Epicurean Charlotte

Food & Wine Magazine


September/October Wine Picks!


Monte Smith of Café Monte French Restaurant and Bistro says the 2014 Emmolo Merlot is a bit pricey but worth every drop.
Bottle $105.00

This is a plush, aromatic, satisfying Merlot boasts notes of black cherries, ripe plums, black currant, dark chocolate, and mint. If you’re looking for a delicate, frilly Merlot, this is most definitely not your perp.

Thomas Camps of Carolina Prime Steakhouse is enjoying the Bruni Poggio d'Elsa Maremma Toscana 2015.
Glass $7.50, Bottle $28.00

Boasting a tart, fruity nose of cranberries with hints of vanilla and spices, this wine shows notable density, gorgeous depth and richness, and soft tannins.

Dylan George of Pasta & Provisions highly recommends the 2016 G.D. Vajra 'Claret J.C.' Langhe Nebbiolo.
Bottle $23.99

Light ruby in color, slightly sparkling, and very fresh and eye-catching, you’ll notice spices and red fruits with a vibrant minerality. The JC is to be consumed fresh and is a versatile wine, being well suited for summer drinking as well as an ideal companion for cold cuts and lightly fried foods.

Peggy Gibouin of Barrington’s Restaurant recommends the 2013 Luca Laborde Double Select Syrah from Argentina. 
Glass $17.00, Bottle $78.00

A seductive nose of coffee and brooding black fleshy fruit opens up to mouth-filling richness on the palate. With velvet layers of dark fruit, tanned leather, and cigar box, it’s perfect for hearty meat dishes, like game meats, rare roast beef, spice-braised lamb, and cheddar.

Paula Casey of Big Ben British Restaurant & Pub says Mamamango Moscato + Mango is just a ton of fun, and really delicious.
Glass $8.50, Bottle $30.00

The body is sweet, but not overly so, and has a lot of little fizzy bubbles. The mango flavor is beautiful, with hints of pepper character, lychee, and hints of flowers. A touch of lemon is here and there, and there’s a nice acidity.

Helen Marie White of Sir Edmond Halley's Restaurant & Freehouse recommends the Bieler Père et Fils La Jassine Côtes du Rhône Villages 2015.
Glass $8.00, Bottle $32.00

A blend of 63 percent Grenache and 37 percent Syrah, this wine is silky and pure, featuring crushed plum fruit gilded with violet and lavender hints. The fruit sails through the finish, making it a solid blend for the price point.

Eric Heidal of Foxcroft Wineshop says the Château Caronne Ste Gemme 2010 Haut-Médoc is great for fall drinking.
Bottle $32.99

With flavors of plum, blackberries, cedar, and tobacco, this thick dense wine boasts plenty of dark berry fruits that are lifted by the tannins and fresh acidity. This is a classy medium-bodied red with a fairly long length. It is approachable young but will also keep for at least a decade.

Matthew Matinata of Old Stone Steakhouse recommends the 2015 Hahn Winery Monterey County Pinot Noir.
Glass $9.00, Bottle $33.00

This Pinot Noir’s charismatic aromas include red cherry, ripe strawberry, cola, and spice. Flavors of plum and black cherry are completed by a soft mouthfeel, and supple tannins and a bit of acidity end in a beautifully balanced and clean finish.