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Justin Croxall & Matt Tunstall, Stems & Skins

Although it’s tough to say, Charleston, SC is not all postcards and porch living. It’s a city that is fighting decaying infrastructure, gentrification, the pressure of tourists, and traffic, traffic, traffic as an average of 75 people move here a day...

— Southern Fork

Stems & Skins now proudly offering tinned fish

Tinned fish was part of Stems & Skins’ food program from the start, but owner Matt Tunstall initially went to some lengths to make sure customers didn’t know it. If they ordered trout in escabeche sauce, for example, he would carefully extract the preserved fish from its tin and then plate it...

— Hanna Raskin

SOMMELIER MATT TUNSTALL OF STEMS & SKINS

I’m a back of the room kind of guy. So is my friend standing next to me. Together we watch patrons exit a downtown venue with the buzz of post-show chatter. A moment passes, and – as if reading my mind – he turns and asks, “How does one get to know someone?” What he means is: At age 30, how does one just make new friends...

— Hunter Gardner

Matt Tunstall of Stems & Skins in Charleston, SC on Rosé Bubbles, Dry Riesling and Alsace Whites with Barbecue

Originally from Memphis, Matt Tunstall headed to San Francisco in the 1990s to study food and wine. He put in almost seven years with the Plumpjack group, then worked for Elizabeth Falkner at Citizen Cake and Orson before he and his wife decided they were done with big cities. “We wanted to find a smaller town with a great food and wine community and some room to grow,” he says. They landed in Charleston, South Carolina, where Tunstall ran the wine program at Husk for four years. “That gave me the springboard to open my own place,” he says—something he did last January, opening Stems & Skins, a wine bar in the Park Circle neighborhood, with Justin Croxall from Bull Street Gourmet. If sales of bubbly are any proof, the neighborhood is mighty delighted to have them there...

— Tara Q. Thomas

Weekend Getaway: Charleston, South Carolina

While the ragers hit King Street, do late-night natural wines at Stems & Skins...

— TRACEY MINKIN

Here’s Where to Find the Hottest Seafood Trend Right Now (Hint: It Comes in a Tin)

This Old-World-goes-mod North Charleston Bar has been serving quality tinned seafood since opening in early 2016—initially limited to crostini-toppers, but now front-and-center on their menu. Test the waters with inexpensive 3-oz. cans of paté from Jose Gourmet, then graduate up to the more adventurous uni and razor clams. On the boozy side of things, Stems & Skins earns their wine geek cred with on-tap Torres Verdeo Verdejo, as well as a wine list populated with light and funky natural wines...

— MARY TOMLINSON

RESTAURANT REVIEW: CHARLESTON, SOUTH CAROLINA

A natural wine oasis comes to Park Circle, in what has been called the Brooklyn of North Charleston. Stems & Skins owners Matt Tunstall, formerly at Husk, and Justin Croxall, owner of Bull Street Gourmet & Market, specialize in what they refer to as “fresh and freaky ferments” in this intimate, cozy space. The eclectic wine list offers options for every mood: If it’s a Jura kind of night, drink the bright and zippy Domaine de la Pinte Trousseau...

— Noah Singerman