From chardonnays to Tuscan reds, Charlotte wine bars have something for even the most particular oenophile. In 2015, new wine bars and markets were introduced to the city, and established venues opened additional locations, making a great blend of old and new options for vino in Charlotte. To celebrate, let's take a look (and maybe a couple of sips) at some of our favorites.
Bonterra. Just say the name and locals who have ventured to this over-100-year-old former church become thirsty. In addition to delicious food, Bonterra offers an extensive and slightly intimidating wine list. But don't worry: the staff can help you and your palate navigate the over 200 by-the-glass options and up to 300 more by the bottle.
This Charlotte wine bar is the sister restaurant to Corkbuzz New York. Master Sommelier Laura Maniec has created an extensive wine list for patrons that ranges from options by the glass, varietal flights, and bottles of wine not easily found in the Charlotte area. On Sundays, bottles of champagne are half price to accompany brunch. Warning: you may need a nap afterwards.
Dilworth (& other locations)
In 2015, the SouthPark staple expanded and opened a second location in Dilworth. With delicious small plates and beers on tap, the standout at Foxcroft is the eclectic wine list that changes frequently. Sit and enjoy a glass with an order of cheese and charcuterie, or the signature burger, the Wine Shop Burger.
Guests can expect to find something new every time they visit J. Sam's due to their rotating list of wines. Owner J. Sam Daniels greets all patrons with a warm smile and true Southern hospitality. That attitude carries over to the staff, who can knowledgeably help guide you on your own wine adventure if you’re unsure of what to order. With live music every Thursday and Saturday night, this place is a great spot for a date night or for wine with friends.
It’s hard to find a better pairing than wine and chocolate. Grab yourself a glass and some artisan sweets from Petit Philippe’s in-house chocolatier and you’ll understand why this place has become such a neighborhood staple. Husband and wife team, Mark Meissner and Casey Hickey have created a beautiful space where patrons can enjoy wines by the glass, expand their horizons through nightly tastings, and eat delectable chocolates. Here's a tip: order the OMG chocolate and grab a glass of Cabernet Franc.
Twenty-Two is a bar and gallery located in the heart of Plaza Midwood. Monthly art exhibits and opportunities to hone your artistic skills with nude figure drawings are reason enough to visit, but of course, the wine selection is not to be missed either. Grab a glass, purchase some art, and take a seat to watch passersby walk down Central Ave.
Located in the bustling Atherton Mill, Vin Master is the perfect spot for people unsure of wine pairings. Here, wines are grouped together by flavor categories, giving customers the ability to choose what they most enjoy. And if you’re unsure of what kinds of wine you’re into, the Wine Shop will gladly offer a taste to better help understand your palate. if you really want to learn, definitely don’t miss the monthly mega-tastings!
Nestled in the Arboretum Shopping Center, the Vintner is part shop, part bistro offering something for everyone. While there, patrons can purchase wine by the glass or can shop from over 1,500 bottles of wine for sale. Order the PBLT (pimento cheese, bacon, lettuce, and tomato) and the spiced nuts to accompany your wine. Have a beer lover in your life? No problem, the Vintner also offers 16 beers on tap and over 400 beers in bottles and cans for purchase.
With dark leather furniture and dim lighting, The Wine Loft is perfect for a quiet evening with friends or your significant other. Offering over 40 selections by the glass and over 100 options by the bottle, The Wine Loft has something for all tastes. And with the wine options and the light fare served, it's easy to lose track of time here.
Comfort and warmth are the words that come to mind when thinking about the Wooden Vine. Located in uptown Charlotte, Wooden Vine's quiet nook is a refreshing change of pace. Fresh food offerings and wines from all over the world are carefully selected for patrons. Order your meal then ask your server for a suggested pairing to discover something new.
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Erin Maddrey enjoys writing about food, beverages, and all things Charlotte. Due to her love of these things, she can be frequently found at the gym. Follow her and her Charlotte adventures on Twitter and Instagram: @ErinMaddrey.
1. Bonterra Dining & Wine Room1829 Cleveland Ave, Charlotte
2. Corkbuzz4905 Ashley Park Ln, Charlotte
3. Foxcroft Wine Co.1235 East Blvd Suite I, Charlotte
4. JSam's4625 Piedmont Row Dr, Charlotte
5. Petit Philippe2820 Selwyn Ave #160, Charlotte
6. Twenty-Two1500 Central Ave, Charlotte
7. Vin Master2000 South Blvd, Charlotte
8. Vintner Wine Market8128 Providence Rd, Charlotte
9. The Wine Loft Charlotte2201 South Blvd., Charlotte
10. Wooden Vine Wine Bar & Bistro231 N Tryon St, Charlotte
Bonterra offers classic fare and the largest wine list in Charlotte (over 200 wines by the glass, 300 more by the bottle), all inside of a 110-year-old church space.
This elegant wine bar is lead by young, master sommelier Laura Maniec who eats, sleeps, and breathes grape juice. The spot offers brunch, lunch, and dinner as well as special events and wine tasting classes.
With over 3,000 wines, Foxcroft Wine Co is a welcome addition to Kenilworth Shopping Center. In addition to small plates and 12 beers on tap, Foxcroft also offers monthly events like a wine tasting dinner or seminar for those looking to expand their wine palates.
J. Sam's is a friendly neighborhood restaurant in South Park. Offering burgers, paninis, charcuterie and cheese, as well as select seasonal options, the wine menu here what really shines--choose from a diverse list of American and Italian and South American producers.
Petit Philippe is a charming wine store and chocolate shop off Selwyn Ave in Charlotte. Offering regular wine tastings in their shop and tasting room, stop by and try a wide variety of vino from primarily French and American small batch gourmet producers.
Don’t mistake this for a random art gallery that happens to have a bar in the back, or a bar that has a few pieces of art on its walls. This edgy spot with floor-to-ceiling windows and walls lined with frequently rotating exhibits, is equal parts serious gallery and craft beer & wine bar. Most nights it's standing room only, making it perfect for perusing the latest artist’s work. Just remember, even after a glass of wine, it's best not to lie about being an art connoisseur (you'll probably have trouble just saying "connoisseur").
Vin Master's a cool wine shop and bar in Charlotte's South End offering a wide variety of wine, beer, and spirits. Their monthly wine dinners are open to the public and available to attend after signing up online; past menus include gazpacho shooters paired with Cava Brut Rose, truffled gnocchi and Pinot Noir, and s'mores with Puglia Primitivo. If you're in the market for a new vino to take home, the friendly staff will be glad to assist.
Promising "warm people, cool wine," Vintner Wine Market is a friendly neighborhood resto in Piper Glen. Showcasing the best in locally-sourced, Southern-inspired fare, the small menu features bar snacks, appetizers and a selection of grilled flatbreads. Wine options include selections from South American and Italian producers.
The South End's Wine Loft is a classy joint offering a wide selection of vino by the glass or by the bottle. Stop by for French inspired bar fare like baked brie with honey, charcuterie boards, and smoked almonds. The wine by the glass menu is diverse and features producers from the Old and New World, over 40 in total.
This simple, wood paneled (naturally) wine bar and bistro is a Charlotte class act. Touting itself as a "gastronomic santcuary," Wooden Vine Wine Bar & Bistro's delicate and respectful approach to simple food shines through their menu of fresh, seasonal entrees and share plates. Be sure to check out their wine happy hour specials which are often 7 days a week, 365 days a year.