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We're Pairing Italian Wines with Broad Street

Italian wines on Broad St. in Charleston
Italian wines on Broad St. in Charleston
Italian wines on Broad St. in Charleston

Four Italian Wines: A History of Flavor

 

Tenuta di Arceno “Il Fauno” di Arcanum

 

Background

Tenuta di Arceno is an ancient Tuscan estate with a diverse portfolio of the highest quality wines across two classification levels – three wines centered on the native Sangiovese grape in the Chianti Classico DOCG collection and three wines celebrating the estate’s international varieties under the Toscana IGT designation. The estate is situated at the southernmost edge of Chianti Classico in the commune of Castelnuovo Berardenga.

 

The estate is 2,500 acres of which 220 acres are planted to vines – the remaining land is preserved for native vegetation including 125 acres of olive orchards. Separated into 63 distinct vineyard blocks, the vineyards are planted to 50% Sangiovese and 50% international varieties such as Cabernet Franc, Merlot, and Cabernet Sauvignon.

 

Tasting Notes

Ripe, bold and soft, the Tenuta di Arceno 2017 Il Fauno di Arcanum is a blend of Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon and Petit Verdot. This wine hits an especially pretty balance that underlines the care given to preserving the best qualities of the fruit. It pours from the bottle with a darkly concentrated appearance and displays blackberry, plum, spice, tar and leather. There is softness here for sure, yet the wine's bold structure is still intact.

 

Cesari Amarone della Valpolicella

 

Background

Cesari was founded in 1936 by Gerardo Cesari. As one of the first Italian wines to be exported to all five continents, the Cesari name quickly became synonymous with Amarone. Their estate holdings include more than 100 acres of hillside vineyards located in premier sites in the Valpolicella appellation, including three single vineyards, primarily in the historic Classico area.

 

Amarone della Valpolicella is made with local grapes Corvina, Corvinone, and Rondinella. In order to successfully complete the critical phase of "appassimento" (drying process), the fruit must be fully ripe and in perfect condition, therefore the fruit selection in the vineyard is very accurate. Once picked, the grapes are laid out carefully in single layers to allow air to circulate around the bunches, in either wooden or plastic trays or on bamboo cane mats and placed in special drying rooms called fruttai. The grapes remain in the drying rooms for three to four months. This leads to a reduction in the level of acidity, loss of water, and flavor concentration.

 

Wines are then crushed and vinified in multi-functional vats which allow the producer to control temperatures. Amarone then undergoes a period of natural aging in either Slavonian oak barrels, or in French barriques.

 

Tasting Notes

Cesari’s flagship wine is marked by cherry and prune aromas. Vanilla follows in this full, warm, harmonious red. A long and persistent finish is defined by bold tannins that elegantly coat the palate. Produced from dried grapes cultivated in the historic Classico area of the appellation, Cesari Amarone is extensively aged in a combination of French and Slavonian oak barrels for a total of three years following fermentation in stainless steel tanks.

 

San Felice Chianti Classico

 

Background

San Felice is steeped in local lore and history. Named after a local saint from the 18th century, the property was bought by the Grisaldi Del Taja family – the founding members of the Chianti Classico consortium. The property includes 445 acres of vineyards and a 44-acre parcel dedicated to experimental viticulture and genetic improvement of Sangiovese.

 

The San Felice vineyards are situated amongst the gently rolling hills of the Castelnuovo Berardenga area of Chianti Classico. The bulk of the Chianti region stretches from Florence down past Siena. However, it’s important to distinguish between the Chianti DOCG and the Chianti Classico DOCG; the latter, home to higher quality wines and a longer pedigree, is smaller, confined to a set of hills between those two cities. The larger Chianti zone is subdivided into seven other zones.

 

Tasting Notes

It is a medium-bodied Chianti Classico with a distinguished personality and notable for its

elegance. Luminous ruby red in color with scents of cherry, raspberry, and sweet violets. Dry on the palate, showing subtle tannins and a fresh, crisp acidity.

 

Grifalco “Gricos” Aglianico del Vulture

 

Background

Aglianico is the best known 'big red' grape in southern Italy, and there are two places

where it grows particularly well, Taurasi in Campania and Monte Vulture in Basilicata. The areas are less than two hours from each other, both are volcanic in geology, and both produce magnificent red wines - amongst the most age-worthy in Italy.

 

Grifalco is an excellent producer of Aglianico del Vulture owned by the Piccin family, who were originally wine producers in Tuscany but decided that southern Italy, Basilicata in particular, was more promising. One of the challenges in making Aglianico del Vulture is making sure that these big reds don't become bitter, and Fabrizio Piccin has done an excellent job of taming the tannins without making the wines glossy.

 

Tasting Notes

Blackberry, black cherry, licorice, and wild herbs. Well-balanced, with firm, sweet tannins and juicy acidity. Drinks well alongside anything from the grill.




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!