Epicurean Charlotte

Food & Wine Magazine


March/April Wine Picks!


Paula Casey of Big Ben British Restaurant & Pub highly recommends the 2016 Benvolio Pinot Grigio, Friuli-Venezia Giulia. 
Glass $8.00, Bottle $28.00

This wine boasts delicate nuances of rosewater and lychee on the nose, apple and pear flavors on the palate, and a refreshingly crisp and clean finish.


Deanna Petersen of Turnhouse Grille  loves her pink, and Fleurs de Prairie 2016 Rosé, Côtes de Provence, is one of her favorites.
Glass $9.00, Bottle $34.00

Pale salmon in color, this wine has delicate flavors of strawberry, rose petals, and herbs. Its bright, refreshing acidity makes it a perfect companion with a meal or as an aperitif.


Dylan George of Pasta & Provisions recommends the 2016 Domaine Henry Natter Sancerre for your spring drinking. 
Bottle $28.99

Pale yellow-gold in color with green tints, this wine boasts an elegant nose suggestive of citrus fruits and blackcurrant leaf. With a supple attack and a delicate, mouth-caressing palate that is silky, focused, and driven by refined exuberance, it has a very natural, charming style.


Thomas Camp of Carolina Prime Steakhouse recommends the 2015 Avalon Winery Cabernet Sauvignon.
Glass $7.50, Bottle $28.00
Juicy aromas of dark fruit, mocha ,and spice meet with hints of vanilla. On the palate, black cherry, red raspberry, and plum are followed by a long, smooth finish. This wine’s ripe fruit and clean acidity make it a versatile food partner. Enjoy a glass on its own or with your favorite foods like grilled burgers, pizza and rotisserie chicken.


Monte Smith of Café Monte French Restaurant and Bistro enjoys the 2016 Terra d’Oro Chenin Blanc-Viognier for warmer weather.
Glass $11.00, Bottle $44.00

Displaying luring aromas of juicy tropical fruits, fresh lemon, and hints of spice, the palate boasts flavors of pink grapefruit, papaya, and subtle sweet mango. This wine is lively, refreshing, and well balanced with crisp acidity—perfect for a warm afternoon or during sunset hour.


Helen Marie White of Sir Edmond Halley's Restaurant & Freehouse recommends the 2015 Fiddletown Cellars Old Vine Zinfandel.  
Glass $9.50, Bottle $38.00

With fresh raspberry, plum, and blackberry aromas, the wine is succulent and smooth while retaining a vibrant acidity perfect to pair with a good meal. Bold flavors of blackberry jam and black cherry dominate while layers of sweet oak and vanilla carry through the finish, compelling the drinker to have another sip.


Bradley McClain of Good Food on Montford suggests the 2016 Scherrer Winery Dry Rosé for your spring dining pleasure.  
Bottle $52.00

Delicate aromas of guava and a perfume like cotton candy give way to a brisk acidity, slender but firm core of red fruit, minerally texture, and plum skin. Bone–dry, it’s structured in a way to allow it to float effortlessly over bitter, salty, fatty foods with equal facility.


Chris and Lakendra Walker of Cork & Crate recommend the Cosentino Cigar Zin Old Vine Zinfandel 2015 for a great night of cuddling and romance. 
Bottle $25.00

The wine is deep and alluring with aromas of pepper spice, coffee, and nutmeg. The palate is rich with voluptuous flavors of baking spice, coffee, and cocoa with a balanced and lingering finish. With an alcohol content of 15.5%, each glass will warm you and your drinking partner with every sip!