Local Love List: Charleston Wine + Food - Part III

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PART III: DINING & WINING AT JOSÉPHINE WINE BAR


It’s Part III of our Charleston Wine + Food Festival (@chswineandfood) Local Love List, y’all! We had our first taste of Joséphine Wine Bar (@josephinewinebar) when Executive Chef Shaun Connolly taught the CHSWFF Street Team how to make homemade pasta at the CHSWFF Test Kitchen. Ever since, we have eagerly waited to try the full menu after such a tasty preview.

Now self-titled the “Chow Queens,” we joined our fellow CHSWFF Street Team members Andrea Serrano (@charlestonshopcurator) and Liz Martin (@charlestonweekender) for a quick trip to France.

So pack your bags and bring a bottle of wine as we take you to Charleston’s newest French wine bar … because I Love That For You.


JOSÉPHINE WINE BAR: ELEGANTLY ELEVATED

Located in the thriving Cannonborough-Elliotborough neighborhood, Joséphine Wine Bar serves elevated dishes, delectable wines and exquisite cocktails all in a beautifully unparalleled setting.

Y’all. It took us 20 minutes to finally take a seat when we showed up with Liz and Andrea because we could not stop taking photos. After immediately stopping in our tracks to admire the white and gold wallpaper, we agreed this was a new local love.

The entire restaurant feels luxuriously elegant. The marble bar, the booths, the wall of wine gorgeously displayed from floor to ceiling.

What we love most, however, is the vibe. The people of Joséphine make you feel at ease. As we talked to the couple cozily nestled in the corner booth, we had truly felt we were at a casual café in Paris chatting with our neighborhood friends.


WHAT WE LOVE FOR YOU

Joséphine was born with the belief that food, wine and design need each other. The chef-driven restaurant is a collaboration between a group of outstanding people who had a vision.

Owner Jill Cohen, Executive Chef Shaun Connolly, Wine Director/Advanced Sommelier Ashley Broshious, and Bar Manager/Certified Sommelier Melissa Yard joined forces to deliver cultivated, alluring and friendly menus.

Shaun delivers a menu “rooted in simplicity,” which pairs perfectly with an extensive wine and cocktail list offering a drink for every tastebud.


FRENCH CUISINE & COCKTAILS: SUBLIME SIMPLICITY

What can you expect at Joséphine Wine Bar? The menu highlights the Parisian flavors with locally sourced ingredients. We’ve noticed a common theme across our CHSWFF Local Loves … local sourcing. Executive Chef Shaun Connolly’s love for local ingredients is one reason why his creations are so delightful.

Another reason? Shaun’s adventurous presentation. Each dish was so beautiful, all containing accents and pops of color. It was almost hard to eat … until the smells and scents wafted to our noses.

When we look at a menu and can’t move past the sides, we know we’re in for a treat. So that’s exactly what we did - ordered three sides and an appetizer to start.

Ian could not stop himself from diving into the Buffalo Milk Burrata served with pickled cherries, sea salt, honeycomb, and a toasted baguette. Michael, on the other hand, kept going back to the Roasted Fingerling Potatoes served with Chimichurri.

Don’t worry, we did not skip the cocktails. The cocktail menu is masterfully crafted. Our favorites include the “Joséphine” and “Napoleon Cocktail,” which are both refreshingly light and perfect with starters. Liz noted they also make the best French 75’s in town.

After mentioning our love for red wine, our server suggested the Ogier, a Grenache/Syrah from Côtes de Rhône, France. Boy, was she right on the money for our taste - bold flavor with light tannins accompanied by spicy notes.

Did y’all catch that up there? Our Wine Tasting at Edmund’s Oast Exchange during our first CHSWFF Local Love List is still paying off!


WHAT WE LOVE FOR YOU

For dinner Ian LOVED the Roasted Butternut Squash Ravioli, which was stuffed perfectly and paired beautifully with Ian’s Cabernet. Ian also pointed out Michael’s new favorite dish at every restaurant lately - braised short rib. The Handcut Pappardelle with fresh herbs did not disappoint.

Although almost stuffed to the brim, we definitely did not skip out on dessert. The Apple Crisp with Duck Fat Streusel and topped with ice cream, thyme, caramel, and cider reduction is a MUST.

If that’s not enough, y’all MUST taste the dessert cocktail, “The Grasshopper.” A minty sweet treat to cleanse the palate.


Check out the rest of our visit below. We ask you to put your seats back upright and fasten your seatbelts. Thank you for flying with us tonight as we ventured to Paris right here in Charleston, because #ILoveThatForYou.

To explore this experience as we did, check out the Joséphine Wine Bar event during Charleston Wine + Food below.

Joséphine Wine Bar Lunch on Saturday, March 9 from 12-1:30 p.m. - SOLD OUT

Enjoy a thoughtfully prepared lunch menu in the Parisian-inspired dining room of one of Charleston’s newest wine bars. You’ll enjoy carefully-crafted dishes as you sip on perfectly paired wines for a meal that will transport you to the streets of the City of Lights.