Where to Drink Wine in Charlotte
Sip, snack and save your way through Charlotte’s wine bars.
by Lauren Levine
It doesn’t matter whether you’re more of a pinot grigio or a pinot noir type, a glass of wine seems to fit nearly any occasion. Lamenting another seemingly endless week at work? Wine helps push you through to Friday. Grabbing some much needed QT with your significant other? Wine adds to the festivities. Here are some of the city’s best wine bars to deliver the perfect glass for the evening ahead of you:
Dilworth Tasting Room
Dilworth Tasting Room is perhaps one of the most artfully designed spots to grab a glass in Charlotte. Sit inside and enjoy a cosmopolitan vibe, complete with red leather couches and a bar area featuring artfully arranged and illuminated bottles. Venture outside and you’ll find a dreamy garden, punctuated by a koi pond. On Tuesdays, order a wine flight and enjoy a complimentary deconstructed charcuterie board. It’s as tasty as it sounds.
Foxcroft Wine Co.
There’s a reason Foxcroft almost always makes its way into wino conversation. Between the varied selection and the top-notch food menu, it checks all of the boxes for your next wine night. While you’re there (either the South Park or Dilworth locations), don’t skip the truffle fries. Topped with shaved Parmesan and aioli, they’re heaven on a plate.
Corkbuzz Restaurant & Wine Bar
This elegant South Park wine bar boasts dozens of red, white and sparkling choices, as well as beer and cocktails. When you get hungry, Corkbuzz Restaurant & Wine Bar has plenty of small plates worth sharing, plus more substantial entrees. The private room is picture-perfect and worthy of your next event. On Mondays, stop by for Buy a Bottle, Take a Bottle. On Saturdays and Sundays take advantage of half-priced Champagne, so you can celebrate the weekend properly.
The Wine Loft
Tucked in an unassuming South End space, The Wine Loft is like a secret hideaway tailor-made for your next date night. It’s candlelit and perfect for cozying up with a bottle. On Wednesdays, they have half-priced martinis if that’s more your speed.
The Wooden Vine
Amid the hustle and bustle of Uptown, you’ll find The Wooden Vine. It’s got the trappings of everything you need in a wine bar (like candles and a long list of options) but with the personality you’d hope to find at your favorite neighborhood watering hole. With great music and a welcoming staff, it’s perfect for date night.
Cork & Crate
Designed to feel home-y and welcoming, Cork & Crate in Plaza Midwood was created with community in mind. The space features a communal table for wine tastings, so you can get to know your neighbors as you discover your next favorite bottle. Owners Chris and Kendra Walker are there to guide wine newbies as they identify their preferred picks.
Poplar takes up residence in the historic Morrison House. Built in 1885, co-owner and architect Lucia Griffith has carefully preserved the Victorian beauty of the home, while transforming it into an elegant wine bar and tapas restaurant. Take advantage of specials like half-priced bottles on Wednesdays, buy one, get one half-off tapas on Tuesdays, plus live music on Friday nights from 7 to 10 p.m.
The Wine Vault
Sip wines by the glass or grab a bottle to take home with you at The Wine Vault. Tuesdays are Champagne Tuesdays, so your glasses are 10 percent off. Tastings happen on Wednesdays, and include two whites and four reds for just $5. There’s live music Thursday through Sunday with no cover charge.
NoDa Company Store
A gem in the NoDa arts district, the NoDa Company Store serves as the ultimate relaxed weekend afternoon hangout. With perfectly shaded porch swings, rotating food trucks on-site (plus the NoDa Farmers Market on Saturday mornings), and a vibe that feels like your effortlessly cool friend’s backyard, you could stay here all day. Grab some prosecco, then raid the coolers and add some pimento cheese to the mix to complete the experience.
A cozy spot in South End that’s great for conversation without having to yell over the din of a packed restaurant, Vin Master is also a great place to beef up your wine knowledge. Every third Thursday you’ll find a Mega Tasting, which includes more than 20 wines from around the world for just $15. Put it on your calendar. It’s appointment drinking! Weekly specials include half-priced glasses on Wednesdays, plus $5 rotating wine features and $3 beer specials on Fridays. TGIF.
Bulldog Beer & Wine
Both Bulldog Beer & Wine locations (they’re in South End and Dilworth) are exactly what you think of when you envision the ideal neighborhood hangout. The vibe is welcoming, and you’ll often drop by and find live music. Plus, yes, actual bulldogs. Sipping wine and playing with puppies? Sold.
Reid’s Fine Foods
With a little something for everyone, Reid’s should be a strong contender for your next wine night. At both the South Park and Meyers Park locations, Wednesdays feature half-priced glasses. On Saturdays you’ll find half-priced bottles on the restaurant menu. Grab their famous steak burger to go with it and your evening is complete.
True wine devotees will be in heaven at Bonterra. The elegant restaurant, featuring impeccably plated Southern cuisine, has everything a wine enthusiast could hope for. It’s located in an old church in Dilworth and makes for an ultra-unique dining experience. On Wednesdays, select glasses are half-priced.
Napa on Providence
You might not have the funds to get out to Napa Valley to tour the famed vineyards found there, but never fear. That’s where Napa on Providence in Meyers Park comes into play. Sip to your heart’s content as you enjoy a California-inspired meal with fresh ingredients served up in a sophisticated but never stuffy atmosphere.
Save your pennies when you swing by 8.2.0 on Wednesdays. You’ll get two glasses of wine or sangria, plus a charcuterie board for $15. Stick around long enough and you may end up belting out “Wagon Wheel” in the karaoke room.
Wine and chocolate are truly a power couple, and Petit Philippe offers you the ability to enjoy both under one roof. The wine shop and tasting room hosts tastings regularly and has an in-house chocolatier, so you can finish off your evenings with something sweet.
Black Chicken Wine Cellar
Featuring a rotating selection of the finest wines from around the globe, if you’re looking for the perfect place to dub your “regular” spot, the Black Chicken Wine Cellar in Matthews is it. Swing by for a wine tasting and check out offerings from hard-to-find and boutique wineries.