2017 Charlotte Wine & Food Weekend
Big Bottles & Blues
Friday, April 21, 2017 at 6:30pm, LaCa Projects, 1429 Bryant St.
Join us on Friday, April 21, 2017, for the finest in local cuisine, world-class wines & culinary star talent at Big Bottles & Blues. This casual wine and food tasting features unlimited wine and beer samples, food bites prepared by award-winning chefs, plus a silent and live auction. Bid on rare and large-format bottles of wine, unique trips and experiences and sought-after sports memorabilia, just to name a few items, with proceeds benefiting five local children's charities. This year, the event takes place at LaCa Projects, an Argentinian art gallery in Wesley Heights near Uptown.
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We have two ticket levels for Big Bottles & Blues. Both levels have access to the same tasting areas. The Young Aficionado ticket is to encourage the younger generation of wine enthusiasts to come learn about their palate while also giving back. Value of event is priceless.
Regular Admission: $125. Tax-deductible amount is $50.
Young Aficionado: $75. Tax-deductible amount is $25.
2017 Restaurant & Wine Pairing Dinners
Thursday, April 20, 2017 at 6:30pm
The finest restaurants in the Queen City partner with world-renowned wineries for Charlotte's largest dinner party; guests will enjoy a four-course meal prepared by a local celebrity chef paired with exquisite wines for an unforgettable evening!
Seventy-five dollars of each ticket will go to five benefitting charities – Charlotte Concerts, Council for Children’s Rights, Mitchell’s Fund, Pat’s Place and The Relatives.
Aria and Super Tuscans
Il Vino A Tavola dinner will highlight a blind Super Tuscan tasting complemented by an incredible four-course meal at Aria Tuscan Grill. Think you know Italian wines? Learn your palate before the big reveal!
Aria Tuscan Grill: Located in the heart of uptown Charlotte, Aria captures the colors and flavors of Tuscany, serving mouthwatering old world comfort food re-imagined in a modern Italian setting. Pierre Bader, Owner. Chris Bateman, Executive Chef. (100 N. Tryon Street, Charlotte, NC)
The Super Tuscan blind tasting will be led by Briana Cohen and highlight 12 95+ wines from the same vintage and in all price ranges. Cohen is the General Manager and Wine Director for the Sonoma Restaurant Group and she’s really pulling out all the stops for this special evening so that Italian wine becomes part of the Charlotte palate.
SOLD OUT - Barrington’s featuring Pahlmeyer
Chef Bruce Moffett will pair his award-winning farm-to-fork cuisine with the critically acclaimed Pahlmeyer Wine for a magical evening!
Barrington's Restaurant, voted Charlotte's Most Popular restaurant (Zagat), provides magic on a nightly basis thanks to chef-owner Bruce Moffett, who implements a farm-to-fork strategy in his excellent seasonal creations, combined with top-notch service. (7822 Fairview Road, Charlotte, NC)
Pahlmeyer: Founded in 1986 with the goal of producing extraordinary Bordeaux-style wines, Pahlmeyer Wine is dedicated to sharing the magic that turns grapes into exquisite elixirs, presenting an exclusive portfolio of critically acclaimed, hand-crafted wines.
Bonterra featuring Prisoner
Have a passion for locally sourced food? What about California’s best wine? If so, this dinner is for you! Bonterra Dining partners with The Prisoner Wine Company for a celebration of American cuisine and wine.
Bonterra Dining lifts the spirits of diners who also appreciate the excellent locally sourced American fare at this upscale eatery/wine bar in a charming old church building in Dilworth. Regulars sing the praises of the knowledgeable and attentive servers. Owner: John Duncan. Chef: Blake Hartwick. (1829 Cleveland Avenue, Charlotte, NC)
The Prisoner Wine Company works with passionate, devoted growers to source varietals from the best vineyards and appellations located across California in order to create interesting wine blends that are thought provoking and approachable. Chrissy Wittmann, Winemaker at The Prisoner Wine Company, remarks, “We are minimalist and believe it’s up to the grapes to do their thing. It’s our job to provide the best environment for them to do so, whether it’s during fermentation, barrel aging, or preparing for bottling. Ultimately, all of the wines and their related vineyards have their own personality and we work hard to let each one express itself in the best way."
Corkbuzz featuring the wines of Eric Solomon
The deeply satisfying food of Corkbuzz paired with the delectable wines imported by Charlotte’s own Eric Solomon of European Cellars make for an unforgettable night!
Corkbuzz is many things - a wine bar, wine-centric restaurant, and a home base for wine education. It is guided by a simple philosophy: wine is meant to be enjoyed. Co-founder and Master Sommelier Laura Maniec views herself less as the proprietor of a wine bar and more as the enthusiastic host of a never-ending dinner party. (4905 Ashley Park Lane, Suite J, Charlotte, NC)
Eric Solomon, of European Cellars, was hailed as “one of the most influential people in the wine business” by Robert Parker in his 20th Anniversary issue of the Wine Advocate. He specializes in the wines of France and Spain where his name is synonymous with full flavored wines that are true to the region. With the addition of the Jon-David Headrick portfolio of unique French wines, European Cellars has become one of the top importers of quality European wines at great values.
Customshop featuring Chalk Hill
Join us for dinner at Customshop, the modern trattoria with a neighborhood feel, where you will enjoy fare from an ever-changing menu with an array of rich Chalk Hill wines.
Customshop: With décor cleverly combining old and new, and a menu offering an eclectic mix of traditional and innovative American dishes inspired by Italian, French, and Spanish cuisine, owner and Executive Chef Trey Wilson is committed to supporting local and organic farm ventures. (1601 Elizabeth Avenue, Charlotte, NC)
Chalk Hill: Since its founding in 1972, Chalk Hill has been one of Sonoma County’s benchmark producers. For nearly four decades the winery’s passion for meticulous viticulture has produced exceptional, world-class wines that have received high acclaim from the trade, press and consumers.
Fahrenheit featuring Mondavi
An evening with Riana and Alycia Mondavi, the fourth generation winemaking sisters, accompanied by unparalleled views of the Queen City and the innovative food of Fahrenheit, is an experience you won’t want to miss!
Fahrenheit, Chef Rocco Whalen’s restaurant above the Queen City, features inventive American cuisine, rooftop linear fire pits, a social pool and seasonal herb garden. (222 South Caldwell Street, Charlotte, NC).
Riana and Alycia Mondavi will host this wine pairing dinner, pouring vintages from the oldest winery in Napa Valley, Charles Krug. To cap off the evening, the Mondavi’s will pour 95 RP rated Aloft Cabernet Sauvignon, Howell Mountain!
SOLD OUT - Fig Tree featuring Caymus
The Fig Tree owners, Greg & Sara Zanitsch, look forward to showcasing their food talent with the superb wines of Wagner Family Caymus Vineyards. Talk about a unique and special dining experience!
The Fig Tree Restaurant is located in a beautifully restored 1913 Bungalow. Offering seasonal cuisine with influences from Italy and France, an award-winning and affordable wine list and outstanding service. Whether you are looking for a romantic fireside dinner, a fun evening of dining al fresco or a private room for your group, The Fig Tree has it all. (1601 East 7th Street, Charlotte, NC)
Caymus Vineyards: The Wagner family, owners of Caymus Vineyards, believe in making wines with character, complexity and consistency and have embraced Napa’s unique climate and soil, helping to establish the region’s singular style and reputation for cabernet sauvignon. The 1984 and 1990 vintages of Caymus Special Selection Cabernet Sauvignon were awarded the Wine Spectator “Wine of the Year;” the only wine in the world to receive this honor twice.
Lumiere featuring Law Estate Wines
Take Chef Tom Condron’s modern French cooking and the service at Lumiere, add world-class Rhone and Priorat style Law Estate Wines, and the result is simply irresistible!
Lumiere: Lumiere is described as an “intimate eatery featuring classic French dishes with a modern twist in a white-tablecloth setting.” Co-Owner Tom Condron taps into his experience in Paris and his time with Jean Louis Palladin to bring Modern French Cooking to the Queen City. Operator and Co-owner Matthew Pera brings his background with many of Charlotte's best restaurants to make Lumiere fresh and exciting. (1039 Providence Road, Charlotte, NC)
Located in West Paso Robles, on top of Peachy Canyon is Law Estate Wines. The winery’s sharp focus is on producing ultra-premium Rhone style blends using sustainably farmed, hand-picked and hand-sorted estate grapes. Law Estate Wines wanted to create a winery that could manifest the quality of the terrific fruit and create a world-class wine and they were successful. Law Estate Wines produces a unique and remarkable wine portfolio that is suitable for all different palates.
Napa featuring L’Aventure
Inspired by the surroundings of the California Wine Country, Napa on Providence is the perfect companion to the remarkable wines of L’Aventure.
Napa on Providence's philosophy is a commitment to comfortable and approachable food and drink, freshness of ingredients, locally sourced ingredients when possible, partnering with area producers and craftsmen, cooking everything from scratch, great prices, variety of choices, and vineyard inspired décor and presentation. (110 Perrin Place, Charlotte, NC)
L’Aventure is a small, family-owned winery located in Paso Robles on California's Central Coast. After making wine in Bordeaux for seventeen years, Stephan Asseo wanted to create new wines representative of his new Paso “terroir.” He is deeply involved in every detail and has become known for his Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah blends.
Ruth’s Chris Steak House featuring Mayacamas
Looking for wine pairings to complement a great steak? Ruth's Chris Steak House never disappoints with its wonderful food, which will be paired with the bright, vibrant wines of Mayacamas Vineyards from Mount Veeder.
Ruth's Chris Steak House: Ruth’s Chris Steak House in Southpark is known for sizzling, butter-topped beef in an elegant setting. Ruth’s Chris outlines their key to success, “Our recipe is simple: Fresh ingredients. Classic dishes. Skilled preparation. And a passion for every detail of your perfect night. (6000 Fairview Road, Charlotte, NC)
Mayacamas Vineyards: High on the slopes of Mount Veeder, Mayacamas Vineyards has been a source of legendary California wine since 1889. An unwavering approach to vinification results in classically-styled, age-worthy wines that reflect the unique properties of the Mayacamas property.