have a blog connected to their inn’s website. Preus originally considered writing about Cape Cod history or lighthouses. “This works out better,” he says. Readers can find Charlie’s Weekly Wine-ing—musings and stories about viticulture, tasting notes, and links to standout wineries.
For Preus, the joy of wine is also in the sharing with friends and the inn’s guests and helping them broaden their wine knowledge. He writes in his blog, “It’s a tough job, but someone has to do it.” He does it just right.
Ann Trieger is a freelance writer from the Boston area.