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


Viva Tequila | A Tequila-inspired tasting dinner. Executive Chef Elliott Howells has meticulously crafted a 5-course tasting menu that celebrates the vibrant culinary spirit of Mexico, paired with 6 small batch, high-quality, artisanal crafted Blanco Tequilas to complement and accentuate the flavors of each dish.

Featuring premium and vintage tequilas, this curated experience will include hors d'oeuvres and welcome cocktails, an intermezzo, and a special tequila sendoff–taking you on a gastronomic journey through Mexico. 

TICKETS are $140 and include all food, beverages, taxes, and gratuity. Tickets are available on Open Table Experience 🔗 in BIO

This special event is limited to 60 seats.
Viva Tequila | A Tequila-inspired tasting dinner. Executive Chef Elliott Howells has meticulously crafted a 5-course tasting menu that celebrates the vibrant culinary spirit of Mexico, paired with 6 small batch, high-quality, artisanal crafted Blanco Tequilas to complement and accentuate the flavors of each dish. Featuring premium and vintage tequilas, this curated experience will include hors d'oeuvres and welcome cocktails, an intermezzo, and a special tequila sendoff–taking you on a gastronomic journey through Mexico. TICKETS are $140 and include all food, beverages, taxes, and gratuity. Tickets are available on Open Table Experience 🔗 in BIO This special event is limited to 60 seats.
Thank you @stef_barna for selecting The Establishment as one of the 12 most drop-dead gorgeous restaurants in Charleston featured on @opentable. 

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Thank you @stef_barna for selecting The Establishment as one of the 12 most drop-dead gorgeous restaurants in Charleston featured on @opentable. #charlestonrestaurants #charleston #chseats #charlestonfood #sustainableseafood
The Perfect Summer Dinner 🦪 {June Edition}

OYSTERS • diced plumcot, lime, lavender, honey 

SPAGHETTI • burrata, soppressata crumb, ramp butter

LOCAL GREENS • marinated watermelon, feta, spiced pistachio 

#localproduce #charlestonrestaurants #chseats #charleston #chs #chsfood #broadstreet #chslocal #charlestonfood #charlestonfoodie #finediningcharleston #sustainableseafood #localoysters #localgreens #farmtotable
The Perfect Summer Dinner 🦪 {June Edition} OYSTERS • diced plumcot, lime, lavender, honey SPAGHETTI • burrata, soppressata crumb, ramp butter LOCAL GREENS • marinated watermelon, feta, spiced pistachio #localproduce #charlestonrestaurants #chseats #charleston #chs #chsfood #broadstreet #chslocal #charlestonfood #charlestonfoodie #finediningcharleston #sustainableseafood #localoysters #localgreens #farmtotable
Take your pick, you can’t go wrong. At The Establishment, each of our dining areas have their own setting and unique experience. Whether you’re celebrating with friends, indulging in a romantic evening, or treating yourself (because you deserve it), our team will select the best seat in the house to match your vibe. 

#charleston #charlestonfood #charlestonfoodie #chseats #chaeatslocal #explorecharleston #chs #broadstreet #chslocal #chslove #charlestonrestaurants
Take your pick, you can’t go wrong. At The Establishment, each of our dining areas have their own setting and unique experience. Whether you’re celebrating with friends, indulging in a romantic evening, or treating yourself (because you deserve it), our team will select the best seat in the house to match your vibe. #charleston #charlestonfood #charlestonfoodie #chseats #chaeatslocal #explorecharleston #chs #broadstreet #chslocal #chslove #charlestonrestaurants
{South Carolina Peaches} BBQ, chow chow, and sharp Gouda complete this salty sweet dish overflowing with delicious juicy flavor. 

Join us this week for to try this dish while SC peaches are in season! 🍑

#eatlocal #localpeaches #peachseason #scpeaches #certifiedsc #chseats #charlestonrestaurants #broadstreet #charleston #chs #chstoday #lowcountrylocal
{South Carolina Peaches} BBQ, chow chow, and sharp Gouda complete this salty sweet dish overflowing with delicious juicy flavor. Join us this week for to try this dish while SC peaches are in season! 🍑 #eatlocal #localpeaches #peachseason #scpeaches #certifiedsc #chseats #charlestonrestaurants #broadstreet #charleston #chs #chstoday #lowcountrylocal
BOURBON FLIGHTS > Beer Flights 🥃 Sip on our new flight featuring @angelsenvy artisan Kentucky Bourbon and Rye whiskies. 

The legacy of Angel's Envy is built on their pioneering 'secondary finishing' technique where the whiskey is first matured in charred oak barrels and then transferred to a finishing cask that adds refined complexity and interesting flavor profiles.

#bourbon #angelsenvy #chsdrinks #bourbonflight #ryewhiskey #chseats #charlestonrestaurants #chslocal #charlestonfoodie
BOURBON FLIGHTS > Beer Flights 🥃 Sip on our new flight featuring @angelsenvy artisan Kentucky Bourbon and Rye whiskies. The legacy of Angel's Envy is built on their pioneering 'secondary finishing' technique where the whiskey is first matured in charred oak barrels and then transferred to a finishing cask that adds refined complexity and interesting flavor profiles. #bourbon #angelsenvy #chsdrinks #bourbonflight #ryewhiskey #chseats #charlestonrestaurants #chslocal #charlestonfoodie
POV: your table tonight at The Establishment. Each of our dishes celebrates the local bounty of the sea and fresh Lowcountry produce.

#chs #sustainableseafood #chseats #charlestonfood #charlestonfoodie #charlestonrestaurants #charlestonsc #charlestonseafood #localproduce #chslocal #eatlocal #drinklocal #springsummer
POV: your table tonight at The Establishment. Each of our dishes celebrates the local bounty of the sea and fresh Lowcountry produce. #chs #sustainableseafood #chseats #charlestonfood #charlestonfoodie #charlestonrestaurants #charlestonsc #charlestonseafood #localproduce #chslocal #eatlocal #drinklocal #springsummer
Pop a bottle (or two) with us for National Wine Day this Saturday! 

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Pop a bottle (or two) with us for National Wine Day this Saturday! #chsdrinks #charlestonrestaurants #charleston #wine #nationalwineday #charlestonsc #chs #chseats #chseatslocal #charlestonfood #charlestonfoodie #winebar
Indulge in flavors that make life delicious 🖤 Join us for a one-of-a-kind dining experience. 

#broadstreet #chs #charleston #chseats #charlestonrestaurants #charlestonfood #charlestonfoodie #charlestonvacay #explorecharleston #broadstreet
Indulge in flavors that make life delicious 🖤 Join us for a one-of-a-kind dining experience. #broadstreet #chs #charleston #chseats #charlestonrestaurants #charlestonfood #charlestonfoodie #charlestonvacay #explorecharleston #broadstreet
We carry some of the most unique wines in Charleston, earning an award from @wine_spectator 🍷 Come try some of our incredible vintages from around the world, hand selected by our General Manager, Brian Jarusik.

#wine #winecellar #winewinewine #charlestonwinebar #chsdrinks #charlestonrestaurants #chaeats #broadstreet #chs #charlestonfoodie #charlestonfood #winelover #winespectator
We carry some of the most unique wines in Charleston, earning an award from @wine_spectator 🍷 Come try some of our incredible vintages from around the world, hand selected by our General Manager, Brian Jarusik. #wine #winecellar #winewinewine #charlestonwinebar #chsdrinks #charlestonrestaurants #chaeats #broadstreet #chs #charlestonfoodie #charlestonfood #winelover #winespectator
We’re vibing with the new Spring menu. Come have a bite with us at 28 Broad.

#charleston #chs #chaeats #chsdrinks #eatlocal #localcharleston #charlestonfood #charlestonfoodie #broadstreet #springproduce #sustainableseafood
We’re vibing with the new Spring menu. Come have a bite with us at 28 Broad. #charleston #chs #chaeats #chsdrinks #eatlocal #localcharleston #charlestonfood #charlestonfoodie #broadstreet #springproduce #sustainableseafood
We went a little coconuts over last weekend’s Crudo 🥥yellowfin tuna, avocado, radish, coconut, shaved veggies. 

#sustainableseafood #chseats #charlestonfood #charlestonfoodie #localseafood #tuna #crudo
We went a little coconuts over last weekend’s Crudo 🥥yellowfin tuna, avocado, radish, coconut, shaved veggies. #sustainableseafood #chseats #charlestonfood #charlestonfoodie #localseafood #tuna #crudo