Local Love List: Charleston Wine + Food - Part I



It is no coincidence Edmund's Oast, one of our favorite local spots, is participating in the Charleston Wine + Food Festival (@chswineandfood) taking place March 6-10, 2019.

As part of this year's CHSWFF Street Team, Andrea Serrano (@charlestonshopcurator), Libby Williams (@plate.south) and yours truly, wanted to expand our palates and explore every nook and cranny of Edmund's Oast, including the newest addition - The Library. So grab a glass of wine and pull out the charcuterie board as we dig into our first CHSWFF Local Love.


We met up with our friends Andrea and Libby to begin what turned out as a perfect night and started with a Wednesday Wine Tasting at Edmund's Oast Exchange.

Y'all. Prepare to stop in your tracks upon walking through the doors from the sheer beauty of the building as the warming scents of cedar hit your nose.

After taking in the two-story building stocked with delectable wines, we headed to the second floor to elevate our palates. 


We were greeted by Certified Sommelier Sarah O'Kelley (@grapetotable), who prepared three red wines for us to taste. Now, we wouldn't be ourselves if we didn't tell y'all we've never been to a blind wine tasting so we were unsure of what to expect. IT WAS GLORIOUS!

Michael has always felt insecure about his wine knowledge. His go-to answer after ordering a bottle of wine at dinner is usually "yes, that's a great year," or nodding in agreement with those who point out notes of earthy-blueberries. But the insecurity evaporated after our time with Sarah, who explained the meanings of the terms we've wanted to know. Our favorite piece of wine knowledge we learned? As Sarah coined, wines with stronger tannins give the feeling of having tiny little sweaters on your teeth. 

Andrea and Ian were the clear quick learners after tasting what we later found out were glasses of a Pinot Noir, Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah. We all agreed it was the perfect way to start an evening filled with wine and food, especially when you only have to walk around the corner for dinner.


Edmund's Oast recently added a stunning new event space, The Library, which we were fortunate to have as our setting for the night's dinner. As we sat down at the table set for four, who else walks in but our all-time favorite server, April. This night was bound for perfection to every last detail.  

With a newly updated menu, we experienced some of the most delicious new dishes full of fresh flavor paired with our favorite cocktail (The Red Wedding) and a bottle of Idlewild's Barbera red wine.  


This group is a go big or go home kind of group and ordered dishes we have not yet tasted ... for research purposes, of course, as CHSWFF Street Team members. Luckily, Libby is an outstanding photographer and captured all of these mouth-watering photos. 

At Edmund's Oast, it has become a tradition to start off with an exquisite charcuterie board including cheeses from South Carolina, North Carolina and Iowa. To start, we had the Pork Belly + Peaches, Heirloom Tomatoes and Grilled Squash. These dishes are summed up with one word - fresh. They were cooked to perfection and tasted as though Edmund's Oast found more space for a garden at what we call the Edmund's Oast Compound. 

As April opened the bottle of wine for us, we were served the BBQ Royal Red Shrimp, Salt Chicken, Red Curry Eggplant and the Cheeseburger (we've made it a requirement for one of us to always order the burger it's so dang good.). The curry on the Salt Chicken and Red Curry Eggplant provided a skillful level of spice. 

The four of us were having such a great time we ended up shutting the place down after somehow managing to save enough room for Benne Seed Beignets. 

To explore this experience like we did, check out the Edmund's Oast events during Charleston Wine + Food before tickets sell out, because #ILoveThatForYou.

Notorious PNV at Edmund’s Oast Exchange on Thursday, March 7 from 3-4:20 p.m.

This one goes out to all you Pinot NV lovers in the house. While it may have made its final encore, we’ve got something special planned for you. Pinots hold a pleasant spot in the red wine spectrum—not too dry, but certainly not sweet. Join us for this beverage workshop as we taste through the varietal that has won over tastebuds from all over the world. From light to medium bodied, we’re tasting through the spectrum of these fruit-forward red wines.

From Great Heights at Edmund’s Oast on Friday, March 8 from 3-4:15 p.m.

Join Janie Brooks of Brooks Winery as you taste through the Willamette Valley of Oregon, one of the best regions in the world for producing exceptional wines. In this beverage workshop, you’ll experience a tasting of a special selection of Brooks’ limited production single vineyard wines along with special library and winery-only offerings. From Pinot Noirs to Rieslings and other aromatic whites, this workshop epitomizes so much that wine lovers prize.

Orange is the New Pink at Edmund’s Oast on Saturday, March 9 at 3-4:15 p.m.

Out with the old and in with the orange. This sunset hue is causing a stir in the world of wine, so what’s the big deal? Join us as we break down what it means to be an “orange wine” and if it’s poised to replace the classic pinks. Guests will sip various amber-colored varietals and find the beauty in this funky fermented favorite. The colorful appearance and distinct taste prove the appeal of this wine is more than skin deep.

An Ale of Two Cities at Edmund’s Oast Exchange on Sunday, March 10 from 11 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.

It’s a tale for the ages as two of the South’s most beloved breweries join forces for a hoppin’ happy hour, perfect for any time of the day. Charleston’s Edmund’s Oast Brewing Co. welcomes James Beard Award winner Roy Milner of Blackberry Farm Brewery from Knoxville, TN for a malted masterclass in brewing the perfect pint. Guests will follow the process from tap to table as you sip on frothy favorites from each southern city that are guaranteed to cure your ale-ments!