Epicurean Charlotte

Food & Wine Magazine


July/August Wine Picks!


Evoke Restaurant manager David Biddlecom is raving about the Prunotto Fiulot Barbera d'Asti 2013.
Glass $15.00, Bottle $60.00

This wine is vivid ruby red in color with intense fruity aromas of cherry and plums. Well balanced and fresh on the palate, it’s complete, harmonious, and easy to appreciate, even in its youth. This wine pairs well with simple dishes such as hors d'oeuvres, soups, risotto, and pasta.

Thomas Camps of Carolina Prime Steakhouse recommends the Silverado Carneros Chardonnay 2013.
Bottle $31.00

Combining fruit from the winery’s estate vineyards in Carneros, part of the wine spent minimal time on oak, imparting a hint of hazelnut aroma. The balance of the wine was fermented in small, stainless steel barrels, which allow unique characteristics of the vineyard to come through … pear and green apple, lemon zest, honeysuckle, flint flavors, and a refreshing finish.

Dylan George of Pasta & Provisions is enjoying the Domaine Hubert Brochard Sancerre Tradition 2015 for summer.
Bottle $24.99

The Domaine Hubert Brochard Sancerre Blanc offers flavors of citrus and grapefruit with subtle floral nuances. Balanced with a lively acidity, this Sancerre Blanc is best enjoyed chilled. Ideally enjoyed as an aperitif, served with raw oysters or other fresh seafood selections.

Master Sommelier Jaffer Kovic, owner of Dilworth Tasting Room, recommends the 2015 J.L. Chave Selection "Mon Coeur" Côtes du Rhône.
Glass $14.00, Bottle $52.00

On the nose, this wine exudes aromas of black cherry, notes of anise, and a touch of white pepper. On the palate, flavors of crushed ripe plum, black cherry, and dark fruits with a long, smooth finish. This wine enhances any meal from meat to poultry dishes and pizza.

Monte Smith of Café Monte French Restaurant and Bistro highly recommends the 2014 Emmolo Merlot, Napa Valley for your ultimate dining experience.
Bottle $110.00

Dark plum color, this wine opens with the lush scents of baking chocolate and fig, enhanced by notes of dried stone fruit, Christmas spice, and wisps of Mesquite smoke. The palate is wonderfully rich and supple, driven by dark berry flavors. A harmony of fresh earthiness and smoky notes round out with tannins on the finish.

Helen Marie White of Sir Edmond Halley's Restaurant & Freehouse recommends the 2016 Pomelo Sauvignon Blanc for patio weather.
Glass $7.50, Bottle $30.00

This Sauvignon Blanc opens with aromas of fragrant orange blossom, ruby grapefruit, and white peach flavors set on a light body with pops of lime zest and passion fruit. Melon and ripe citrus on the palate complement a lovely lemon curd finish.

Giouse Coppola of Portofino’s Ristorante Italiano e Pizzeria enjoys the Carpineto Toscana Dogajolo Rosato 2015 for your patio dining pleasure.
Glass $7.00, Bottle $28.00

This dry Rosé has a bouquet of elegant florals, particularly rose, myrtle, and grape flowers. Bright fruity flavors of crisp red apple, currants, and a hint of sour cherry finish clean on the palate. Enjoy as an aperitif or paired with antipasto platters.

Matthew Matinata of The Jailhouse Spirits & Lounge in Belmont suggest trying the Michter's Single Barrel Straight Rye Whiskey, Bardstown.
2 oz. Pour $11.00

Boasting crazy-sweet aromas full of caramel, vanilla, and a slight floral touch, this Whiskey’s bite comes first (and lingers awhile), followed by vanilla, caramel, and coconut flavors. It mellows considerably with ice, and becomes quite likeable, drinkable, and mild.