Domaine South Relocates To Downtown Huntsville Square!

“The best wines are the ones shared with friends.” – Unknown

“There’s a French term that describes our type of shop,” explained Kristian Denis, Curator and Co-Owner of Domaine South. “It’s called ‘cave à manger’, and Paris is dotted with many neighborhood spots like ours. Yes, we are a fine wine shop. But we will also have small plates, coffee, tea, locally made goods, cookbooks, and more. Domaine South will be the perfect place on the square to unwind at any time of day.”

Husband and wife owners Kristian and Mike Denis first opened Domaine South’s doors in 2015 on Cleveland Avenue but quickly outgrew the space. After relocating next door, the business took off as they added artisanal cheeses to the menu and began to offer locally made art, pottery, and other small gifts.

The new location of Domaine South on the square.

Now, the couple plans to add an innovative wine-by-the-glass program to the business. But first, they needed to find a location that would make the feat possible.

“We looked at adding it to our current space, but we quickly discovered there was no way to make it work the way we wanted,” insisted Kristian. “It became a matter of waiting for the perfect space to open up, and we’ve always had our eye on Downtown Huntsville proper.”

The cozy new shop on the square will be in a 1,200 square foot space on the first floor of 103 North Side Square. Hours will be from mid-morning until after dark, and they are tentatively scheduled to open in July of this year!

Domaine South’s current location on Cleveland Ave. Photo credit: Domaine South

Our focus sets us apart.

With a spotlight on smaller production and old-world wines, Domaine South strives to fill its shelves with thoughtfully curated selections. They have been building their knowledge since the 90s through experience at wholesale companies and creating wine lists for restaurants.

“My father was in the military and I grew up in Europe,” said Kristian. “That’s where I was first exposed to an appreciation for quality wine. I believe the team at Domaine South has a unique depth of experience in both the wine and food industries. We always encourage customers to bring in their menus so we can help them find the perfect pairings for a dinner party or event.”

At Domaine South, you will find a wide range of wines from France, Italy, Spain, Austria, Germany, Portugal, Greece, California, Oregon, Washington, and much more. If it passes the rigorous testing of the curators, it makes it to the shelves for all to enjoy.

“Almost every wine we carry is sustainably grown, organic, or biodynamic,” stated Kristian. “A large part of ensuring the quality of wine starts with how it’s being grown. We pay attention to that and always take it into consideration.”

Photo credit: Domaine South

For us, it’s about bringing people together.

The future wine bar at the North Side Square space will offer downtown residents and professionals another place to relax, connect with friends, or simply pick up a bottle of wine for dinner on the way home. There will also be an outdoor patio space and seating inside.

“Our new location will allow us to better serve our guests with even more offerings,” assured Kristian. “We will have the new wine bar—of course—where people can order wine by the glass. But we will also have charcuterie, cheeses, coffee, tea, desserts, and a small brunch on the weekends. We plan to add more to our retail side of the business with even more locally made gifts.”

The wine shop also hopes to be the go-to spot for supplies when it comes to popular Downtown events like Concerts in the Park.

“We are thrilled to welcome yet another unique and thriving concept to the downtown community,” said Wesley Crunkleton, Principal and Leasing Agent at Crunkleton Commercial Real Estate. “Domaine South is a great addition to the diverse landscape of businesses that make downtown a well-known destination for retail, dining, and entertainment.”

Photo credit: Domaine South

We will always keep our Southern hospitality and flair.

Domaine South plans to source its coffee, tea, and desserts from Southern makers in order to preserve its support of locally made goods and Southern hospitality.

“We want to be here for any and all questions our customers have,” guaranteed Kristian. “We care about passing on that Southern hospitality and doing everything we can to find you the perfect wine.”

Domaine South is still open at its current location on Cleveland Avenue at AM Booth’s Lumberyard and will continue to be open until its move to the downtown square.

“We couldn’t have accomplished this growth without the support of our customers,” Kristian added. “Come by and chat with us when we open. We promise a relaxing, enjoyable experience. You may even discover a new favorite wine or two.”

Want more information about Domaine South? Visit its website at www.domainesouth.com, or follow them on Facebook and Instagram. Have you been to Domaine South before? Let us know in the comments below!

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Join Crunkleton At The Big Spring Crush Wine Festival!

This Saturday, 2,000 wine connoisseurs will gather in Downtown Huntsville to celebrate the fourth annual Big Spring Crush Wine Festival and sample more than 150 wines from around the world!

Ashley Ryals, owner and chief creator of Homegrown Huntsville, saw the need for a wine festival in the Rocket City and has worked tirelessly each year to bring the event to life. Guests can expect new twists and experiences to the lineup and enjoy a fresh take on what was voted Downtown Event of the Year in 2015.

“I think my favorite part of planning and putting on the event is contributing to the economic growth and development of downtown,” said Ashley. “We have return customers each year and everyone seems to love it. This year we have plenty of new surprises for guests to enjoy.”

Credit: Homegrown Huntsville – Big Spring Crush Wine Festival

Crunkleton will be there this year as a major sponsor and would love to invite you to join us for this fun event! You can find us at the “Crunkleton Tent” where guests will be purchasing beer and wine by the glass and wine bottles throughout the evening.

How did it all begin?

“I got started with Homegrown Huntsville five years ago,” said Ashley. “It all began with our signature event series—Dine & Dash. I always knew Huntsville needed a wine festival, but it wasn’t the right timing for downtown. So, I put on Dine & Dash for three years to build up a database of wine lovers.”

After Downtown Huntsville, Inc. made strides in revitalizing the downtown area, Ashley knew it was time to implement the festival. She hoped for 1,000 attendees the first year but ended up with 1,500.

Photo credit: Gregg Clemis (Big Spring Crush 2016)

The event started in 2014 after Ashley spent months coordinating with her team and with local vendors to supply wine and other elements. It wasn’t long until the festival gained the attention of wine suppliers in California.

“The wine industry is taking notice,” explained Ashley. “In fact, we have nine suppliers from California this year. Huntsville is growing as a wine community and the support we give to local events encourages these suppliers and vendors to reach out.”

What can you expect this year?

“Every year comes with its twists and turns, and we are big on keeping things fresh,” said Ashley. “We also have some old favorites that we keep bringing back because people seem to love them.”

VIP Three-Course Dinner

This year, VIP guests will be treated to a delectable three-course dinner provided by Church Street Purveyor.

And if that wasn’t enough, they will also be able to indulge in 25 additional high-end wines while dining and watching SEC football on large monitors.

Beer and Wine Sales Tent

Crunkleton is proud to sponsor the Beer and Wine Sales Tent! If you’ve sipped through several wines and discovered one you can’t live without, come by the tent to purchase it by the bottle at special pricing. It’s also the perfect place to grab a glass of wine that will pair wonderfully with your entree from the local food trucks.

All wine bottles will have special festival pricing that night only! This means it’s the perfect evening to stock up your wine cellar.

Photo credit: Gregg Clemis (Big Spring Crush 2016)

Pop-Up Local Market

All vendors in the market will be giving out samples, as well as free water to keep guests hydrated.

Dayspring Dairy, Fred Bread, and Cork and Cream will be present this year and will have goodies available for purchase (in addition to the free samples).

Cork and Cream—in case you haven’t heard—makes wine ice cream! Yes, you can have your wine and eat it too.

Photo credit: Gregg Clemis (Big Spring Crush 2016)

Grape Stomping

Let loose and pretend you’re in Napa Valley by entering the grape stomping exhibit. Guests can donate any amount of money to stomp the grapes and all proceeds go directly to Susie’s Wish Foundation that sends local people with terminal cancer to the beach.

It’s a fun way to experience the wine making process and give to a great cause.

Food Trucks

There will be a stellar lineup of local foods trucks that will be showcasing “wine-inspired menu items.” This means they will pair perfectly with your glass of white or red.

You can stop by Beast Mode, Fire & Spice, I Love Bacon, Manic Organic, and Back Alley Bistro!

Live Music

And what’s a festival without entertainment? Live music will begin at 4 p.m. and last throughout the evening.

4 p.m. – 6:15 p.m. – Milltowne Band

6:15 p.m. – Alabama Commercial Wine Competition Awards

6:30 p.m. – 8:45 p.m. – Winslow Davis Ensemble

Photo credit: Gregg Clemis (Big Spring Crush 2016)

Excited yet?

We are thrilled to be a part of the event and we can’t wait to see you there. If you have any questions or still need to purchase your tickets, you can get all the info you need and more at www.homegrownhuntsville.com.

Click here to purchase your tickets, and use the promo code “crunkleton” to get $10 off general admission!

Have you been to Big Spring Crush before? Will you be coming this year? Let us know in the comments below!

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CRUNKLETON COMMERCIAL REAL ESTATE GROUP
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