Epicurean Charlotte

Food & Wine Magazine


July/August Wine Picks!


Helen Marie White of Sir Edward Haleys suggest the Villa Sandi Fresco Prosecco for your patio dining.
Bottle: $30.00 Glass: $7.50    

Very pale straw yellow and fine, persistent perlage. The aroma is fruity and flowery with hints of ripe golden apple and small mountain flowers. The dry, fresh and flavorsome sensation on the palate is followed by a fruity and harmonious aftertaste. 


Thomas Camp of Carolina Prime Steakhouse recommends the 2014 BR Cohn Chardonnay for the summer months.  
Bottle: $36.00     

This wine is rich and concentrated with aromas of tropical fruit, pear, apricot, and lemon meringue surrounded by a bouquet of toasty oak, vanilla, caramel, and hazelnut. Luscious mouthfeel and bright flavors of honey, pear, apple, and citrus make this a perfect wine with food, especially seafood or poultry. 


Dylan George of Pasta & Provisions  enjoys the 2018 FontanavecchiaTaburno Falanghina del Sannio for summer sipping. Bottle $13.99

Pale golden in color, this wine boasts a nose  of lime zest and grapefruit, white flowers,  and peach. The crispy mouth has loads of  lemon, and the finish displays tasty green  apple. Mouthwatering!


Chad Everett of Turnhouse Grille  recommends the 2015 Septima  Chardonnay, Mendoza, Argentina.
Glass $8.00, Bottle $30.00

Straw yellow with greenish hues, it’s fresh,  fruity, and very complex. Intense green apple notes and tropical touch fruits make this wine elegant and subtle. It presents a soft and fruity impact that turns buttery on the palate.


Matthew Matinata of Old Stone  Steakhouse in Belmont recommends  the Day Owl Rosé.
Glass $8.00

This Italian varietal is meant to be enjoyed young, so seize the moment! Bright, citrusy, and effortlessly cool, this versatile wine radiates with floral red fruit and vibrant orange zest vibes and pairs perfectly with whatever the day throws at it. Lively acidity and a dry, elegant finish make for  a bold bottle as alluring as the day is long.

General Manager Brian Wells of Brio Tuscan Grille highly recommends the 2014 Benziger Family Winery Chardonnay for your summer enjoyment on the patio.
Glass $10.00, Bottle $40.00

Simple in its offerings of juicy pear and fennel flavor, this light-bodied white is ready for the  table, subdued in a backbone of buttery oak.  Flavors of apple, pear, citrus, and ripe apricot  engage the palate, while subtle, creamy hints of butter and meringue unfold.


Chris Walker of Cork & Crate can’t get enough of the 2015 Cinnabar Chardonnay.
Bottle $29.99

Fresh apple rinds, squeezed Mexican lime,  and a touch of guava show on the nose of this crisp yet tropical-tinged bottling. The flavors  also start light with citrus and then delve into more guava-led tropicality, approaching ripe tuberose-flower pungency.


Sean O’Brien of Ru Ru's Tacos & Tequila is drinking the 2015 Landmark Overlook Pinot Noir this summer.
Bottle $46.00

This delicious red is aromatic and complex with ripe red cherry, strawberry jam, pomegranate, brown spice, and attractive autumn forest and  floral notes. The palate is crisp and beautifully  balanced with a mix of ripe red fruit and spice  on entry, with savory tobacco and leather notes  and a broad mineral texture on the mid-palate.