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Charleston: Have Some Wine With Your History

From bars and restaurants to scenic, rural settings, there's quite a variety of vino in South Carolina's Holy City.

There is no shortage of places to get a good glass—or bottle—of wine in Charleston.

Whether you want to sit down at a restaurant and have a sommelier match a wine to your meal or just enjoy a glass at the bar, the Holy City offers plenty of choices. There's even a winery with a tasting room and a spring wine stroll among blooming gardens. 


Grand Bohemian Charleston

The Grand Bohemian has a wine-tasting room and a wine-blending room on the hotel premise. The blending room is used for wine-making classes during which attendees create their own style of wine from percentages of Merlot, Malbec, Petite Sirah, and Cabernet. Three sommeliers will oversee the classes and the 32-tap tasting room. 55 Wentworth St., Charleston, South Carolina, 843.722.5711

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Order a glass (or bottle) or blend your own at the Grand Bohemian Charleston. (Courtesy Grand Bohemian Charleston)


Bin 152 Wine Bar

From the outside, this King Street bar often looks like it’s closed. There are no overhead lights, no bright signs or TV screens—just a room of low-lit wooden tables and chairs. Bin 152 is a wine bar, a cheese bar, an art gallery and an antiques market that offers 30 wines by the glass and more than 130 by the bottle. There also are 40 cheeses and charcuterie, all served a la carte with Bin's freshly baked bread. 152 King St., Charleston, South Carolina, 843.577.7359

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Bin 152 offers 30 wines by the glass and more than 130 by the bottle. (Courtesy Bin 152)


FIG

With two James Beard Award winners in the kitchen, FIG is best known for its seasonal, locally sourced cuisine, but the wine program also has won serious accolades. The expansive wine list includes not just great choices from all the best Old- and New-World wine-producing regions, but from unusual locales such as Slovenia and Santorini. That wine list is four pages long, but nobody will rush you in making a selection. 232 Meeting St., Charleston, South Carolina, 843.805.5900


Charleston Grill

More than 1,300 wine labels fill the Charleston Grill cellar in this Charleston Place restaurant, including many rare, vintage wines arranged in the mahogany cabinets in the Vintner’s Room. Take the sommelier’s suggestions, enjoy the live jazz performers and chef Michelle Weaver’s Southern dishes, and raise a toast with the gorgeous glassware. 224 King St, Charleston, South Carolina, 843.577.4522 

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Charleston Grill has more than 1,300 labels on its menu. (Courtesy Charleston Grill)


Muse Restaurant and Wine Bar

Muse opened in 2007 in a villa-like atmosphere in a house on Society Street. There are 100 wine offerings by the glass and 500 bottle offerings from producers all around the world, who create products that are true to their region, history and varietal. The menu offers dishes inspired by the many cultures of the Mediterranean and is prepared with local ingredients. 82 Society St., Charleston, South Carolina, 843.577.1102


McCrady’s

McCrady’s Restaurant was created with deep roots in tradition while representing the best of new Southern fine dining. The bar specializes in handcrafted cocktails along with an award-winning wine list that includes more than 1,000 international bottles. 2 Unity Alley, Charleston, South Carolina, 843.577.0025

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McCrady's has an award-winning wine list with more than 1,000 international bottles. (Courtesy McCrady's)


O'Hara and Flynn 

Wine bar O'Hara and Flynn offers a relaxed and comfortable atmosphere where guests are surrounded by a “library” of wine and whimsical artwork. It offers Mediterranean-influenced dishes, cheeses, charcuterie and tapas-style appetizers, 30 wines by the glass and 700 by the bottle. The wine bar specializes in hand-selected wines from artisanal producers. 225 Meeting St. (at Pinckney Street), Charleston, South Carolina, 843.534.1916

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Charleston merchant wine tasting at O'Hara & Flynn. (Smoak Stack Studios/Flickr, Creative Commons)


Stars

Stars Rooftop & Grill Room offers many wines on tap and a large menu of wines by the bottle and glass. Perched above upper King Street, the rooftop bar offers wine on tap, cocktails and craft beer, in addition to 360-degree views of the Holy City. Guests can sit in comfortable recycled wicker furniture that has been placed in the best position for enjoying the view. 495 King St., Charleston, South Carolina, 843.577.0100


Irvin~House Vineyards 

Irvin~House Vineyards is Charleston's only domestic vineyard and winery. At its location on Wadmalaw Island, enjoy wine tastings from 10 am to 5 pm Tuesday through Saturday. You can taste all five wines and keep your souvenir glass for $5. Afterward, you can choose a glass or bottle of your favorite to enjoy on the expansive vineyard. When you visit, be prepared to lounge under the oaks and sip muscadine wine with friends. Unlike typical wineries around the nation, Irvin~House is rustic, country-chic and focuses on producing wine using the native muscadine grape. It is also the home to the Firefly Distillery. 6775 Bears Bluff Road on Wadmalaw Island, South Carolina, 843.559.6867

 

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The vines of Irvin~House Vineyards, which specializes in muscadine wine. (Courtesy Irvin~House)


Middleton Place Spring Wine Stroll

Weekly Wine Strolls began as a way for visitors to experience Middleton Place in a more relaxed atmosphere. At the evening strolls, patrons are invited to drink in the natural beauty of “America’s Oldest Landscaped Gardens,” which are now 275 years old. Each week, samples of specially selected wines from around the world are chosen by Middleton Place Restaurant. A different wine region and different garden location in bloom will be highlighted each Wednesday. Tickets are $20 online or $25 at the event. Middleton Place Foundation members receive $5 off of their tickets. 4300 Ashley River Road, Charleston, South Carolina, 843.556.0500

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The gardens of Middleton Place (Courtesy Middleton Place)