Epicurean Charlotte

Food & Wine Magazine


May/June Wine Picks!


Samantha Eng of Le Méridien Charlotte highly recommends the 1000 Stories Bourbon Barrel Zinfandel for your dining pleasure.
Glass $12.00, Bottle $46.00

Boasting a deep, rich purple color, this wine features an intense raspberry fruit on the nose with black pepper spice and a touch of cloves. The palate is full with ripe tannins, big black and red fruits, and an array of spices. The wine finishes with a touch of warmth that lingers on and on.

Thomas Camps of Carolina Prime Steakhouse recommends the 2015 Biltmore Estate Riesling for your summer pleasure. 
Glass $6.50, Bottle $24.00

Beautifully balanced with sweet apricot aromas, light honey flavors, and a crisp finish. Light in color, it boasts aromas and flavors of pear, kiwi, and cotton candy with a vibrant, fruity medium body and a nuanced, medium-long finish with fruit tannins and no oak.

Dylan George of Pasta & Provisions highly recommends the Commanderie de Peyrassol Côtes de Provence Rosé 2015 for your spring/summer sipping. 
Bottle $22.99

This wine’s rosy appearance is soft as a dream, and an expressive, gourmet nose lends charm to this blend dominated by wild berries: gooseberry and raspberry reveal themselves in a crisp, silky palate enhanced with an elegant touch of minerality.

Doc Foster of Selwyn Pub recommends the 2016 Antonutti Collevento 921 Pinot Grigio for your drinking pleasure.
Glass $7.00, Bottle $26.00

This elegant Pinot Grigio has pleasant fragrances of sun dried hay with hints of toasted almonds. Crisp and dry with a clean, lingering finish. Marked by light flowery notes to start, it’s followed by strong fruity sensations.

Monte Smith of Café Monte French Restaurant and Bistro is loving the Clos La Coutale Cahors 2014
Bottle $42.00

A blend of Malbec and Merlot, both of which are aged in oak barrels to obtain a full balance between tannins and fruit. This Cahors Malbec is a hearty, rustic red and has everything a savvy red wine drinker wants.

Helen Marie White of Sir Edmond Halley's Restaurant & Freehouse is enjoying the 2015 Ramón Bilbao Alberino Rias Baixas.
Glass $8.00, Bottle $3s.00

Straw-yellow in color with bright green accents the color of Granny Smith apples, this wine presents fresh aromas with a salty touch that mingles with nuances of apricot and peach on the nose. On the palate, elegant freshness harmoniously balances the sweet sensations left by the fruit flavors. Smooth and supple with a full body and a lively finish.

Bradley McClain of Good Food on Montford recommends the 2016 Dashe Cellars McFadden Farms Dry Riesling for your meal. 
Bottle $56.00

This wine is an unusually luscious and lovely dry Riesling—a versatile table wine that can be matched with a wide variety of foods—made from organically-grown grapes. Fermented dry in the style of the white wines of Alsace, France, it’s organically grown in the mountains of Potter Valley, Mendocino county.

Matthew Matinata of The Jailhouse in Belmont recommends the Peirano Estate Vineyards 2015 Red Wine Blend ‘Illusion.’
Glass $9.00, Bottle $34.00

The wine exhibits a rich deep burgundy hue with a perfect clarity. The aromas are a compendium of opulent chocolate and cocoa, with black currants and plums. The palate explodes with rich mouthfilling blackberries, black currants, plums, and dark fruit. The long, seductive finish is filled with hints of black licorice and supple mouth filling tannins.