Wine Lover’s Guide to Savannah
Wine Lover’s Guide to Savannah
Although Savannah is mostly known for its beautiful squares and rich history, we also have some really great wine. In fact, we posted a Savannah Wine Guide last year, but there have been so many more restaurants and bars that have recently opened, each with their own advantage for our wine lovers, that we felt it was only right to publish another guide!
This Southern restaurant isn’t one of our favorites simply because they were one of Food & Wine Magazine’s “Most Exceptional Openings” in 2015. We love it because of their focus on European wines (as well as their upscale and updated twist on comfort food classics). Built in a 1938 Greyhound bus terminal, the atmosphere is unique as well.
Opened in 2014, Collins Quarter transported a bit of Australia to southeastern Georgia. The cozy restaurant offers local, fresh, farm-to-table food with a lengthy list of wines. Everything in between whites, reds, and brunch favorites like champagne their list also includes a handful of craft beers from the surrounding Savannah area.
This laid-back neighborhood eatery sits in an old filling station and serves soul food, a long list of wines, artfully crafted cocktails, and carefully chosen craft beers. Their wine menu breaks down the drinks by country: Spain, France, Italy, Germany, South America. There is also sections for California and Oregon wines, East versus West, after dinner versus with dinner. If these hints aren’t enough, we’ll just come out and say it: The Atlantic has a wine, cocktail, or beer for everyone.
In a previous blog post, we mentioned the unique space that now houses Cotton & Rye. We mentioned how their modern techniques meet freshly baked breads and hand-ground burgers. But this time, we’re talking about wine. Their bar and wait staff are incredibly knowledgeable about their wine selection and which tastes pair perfectly together (whether you’re eating a hefty hamburger, dainty yet filling salad, or indulging in a Blueberry Shortcake Cobbler); it doesn’t hurt that their list of wines, tasty cocktails, and beers is quite extensive, so there are plenty of options to choose from.
HUSK, with its main location in Charleston, has a satellite restaurant in Nashville and one that’s coming to Savannah soon. The restaurant is the brainchild of James Beard Award-winning chef Sean Brock and offers guests the essence of elevated Southern food in a setting that’s a unique mix of upscale and down home. So far, there’s only been rumors and whispers about the Savannah location, but for wine lovers’ sake, we’re hoping it’s sooner rather than later. Their wine list categorizes by terroir and soil type, which (for those of us who are new to the wine-tasting game) means that it looks at the natural environment of where/how the wine was produced, such as soil and climate.
For all things wine (as this is a Savannah Wine Guide), head to In Vino Veritas. They have a wide selection of wines, sangria, sparkling wine, and craft beer (at a reasonable price). For the more novice wine lovers, their list includes some rare gems (think Argentine Malbec and Italian Chianti). They have a daily Wine O’Clock Happy Hour, which means 50% off certain bottles. In addition to the wine, In Vino Veritas partnered with the Jepson Café to offer their customers the perfect food to complement their drinks: charcuterie and cheese to chocolate truffle plates.
Restaurateurs at heart, the owners of Alligator Soul are all about Southern cuisine done right. The other thing they do right is offering an extensive wine list. Just as their food is fresh, local, and focused on flavor, their wine list was crafted with the same attention to detail and love for flavors.
For more of a try-before-you-buy wine experience, head to Savannah Wine Cellar. This boutique wine shop holds over 40 wines to taste from daily. The setting is traditional cozy wine cellar, the staff is extremely knowledgeable and helpful, plus (most importantly) the wine is abundant.
Known more for their Tex-Mex food and outdoor café setting, Foxy Loxy hosts a weekly Fire & Wine event on Saturday nights. Gather around the fire, put together some graham cracker s’mores, and enjoy half-off bottles of wine.