Now open A peek at the newest food or drink venue

Stems & Skins ("Fresh & Freaky Ferments") has opened on East Montague Avenue in North Charleston.

With years of experience at Kiawah Island Golf Resort and Husk behind him, Matt Tunstall knows how to make tourists feel welcome. But the sommelier is looking forward to dealing with locals at his new Park Circle wine bar.

“I have spent my entire experience in Charleston serving the visitors to the area,” he was quoted as saying in a release announcing the opening of Stems & Skins. “Now I want to be a part of the community and serve the community.”

Tunstall partnered with Justin Croxall, the former owner and executive chef of Bull Street Gourmet, to create the neighborhood-focused spot. In addition to wine, Stems & Skins is serving classic cocktails, beer, charcuterie, cheese and “Mediterranean-style bar snacks.”

Although the bar’s tagline is “fresh and freaky ferments,” its aesthetic is more basic than bizarre: The wine list emphasizes natural wines made without chemical modifications, and there’s a record player behind the bar.

Stems & Skins, 1070 East Montague Ave., is open 4 p.m.-2 a.m. Tuesday-Sunday. To learn more, call 843-805-4809 or visit

Hanna Raskin