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


Our New Year's Eve 2022 celebration is now booking reservations! We'll have an incredible menu from Chef Howells, party favors, a fine selection of caviar, and some incredible bottles of bubbly. Make your reservation today!⁠
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Menu and details at EstablishmentCHS.com/nye<br/>
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#newyears #newyears2022 #charleston #southofbroad #celebrate #explorecharleston #eatlocal #drinklocal #caviar
Our New Year's Eve 2022 celebration is now booking reservations! We'll have an incredible menu from Chef Howells, party favors, a fine selection of caviar, and some incredible bottles of bubbly. Make your reservation today!⁠ ⁠ Menu and details at EstablishmentCHS.com/nye



#newyears #newyears2022 #charleston #southofbroad #celebrate #explorecharleston #eatlocal #drinklocal #caviar
Turkey Day was awesome! Now keep the holiday weekend rolling with happy hour at The Establishment on Broad Street! We're featuring some eclectic wines such as this Albarino by Vina Cartin, Rias Biaxas, Spain. ⁠
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Full Happy Hour details at EstablishmentCHS.com/happy-hour⁠
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#charleston #charlestonsc #explorecharleston #whitewine #winelover #wine #southofbroad #happyhour #broadstreet
Turkey Day was awesome! Now keep the holiday weekend rolling with happy hour at The Establishment on Broad Street! We're featuring some eclectic wines such as this Albarino by Vina Cartin, Rias Biaxas, Spain. ⁠


Full Happy Hour details at EstablishmentCHS.com/happy-hour⁠


#charleston #charlestonsc #explorecharleston #whitewine #winelover #wine #southofbroad #happyhour #broadstreet
We will be CLOSED today for Thanksgiving so our team can celebrate with friends & family. We will return to normal hours on Friday<br/>
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Gobble gobble!⁠
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#friends #family #southofbroad #charleston #thanksgiving #weclosed #feast #drinkup #chsdrinks #chseats
We will be CLOSED today for Thanksgiving so our team can celebrate with friends & family. We will return to normal hours on Friday
⁠ Gobble gobble!⁠


#friends #family #southofbroad #charleston #thanksgiving #weclosed #feast #drinkup #chsdrinks #chseats
TRY IT TONIGHT: Fall Vegetable Salad, fine herbs, egg, served with a warm lardo vinaigrette. ⁠
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#southofbroad #veggies #freshfood #foodie #salad
TRY IT TONIGHT: Fall Vegetable Salad, fine herbs, egg, served with a warm lardo vinaigrette. ⁠


#southofbroad #veggies #freshfood #foodie #salad
Enjoy Happy Hour on Broad Street at our fabulous bar! Enjoy discounts on select wine, spirits, and cocktails daily from 5pm - 6pm. Specialty cocktails — like the pictured Limoncello Spritz, featuring house-made Limoncello, vanilla, and Prosecco — are only $10<br/>
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#limoncello #happyhour #broadstreet #southofbroad #⁠
#cocktailbar #craftcocktails #cocktailtime #cocktails #craftcocktail #drinklocal #drinkup
Enjoy Happy Hour on Broad Street at our fabulous bar! Enjoy discounts on select wine, spirits, and cocktails daily from 5pm - 6pm. Specialty cocktails — like the pictured Limoncello Spritz, featuring house-made Limoncello, vanilla, and Prosecco — are only $10



#limoncello #happyhour #broadstreet #southofbroad #⁠ #cocktailbar #craftcocktails #cocktailtime #cocktails #craftcocktail #drinklocal #drinkup
The 4 classic grape varietals (Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, and Cabernet Sauvignon) are always featured here at The Establishment. Come by and sample a glass by one of these incredible producers tonight!⁠
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#wine #chsdrinks #southofbroad #datenight⁠
#instawine #winestagram #winelover #wineoclock #winewednesday #winetime
The 4 classic grape varietals (Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, and Cabernet Sauvignon) are always featured here at The Establishment. Come by and sample a glass by one of these incredible producers tonight!⁠


#wine #chsdrinks #southofbroad #datenight⁠ #instawine #winestagram #winelover #wineoclock #winewednesday #winetime
Bidding Now Live! For the first time, the excitement of the annual Dining for a Cause dinner in benefit of Feed the Need, is available to all with a weekend-long online auction. Available auction items range from spa experience to luxury travel, and everything in-between<br/>
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Hosted at The Cedar Room on Sunday, November 13, we are proud to be part of this evening that brings together local chefs, restaurants and patrons to raise funds in support of local organizations including One80 Place, Neighbors Together SC and Our Lady of Mercy Community Outreach<br/>
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Check out https://event.gives/feedtheneed for more information and to place your bid! Auction is live from Friday, November 11, 2022 at 12 p.m. through Sunday, November 13, 2022 at 8:30 p.m<br/>
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#DiningForACause #FeedTheNeedCHS #TheIndigoRoad #ExploreCharleston #CharlestonSC #TheCedarRoomCHS⁠
Bidding Now Live! For the first time, the excitement of the annual Dining for a Cause dinner in benefit of Feed the Need, is available to all with a weekend-long online auction. Available auction items range from spa experience to luxury travel, and everything in-between

Hosted at The Cedar Room on Sunday, November 13, we are proud to be part of this evening that brings together local chefs, restaurants and patrons to raise funds in support of local organizations including One80 Place, Neighbors Together SC and Our Lady of Mercy Community Outreach

Check out https://event.gives/feedtheneed for more information and to place your bid! Auction is live from Friday, November 11, 2022 at 12 p.m. through Sunday, November 13, 2022 at 8:30 p.m



#DiningForACause #FeedTheNeedCHS #TheIndigoRoad #ExploreCharleston #CharlestonSC #TheCedarRoomCHS⁠
First of the season Nantucket Bay Scallops with bucatini, preserved Meyer lemon, and Belgian Osetra caviar. Grab a friend and treat them to something special tonight on Broad Street!⁠
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#sustainableseafood #seafood #scallops #southofbroad #caviar #osetra #chseats #datenight #fridaynight
First of the season Nantucket Bay Scallops with bucatini, preserved Meyer lemon, and Belgian Osetra caviar. Grab a friend and treat them to something special tonight on Broad Street!⁠


#sustainableseafood #seafood #scallops #southofbroad #caviar #osetra #chseats #datenight #fridaynight
Come join us at The Establishment for the premiere 2022 New Year’s Eve dining experience! Chef Elliott Howells and his team have created an exceptional menu complete with an optional caviar service. ⁠
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Tickets and info at EstablishmentCHS.com/nye⁠
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#southofbroad #newyears2022 #explorecharleston #charleston #chsdrinks #chseats #newyears #newyearseve #⁠
#partytime #champagne #celebrate #newyear #newyear2022 #newyearcelebration #newyearcountdown
Come join us at The Establishment for the premiere 2022 New Year’s Eve dining experience! Chef Elliott Howells and his team have created an exceptional menu complete with an optional caviar service. ⁠
Tickets and info at EstablishmentCHS.com/nye⁠


#southofbroad #newyears2022 #explorecharleston #charleston #chsdrinks #chseats #newyears #newyearseve #⁠ #partytime #champagne #celebrate #newyear #newyear2022 #newyearcelebration #newyearcountdown
Join us for an exceptional wine and food experience, on November 10th! The Establishment is hosting an intimate 4-course dinner, featuring wines from Italy and presented by Master Sommelier Brett Davis<br/>
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#winedinner #mastersomm #italianwine #southofbroad
Join us for an exceptional wine and food experience, on November 10th! The Establishment is hosting an intimate 4-course dinner, featuring wines from Italy and presented by Master Sommelier Brett Davis



#winedinner #mastersomm #italianwine #southofbroad
It's FINALLY the weekend and we've got what you need - Que Syrah Syrah! This full-bodied red varietal is perfect for these chilly autumn nights<br/>
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#chsdrinks #chswine #syrah #charleston ⁠
It's FINALLY the weekend and we've got what you need - Que Syrah Syrah! This full-bodied red varietal is perfect for these chilly autumn nights



#chsdrinks #chswine #syrah #charleston ⁠
Come in tonight and try something local. We have a grouper tonight with a tomato saffron broth, potatoes, chorizo, clam and a mussel conserva. Full menu at EstablishmentCHS.com/menu<br/>
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#eatlocal #localfish #chseats #explorecharleston #chsdrinks #grouper
Come in tonight and try something local. We have a grouper tonight with a tomato saffron broth, potatoes, chorizo, clam and a mussel conserva. Full menu at EstablishmentCHS.com/menu



#eatlocal #localfish #chseats #explorecharleston #chsdrinks #grouper