April 2014

Who's Serving What: Charleston Grill

By: The Tasting Panel Editorial Team

Bucket List Wines: Charleston Grill at Belmond Charleston Place in South Carolina offers Extremely Rare Wines by the Glass

The proliferation of wine preservation and single bottle argon gas systems are creating new opportunities for oenophiles to enjoy rare wines by the glass at some of the country's best restaurants.

One of South Carolina's finest hotels, Belmond Charleston Place is featuring a special list of bucket list wines at its Charleston Grill restaurant.

"It's really exciting to be able to offer wines like the 2004 J.L. Chave Hermitage, the 1999 Domaine Romanée-Conti Vosne-Romanée and the 2001 Gaja Langhe Sori Tilden," says Rick Rubel, Sommelier and Wine Director at Charleston Grill. "Guests have been extremely receptive, with sales of coveted wines increasing by five times or more … often I will sell out of whatever stock I can get my hands on."

The restaurant has been the recipient of Wine Spectator's Award of Excellence for 19 years and currently cellars more than 1250 bottles. Its wine by the glass list features a special section of six or more bucket list wines that can cost $150 or more for a single glass. Customized tasting menus can also be created that pair with the bucket list wines like a 2004 Trimbach Riesling "Clos St.-Hune" with Oysters, a 2006 Vincent Girardin Chevalier-Montrachet with Lobster and Uni Butter Pappardelle, or the 2005 Shafer Cabernet Sauvignon "Hillside Select" with the Grilled Lamb Rack.

Recognized as one of the best restaurants in the nation, Charleston Grill is the recipient of the coveted Forbes Four Star, the AAA Four Diamond and the Distinguished Restaurants of North America designations. Executive Chef Michelle Weaver's menu features contemporary southern cuisine divided into four inspirations: Southern, Pure, Lush and Cosmopolitan - with an emphasizes on the quality of the ingredients and presentation. Charleston Grill is located in the historic district of Charleston, South Carolina at the renowned Belmond Charleston Place hotel. It is open for dinner, with a live jazz accompaniment, daily from 5:30 p.m. to 10 p.m.


About Belmond Charleston Place

Consistently ranked among the best hotels in the world by the readers of Condé Nast Traveler and  Travel + Leisure magazines, Belmond Charleston Place evokes the feeling of a grand, 17th century residence, from its lush personal suites to the Italian marble lobby with its signature Georgian Open Arm staircase and 12-foot crystal chandelier. The staff of the hotel is dedicated to indulging its guests with the finest in Southern hospitality, and has become the choice of celebrities, princes and politicians. Guests can enjoy the hotel's full service European-style spa and horizon-edge swimming pool with retractable glass roof. The hotel is centrally located, surrounded by historic homes and buildings, and within strolling distance of the city's delightful shops, galleries and restaurants. To book, please call 800-383-2335, or for more information, visit  www.charlestonplace.com

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