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Where to Find a Glass of Madeira in the Lowcountry

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If you're curious about trying Madeira without commuting to a bottle, contributor Brandon Plyler gives us his picks for sampling the fortified wine at some of Charleston's best restaurants. Plyler also writes a quick tutorial on the history of the drink.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Charleston Grill

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224 King St
Charleston, SC 29401
(843) 577-4522
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Rick Rubel at Charleston Grill is not only one of the most passionate ambassadors for these wines but also a dedicated sommelier not afraid to stock older and rarer selections. As a policy he always tries to have something around 100 years open for glass pours. Currently, the D’Oliveira Malvasia 1907 is part of his Madeira flight.

2. Edmund's Oast

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1081 Morrison Dr
Charleston, SC 29403
(843) 727-1145
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If you really want to ease into Madeira, try it in the Old Thyme Punch at Edmund's Oast. The creation contains bourbon, rum, Madeira, lemon shrub, nutmeg, and thyme.
232 Meeting St
Charleston, SC 29401
(843) 805-5900
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Ask the bartender if they have any glass pours of Madeira. Chances are, he/she can steer you in the right direction according to your taste.

4. Husk

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76 Queen St
Charleston, SC 29401
(843) 577-2500
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Husk has a wide range of Madeiras by the glass for every taste: dry, off dry, medium sweet, and sweet. The menu even includes a short history lesson declaring, "It was the drink of choice for the Elite and wealthy Southern plantation owners."

5. McCrady's

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2 Unity Aly
Charleston, SC 29401
(843) 577-0025
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According to the McCrady's menu, "Edward McCrady was a Madeira importer in the late 1700’s and sold Madeira out of this very building." They have an extensive list of bottles, including a Historic Flight of different samples.

6. Peninsula Grill

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112 N Market St
Charleston, SC 29401
(843) 723-0700
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Bask in the splendor of velvet-lined walls and a dim bar at Peninsula Grill while sampling a Madeira collection of considerable depth and breadth.

1. Charleston Grill

224 King St, Charleston, SC 29401
Rick Rubel at Charleston Grill is not only one of the most passionate ambassadors for these wines but also a dedicated sommelier not afraid to stock older and rarer selections. As a policy he always tries to have something around 100 years open for glass pours. Currently, the D’Oliveira Malvasia 1907 is part of his Madeira flight.
224 King St
Charleston, SC 29401

2. Edmund's Oast

1081 Morrison Dr, Charleston, SC 29403
If you really want to ease into Madeira, try it in the Old Thyme Punch at Edmund's Oast. The creation contains bourbon, rum, Madeira, lemon shrub, nutmeg, and thyme.
1081 Morrison Dr
Charleston, SC 29403

3. FIG

232 Meeting St, Charleston, SC 29401
Ask the bartender if they have any glass pours of Madeira. Chances are, he/she can steer you in the right direction according to your taste.
232 Meeting St
Charleston, SC 29401

4. Husk

76 Queen St, Charleston, SC 29401
Husk has a wide range of Madeiras by the glass for every taste: dry, off dry, medium sweet, and sweet. The menu even includes a short history lesson declaring, "It was the drink of choice for the Elite and wealthy Southern plantation owners."
76 Queen St
Charleston, SC 29401

5. McCrady's

2 Unity Aly, Charleston, SC 29401
According to the McCrady's menu, "Edward McCrady was a Madeira importer in the late 1700’s and sold Madeira out of this very building." They have an extensive list of bottles, including a Historic Flight of different samples.
2 Unity Aly
Charleston, SC 29401

6. Peninsula Grill

112 N Market St, Charleston, SC 29401
Bask in the splendor of velvet-lined walls and a dim bar at Peninsula Grill while sampling a Madeira collection of considerable depth and breadth.
112 N Market St
Charleston, SC 29401

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