Tuesday, July 28, 2020

Local retail stores and restaurants advocate against proposed 100 percent tariff on imported European wines

US Trade Representative accepting public comments online through July 26

Posted by Parker Milner on Tue, Jul 28, 2020 at 4:53 PM

A large civil aircraft dispute between the United States government and the European Union could impact the local Charleston wine industry. After keeping wine tariffs at 25 percent in February, the United States Trade Representative (USTR) could raise the tax on most wines from France, Germany, Italy, the United Kingdom and Spain to 100 percent during their next review, set to take place in August.
The increased tariff on European wine and other goods is a retaliation against the E.U. for illegal subsidies it provided to airplane manufacturers like Airbus. The result, however, could be devastating for a United States hospitality industry that has already been rocked by the coronavirus pandemic.

"For every European winery that this attempts to negatively influence, it's a negative for free American companies that bear the burden of this tariff," said Harry Root, owner of Grassroots Wine.

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"The 100 percent tariffs that they're proposing are effectively prohibition from any wines in the E.U. That means we're going to have Italian restaurants with no Italian wine, French restaurants with no French wine and Spanish restaurants with no Spanish wine," he said.

In a June policy hearing, USTR ambassador Robert Lighthizer said, “I understand there are people that import wine and don’t like the tariffs. On the other hand, many members of this committee and in Congress generally come from areas that have, in my judgment, the best wine in the world and there’s no tariff on any of it.”

According to Root, there isn't a domestic alternative meeting the price and quantity demand for imported wines like pinot grigio and prosecco, and the 100 percent tariff could also lead to the closure of several retail stores.

"The end result is going to be more consolidation at every level," he said.
"For a store like mine it would be impossible if these sorts of tariffs went through," said Monarch Wine Merchants owner Justin Coleman. "We are virtually a full European wine store, so it would make 90 percent of our wines too expensive for what they are."

And switching to a mostly domestic shop wouldn't be as easy as Lighthizer suggested.

90 percent of the wine at Monarch Wine Merchants would be subject to the 100 percent tariff - PROVIDED
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  • 90 percent of the wine at Monarch Wine Merchants would be subject to the 100 percent tariff
"We couldn't just switch to an all American domestic wine store overnight," Coleman said. "It would hurt us getting those as well because we get our domestic wines from the same distributors that we get our European wine from. So this would cut down every piece of our supply chain." 

National advocacy organizations like the United States Wine Trade Alliance are calling on citizens to join the fight against 100 percent tariffs by contacting elected officials in Congress.

The USTR is expected to make a decision on the tariff in August.

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Crosstown beer bar opens with 60+ craft beers, wine, sake and more for pick up

Meet Guilded Horn

Posted by Parker Milner on Tue, Jul 28, 2020 at 3:30 PM

Guilded Horn, a cozy 240-square-foot beer bar, is now open for takeout daily, offering a wide range of local craft drafts, wine, sake, alcoholic kombucha and more. The small taproom is located just south of the Crosstown Expressway at 267 Rutledge Ave. in the same building as upcoming restaurant Chasing Sage.
After homebrewing for five years, owner Rutledge Baker came up with the idea to open a bar unlike any other in Charleston — one that would satisfy the curious beer drinker looking for a more refined setting. The coronavirus pandemic forced Baker to debut on July 13 with takeout-only, but he's still offering a wide variety of local options in bottles, cans and growlers to-go.

Guilded Horn is a one man operation - PARKER MILNER FILE
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  • Guilded Horn is a one man operation
"I had always planned on having a retail component, so I already had my PO7 which is basically your seven-day, on-premise and off-premise alcohol license pre-pandemic," Baker said. "That allows us to sell to-go everyday of the week."

Right now, Baker's tap list includes brews from The Hold by Revelry Brewing, Charles Towne Fermentory, Ghost Monkey Brewery and Westbrook Brewing Company, all of which are sold in growlers to-go. He also has one of his own beers on tap, the Guilded Horn Beyond the Pale ale, brewed with honey, grapefruit and jalapeno.

Beyond the draft offering, the options are seemingly endless with plenty of booze to satisfy non-beer drinkers. "I've got about 60 beers, 20 wines, digestifs, ciders, sake and mead," Baker said. "All in it's about 130 SKUs."

It might not be the opening he envisioned a year ago, but Baker is excited about the future for Guilded Horn.

"The response has been good," he said. "Nothing like this really exists in this part of town, so I think people are really excited about that." 

All orders can be placed online at Pick up hours are 6-8 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9-11 a.m. Saturday and Sunday.
Location Details Guilded Horn
267 Rutledge Ave. Unit D.
Charleston, SC
Mon.-Fr. 6 p.m.-8 p.m. Sat.-Sun. 9 a.m.-11 a.m.
Breweries & Distilleries

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Friday, April 24, 2020

Without annual Chef's Potluck fundraiser, Grassroots Wine offering discount cases to benefit Lowcountry Local First and local restaurants

Win, Win, Wine

Posted by Parker Milner on Fri, Apr 24, 2020 at 11:10 AM

The Chef's Potluck at Middleton Place is usually one of Lowcountry Local First's largest fundraisers of the year - PROVIDED
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  • The Chef's Potluck at Middleton Place is usually one of Lowcountry Local First's largest fundraisers of the year
Grassroots Wine and Lowcountry Local First are teaming up with independent Charleston wine shops and restaurants for curated wine box at a price that quarantine dreams are made of. But you better order now.

Those looking to stock up on wine can choose your pick-up location, package, and wine preferences, and they'll handle the rest. Each package features 12 hand-picked bottles with details on the tasting notes and recommended food pairings. Packages vary and include specific varietals and regions.

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The wine sale is organized in conjunction with Lowcountry Local First, which was scheduled to host its 13th annual Chef’s Potluck at Middleton Place this weekend prior to the COVID-19 outbreak.

Ten percent of the wholesale cost of each case will go toward either the individual restaurant’s employee and supplier relief funds, Lowcountry Local First, or Pay It Forward Charleston.

Participating wineries and restaurants include 11 shops and restaurants across downtown, Mt. Pleasant, and even Columbia.

Visit to place your order. The deadline to place orders is midnight on Fri. April 24 and pick-ups can be made after 12 p.m. on Sat. April 25.

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Tuesday, February 18, 2020

Get half-off all wine bottles during 82 Queen's 38th anniversary celebrations this month

Cheers to that

Posted by Shannon Murray on Tue, Feb 18, 2020 at 2:09 PM

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To celebrate 38 years in town, 82 Queen sells all wine bottles for half-off, Feb. 24-March 1.

A portion of proceeds from the wine bottle sales will help support Catch Up on Lunch, a fundraising effort to repay past due lunch debt for public school children in Charleston, Dorchester, and Berkeley Counties.

Jonathan Kish, Queen Street Hospitality's chief executive officer, said, "For our anniversary, we’re happy to offer a weeklong wine special to our Charleston locals, but more importantly to raise money for a cause that our team passionately supports."

Location Details 82 Queen
82 Queen
82 Queen St.
Charleston, SC
(843) 723-7591
Lunch (Mon.-Sat.), Dinner (daily), and Sun. Brunch
New Southern

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Monday, February 17, 2020

What's Poppin': From trivia nights to oyster roasts we've got 30+ ways to pop into your week

Events for Feb. 17- 22

Posted by Shannon Murray on Mon, Feb 17, 2020 at 12:58 PM

Sichuan hot chicken is as hot as it sounds — get yours this Tues. at Kwei Fei - KWEI FEI INSTAGRAM
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  • Sichuan hot chicken is as hot as it sounds — get yours this Tues. at Kwei Fei

It's the penultimate week of February 2020 and we're gearing up for busy spring season. Fuel up with these area tastings, pop-ups, and kitchen takeovers:


Happy President's Day, you non-presidents. Kids eat free at Tbonz in West Ashley for today only.

Don't miss the Atlanta based Slutty Vegan pop-up at Royal American from 5-9 p.m. Slutty Vegan owner Pinky Cole will be serving up burgers like the Big Dawg, made with Beyond meat bratwurst, sauerkraut, and slutty sauce on a vegan pretzel bun

In preparation for the Charleston County Public Library's Hogwarts After Dark event on Fri., kids are invited to come make pretzel and chocolate wands from 3:30-4:30 p.m.

When in doubt, get your brain trained for the week at Bohemian Bull's Trivia Night from 8-11 p.m.

Southeast Asian pop-up Gingerbug is at restaurant Tu starting at 5:30 p.m. — warm up with a bowl of their roasted duck leg soup.

Join chef Nico Romo for an in-depth look at the history of the oyster starting at 6 p.m. every Mon. at Nico Oysters + Seafood.


Kwei Fei hosts a Sichuan hot chicken pop-up with KinFolk starting at 5 p.m. They'll be offering a limited collaboration menu plus their full menu. No reservations, but you might want to arrive early.

Foxes Fried takes over the Dashi kitchen starting at 5 p.m.


Calling all Office fans. Ghost Monkey Brewery will be hosting an Office themed trivia night starting at 6:30 p.m.

Head to Zero Restaurant + Bar to experience fine dining like never before with Michelin two star chef Gabriel Kreuther from Gabriel Kreuther Restaurant in New York. Kreuther teams up with Zero chef Vinso Petrillo for two nights of culinary creativity as part of the 2020 Michelin on the Road series.

Its 2000s Trivia Night at Oak Road Brewery. From a bald Britney Spears to the iPod nano, we know you've got the knowledge.

Chocolate lovers can attend the Chocolate Festival at the Charleston County Public Library from 6:30-7:30 p.m. Note that this an 18+ event.

Eat and bowl at The Alley with $4 beyond burgers, an entirely meatless burger, and $4 pints.

Thats right, it's Friends Trivia Night at Mex 1 Park West starting at 7 p.m. 

How well do you really know 90s tunes? Test your knowledge at Voodoo Tiki Bar and Lounge starting at 8 p.m.


Edmund's Oast is hosting a Broc Cellars Wine Tasting night from 5:30-7:30 p.m.

Ladies, head to the Harbour Club for a three course meal and vino at their Women of Wine event.

Hop over to 39 Rue de Jean for a Wicked Weed Beer Dinner from 6-9:30 p.m.

Frothy Beard Brewing is hosting a regularly scheduled trivia night with a chance to win Stingray tickets.


Come to the season kick-off of South Carolina Aquarium After Hours. Snack on fresh oysters, chili, and chowder and sip on beer and wine. Tickets are $50.

Bok Choy Boy pops up at at Tradesman Brewing Co. with a new menu item: Korean BBQ Tacos.

Head over to Mpishi Restaurant on Daniel Island for a Dim Sum Night. You'll eat your meal dim sum.

Sarah's Dumps pops up at Cooper River Brewing starting at 5 p.m.

Blair Machado's Nomadic Supper Club series pops up at Second State Coffee this Fri. Feb. 21 starting at 6 p.m. The five-course food and drink pairings will be prepared by chef RJ Moody (Spero) and veteran bartender Jess Rehs (Jackrabbit Filly).


Don't miss out on the Mardi Gras Bar Crawl on King St. from 1-9 p.m.

Celebrate National Margarita Day at 3 Matadors Tequileria with $3 margs all day long.

Minero is also celebrating National Marg Day with $2 off all signature margaritas starting at 11:30 a.m.

Whats that? More margarita deals? Get $35 marg pitchers and $10 for two tacos at MESU.

Party down at the annual Home Team BBQ Rock the Block event with food, drink, music, and more in support of the fight against pediatric brain cancer.

Saturday Oyster roast happenings include the Annual Dill Sanctuary Roast, The Holy City Brewing Roast, The Roast Roast at Rusty Bull, The Charleston Charm Roast, and the Shelter Roast.

Bok Choy Boy is popping up at the Edmund's Oast Bower for a flavor-packed lunch starting at 11 a.m.

The second Brunch at Nite event takes place this Sat. starting at 8 p.m. at C&P Banquet Hall. Tickets are $40 and can be purchased online.


Graft wine shop hosts Vintage and Vino, a fun shopping experience with special guest, Dough Boy Pizza, plus plenty of vintage threads for sale.

Make the most of your Sunday Funday at the Sunday Brunch Farmers Market at Charleston Pour House starting at 11 a.m.

Get roastin' at the Charleston Hour Glass Oyster Roast or the Annual Sierra Club Oyster Roast

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