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Grab a Glass of Wine at These 10 Charleston Spots

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Classifying an establishment as a “wine bar” is becoming more and more frequent, but what does this title actually entail? For starters, wine is the centerpiece, but it’s so much more than that, as chefs and restaurateurs work together to craft a cohesive experience combining beverage, food, and atmosphere. Some spots double as retail stores, while others serve as the ideal precursor to an evening on the town, and each destination is sure to have a knowledgeable staff that’s willing to debunk the sometimes confusing world of wine. When the right time comes, check out what all the wine bar buzz is about at one of these 10 Charleston spots.

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1. Stems & Skins

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1070 E Montague Ave #B
North Charleston, SC 29405
(843) 805-4809
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Co-owner and sommelier Matt Tunstall’s Park Circle spot was just recognized by the James Beard Foundation in the Outstanding Wine Program category, an honor he’s earned by offering a variety of carefully selected natural wines from around the globe. Tunstall chooses from producers who utilize a hands-off process, and the food menu mirrors his experiences in Europe, with items like the tinned seafood that he first tried in coastal Portugal and Spain.

Stems & Skins
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2. Goat Sheep Cow North

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804 Meeting St #102
Charleston, SC 29403
(843) 203-3118
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30 wines by the glass and artisanal cheese make this European-style cafe a classy yet casual spot for socializing with friends. For a taste of France, check out the bubbly French onion soup or croque provencal.

Goat Sheep Cow North
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3. Graft Wine Shop & Wine Bar

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700b King St
Charleston, SC 29403
(843) 718-3359
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Whether it’s a bottle to go or a glass to stay, Graft offers patrons the chance to experiment with a variety of wines meeting any price range. The crew at Graft looks to make wine approachable for everyone and often has pop ups like Dough Boyz Pizza or Pub Fare visit the shop.

Graft
Jesse McCann

4. Wine & Company

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441 Meeting Street Suite B, Charleston, SC 29403
Charleston, SC 29403
(843) 277-2857
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Part retail store, part wine bar, this newcomer delivers helpful guidance for those who may not be as familiar with wine. Wine & Company offers cheese and charcuterie that pairs with the wine, and guests can also book private tastings for the full experience.

5. Josephine Wine Bar

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64 Spring St
Charleston, SC 29403
(843) 974-4105
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This wine bar certainly doesn’t skimp on the food, as chef Shaun Connelly churns out inventive plates like housemade pappardelle and smoked trout dip. Sommelier Melissa Yard’s wine list focuses on Bordeaux, and the two work together to ensure the food and wine pairing is spot on.

6. Babas on Cannon

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11 Cannon St
Charleston, SC 29403

Not technically branded as a wine bar, but this pint-sized European-influenced establishment is the place for a glass of bubbly or European red while munching on shareable plates. The neighborhood cafe offers pastries and sandwiches during the day before transitioning to a night time menu full of snacks like the chickpea panisse, which is a crisply fried fritter with a contrasting, hummus-like interior.

7. Vintage Lounge

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545 King St
Charleston, SC 29403
(843) 818-4282
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The bar design at Vintage Lounge is highly regarded and promotes the social atmosphere that is a quintessential element to any quality wine bar. The beverage program is full of worldly reds and whites along with wine cocktails like the French 75, which combines gin and cava.

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8. Uncork Charleston

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476 King St
Charleston, SC 29403
(854) 222-3939
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Self-service wine bars aren’t for everyone, but Uncork Charleston does provide a relatively cost-effective way to sample several varieties. The wine bar also just hired Natasha Cline to head up the new small plate program, providing snacks while you sip.

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9. Avondale Wine & Cheese

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813 Savannah Hwy # B
Charleston, SC 29407
(843) 769-5444
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Everyone is welcome at this local Avondale hang out, where guests can find, well — wine and cheese. The selection is an ever-changing variety from mostly small producers, and the shop often hosts themed wine tastings.

10. Bin 152

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152 King St
Charleston, SC 29401
(843) 577-7359
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This under-the-radar King Street wine and cheese bar offers a wide variety of both, as guests can enjoy while surrounded by walls adorned in local art. Cheese is selected weekly and the wine menu is constantly updated, keeping Bin 152 an exciting place to start a night with friends.

1. Stems & Skins

1070 E Montague Ave #B, North Charleston, SC 29405
Stems & Skins
Erin Perkins/Eater Charleston

Co-owner and sommelier Matt Tunstall’s Park Circle spot was just recognized by the James Beard Foundation in the Outstanding Wine Program category, an honor he’s earned by offering a variety of carefully selected natural wines from around the globe. Tunstall chooses from producers who utilize a hands-off process, and the food menu mirrors his experiences in Europe, with items like the tinned seafood that he first tried in coastal Portugal and Spain.

1070 E Montague Ave #B
North Charleston, SC 29405

2. Goat Sheep Cow North

804 Meeting St #102, Charleston, SC 29403
Goat Sheep Cow North
Paul Cheney/Lennon Construction

30 wines by the glass and artisanal cheese make this European-style cafe a classy yet casual spot for socializing with friends. For a taste of France, check out the bubbly French onion soup or croque provencal.

804 Meeting St #102
Charleston, SC 29403

3. Graft Wine Shop & Wine Bar

700b King St, Charleston, SC 29403
Graft
Jesse McCann

Whether it’s a bottle to go or a glass to stay, Graft offers patrons the chance to experiment with a variety of wines meeting any price range. The crew at Graft looks to make wine approachable for everyone and often has pop ups like Dough Boyz Pizza or Pub Fare visit the shop.

700b King St
Charleston, SC 29403

4. Wine & Company

441 Meeting Street Suite B, Charleston, SC 29403, Charleston, SC 29403

Part retail store, part wine bar, this newcomer delivers helpful guidance for those who may not be as familiar with wine. Wine & Company offers cheese and charcuterie that pairs with the wine, and guests can also book private tastings for the full experience.

441 Meeting Street Suite B, Charleston, SC 29403
Charleston, SC 29403

5. Josephine Wine Bar

64 Spring St, Charleston, SC 29403

This wine bar certainly doesn’t skimp on the food, as chef Shaun Connelly churns out inventive plates like housemade pappardelle and smoked trout dip. Sommelier Melissa Yard’s wine list focuses on Bordeaux, and the two work together to ensure the food and wine pairing is spot on.

64 Spring St
Charleston, SC 29403

6. Babas on Cannon

11 Cannon St, Charleston, SC 29403

Not technically branded as a wine bar, but this pint-sized European-influenced establishment is the place for a glass of bubbly or European red while munching on shareable plates. The neighborhood cafe offers pastries and sandwiches during the day before transitioning to a night time menu full of snacks like the chickpea panisse, which is a crisply fried fritter with a contrasting, hummus-like interior.

11 Cannon St
Charleston, SC 29403

7. Vintage Lounge

545 King St, Charleston, SC 29403
Vintage Lounge
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The bar design at Vintage Lounge is highly regarded and promotes the social atmosphere that is a quintessential element to any quality wine bar. The beverage program is full of worldly reds and whites along with wine cocktails like the French 75, which combines gin and cava.

545 King St
Charleston, SC 29403

8. Uncork Charleston

476 King St, Charleston, SC 29403
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Self-service wine bars aren’t for everyone, but Uncork Charleston does provide a relatively cost-effective way to sample several varieties. The wine bar also just hired Natasha Cline to head up the new small plate program, providing snacks while you sip.

476 King St
Charleston, SC 29403

9. Avondale Wine & Cheese

813 Savannah Hwy # B, Charleston, SC 29407

Everyone is welcome at this local Avondale hang out, where guests can find, well — wine and cheese. The selection is an ever-changing variety from mostly small producers, and the shop often hosts themed wine tastings.

813 Savannah Hwy # B
Charleston, SC 29407

10. Bin 152

152 King St, Charleston, SC 29401

This under-the-radar King Street wine and cheese bar offers a wide variety of both, as guests can enjoy while surrounded by walls adorned in local art. Cheese is selected weekly and the wine menu is constantly updated, keeping Bin 152 an exciting place to start a night with friends.

152 King St
Charleston, SC 29401

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