About Bacchus & Books
Bacchus & Books is a specialty purveyor of Wine & Literature located in historic Charleston, South Carolina. We believe that knowledge is pleasure. Our selection of wines is specially tailored to each client and we add value for our customers via world-class expertise and the belief that all of our wines consistently outperform their price points. Bacchus & Books is proud to be an Approved Program Provider of London’s renowned Wine & Spirit Education Trust (WSET) curriculum, the gold standard for international wine and spirits education.
Thomas H. George, Founder & CEO
CWE, DipWSET, WSET Educator
Thomas grew up in London, England and Asheville, North Carolina. He studied in France for a year in high school and spent a semester at the Institute of Political Science (Sciences-Po.) in Lyon during university. While studying in France, Thomas visited Burgundy’s famed Côte d’Or with his family. This trip and Kermit Lynch’s book, Adventures on the Wine Route, provided the inspiration to dedicate himself to the world of wine. Thomas started his wine career in Napa Valley, working for Round Pond Estate and Failla Wines, then Whitehaven Wines in Marlborough, New Zealand. In 2016 he fulfilled a lifelong dream of moving to Charleston and created Bacchus & Books to be a unique gift to this special city.
Thomas holds the Diploma in Wines & Spirits, the highest qualification offered by London’s renowned Wine & Spirit Education Trust (WSET). He is also a WSET Educator and a Certified Wine Educator (The Society of Wine Educators). He is a graduate of The Taft School and The University of Virginia. Thomas has been featured by various media outlets, including Fox24 Charleston, South Carolina Regional Business Journal, Holy City Sinner, CHS Today and LowcountryBizSC.
LouAnn Lofton, Literary Director
LouAnn is an avid reader and devoted bibliophile, as well as an editor and published author. She worked for years for the financial website, The Motley Fool, first as a writer and later as managing editor, where she oversaw all of the site’s online content and the team responsible for it. Her book, Warren Buffett Invests Like a Girl: And Why You Should, Too, was published in June 2011. Thanks to the book, and to Buffett’s sense of humor, he granted her an audience with him, which still seems a bit surreal to her. (He’s a charmer, of course.)
Having grown up in south Mississippi, she’s happiest surrounded by humidity and good storytelling, which means she feels right at home in Charleston. She prefers modern literary fiction, compelling memoirs, and the classics, but she’s thrilled when anyone anywhere reads an actual book, no matter the subject.
Jennifer McElveen, Director of Education
WSET Level 3 Award in Wines, WSET Level 2 Award in Spirits
Originally from Orangeburg, South Carolina, Jennifer has lived in Charleston for nearly 30 years. As Director of Education, she is the head of the Wine School, teaching both the Wine & Spirit Education Trust (WSET) curriculum, as well as customized courses. She also has an active role in creating bespoke wine travel opportunities and experiences.
Jennifer holds the WSET Level 3 Award in Wines and the Level 2 Award in Spirits. She is currently pursuing her Diploma, the highest qualification offered by the WSET. Jennifer is passionate about wine education and her vibrant personality and hospitable nature are sure to make your experience at Bacchus & Books memorable.
Carolwayne Tavener, Marketing Director
As Marketing Director, Carolwayne’s role at Bacchus & Books encompasses everything from the look and feel of the business to management of merchandising and branding. She is dedicated to creating an experience for our guests that is both personalized and memorable.
Carolwayne has many years of management and customer service experience, having served as the Regional Operations Manager for Keller Williams in the Carolinas. She also holds degrees in Fashion Merchandising and Marketing Technologies, has a Paralegal degree and is a Certified Health Coach. Carolwayne has also published a children’s book, Travel with me from A to Z, to show young children the value of making healthy food choices.