Leigh Talmadge has been in the food and
beverage industry since he was in High School in New Jersey. Upon
moving to Columbia he began working at the Le Petit Chateau. He
then moved to Sausalito California and became a chef at Richardson's
on the bay, but he just couldn't stay away from South Carolina.
Returning to Columbia he went back to cooking at Le Petit Chateau
until the original owner sold it in 1980. Developing a palette for
fine wines Leigh began working for Associated Wines and then Southern
Wine & Spirits in the Myrtle Beach (Grand Strand) area where
he spent fourteen years as the Branch Manager before he opened Hampton
Hampton Street Vineyard has developed an
extensive wine list (hence the name), which is always changing to
accommodate the different trends in the wine industry. The Vineyard
has received the "Best of Award of Excellence" for South
Carolina from the Wine
Spectator Magazine for the last five years. This international
award was bestowed to only three restaurants in South Carolina and
less than 400 restaurants worldwide.
Some of the artists and wine dignitaries
who have dined with us include Guy Buffet, Jean
Eve Pecota, Mark
Davis (winemaker from Schramberry), Rob
Hunter (winemaker from Sterling Vineyards) and Marcia
Mondavi to name a few.
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