Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Wine Bar & Painting Studio

Curious about our new setup ? This blog post is dedicated to familiarizing you with the wine bar and painting studio.

We are both a wine bar and a painting studio. Yes, we still paint! Now, however, we have extended hours – Monday-Friday 1PM-9PM and Saturday 10AM-9PM. You can also join us any time for a drink with no pressure to paint.

View from Front Door
This is what it looks like when you walk into Grapes and Gallery. The tasting/serving bar is on the right. There's a small table on the left, and a bit further back there are two bar height tables with stools. A divider separates the wine bar from the painting studio. As you can see, the divider creates a nice separation between the wine bar and the painting studio at the back of the room. You will also notice paint, brushes, wine, t-shirts and paintings in the divider. These are available for purchase for you to take home and enjoy.

Upstairs bar area

To the left is a closer look at the wine bar and one of the bar height tables. You order your beer and wine at the bar and sign in for painting as well.

Additional upstairs seating


On the right is a closer look at the other bar top table upstairs. This is a premium spot. You can observe the painters through the divider, look through the front window, and only be steps away from the bar!

Stairs down to the The Cellar
Downstairs seating area
The Cellar (downstairs seating area)
Downstairs features a larger seating area. This area has great ambiance - soft lighting, nice music and plenty of space for friends to sit and enjoy a drink.

The painting studio is the same great set-up you are used to seeing. In addition to daily artist-led paintings at 6PM, you can now Do Your Own Thing (DYOT) Monday-Friday 1PM-6PM and Saturday 10AM-6PM. Like before, you can bring your own food and beverage when painting. However, beer and wine is available for purchase from the wine bar.
Painting Studio
Please sign up for the artist-led sessions at grapesandgallery.com to reserve your easel. For DYOT, call ahead to confirm availability or stop by.

If you have any questions, please feel free to give us a call at 803-728-1278. We look forward to seeing you!

Paint your day!

Saturday, February 8, 2014


The Grapes & Gallery wine bar is now open! In honor of the opening, we will be profiling some of our wine and beer in the upcoming blog posts. We hope that you will come in and give them a try. Who knows, you may find your new favorite drink!

In this segment, we are featuring Alias wines. Our wine list includes three Alias wines, two of which, Alias Chardonnay and Alias “Secret Agent” Red Blend, we consider our “house” wines. This winery, in addition to making nice wine, has a philosophy very similar to the the one we have at Grapes & Gallery.

“... keep a pretty low profile and let our wines do most of the talking.  We try to keep our focus on making the best wines, for the best price we can.  We’re probably never going to get rich doing this, but if you’ve got good friends, good food, and good wines, then who cares?”

Alias wines are from northern California. The founders of this company started making wine as a hobby while working at big wineries. Since they had to keep their winemaking a secret, the name Alias was a fitting choice. However, it did not take long for their passion to gain a favorable reputation, and the first few vintages sold out quickly. Today, their wines receive accolades globally, and three of them are available to you at Grapes & Gallery. 

  • 2012 Alias California Chardonnay…This Chardonnay is “kissed with oak” with 20% aged in French oak for 3 months. The Beverage Tasting Institute gave the Alias Chardonnay 90 points, and it received a gold medal at the World Wine Championships.
  • 2011 Alias “Secret Agent” Red Blend...This wine is a blend of Merlot (40%), Cabernet Sauvignon (22%), Zinfandel (27%), and Syrah (11%). Wine Enthusiast rates this wine as a “best buy,” and The Beverage Tasting Institute gave it 91 points. In 2013, Secret Agent won a gold medal at the World Wine Challenge.
  • 2012 Alias California Cabernet Sauvignon…This wine is 100% Cabernet Sauvignon. Like the Chardonnay and Blend, it has been extremely well received. The Beverage Tasting Institute gave it 90 points, and it won a gold medal at the 2013 World Wine Competition.

Instead of going into detail about the aroma and flavors of each of these, come by (M-F 1PM-9PM, Sat 10AM-9PM) and have a glass (or bottle) and taste for yourself.
Paint your day!