An Exclusive Peek at Charleston Grill’s Wine Cellar

 

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Nestled off of the lobby of Belmond Charleston Place, Charleston Grill is often praised for its decadent menu items and carefully curated ambiance. However, what many do not get to see is the restaurant’s exclusive wine cellar, which is comprised of six separate storage cellars and holds more than 10,000 bottles of wine purchased from every edge of the world. From Colgin IX Estate Red from Napa Valley, California to Château de Beaucastle’s red blends from Chateaunneuf-du-Pape in Rhone, France and Australia’s Penfold Grange, Charleston Grill’s vast collection truly contains the crème de la crème.

The wine list contains more than 1,300 different selections, many of which can be found in small cellars near the Grill, where two to four bottles of each wine are typically chilled and readily available. Many more bottles are held in a larger wine cellar located in-house, where each bottle is meticulously stored at 55 degrees. For organizational purposes, each wine has a bin number, which can be found on the menu as well.

For a closer look at the extensive wine cellar, Wine Director and Advanced Sommelier Rick Rubel gave us just a few samplings from their list of legendary wines.

 

Sparkling White

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Jacques Selosse “Substance” Champagne

Whether you’re celebrating a special occasion or you simply appreciate how well sparkling compliments a meal, champagne is the perfect addition to an evening of dining at Charleston Grill. One of our favorites is Jacques Selosse “Substance”. This extremely rare, 100% Chardonnay, multi vintage blend combines brightness and intensity with youth, depth and richness of age to make a truly spectacular cuvée.

 

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2007 Albert Boxler Riesling Sommerberg, Grand Cru

For a taste that is equally rich and exotic, opt for our 2007 Albert Boxler Sommerberg Riesling. This lush white wine comes from the Grand Cru Sommerberg vineyard in Alsace, France. Its lush and refreshing taste pairs nicely with fish, pork and chicken dishes.

 

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2011 Dominio de Pingus

If you’re in the mood for a burst of unique flavor, opt for our 2011 Dominio de Pingus. This bold red wine originates from Ribera del Duero in Northern Spain and is comprised of Tempranillo, a grape variety that is found at the core of some of the finest red wines in Spain. The palate of this young red wine is both eccentric and flavorful and would perfectly compliment any red meat or pork dish.

Want to learn more? Come into the Charleston Grill and ask any of their knowledgable and friendly servers, one of their eight Sommeliers or strike up a conversation with either of their Advanced Sommeliers. You can also check out their full wine list here. Cheers!

 

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Holy Ice Cream!

Here in the Holy City, we are fortunate for countless joys that Charleston provides. One of our favorites is the extended summer season. Just because school is back in session and fall months are approaching doesn’t mean that long, sun-shiny days and weekend beach trips are over just yet. And what’s the best way to cool off while beating the heat in Charleston? ICE CREAM! Enjoy these last weeks of summer by walking around the historic downtown with a good ‘ole fashioned ice cream cone in your hand.

Jeni’s King Street
Located in a lively, up and coming area of King Street, you are sure to be blown away by Jeni’s exotic flavors. A standard cup or homemade cone comes with two flavors and the shop encourages tasting. Try sampling the ‘Wildberry Lavender’ or the ‘Goat Cheese with Red Cherries.’ Or just stick with the ‘Milkiest Chocolate in the World’ flavor to be safe.

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Godiva Chocolate
Just down the West Gallery hallway of the hotel, chocolate heaven awaits you. Dive into Godiva’s soft serve ice cream consisting of flavors made with real Godiva Chocolate. White Chocolate Vanilla Bean, Dark Chocolate and Swirl can be served in a cup or their classic crunchy Belgian Waffle cone. If you dare, have the cone rimmed with melted milk or dark chocolate and praline almonds.

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Freddo
Charleston’s newest gelato shop has officially opened on King Street directly across from the hotel. All the way from Argentina, Freddo specializes in only using natural and raw ingredients to prepare a 100% artisanal product. Enjoy four exclusive flavors just in Charleston: Italian Mascarpone, Irish Cream, Chocolate Mousse, and Dulce De Leche.

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Sweet CeCe’s
Fill, top, weigh and pay or spend one low price! Eating a healthy, sweet treat does not mean sacrificing taste at Sweet CeCe’s. Enjoy the experience of filling up your cup with frozen yogurt and topping it with delicious fruits, candies, cookies and nuts of your choice. Make sure to try the classic flavors of Cake Batter, Original Tart and Country Vanilla.

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Kaminsky’s
This dessert café is tucked into the heart of the City Market just out the doors of the hotel. Sit inside at a romantic table and indulge in homemade milkshakes, ice cream sundaes, and even dessert Martinis. Certainly something for everyone at Kaminsky’s!

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Your Spoleto Intermission

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As spring emerges in Charleston, the city awakens. Magnolias bloom, palmettos sway in warm breezes and friendly “hellos” follow you everywhere you go. One of the things that really makes spring in Charleston remarkable is the culture exhibited in The Spoleto Festival. For 17 days each spring, Charleston’s historic theaters, churches and outdoor venues are filled with unique artwork and lively entertainment. The Spoleto Festival is a counterpart to the Festival dei Due Mondi (The Festival of Two Worlds) in Spoleto, Italy. When Italian organizers planned to expand their celebration to America, they looked for a city that was just as cultured and unique as Spoleto. These organizers were swept off their feet (and not by tripping on cobblestones!) by Charleston’s effortless charm and from there made Charleston the home of The Spoleto Festival.

While tickets for Spoleto can be purchased, several of the events are free, from outdoor concerts to live art auctions. And your fun doesn’t have to stop there! In between shows, take time to rest your feet, quench your thirst, and satisfy your hunger at the Thoroughbred Club. Tucked away in the lobby of Belmond Charleston Place, the Thoroughbred Club is a luxurious spot to enjoy the soulful sounds of live jazz while you and your friends cool down with refreshments, from well-crafted, original cocktails to fine wines.

The Thoroughbred Club not only has an award-winning drink menu, but they also have tapas that make for an excellent quick bite before the show. And with the Thoroughbred Club’s extensive menu, there is a little something for everyone.

The Sliders, a mini ‘21’ Burger with burgundy caramelized red onions and horseradish cream, can satisfy even the pickiest eaters.

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For seafood lovers, the Seared Scallops with sweet and sour mushrooms and apple wood smoked bacon are a must have.

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If you crave something fresh and light, indulge in the Summer Rolls, created with fresh vegetables in a rice paper with peanut sauce and chili jam.

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Whichever snack you decide to fill yourself with before a Spoleto event, you are sure to be satisfied among friends and lively jazz at the Thoroughbred Club.

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