List curated by Mike van Beyrer
Lioco Chardonnay 2014: $19.99This Sonoma County pick is brilliant, focused and nuanced, with plenty of citrus, lemon peel, white pepper and orchard fruit nuances. Vinification and aging in steel keeps the flavors fresh throughout. One of the very best values in California Chardonnay you’ll come across.
Lioco “Sativa” Carignane 2014: $29.99, 92 points VinousThe 2014 Sativa, 100% old-vine Carignan from Mendocino County, is one of the most striking wines in this price range. A host of inky blue and purplish-hued fruits, mint, spices and leather make a strong impression.
Felino Malbec 2015: $20.99This Malbec is always a terrific value, showcasing Mendoza fruit with a California style, and at a great price. Paul Hobbs and Nicolas Catena are behind this gem.
Vina Sastre Ribera del Duero 2014: $19.99Lots of flowers on the nose, particularly violets and lavender, and also some roasted coffee notes. Smooth with mellow tannins, this wine is savory and lightly smoky. The finish is long and mineral with an iron quality. A perfect pair for grilled lamb chops, sausages, and chickpea stew.
Patton Pinot Noir 2014: $22.99, 90 Points VinousA pale red. Lively, sharply focused aromas of redcurrant and strawberry accented by white pepper and orange zest. Refreshingly brisk and racy on the palate, with weightless bitter cherry and red berry flavors taking a sweeter turn on the back half. This distinctly graceful Pinot finishes with very good lift and spicy cut, leaving berry skin and allspice notes behind.
Omero Pinot Noir 2014: $23.99This sublime Oregon Pinot comes from a tiny family owned winery in Carlton, OR. Everything is organic, hand harvested and hand crafted at Omero and this is their largest production offering at just 2100 cases. Cinnamon, vanilla and sandalwood complement the opulent cherry fruit along with notes of rhubarb and sassafras.
Adelaida Zinfandel 2013: $21.99Aromas of dried cherries, anise, and Christmas spice. Flavors of crushed raspberries, cranberries, grated nutmeg, chocolate shavings. Pairs well with barbecued tri-tip with caramelized onions, grilled lamb chops with pistachio salsa verde, carnitas tacos with tomatillo salsa.
Patricia Green Reserve Pinot Noir 2015: $27.99A deep red. Expansive red berry and floral pastille scents and flavors show impressive energy and pick up a hint of smokiness as the wine opens up. Smooth and fleshy but lively as well; a late jolt of white pepper adds spicy bite. Generous but vibrant in character, finishing very long and sweet, with gentle tannins lending shape and subtle grip. This wine delivers exceptional bang for the buck.
Kivelstadt Sonoma Sauvignon Blanc 2015: $19.99Expressive scents and flavors of Meyer lemon, quince and pungent herbs, along with notes of ginger and chalky minerals. Silky and expansive in the mouth, with a floral quality adding complexity. Finishes focused and dry, with dusty citrus pith and mint nuances clinging.
Kivelstadt Red Blend 2013: $23.99Rhone style blend made from 50% Syrah from our estate vineyard, 25% Grenache, and 25% Carignane from Venturi Vineyard. The Carignane and Grenache bring high tone fruit, approachability and energy to balance out the earthier Syrah in the blend. The wine sees 10% new French oak for 16 months and is our bistro style red wine - versatile with an array of cuisine.
Treat yourself to the ultimate Charleston experience with this exclusive three night package for two in the luxurious Wentworth Mansion. Touting the best view of the Holy City, you will savor every minute of your stay.. Rise and shine downtown then make your way to local Runnymede Plantation for fire-kissed dishes From the Ashes, or relish in an afternoon at the RiverOaks for our Iron + Oak Signature Event.John Rutledge House Inn: Wine + Food Gastronome Package Enjoy the historic elegance that is the John Rutledge House Inn and experience the new ambiance of Anson’s renovated space with a hotel package that has a flavor for every palette. You’ll satisfy more than just an appetite, as local architect David Thompson takes you through a variety of downtown restaurants exposing you to the story behind design in our new excursion Flavor by Design. This package caters to all your senses - you won’t want to miss out!
Grab your girls and head to Charleston for a wine lover’s dream weekend. Sip on wines from Michele Chiarlo during a once-in-a-lifetime experience at the Indaco Wine Lunch with Executive Chef Kevin Getzewich + James Beard winner Chef Andrew Carmellini. Then head back to your hotel to determine which local somm takes home the ultimate bragging rights of Sumo Sommelier. The perks continue with available tickets to two Charleston Wine + Food traditions, the Culinary Village and Gospel Brunch. Your seats won’t be saved for long, so grab your tickets soon for an experience like no other!
UPDATED 2.23.16We are officially just one month away from the 2016 installment of Charleston Wine + Food, and we couldn't be more thrilled about all the tremendous flavor in store: amazing talent, amazing events, amazing partners, the list goes on! There's a healthy helping of wonderful events with tickets still available, and we wanted to offer up an easy-to-peruse list for you to explore. Fill your plate with everything from interactive classes to beverage workshops to signature dinners. We've also listed out all those events with tickets under $100. Trust us - there's something for everyone at the 11th annual serving of Charleston Wine + Food. (Be sure to look for the * that denotes all our new experiences.) For easy searching + shopping, just click on the event that interests you and it will take you directly to the event page where you can get all the info and purchase your ticket. CLASSES/WORKSHOPS: The Natural Vine $95 Uncommon In The Commonwealth $65 Heirloom Whiskey Revival With High Wire Distilling Co. $125 Outstanding Women of Wine $100 Vega Sicilia Undiscovered $250 Wine Spectator Workshop: Tasting In The Dark With Virginia Dare Winery $65 ZiNG! $65 Cloudy Bay Reserve Tasting $125 How To Speak Mixologist $65 Higher Marques: Grande Marnier + Cheese $95 Bringing The Chef’s Garden To The Bar $65 Darioush Back Vintage Tasting $250 Expressions of Jura $95 No Filter With Jim Clendenen $150 Heitz Cellar “Martha’s Vineyard” Vertical Tasting $300 My Sherry Amore $65 Maison Ruinart: Still Bubbly After All These Years $75 Wines On The Edge: How Climate Change Is Altering European Viticulture $125 Krug Virtuoso $350 You Are What You Drink $65 California Varietals: A New Generation of Winemaking $95 By Invitiation Only: Dining With Darioush $500 Iron Mixologist $55 Masting Pinot With Ken Wright $200 Wine of Kings $250 Noble Roots: Tasting With Robert Foley $250 Meet Mezcal: Tequila’s Smokin’ Cousin $65 Brewers, Brewskies + Bowling $50 SIGNATURE EVENTS: Opening Night $150 Baked @ Bowen’s $125 Soiree A La Belle Etoile: Dinner Under The Stars $350 The Roasted Goat $85 A Bourbon Affair: Brown Water + Smoke $100 Of Garden + Grape $125 Pecha Kucha + Wine + Food $40 Coastal Cuvee $100 North + South + East + West: Le Tour Des Femmes $750 On The Rocks (N’ Roll) $95 Toasted: Up In Smoke $85 UNDER $100: The Natural Vine $95 The Roasted Goat $85 Uncommon in The Commonwealth $65 Wine Spectator: Tasting in The Dark With Virginia Dare Winery $65 ZiNG! $65 How To Speak Mixologist $65 Higher Marque: Grand Marnier + Cheese $95 Bringing The Chef’s Garden To The Bar $65 Expressions of Jura $95 Pecha Kucha + Wine + Food $40 My Sherry Amore $65 Maison Ruinart: Still Bubbly After All These Years $75 You Are What You Drink $65 California Varietals: A New Generation Of Winemaking $95 Iron Mixologist $55 Meet Mezcal: Tequila’s Smokin’ Cousin $65 On The Rocks (‘N Roll) $95 Beer For Breakfast @ Chick’s Fry House $85 Brewers, Brewskies + Bowling $50 Toasted: Up in Smoke $85 CULINARY VILLAGE: Culinary Village Friday $100 Culinary Village Saturday $100 Culinary Village Sunday $100 Culinary Village Sunday - Locals Save $30! Cheers! We'll see you at the festival.
Friday, March 6 @ 11am at the Culinary Village Music Stage
Join Mayor Joe Riley, SC Poet Laureate Marjory Wentworth, Executive Director Gillian Zettler and special guests as we officially open the 10th Annual Culinary Village and give out the festival's four prestigious awards for 2015: Frank Stitt Award, Marc Collins Chef Award, Laura Hewitt Culinary Legend Award and the Charleston Wine + Food Award for Contribution to Mixology.
All are welcome!