Food & Wine


The century-old warehouse glows in the cool spring night, its fresh stucco, dark French doors, gas lanterns and weathered stone steps inviting you in. It is a happy sight to see this property in Charleston’s historic City Market alive again with soft lights, music and hungry folks.


Like many major cities on the culinary map, Charleston enjoys an increasingly well-rounded assortment of cuisines and trendy restaurant motifs to match. But how many food-forward towns can boast an eatery quite like 82 Queen, where history and cuisine meet in the intimacy of a Southern antebellum home? Here, a pair of 18thcentury properties, linked by ancient brick paths, lend genteel profiles to a restaurant that has served loyal guests for over 30 years.


It must have been a splendid wedding—the union of Caterina Maria Romola di Lorenzo de’ Medici, the pride of the Medici clan, with Henri de Valois, Duke of Orléans, second in line to the French throne. The bride’s uncle, bearded Pope Clement VII, traveled to Marseilles to conduct the marriage ceremony in the Église Saint-Ferréol les Augustins on 28 October 1533.


For those of you who remember the early days of the Charleston “food scene,” you’ll recall that fine dining options were few and far between. I am thinking of the mid-1980s, moments before Hurricane Hugo slammed into this coastal city and changed its landscape forever.


Nobody quite knows where the Furmint grape originated. A white varietal, it is cultivated today under various names in eastern parts of the former Austro-Hungarian Empire— especially in Hungary near the town of Tokaj, about 120 miles northeast of Budapest (almost to Slovakia and Ukraine).


It was a good day for all the food-obsessed folks residing East of the Cooper when Dianne and Cecil Crowley changed their minds about retiring. Over the next two decades, the couple amassed a string of successful eateries in the Southeast and opened the latest in their cadre of businesses: the spanking new Tavern & Table on popular Shem Creek.


One thing we know for sure: Vinho Verde wines are not green—citrine, pink or red they may be, but never green.


When a restaurant has dominated a corner overlooking two of Charleston’s busiest streets for nearly two decades, it’s doing something right.


It may well have been the Phoenicians who first grew wine in Sicily. The ancient mariners founded colonies in the western part of the island as early as 1000 B.C.—including what became the cities of Marsala and Palermo.

Poetry in a Bottle

He liked to write using green ink, an odd choice for a dedicated Communist like Neruda. Why not use colors traditionally associated with his comrades on the Left—black or blood red? No, he was a poet and a romantic. His ideas flowed best in sustainable green, which was for him the color of hope and desire.

East Meets West

Our Lowcountry winters provide just enough chill to make me crave a rich cassoulet while consumed in a cozy banquette with a friend or two. Who doesn’t love the homey comfort of chicken and dumplings—braised slowly into heartwarming heaven and served bistro style? Union Provisions fills the bill, combining laid-back West Coast chic and time-honored techniques to bring guests an American spin on the traditional French brasserie.

Reds of Rioja

All Rioja is divided into three parts. Rioja Baja is the lowest of them, approximately 200 meters above sea level; Rioja Alta is the highest, rising to 800 meters; Rioja Alavesa is in between. The three Riojan zones hug the Ebro River for about 100 kilometers as it meanders down from the mountains in northern Spain toward the Mediterranean Sea.

Making a Splash

Our endless Southern summers showcase the best the Lowcountry has to offer: glistening whitesand shores, teeming with sun worshipers, wind-surfers and boaters of all kinds—and the surrounding coastal waters, teeming with blue crab, the best shrimp in the East and fish of all kinds. With a longstanding reputation for good waves and plenty of fun dives, Folly Beach is considered by many to have Charleston’s best beach scene. And Rita’s Seaside Grille is vying to be the new darling of the shabby-chic seaside town locals call the “Edge of America.”

Three Chardonnays

Authors just love Chardonnay. They write about it all the time. In the more than 12 million books Google has digitized so far, Chardonnay is mentioned more often than any other wine varietal.

Thoughts From a Place Called Home

Nothing more defines the heart and soul of a Southern home than the front porch and momma’s cooking.


Known as the Lowcountry’s most complete kitchen store, The Coastal Cupboard, in Mt. Pleasant’s Belle Hall Shopping Center, is a foodie paradise, stocked with gourmet…

Orvieto Wine

There are many fascinating things to see in Orvieto—the Etruscan necropolis, stunning frescoes in the cathedral, St. Patrick’s Well—all legacies of the city’s long and tumultuous history.

Southern-Style Seafood

When you’re yearning for an iconic seafood platter served up Southern style in a setting equally iconic, R.B.’s is the place to go. The rambling restaurant is perched on prime waterfront property overlooking historic Shem Creek, where working shrimp boats, playing dolphins and Lowcountry sunsets come and go with the daily tides.

Heretical Wines

Somebody must have been telling lies about the Cathars. A hodgepodge of peaceable ascetics who held admittedly quirky views about sacraments and such things, they lived quietly in parts of northern Italy, Spain and—especially—in Languedoc, in the south of France, between the 12th and 14th centuries. Somehow they fell afoul of the church.

Something for Everyone

When talk turns to the table and artisanal meat enters the conversation, Craig Deihl’s name is quick to come up. The executive chef of Cypress Lowcountry Grille, Deihl has been at the forefront of charcuterie production in Charleston since 2007, partnering with local, sustainable farms and making the most of pastured pork and beef from nose to tail.