Epicurean Charlotte

Food & Wine Magazine


November/December Wine Picks!


Paula Casey of Big Ben British Restaurant  & Pub is enjoying the Terrazas de los Andes Reserva Malbec 2015.
Glass $9.00, Bottle $32.00

Bright red in color with purple shades, this wine features intense floral and fruity notes with the presence of violets, ripe black cherry, and plum aromas, which reveal a toasty and spicy character of black pepper and chocolate. Its sweet and juicy mouthfeel delivers fine finesse, delicate tannins, and an elegant finish of black fruits.


David Biddlecom of Evoke and City Lights Rooftop suggests the 2014 Rust en Vrede Estate Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon for your holiday dining.  
Glass $22.00, Bottle $86.00

Deep ruby in color, this wine’s bold crème de cassis, cigar box, and liquorice flavors are subtly supported by notes of black currant and dark chocolate. A great example of a Rust en Vrede Cabernet Sauvignon, this approachable, opulent wine is full of velvety tannins with a refined, elegant yet bold finish.

Monte Smith of Café Monte French Restaurant and Bistro is raving about the Rickety Bridge Paulina’s Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon.  Bottle $62.00

Boasting classic characters of red and black berries, layered with herbal notes, pencil shavings, and oak spice, a full, rich palate with a powerful fruit expression and silky, polished tannins lead to a long finish with well-integrated oak, cassis, and subtle minerality. This wine is a pleasure to drink from the first sip until the last.

Helen Marie White of Sir Edmond Halley's Restaurant & Freehouse Harley’s recommends the 2014 Famiglia Bianchi Malbec.
Glass $9.00, Bottle $36.00

A huge blast of hickory, clove, and grainy oak controls the nose on this tannic, wide-bodied Malbec that’s outright woody and resiny from front to back. Oak-driven flavors of savory spice and clove lead to a resiny tasting finish with  sticky tannins.

Dylan George of Pasta & Provisions  is drinking the 2013 Giuseppe Lonardi  Amarone della Valpolicella Classico DOCG.
Bottle $69.00

Port-like in flavor and very concentrated, this wine features powerful, heady aromas of dried fruit potpourri, chocolate, cedar chest, and exotic spice.

Rochelle Baxter of Vin Master suggests picking up a bottle of the 2015 Rickety Bridge Pinotage for your holiday  gatherings. 
Bottle $27.99

This wine boasts concentrated black and blueberry  flavors with layers of plums and dark chocolate. A velvety palate with well-integrated tannins is supported by subtle smokiness and gentle oaking, which lead into a lingering juicy finish.


Matthew Matinata of Old Stone Steakhouse suggests the Lancaster Estate  Cabernet Sauvignon, Alexander Valley.
6 oz. Glass $29.00, 3 oz. Taste $15.00, Bottle $56.00

This wine has an intense, deep color with rich  aromas of dark chocolate, raspberries, and violets. The tannins are refined and polished, giving the wine structure and depth that keeps gaining  power. Blackberries, cherries, coffee, and vanilla are finely strung together and give way to a long, beautiful finish.


Bradley McClain of Good Food on Montford highly recommends the 2013 Scherrer "Old and Mature Vines-Scherrer Vineyard" Alexander Valley Zinfandel  for your holiday cheer. 
Bottle $75.00

A wine of real character and personality, look for pure rich aromas of crushed raspberry and blackberry on this wine. Flavors of jammy  blackberry and crushed black pepper are accompanied by hints of toasty oak and spice.