Discover Charleston’s Finest Art and Architecture


This fall, Belmond Charleston Place invites you to uncover the city’s rich history with an exclusive Art and Architecture package. Discover the charming French Quarter on a 3-hour walking tour, which includes a 30-minute tour of the widely recognized Nathaniel Russell House. This exquisite home is located South of Broad and is known as one of America’s most important neoclassical townhouses. Immerse yourself in the Russell family’s luxurious lifestyle while exploring the restored three-story home and spacious gardens.

The tour concludes with a guided gallery tour of Robert Lange Studios, featuring the works of more than thirty artists. Enjoy a glass of Veuve Clicquot champagne as you peruse contemporary realist art in the heart of the historic district. The Charleston City Paper voted Robert Lange Studios the Best Art Gallery in Charleston for the last four years. At the conclusion of your tour, receive a Charleston book as a memento of your time in the Holy City.

Belmond Charleston Place offers newly renovated, luxurious rooms and suites, Four Star dining, a full-service spa and unbeatable Southern hospitality.


Art and Architecture Package:
• Luxury accommodations
• Three hour Art and Architecture walking tour
• Nathaniel Russell House tour
• Robert Lange Studios art gallery tour with Veuve Clicquot Champagne provided
• Charleston book amenity

Rates: From $520 per room, per night
Please note: Package is valid for travel September 17 – November 22, 2015. Two night minimum stay required. Book Online >

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Sommelier Scoop – Q&A with our Advanced Sommeliers

“They say there’s a perfect wine for every meal. We believe that works both ways.”


In a city filled with lauded chefs and noted restaurants, it’s easy to believe that the cuisine in Charleston reigns supreme. But any good restaurateur will tell you that exceptional food is only part of the equation. At Charleston Grill, the Forbes Four Star restaurant located inside Belmond Charleston Place hotel, the 1,300 label wine program stands on its own, continuously awarded Wine Spectator’s “Best of Award of Excellence”.

We recently sat down with our Advanced Sommeliers’ Rick Rubel, Andrew Marshall and Femi Oyediran, to learn more about the world of wine. Of seven Advanced Sommeliers in the state of South Carolina, six reside in Charleston, and three call Charleston Grill home. We are in good hands.


What would be your bucket list wine to celebrate a special occasion?

Rubel: Well this is a dream “bucket list”, right? It would have to be the 1975 Bollinger Blanc de Noirs “Vieilles Vignes Francaises (Champagne). I tasted this wine at a seminar 20 years ago and it haunts me to this day. I recently saw a bottle sell for about $3,000 in the UK.

Marshall: You can’t go wrong with a classic and the 1945 Château Mouton-Rothschild is considered by many to be the wine of the vintage and a spectacular wine. The history alone is enough to make me search out this $10,000 bottle of wine that was used to celebrate the end of World War II.

What is your favorite off the beaten path wine region?

Rubel: This may come as a surprise but Michigan. It’s where I began studying wine, and the region features many stunners from sparkling to elegant reds to some of our country’s best Rieslings.

Oyediran: I’m beginning to bring Finger Lakes, NY into the domestic conversation. While there are some fantastic Rieslings in the area, I recently tasted Pinor Noir and Syrah from Element Winery, which has made me want to explore this region more.

What wine would you pair with your favorite dish at Charleston Grill?

Marshall: I’m a sucker for all things sweet and Chef Michelle’s Foie Gras with bourbon-maple peaches is one of those dishes that makes you believe in a higher being. I love the classic pairing with botrytized or naturally sweet wines like Hungary’s Tokaji Aszú.

Rubel: Currently, my favorite combination is the Crispy Sweetbreads paired with Sadie Family’s Palladius 2013. The sweetbreads are a play on veal piccata which pairs perfectly with this South African white wine in weight and acidity.

Oyediran: I’m partial to the Snapper dish, plated over Fregola Sarda with red wine reduction and a foray of wild mushrooms. A Beaujolais like Thibault Liger Belair’s Moulin-a-Vent “La Roche” is graceful and aromatically intoxicating.

Which wine would you pair for a picnic in historic downtown Charleston?

Rubel: A dry, still Rosé that has enough “cut” or acidity to cool our summer heat like Paul Thomas’s Sancerre Rosé made 100% Pinot Noir. It makes my mouth water just thinking about it.

Marshall: A well chilled bottle of Champagne. I will take bubbles in just about any form but Champagne is king.

Oyediran: I’m picking bubbles too. One that I love right now is Caraccioli Cellars Brut Rosé from Santa Lucia Highlands. It’s fresh, vibrant and just incredibly delicious.

What wine and food pairing have you recommended that were surprising to guests but really work?

Rubel: I can almost hear the “no sweet wines” plea as I approach tables with a German Riesling but a dollop of residual sugar pairs perfectly with spicy and sweet seafood dishes like Chef’s Catfish Country Captain Stew.

Oyediran: I think Madeira is always surprising as a wine pairing but it’s great with our Crème Brulee, not only because of the wine’s historic relationship with Charleston but because the harmony created between the mutual caramelized flavors is a great way to end a phenomenal dinner.

What are your 3 personal wine cellar must haves?

Rubel: Can I say Champagne, Burgundy and wines from the Rhône Valley? Or is that completely cheating? How about Vintage Champagne, German Riesling and Northern Rhône Reds? Wow, that hurts to leave off Red Burgundy. Ask me tomorrow, and I bet my answer is different.

Marshall: Champagne, Burgundy, Rhône. In that order and any other order.

Oyediran: I’ll try to be diplomatic here. A Great Chardonnay from Burgundy because those wines are majestic as they age, an ‘old-school’ Napa Cabernet like Inglenook from the 1970s, and lastly a vintage port because after all of those you’re going to want something you can just sip and contemplate with.

What wine, region, varietal, or wine maker is the “one to watch” or your “favorite” and why?

Rubel: Bordeaux. The region has it all; legendary white, red and dessert wine. Some of the most famous wines on the planet with prices to match come from this region but it also has a treasure trove of good values. I hope consumers will rediscover rich Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot dominated reds, its elegant “Clarets”, sophisticated barrel fermented whites, crisp whites or excellent dessert wines. Too many great wines to ignore.

Marshall: Canada, and more specifically, British Columbia and Ontario, are producing beautiful examples of Icewine from the world’s most northerly wine regions.

Oyediran: Whether it be the graceful reds of Cerasuolo di Vittoria or of Etna, I think Sicily is producing very intriguing wines that deserve to be included in the dining room.


Next time you find yourself overwhelmed by the options on a restaurant’s wine list or at the grocery store, know you can’t go wrong with one of the suggestions above. Or, as Oyediran says “trust your server and ask questions.” Stop in soon and say hello to Rick, Andrew and Femi, who can be found at the Charleston Grill nightly.

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Downtown Discovered: South of Broad


Downtown Charleston is typically referred to as the Historic District but within the city center, a host of smaller neighborhoods exist, each offering a unique personality and experience for visitors. In our newest blog series, we will introduce you to some of Charleston’s most notable neighborhoods, starting with arguably its most famous – South of Broad.

As its name suggests, South of Broad is located south of Broad Street, at the southernmost tip of the peninsula. Bordered by the Cooper and Ashley Rivers, this primarily residential area offers spectacular views of the Charleston harbor, where the two rivers meet the Atlantic Ocean. The neighborhood is also home to Rainbow Row, one of the most famous streets in all of Charleston.

Concierge Tip: A visit to South of Broad isn’t complete without a stop at The Battery. Wander along the newly renovated, raised promenade for unparalleled views of the harbor. See if you can spot Fort Sumter, where the Civil War began, in the distance!


Considered the most exclusive and affluent of the downtown neighborhoods, South of Broad is also one of it’s oldest with residences dating back to 1721. While a variety of architectural styles exist, most homes were built by wealthy plantation owners or merchants in the Georgian-Palladian style. Located on one of the most picturesque streets south of Broad, The Sword Gate House (located at 32 Legare Street), is named after the distinctive “Sword Gates” that stand guard at the entrance to the property. Each half of the gate has a central cross, formed by a vertical spear and a horizontally placed broadsword. A matching pair mark the entrance to The Citadel, the military college located downtown.

Concierge Tip: While wandering South of Broad can be a history lesson in itself, consider a tour of one of the historic homes in the neighborhood. The Heyward Washington House, where George Washington stayed on his tour of the South, the Edmonston Alston House or the Calhoun Mansion, the largest private residence downtown at 24,000 square feet, are open for tours. The Old Exchange Building and Provost Dungeon, which offers daily tours, has hosted pirates, patriots and presidents since the Colonial era.

Points of Interest:
Famous for its lush gardens and detailed iron gate-work, South of Broad is best explored on foot or by horse-drawn carriage. Admire the flourishing window boxes and peak into the private gardens (but do mind your manners – these are private properties!) Look for urban alleyways like Stoll’s Alley, Philadelphia Alley or Price’s Alley, each offering an intimate view and journey back in time.

Concierge Tip: Plan to enjoy a picnic lunch at White Point Gardens after exploring the neighborhood. Stop by Goat. Sheep. Cow., with its 200-year-old brick walls and exposed beams, to pick up cheese, wine and charcuterie. Or, grab lunch from Burbage’s Grocery, a small, self-serve corner grocery in business since 1948.

While you may have known South of Broad as the title of a Pat Conroy novel (an author also see on our Portraits of Charleston wall), the neighborhood offers much more for visitors to Charleston. Grab a map from our concierge, and savor the best of the South as depicted through one of the most beautiful areas downtown.

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