This past Friday we took some friends up on their offer of introducing us to their neighborhood hangout, The Wine Valley in Teays Valley http://thewinevalleywv.com/. After living outside of DC for a year, you couldn’t pay me to live outside of Charleston and deal with the traffic but The Wine Valley will increase my likelihood of visiting the area.
The Wine Valley is located in a little strip mall in a shopping complex near I-64. They have a few outdoor tables/chairs and a nicely decorated interior with plenty of seats ranging from tabletops and cozy couches next to a fireplace to a beautifully appointed bar.
Our server was very friendly and attentive and, along with the owners, seemed to enjoy being asked for recommendations. Magellan was happy to see the beer list and even more pleased that the most pedestrian offering was Stella Artois. All are bottled; it is a wine bar after all.
The food offerings consist of small plates, flatbreads and cheese/charcuterie trays and everything we had – hummus, Gypsy flatbread, cheese tray – was delicious. For dessert they offer Cocopotamus truffles http://cocopotamus.com/ along with Ports and Sherries. Prices for all seemed reasonable.
Now for the most important item – the wine. In addition to wines by the bottle, glass and half bottles, The Wine Valley offers around a dozen groupings of tastings. The majority are red but there are a few white. Each consists of three wines and the pours are equivalent to a proper two glasses (9 oz total). The are served in a handy little carrier and each glass is labeled with the type of wine.
I began the evening with the Mambo Italiano which consisted of a Chianti, a Super Tuscan, and something I forgot. All were equally delicious.
I ended (before a glass of Port) with The One which consisted of a Tempranillo, a Bordeaux and a Valpolicella – these 3 were even better than the first group.
Seriously Charleston, we need one of these.