Joshua Walker puts the accent on “company” in his new store in downtown Charleston, encouraging customers to hang out in the space. Walker, who worked at Accent on Wine in Summerville, South Carolina, for six years, stocks the shelves with a savvy mix of familiar names and sommelier catnip: Belle Glos Pinot Noir shares shelf space with Sandlands Mataro from California and Jacques Puffeney wines from France’s Jura. Sip before you buy at the wine bar, where Walker pours 20-some compelling wines by the glass (Nikolaihof Grüner Veltliner, Giacosa Barbera d’Alba) or buy a bottle and settle in at a table with a cheese and charcuterie plate. Wines are priced at respectable retail rates for drinking on site; Walker adds ten percent on bottles to go.
This review appears in the print edition of the August 2017 issue. Like what you just read? Subscribe now.