Fringe Regions and Unexpected Varietals


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Why Different Can Be Amazing

The bottles that we're wild about right now!

As a wine buyer, one of the more exciting aspects of my job is consistently hunting for "THE next best thing." This involves constant research into what products are newly available to the market, as well as trust and great relationships with wine reps who know your interests and tastes. Best case scenario: you discover a new favorite that is a fantastic value. Here are some things I'm currently obsessed about:

Rosé of Niellucciu/Grenache, Domaine Casa Rossa, Ile de Beauté, Corsica, FR ($10 / $40)

While the island of Corsica is a French territory, many of their winemaking traditions and varietals are Italian in origin. Wines here are typically made by co-ops, small farmers that band together and share a facility. Niellucciu, the leading grape in the northern area of Corsica, is genetically identical to Sangiovese. This particular rosé is a crowd-pleaser, showcasing white flowers, peaches, delicate red fruit, with fantastic acidity on the palate.

Clairette/Roussanne, Jean-Luc Colombo "Les Abeilles," Cotes du Rhone, FR ($12 / $48)

Since most people associate the Rhone valley with red wines, their white wines are often overlooked. It's a shame because these wines (typically blends in the Southern Rhone) are incredibly food friendly, aromatic, and complex. Clairette is considered to be one of the most popular varietals for white wine production in the Rhone, expressing itself as fresh, floral, and mineral with orchard fruit notes and lime. However, it shows best when paired with another varietal like Roussanne, which adds honeysuckle, apricot, and herbal tea notes to the wine.

Valdiguie, J. Lohr "Wildflower," Arroyo Seco, Monterey, CA ($11 / $44)

In the springtime my favorite category is a session wine: an easy-drinking, lower-alcohol red wine I can drink with a slight chill. Enter Valdiguie, the varietal you've probably encountered before in a California Zinfandel Blend but didn't know it at the time. In this particular bottling, this wine is made in a similar manner to Gamay from Beaujolais — in fact, until 1980 it was referred to as Napa Gamay until genetic analysis proved that it was, in fact, the southern French varietal of Valdiguie. Fresh, light, and bursting with fruit punch notes, this wine does just as well as a sipper as it does being paired with food (think our Duck Confit or Palmetto Squab with Cassoulet).

Tannat, Bodega Garzon, Uruguay ($13 / $52)

Originally from Madiran, France, Tannat usually makes powerful wines with big body and formidable tannins, unless these grapes happen to be grown in Uruguay. A Basque gentleman named Pascual Harriague is credited with introducing the grape to Uruguay in the 19th century. The Uruguay version of Tannat has smooth, integrated tannins, darker black and purple fruit, and a really pleasant, supple body. From a health standpoint, it also has a much higher levels of antioxidants than most other grapes! As if you needed another excuse to drink this wine.

Next time you're at the restaurant be sure to ask one of our wine professionals for guidance — there's always something new on the list. Cheers!

— Andres Contreras, Wine Director, The Establishment




The Latest Dish


The dessert menu is ready for summer! Clockwise from top left we've got a tiramisu made with marscapone, an orange dreamsicle semifreddo with a brown butter crunch, a panna cotta with blackberry and basil, and a chocolate bread pudding with salted caramel. ⁠
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#southofbroad #desserts #tasteofsummer #sweettooth #chseats
The dessert menu is ready for summer! Clockwise from top left we've got a tiramisu made with marscapone, an orange dreamsicle semifreddo with a brown butter crunch, a panna cotta with blackberry and basil, and a chocolate bread pudding with salted caramel. ⁠ .⁠ Reservations at EstablishmentCHS.com⁠ .⁠ .⁠ .⁠ #southofbroad #desserts #tasteofsummer #sweettooth #chseats
Our 'Give Back Charleston' dinner series has now raised $20,000 for local charities! Our THIRD dinner in this series is July 11 and features guest chef Russ Moore of SNOB. Menu and full info at ⁠
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EstablishmentCHS.com/giveBack
Our 'Give Back Charleston' dinner series has now raised $20,000 for local charities! Our THIRD dinner in this series is July 11 and features guest chef Russ Moore of SNOB. Menu and full info at ⁠ ⁠ EstablishmentCHS.com/giveBack
Who's that making our specialty cocktails behind the bar tonight? Mr Ryan Wise - Bar Manager and Maestro of Mixology! Come see him tonight and / or tomorrow for a classic drink and a wonderful smile ;)⁠
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#chsdrinks #southofbroad #bartenders #mixology #cocktails #charleston
Who's that making our specialty cocktails behind the bar tonight? Mr Ryan Wise - Bar Manager and Maestro of Mixology! Come see him tonight and / or tomorrow for a classic drink and a wonderful smile ;)⁠ .⁠ .⁠ .⁠ #chsdrinks #southofbroad #bartenders #mixology #cocktails #charleston
It is officially summer and we're drawing on the flavors of the season. Like with our new dessert: Orange Dreamsicle Semifreddo with a brown butter crunch. Folding lawn chairs and lightning bugs not included.⁠
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#summertime #dreamsicle #southernliving #southofbroad #chseats #explorecharleston
It is officially summer and we're drawing on the flavors of the season. Like with our new dessert: Orange Dreamsicle Semifreddo with a brown butter crunch. Folding lawn chairs and lightning bugs not included.⁠ .⁠ .⁠ .⁠ #summertime #dreamsicle #southernliving #southofbroad #chseats #explorecharleston
Your favorite seafood spot on Broad Street just won another Diner's Choice award from @opentable. Make your reservation for an incredible meal at EstablishmentCHS.com or through OpenTable!⁠
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#southofbroad #chseats #seafood #sustainableseafood #sustainable #dinerschoice
Your favorite seafood spot on Broad Street just won another Diner's Choice award from @opentable. Make your reservation for an incredible meal at EstablishmentCHS.com or through OpenTable!⁠ .⁠ .⁠ .⁠ #southofbroad #chseats #seafood #sustainableseafood #sustainable #dinerschoice
A special thanks to our friends at Indaco who helped us raise another $10k for Charleston charities. Our second 'Give Back Charleston' dinner with guest chef Mark Bolchoz was in support of One80 Place. Visit one80place.org to find out how you can further support this incredible organization.⁠
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#giveback #givebackcharleston #chseats #charleston #one80place #endhomelessness #feedthehomeless⁠
A special thanks to our friends at Indaco who helped us raise another $10k for Charleston charities. Our second 'Give Back Charleston' dinner with guest chef Mark Bolchoz was in support of One80 Place. Visit one80place.org to find out how you can further support this incredible organization.⁠ .⁠ .⁠ .⁠ #giveback #givebackcharleston #chseats #charleston #one80place #endhomelessness #feedthehomeless⁠
The carpaccio is back on the menu! This beautiful dish by Chef Howells features ras el hanout, crispy chickpeas, pickled shallots, and an herb salad.⁠
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Full menu at EstablishmentCHS.com/menu⁠
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#carpaccio #southofbroad #charleston #chseats
The carpaccio is back on the menu! This beautiful dish by Chef Howells features ras el hanout, crispy chickpeas, pickled shallots, and an herb salad.⁠ .⁠ Full menu at EstablishmentCHS.com/menu⁠ .⁠ .⁠ #carpaccio #southofbroad #charleston #chseats
What's for dessert? Tonight it's panna cotta with fresh blackberries, basil, and saba. ⁠
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#dessert #charleston #explorecharleston #datenight #southofbroad #pannacotta
What's for dessert? Tonight it's panna cotta with fresh blackberries, basil, and saba. ⁠ .⁠ .⁠ .⁠ #dessert #charleston #explorecharleston #datenight #southofbroad #pannacotta
Check out our wine list to see our half bottles - 375ml bottles that are sized to enjoy solo or with a friend! The complete list of all wines by the bottle and by the glass is at EstablishmentCHS.com/wine.⁠
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#winenot #smallbottles #chsdrinks #chseats #chswine #southofbroad #datenight
Check out our wine list to see our half bottles - 375ml bottles that are sized to enjoy solo or with a friend! The complete list of all wines by the bottle and by the glass is at EstablishmentCHS.com/wine.⁠ ⁠ #winenot #smallbottles #chsdrinks #chseats #chswine #southofbroad #datenight
THIS WEEK: Tuna Tataki, citrus, jalapeno, sweet soy.⁠
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View the full menu and make reservations at EstablishmentCHS.com
THIS WEEK: Tuna Tataki, citrus, jalapeno, sweet soy.⁠ ⁠ View the full menu and make reservations at EstablishmentCHS.com
Join us tonight and help us write a big check to Charleston's One80 Place, a group focused on supporting the needs of the homeless in and around the city. Our last event raised $10k for the CYDC and we want to beat that number! ⁠
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Register for the event at EstablishmentCHS.com/giveBack⁠
Join us tonight and help us write a big check to Charleston's One80 Place, a group focused on supporting the needs of the homeless in and around the city. Our last event raised $10k for the CYDC and we want to beat that number! ⁠ ⁠ Register for the event at EstablishmentCHS.com/giveBack⁠
We're giving back to the city we love - and we need your help! The Establishment is hosting a dinner series and our June 6th event will involve a little fresh pasta, a lot of local ingredients, fine wine and cocktails, and of course - a great cause!
We're giving back to the city we love - and we need your help! The Establishment is hosting a dinner series and our June 6th event will involve a little fresh pasta, a lot of local ingredients, fine wine and cocktails, and of course - a great cause! "Give Back Charleston" will feature Indaco's Mark Bolchoz teaming up with the team from The Establishment and will support One80 Place. Help us support an organization that gives so much to the less fortunate in our community.⁠ ⁠ Tickets are extremely limited. Visit our website to register today!