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Food & Drink

Charlotte Wine & Food Weekend Preview

April 18, 2012 6:00 AM

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Photo Credit: Charlotte Wine And Food Weekend

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The Charlotte Wine & Food Weekend returns this year from April 18 to 22, celebrating excellence in all things wine and cuisine. With proceeds donated to local Charlotte-area charities, you can feel great about attending. In addition to food and drink tastings, pairings, galas, informative classes and dinners at participating restaurants, three new exciting events have been added to this year’s lineup.

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Charlotte Wine and Food Weekend
Various locations throughout the city
Charlotte, NC
(704) 338-9463

Date: April 18 to 22, 2012
Price: Click here for a list of prices
Click here for a schedule of events.

During the weekend of April 18 to 22, a crowd of both local and traveling enthusiasts will ascend upon Charlotte to indulge in all things wine and food for the Charlotte Wine and Food Weekend. The Weekend is hosted by the Queen City every even-numbered year. The celebration has expanded from the three-day weekend of years past to a full five days of fun and informative events. It draws guests and winemakers from all around the world to meet, discuss and imbibe. Last year, more than 2,400 bottles of wine were enjoyed from 50 wineries. A variety of Charlotte’s best chefs contribute their expertise to the weekend, offering wine pairings or participating in events.

The Weekend isn’t just fun and food. During its history, the festival has donated as much as $3.5 million to local charity organizations, and this year the lucky recipients include Council for Children’s Rights, Second Harvest Food Bank of Metrolina, Charlotte Community Health Clinic and Pat’s Place Child Advocacy Center. These beneficiaries were deservingly chosen for their work in protecting and saving the lives of children in the community through necessary nourishment.

Related: A Guide To North Carolina Wine Country

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To prepare for the event, 64 wine expert judges gathered in April to sample 65 different wines submitted from 50 wineries. This process, known as the Charlotte Cru Competition (C3), serves to select the wines presented to festival guests.

Three new and exciting events have been brought into the mix this year. A Tequila Dinner at Paco Taco’s and golf tournament at The Gold Club in Ballantyne kick off the festivities on Wednesday. The golf tournament gives players the chance to win a brand new Lincoln car or cash prize money. The B3 Burgers, Bloodies & Brews Brunch of Champions will take place for the first time on Sunday. The brunch will feature live music, specialty drinks and brunch to cap off the weekend.

Plenty of events are taking place again after success last year. On Thursday, over 20 local restaurants will participate in the Vintner Dinners, which is hailed as Charlotte’s largest dinner party. The Dream Team Sommelier Tasting will be held on Friday as well as Big Bottles & Blues, which is a casual affair with music, cuisine and silent auctions. The Grand Gala will be hosted by the Ritz-Carlton on Saturday. Saturday is a tasting day, with wines selected from the C3 presented. Educational Wine 101 classes will also be hosted by Kevin Zraly, author of six books and former wine director of Windows on the World, a restaurant previously located in One World Trade Center.

Most, if not all, events sell out quickly, so purchase tickets now for events you would like to attend. The Ritz-Carlton will host several events and offers special rates for guests who choose to stay during the weekend.

Tickets for individual events vary in price and can be purchased by visiting www.charlottewineandfood.org.

Related: Best Wine Bars In Charlotte

A former personal chef, caterer and gourmet market entrepreneur, Alison Penland retired from earning her living in the food business and now focuses on sharing her love of all things food and drink related with friends, family and readers. Alison hails from Charlotte, NC. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.

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