The faculty of local artists at Wine and Design in West Ashley and Mt. Pleasant helps students create works of art in a social, supportive setting with lessons designed for people with no artistic experience. After uncorking bottles of wine and kegs of paint, budding artists spend two hours imitating pros stroke for stroke as they transform canvases into paintings of colorful landscapes and vibrant still lifes. Guests of any experience level are welcome and Wine and Design provides all necessary materials, including paint, brushes, and corkscrews.
In addition to regular classes, Wine and Design offers private parties and Art Buzz summer camp for kids at both Mt. Pleasant and West Ashley. In an effort to paint it forward (Mt. Pleasant and West Ashley), they also donate funds to causes, such as Relay For Life and the MUSC Children's Hospital.
Beneath the shade of oak trees bearing Spanish moss, Irvin~House Vineyards' owners Jim and Ann Irvin concoct five award-winning wines from four varieties of muscadine grape grown and harvested on their 48-acre property. Each batch fills bottles adorned with labels crafted by local Charleston artists before visitors sample their muscadine-rich flavors during tastings and tours. In addition to weekly winery sessions, the Irvins enthrall community members and wine connoisseurs alike with varied events, such as bluegrass and grape-stomping festivals, held on land that shelters a renovated party barn, flower and vegetable garden, chicken coop, and outdoor picnic area. The Irvins' acreage also accommodates Firefly Distillery, which supplies tastings of its Firefly vodka and Sea Island rum to curious visitors and marooned pirates bemoaning their empty flasks.
The team at O'Hara & Flynn are master librarians. They've filled the shelves of their storefront with hundreds of hand-selected works from across the world, from Paris to Rome to Berlin. But the tales here aren't told through rising actions and denouements. They're expressed through the notes of a carefully curated wine selection, which encompasses some 30 options by the glass and 700 by the bottle.?
The curators focus on artisanal?producers such as Giuseppe Quintarelli. For an insight into their selection process, simply head to the the dark wood tasting bar at the center of the shop. Here, patrons can sample wines alongside Mediterranean foods?maybe the locally-made ravioli of the week, a shareable plate of smoked duck breast charcuterie, or a hoardable plate of five-year aged gouda.
Charleston Beer Works boasts an impressive selection of draught beers and a menu brimming with sports-bar favorites. Commence preemptive celebratory snacking with loaded tater tots ($3.95), crispy fried calamari with marinara sauce ($6.75), fried pickle wedges ($6.50) featuring a remoulade for dipping, or, for those with more sophisticated palettes, the corn dog and fries ($5.95). A build-your-own burger, grilled chicken sandwich, or fried chicken sandwich (all $5.95) will please eaters needing to express themselves through personality-representing toppings ($0.25–$1 each) such as jalapenos, nacho cheese, or chili. Charleston Beer Works also offers wings (starting at $5.75 for six wings) that can be dressed in your choice of 15 saucy coatings, including a wasabi ranch, a jalapeno lime, and the house signature dry rub. Oil down esophagus tubes with one, or five, of the 40 craft brews on tap—hoppy helpings include the Atlanta-based Sweetwater Blue, the proletariat Pabst Blue Ribbon, and the age-old Yuengling, as American an alcohol as apple pie champagne.
The grape gurus at Gas Light Art and Wine Gallery pour glasses of flavorful ambrosias in a gallery adorned with several pieces of art showcasing humankind’s furry four-legged best friends. For the flight of Lost Dog wine, guests can treat their taste buds to a sampling of four classic varietals—chardonnay, white zinfandel, merlot, and cabernet sauvignon. After each glass has been lapped up, crack open a full bottle of your choice of Lost Dog wine, each one graced with an oil painting of a canine that barks with every uncorking (a $19.95 value).