February 28 - March 4, 2018

Charleston Wine + Food

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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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Clicquot Journey

Spring is in full swing, y’all, and we think it’s high-time to forget busy and say hello to bubbly. Charleston Wine + Food is thrilled to welcome back Veuve Clicquot when they make a stop in the Lowcountry as part of their 21-city 2016 #ClicquotJourney Spring Tour. To celebrate their much-anticipated return, we’re popping up a street party in the heart of the historic Old Village on Pitt Street Bridge. The all-inclusive ticket includes unlimited pours of Veuve Clicquot Champagne + Rosé, a commemorative Veuve Clicquot glass, festive games, live DJ, and bites by acclaimed local chefs. Featured chefs include:
  • Brannon Florie, The Granary
  • Kelly + Tony Chu, Aya
  • Jonathan Banta, The Atlantic Room
  • Katie Lorenzen-Smith, Tavern & Table
  • Marc Collins, Circa 1886
  • Jacob Schor, Rue de Jean
  • Kevin Getzewich, Indaco
Event festivities will begin at 5:00 p.m.  In addition, we are excited to announce that one lucky ticket holder will win the ultimate Grand Cayman Island vacation package for two. The package, provided by Grand Cayman Department of Tourism, includes a four-night stay for two guests at the Mariott Grand Cayman Resort and Spa, air transportation for two on Cayman Airways from any US gateway to Grand Cayman, round-trip airport ground transportation, and a local attraction experience package. All ticket holders will be entered to win. (Charleston Wine + Food will notify the winner via email in the event of their absence.) Let’s get bubbly!
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How's Your Appetite?

THE MENU IS READY. Today we are thrilled to announce the release of our official lineup and tickets for the 2016 Charleston Wine + Food. Hop over to our tickets page to start plotting your ultimate festival experience. 2016 HIGHLIGHTS + INSIDER TIPS Because we can barely contain our excitement, we want to immediately offer up a few tidbits we think you'll want to know leading up to our 11th festival season. Without further ado, here's a handful of highlights. Go forth and prepare your palate, ye merry culinary fiends! + Mark Your Calendar. The dates of the 2016 Charleston Wine + Food are Wednesday, March 2 – Sunday, March 6. Our annual Opening Night Party, presented by the Art Institute of Charleston + supported by Charleston Magazine, will kick off the festivities on Wednesday, March 4. The evening will be a festive celebration and we're affectionately calling it "Cheers to Charleston!" - a fitting opener, indeed. + Get ready for a new Culinary Village experience. The cornerstone of Charleston Wine + Food, the Culinary Village, will span three days: Friday, March 6 through Sunday, March 8. We are no longer hosting two individual tasting sessions; instead, your $100 ticket ($70 for locals on Sunday) grants you an all-access experience that spans a full five hours (12-5p.m.). That's plenty of eating, drinking and feasting your senses throughout the hundreds of tastings, demos, author signings and more taking place each day in Marion Square. + We'll see you at The Hub. New to the Village footprint this year is The Hub (formerly our Grand Tasting Tent), an open-air tasting extravaganza with plenty to please every palate. Other Village features include an expanded Third Space, Artisan Market, hundreds of chef conversations and tastings, our beloved Hands-On Kitchen, beer + rosé gardens, cookbook signings, chef sightings, retail therapy, live music and more. No matter your craving, Culinary Village is a must for your #CHSWFF itinerary! + Make it a date at one of our Signature Dinners. Our immensely popular Signature Dinner Series allows local chefs the opportunity to work with renowned guest chefs and winemakers to create a once-in-a-lifetime experience for CWF guests. In 2016, over 25 Signature Dinners will take place on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights. You'll want to enjoy and experience the unforgettable flavors created by our beloved local chefs and their guests. (Insider tip: Reserve your seats right away. These dinners sell out fast.) + Excursions are better than ever in 2016, so make plans to see even more of the Lowcountry. Hop aboard a chartered boat and let us whisky you away to Bulls Bay Saltworks. Dive into the culinary history and cultural impact of the Gullah people. Experience the bounty of the sea aboard a fishing boat, then enjoy a special preparation of the day's catch by critically acclaimed chefs. Travel to Hemingway, South Carolina for lunch with one of the country's most respected pitmasters. There's obviously much in store, so beckon your inner explorer and plan your own ultimate Charleston culinary adventure! Friends have benefits at Charleston Wine + Food. including exclusive events and your own personal CWF concierge. If you are interested in our Friends of the Festival program, contact Nysa Hicks (843-727-9998 x8) and find out in more detail how you can enjoy these perks throughout the 2016 festival season. (Of importance: your donation gets you perks, yes, but most importantly it supports our 501(c)(3) mission of benefiting the next generation of culinary talent through scholarship programs. How friendly is that?!) There's something for everyone. Our lineup of events for 2016 ranges in size and theme, so be sure to check our website to find out when an event is close to selling out and be sure you are signed up for our newsletter so that you are first to know about any new additions. +We've planned events for every budget. The coming year's festival includes over 30 events that are less than $100.  Spread the flavor, y'all. We don't like to eat or drink alone, so be sure you are sharing/following/posting/pinning/liking/tagging #CHSWFF across all our official social media platforms (FacebookTwitterInstagram, Pinterest). Stay connected and experience all the flavors of 2016 along with us. + You don't have to wait until March. Veuve, anyone! Clicquot en Route is headed to Charleston and will be making a stop at the stunning William Aiken House Tuesday, October 13. Not to be missed, this festive afternoon will include bubbly and delicious bites by local chefs. Let this be your first stop along this year's CWF journey.  We hope you are as jazzed as we are to celebrate eleven years of Charleston Wine + Food. Perhaps we will see today at A Boozy Brunch – our ticket launch party presented by Limehouse Produce + supported by Charleston Magazine. As a matter of fact, there are a few tickets left. All we can say is, CHEERS!
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A Whiskey, Tequila + a Gin Walk Into A Pop-Up Cocktail Bar...

Mix and mingle with some of the top mixologists in the country and taste some of the finest luxury spirits in the world at the new Pop-Up Cocktail Bar, presented by Bulleit Bourbon, located in the Culinary Village. Check the schedule below to plan your mixology experience in the Culinary Village. Charleston_Wine_And_Food_PopUp_Cocktail_BarIf smoky smooth bourbon is your choice of spirit, be sure to catch Diageo USA’s luxury brand mixologist, Elayne Duff in action. Elayne will showcase Bulleit 10, a selected reserve whiskey in a variety of cocktails. Bulleit 10 has been aged for 10 years in charred American white oak barrels – which means that the Bulleit 10 you’ll be sipping was created the same year that the Charleston Wine + Food Festival started – how fitting! elayne_duff If whiskey wets your whistle, Todd Richman, who was honored with the prestigious award of Best American Brand Ambassador of the Year at the Tales of the Cocktail Spirited Awards in 2013 will be presenting classic and modern cocktails featuring rye whiskey and Crown Royal while behind the Pop-Up Cocktail Bar. There is nothing old fashioned about one of his Crown Royal Old Fashioned cocktails. todd_richman If tequila is your passion, Gina Castillo will illustrate the craftsmanship of Tequila Don Julio, made from 100% purse blue Weber agave plants from the highlands of Jalisco. Agave plants grow for seven to ten years before being harvested, resulting in the mellow, fully developed agave flavor Tequila Don Julio is known for. Don’t miss the chance to sample the world’s first luxury tequila. gina_castillo If gin brightens your palate, Tanqueray No. 10 will be featured in the ever-classic South Side cocktail, presented by Rachel Ford (aka Lady Tanqueray). Why the number 10? Not only on-trend to celebrate a decade of the Charleston Wine + Food Festival, Tanqueray No. 10 is crafted in a small No. 10 still. This award winning spirit is in the World Spirits Hall of Fame. Now that’s something to raise a glass to. rachel_ford Enjoy the Pop-Up Cocktail Bar courtesy of the festival's Official Cocktail Sponsor Diageo USA, and help us #ToastTheDecade. Cheers!
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