Some people like their wine dark and robust. Others prefer it light and fruity. Some like a sip or two with dinner, while others have a bit of dinner with their wine.
Me, personally? If I could take a cab to work, I'd have a glass in the morning to start my day.
Either way, wine is an integral part of the lives of many Charlotteans. Lucky for us, three upcoming wine tastings have something for everyone.
The EpiCentre will be playing host to Sip and Stroll, a two-day event set to kick off Friday, Sept. 13 and continue on Saturday, Sept. 14. More than 20 wine selections from brands like The Naked Grape, Tres Agaves and Angry Orchard Hard Cider will be featured during the event. Local and national artists will also be performing live demonstrations both days. Tickets are $25 or $40 for both day. More information can be found at www.sipandstrollcharlotte.com
The next wine tasting to add to your calendar is Sip and Savour Gallery Crawl
, held Sept. 21 with registration beginning at Allison Sprock Fine Art Gallery at 6 p.m. Providence Gallery, Mccoll Fine Art Gallery and Shain Gallery are the next three stops for eager wine tasters. Proceeds will benefit Melissa's Voice to raise money for individuals struggling with eating disorders. Samplings from shops such as The Wooden Vine, Bond Street Wines, Petite Philippe and more will be featured at the galleries. Live music will be at every gallery along the route as well as all of the amazing artwork on display. Tickets are $25.
If you prefer a more laid-back atmosphere to enjoy a day of wine sampling, Great Grapes
is a one-day event that features only select North Carolina vineyards and wineries. Great Grapes will be held at Symphony Park in Southpark on Oct. 5 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. With more than 220 wines to be sampled this day, a designated driver will be surely needed in every carload. Wineries such as Bottoms Up, Carolina Heritage, Slightly Askew and Southern Charm will be featured. Live music includes the tunes of Celtic rock band Uncle Hamish and the Hooligans. Adult admission is $25 in advance ($30 on site) and comes with your very own souvenir wine glass and unlimited samples and performances.