Epicurean Charlotte

Food & Wine Magazine

CHRONICLING THE JOYS OF FOOD AND WINE IN THE CHARLOTTE METROPOLITAN REGION

May/June Wine Picks!

Matthew Matinata of Old Stone Steakhouse recommends the Gouguenheim Malbec Bubbles Sparkling Rosé.
Glass $9.00, Bottle $32.00

Delicate with red fruits aromas, predominantly of cherries and strawberries, this wine is very fresh in the mouth, boasting soft tones with equilibrated acidity. Pay note to the small and brilliant bubbles.


Deanna Petersen of Turnhouse Grille says think pink for spring with the Sokol Blosser Winery 2017 Rose of Pinot Noir.
Glass $10.00, Bottle $38.00

Crisp and vibrant with a whisper of pink, this wine features aromas of strawberry jam with flavors of fresh squeezed grapefruit juice and cranberry. Round in the mid palate, bright acid on the finish.


Dylan George of Pasta & Provisions highly recommends the 2017 Pico Maccario Lavignone Rose.
Bottle $15.99

Pale salmon in appearance, it’s a beautiful wine. It’s even better to drink, as the nose and palate are met by playful aromas of wild strawberry, watermelon, cranberry, fresh-cut grass, and river stone. A refreshing but modest backbone of acidity supports a round mouth-feel and velvety texture. The dry and balanced finish leaves the palate feeling clean and refreshed.


Thomas Camp of Carolina Prime Steakhouse suggests the Maison Nicolas Cabernet Sauvignon 2016 this summer.
Glass $7.00, Bottle $26.00

Deep purple in color, the nose releases peppery notes, with a hint of cloves and black currant. On the palate, the wine is smooth, with soft tannins and a nice hint of acidity.


Monte Smith of Café Monte French Restaurant and Bistro enjoys the 2014 Viña Herminia Rioja Tempranillo.
Bottle $44.00

With a beautiful bright cherry color, this wine is very fresh and fruity, with delicate vanilla nuances. Round and smooth on the palate, with soft pleasant tannin, it’s a memorable wine meant to inspire your amazing stories and create unforgettable moments.


Helen Marie White of Sir Edmond Halley's Restaurant & Freehouse recommends the Chalk Hill Estate Chardonnay.
Glass $9.00, Bottle $36.00

Aromas of yellow apple, melon, citrus zest, and mango meld beautifully with notes of toasted hazelnut and vanilla custard from the oak aging. Pure and rich with an elegant palate, it displays fruit-forward flavors of golden apple, nectarine, and guava with subtle hints of butterscotch.


Bradley McClain of Good Food on Montford recommends the NV Leo Hillinger Pinot Noir Secco for the patio weather.
Bottle $48.00

With hints of strawberry and red cherry, this wine is a refreshing tongue tickler. Gentle on the palate, it’s well balanced with fruit and lively acidity.


Chris Walker of Cork & Crate is sipping on the Lange 2015 Reserve Pinot Gris (Willamette Valley).
Bottle $15.99

Impeccably fresh, vivid, and textural, this appealing wine brings a mix of orange peel, pink grapefruit, and pear fruit. There’s a pleasing touch of spice, and all but 5% was stainless-steel fermented.