February 28 - March 4, 2018

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Local Love: Elevating Recycling + Compost Efforts This Festival Season

Reduce, reuse and recycle - a familiar eco-friendly mantra that we are putting a bigger emphasis on this festival season. Recycling has always been a priority of Charleston Wine + Food, but this valiant endeavour has not been an easy task. While the City of Charleston assists in disposing cardboard + glass after events, this year, we are also partnering with Smart Recycling to elevate our recycling efforts through a compost, recycle + trash initiative. Our shared mission is to reduce trash and generate creative ways to upcycle food waste from the festival. A significant amount of waste is unavoidable as a food + beverage festival, but we are excited to leave a greener legacy, one that recycles smarter, reduces the carbon footprint, and prioritizes Charleston’s environmental future. This year’s compost program will serve as a trial run to establish best practices for sorting festival waste. Our guests will see three bins this year, one for recycling, one for trash, and one for compost. Volunteers will staff each station to assist guests in disposing everything from merlot-stained plastic cups to remaining morsels of food. The majority of festival waste comes from the Culinary Village, so for this first year our recycling program will live in the village. And the best news?  We use biodegradable products, so almost everything will be able to be composted or recycled. Composted products take just a short 30-40 days to turn into rich viable soil, so within a month's time local farmers will be utilizing compost produced directly from the festival. The effectiveness of the Smart Recycling partnership will be tracked through the number of times each bin is dumped, with the hope that this effort will result in a significant reduction in the amount of garbage produced and an increase in compostable materials. Smart Recycling will train festival volunteers and help facilitate the trash + composting process. Our very own Erin Connolly and Lauren Turgeon are championing our recycling program, and shared this secondary goal of training volunteers to understand the difference between the items for compost, recycle, and trash to not only reduce festival waste but also help educate and motivate guests to continue recycling + composting at home. We are proud stewards of the land, protecting + preserving the beauty of the #1 city in the world. So we ask you to join our eco-friendly initiative and help us #PourIntoCharleston.
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10 Can't Miss Events Under $100

It’s crunch time people! With the festival less than almost a week away, those looking to purchase last minute tickets to the best events can look no further. Check out our favorite events under $100 here: Fowl Mouth - $95 This’ll be the best #partyfowl you’ve ever seen. Check us out at Cooper River Brewing Co. for all things winged fowl. Accompany your smoky snacks with fresh beer, wine, and deep bourbon cocktails at this low-key hangout that’s sure to kick off your weekend the right way! Dynamic Drinking: Making Sinsky Of It All - $95 For one of the best deals of the festival, make your friends jealous with this once in a lifetime chance to hear what Master Sommeliers and elite vineyard owners have to say about some of the best wine in the world. Sustainable and environmentally friendly wines are the focus of this panel, so sit back and get ready to have your tastebuds tannon-talized! Commodores + Admirals - $75 Think delicious party at Charleston’s hottest new late night hangout, The Commodore. Yummy snacks and craft cocktails to be provided by Roti Rolls accompanied by special guests from The Lot on James Island and Eric Warnstedt of the Hen of the Wood (Burlington, VT). Come dance the night away with us at CHSWFF’s hottest new event of 2017! The Ice Age of Mixology - $75 Ever wondered what it takes to make a good cocktail? Fresh mixers, elite liquor, and ICE, of course! Come to Proof with mixologist Charlotte Voisey to learn how ice can make or break a great drink. What The Pho? - $70 Oodles of East-Asian inspired noodles and high energy music by DJ Rehab, this event held at the Le Creuset Atelier is sure to go down in the history books. Imagine a dozen of your favorite local and guest chefs partyin’ all night long- chopsticks provided. The Business of Food - $70 With guests speaker stars like Chef Danny Meyer, Nancy Silverton, Ruth Reichl, Darcy Shankland, and Steve Palmer, those looking to get the inside scoop on the restaurant business look no further. Those already in the local food + bev business, enter code INDY17 and receive a $25 ticket! Namaste Bubbly - $65 Join us in the Cedar Room at the Cigar Factory for an exclusive yoga class taught by local favorite Cortney Ostrosky followed by Sunday champs and healthy fare. Round up your friends and let’s get fizzical! Pedals + Pints - $65 Bring your own bike or rent one from Trek Mt. Pleasant for a stylish, leisurely ride through downtown Charleston with your favorite brewmasters. Reward yourself after with local food truck bites and drafts; this event is sure to be snatched up by beer and bicycle lovers everywhere, so don’t wait! Iron Mixologist - $65 This live action, Iron Chef America-style cocktail combat is back and supported by Imbibe to bring guests the ultimate exhilarating experience. Enjoy exclusive cocktails crafted by local mixologists at Bar Mash and watch the competition unfold! Pecha Kucha + Wine + Food - $40 Join an all-star lineup of local chefs and restaurateurs MC’ed by Tradesman Brewing Company’s Chris Winn to be inspired by food + bev chatter and snacks + drinks. Get your tickets now for this 3rd time event that’s sure to be the opposite of boring. Didn't find the event curated perfectly for you + your crew? No fear! Find a complete list of all of our events with a simple click!
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Top 10 Festival Wines Under $30

With the festival just one month away, at Charleston Wine + Food we think everyone deserves a drink right now!  In order to ensure everyone has the chance to taste the best vinos on the market right now, our partner Bottles has graciously provided a list of delectable wines all under $30!  Affordable wine that still tastes amazing? Be sure to stop by their Wine Retail Tent in the Culinary Village to snag a bottle for yourself.

List curated by Mike van Beyrer

Lioco Chardonnay 2014: $19.99

This 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 Vinous

The 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: $20.99

This 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: $19.99

Lots 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 Vinous

A 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: $23.99

This 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: $21.99

Aromas 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: $27.99

A 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:  $19.99

Expressive 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:  $23.99

Rhone 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.
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The Culinary Village: What To Expect

The Culinary Village is the epicenter of Charleston Wine + Food.  Three days of nonstop cooking demonstrations, tastings, special guests, and local artists are sure to be among the highlights of your culinary experience. Here you’ll make those festival memories you won’t soon forget.   All-day access to the Village is available with just one ticket, and if you’re from Charleston, you can purchase a ticket to Sunday’s village for just $75!  Talk about local love. Returning favorites are sure to please: the Artisan Market, Rosé Garden + Grilling presented by Chateau d'Esclans, Biergarten presented by Bay Street Biergarten, and The Hub are all the buzz for festival veterans.   But wait, there’s more! Be sure to check out what’s BRAND NEW in the Culinary Village this year: Top Chef Quickfire Challenge:  Top Chef fans will be treated to the ultimate performance and epic chef throwdown on Friday at 1pm!  With Bravo Top Chef’s own Gail Simmons moderating the Quick Fire Challenge, you’ll want to grab a seat in the front row. The Corkyard: Our new all wine, all the time, Corkyard will be open for those vino devotees eager to taste creations by over 20 wineries from around the world. Wine not spend all day here?  You’ll be able to chat with fellow wine lovers and drink your way to red, white, and rosé heaven.  Oh! And don't forget to check out the Wine Retail Shop presented by Bottles to take home some of your new favorites along with wine-o accessories for sommeliers + newbies alike! Snack Shacks: Four new spots for a tasty twist on some of our Lowcountry favorites.  “Duck, Duck Goose” will feature exclusively duck and foie gras dishes. “Grit Happens” will highlight our beloved Southern chefs firing up what they know best.  Strictly sliders are on the menu at “Nice Buns”, and lastly “Beer-Battered + Fried” will appear in the Biergarten for everyone’s inner greasy glutton. The interactive environment between chef and attendee make for an intimate Village experience. Teepee Talks: Heritage Radio Network’s new, expanded Teepee Talks are returning for an extra large second helping in the Village this year.  We’ve added a second teepee for more chatter and even more fun that everyone can take part in. Grab a drink, put on your conversation cap, and join the party! Can’t wait til March? Salivate on this for now: [embed]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s_OwSc8cNE0[/embed]  
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Hotel Packages: Your One Stop Shop for Savvy Festival Navigation

With over 100 events across the city of Charleston and more than 70 hotel options, who can choose when it comes to Charleston Wine+ Food? Our local hospitality groups make it easy! Whether you’re a savvy CHSWFF devotee or new to the scene, the culmination of hotel packages we have curated for you will help you navigate your travel and the 2017 festival with ease. So don’t let your FOMO get you down. Peruse our hotel packages and find the one that’s right for you! We have highlighted a few of these stellar packages below. The Francis Marion: So Close You Can Taste It Located across from Marion Square, The Francis Marion Hotel has the perfect view of the heart of the festival - The Culinary Village. Enjoy prime proximity and an array of à la carte ticket options including tickets to Opening Night: Rooted in Charleston, Fowl Mouth and A Bourbon Affair.

The Wentworth Mansion: Wine + Food Gourmand Package

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!

Hilton Garden Inn Charleston Waterfront: Girls Just Wanna Have Wine...and Food

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!

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Culinary Village Sunday Tickets Still Available

The Culinary Village is the heartbeat of Charleston Wine + Food. Spanning three days and featuring hundreds of chefs, winemakers, tastemakers, artisans and authors, this is an experience not to be missed. With a new and expanded tasting area planned for 2016, you’ll want to grab your all day pass to enjoy the full Culinary Village landscape, including tastings, demos, book signings, retail, live music and more flavor than your foodie heart can hold. Tickets are still available for Sunday, March 6th. Save $30 if you are a local with our Locals Ticket. [embed]https://youtu.be/lADLw3hHDt8[/embed]
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Festival 101

As the 11th annual Charleston Wine + Food quickly approaches, we wanted to take the time to lay out a little Festival 101. This list of important tidbits can be helpful to even the most experienced guest, so read up and get ready for the tasty weekend you have planned! + Keep hydrated and well rested. Remember, it's a marathon, not a sprint. Make sure to drink water throughout the day, and get plenty of sleep so you can live it up every day! + Don't hesitate to ask for help! Our number one priority is your experience. Staff and volunteers will be around for any guidance you need! + While we do love children and pets, no one under 21 (even in a child carrier) and no furry friends are allowed at any Charleston Wine + Food events. + Tickets can be printed,  and also scanned directly from your mobile phone for easy entrance. + Make sure to check the weather a few days out and pack accordingly. Being comfortable is a key to having a great experience, and layering is definitely a good idea. March weather in Charleston is very unpredictable. + Share your experience! Be sure to utilize our official hashtag, #CHSWFF! We absolutely love to see/share/like your posts, so don't be shy. + The Culinary Village is a must. This all-access experience can be enjoyed Friday, Saturday and Sunday, 12p.m. - 5p.m., so plan to hang out all afternoon as you sip, roam, explore and take it all in. P.S. - Check out the Culinary Village map and familiarize yourself with the area! + The festival experiences doesn't have to end March 6 - Fly your wine home! Pick up all your new favorites at the Bottles Wine Retail Shop located in the Culinary Village (Marion Square). + Safety is first, festival goers. And what's easier than Uber?  Sign up and download the app on your cell phone for easy riding around Charleston during the weekend. + Keep a schedule-at-a-glance on hand, and know which events you have on your schedule! Pick up our Official 2016 Program during the festival at our Ticketing Office (located in Marion Square) or grab a copy of Charleston Magazine's February issue (and pull out the insert to keep with you as you set out on your #CHSWFF adventure). + Take a moment to appreciate our incredible partners and all their generous support. We would be lost without them. + Have more questions? Contact us: ticketing@cwf.obviouslee.com or 843.727.9998 x101. + Bring your appetite and an open mind!
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One Month To Go + Tickets Still Available!

UPDATED 2.23.16

We 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.
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Join Opening Ceremony

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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!

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