Tuesday, July 10, 2012
South Carolina Wins Big in Wine Enthusiast
Wine Enthusiast Magazine has spoken and South Carolina (and more specifically Charleston) has listened. In their 100 Best Wine Restaurants for 2012, Wine Enthusiast Magazine combed the nation for the best of the best when it comes to the ultimate in wine service in restaurants. And out of 24 restaurants in the South that were included, three are from our very own Charleston.
Charleston Grill, Circa 1886 and Husk were all chosen as one of the 100 best in the nation. They are also the only restaurants chosen in the the Carolinas. And what puts these dining establishments above the rest? Well, according to Wine Enthusiast, these hot spots have set themselves apart in the wine world by offering visionary beverage programs and innovative menus, mood-enhancing ambiance and top-notch service.
Charleston Grill features the upscale Southern-inspired cuisine of Chef Michelle Weaver and counts over 1,300 wines from around the world, with an emphasis on red Burgundy. According to sommelier, Rick Rubel, "sometimes we fall in love with a wine and the chef will create a dish for the match".
The diverse wine list at Circa 1886 features wines from around the world with an emphasis on the varietal characteristics that complement the lowcounty haute cuisine that Chef Marc Collins has become noted for. One of the most popular year-round menu items (and a great pairing with a smoky Chateauneuf-du-Pape) is the Antelope Loin with accompaniments that change seasonally.
Chef Sean Brock's secret at Husk is his commitment to regional cuisine with locally sourced ingredients.... which leaves the door wide open for nontraditional wine pairings. Their wine list focuses on wines and producers that define their region. I wonder what they would suggest as a pairing for the restaurant's sought-after and never-duplicated cornbread?
Congratulations and thanks for making the Carolinas proud!