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Snooth User: Bob Fyke

Heading to Charlotte- Looking for insights and Snoothers

Posted by Bob Fyke, Feb 10, 2014.

I'll be in Charlotte, NC on business the week of February 24th, and was hoping some locals might be able to help out with a few questions, and maybe get together to open a bottle or two. Any help would be appreciated, and it would be great to meet Snoothers from that neighborhood. -Bob

1) Are there any BYOB restaurants in Charlotte?

2) If so, what do you recommend.

3) Is anyone interested in getting together for a wine dinner somewhere? Hopefully each bringing a bottle along a theme.

4) Any favorite wine stores in the area?

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Reply by vin0vin0, Feb 11, 2014.
Bob, hope the snow clears before your arrival, we're not set up to handle more than an inch or so at a time.
In response to your questions:
1) Are there any BYOB restaurants in Charlotte?
Pretty much all Charlotte restaurants have corkage fees that are usually not too outrageous.
2) If so, what do you recommend.
This depends on where you are staying and what you like. Downtown Charlotte (uptown to the locals) has quite a selection and diversity.  We also have an abundance of top chains.  If you're into big name steak houses there's Ruth's Chris, Del Frisco's, Morton's, Mc Cormick & Schmick's, the Palm and several others.  If you want something more local/unique (southern, seafood, cajun, Italian, Mexican,...), there are also plenty to choose from, just need to know what you like and what your budget can handle.
On the north side where we live, we enjoy Dressler's at Birkdale, Mickey and Mooch, Fork and Alton's.  Further up I-77, Mooresville has quite a few nice local eateries.
3) Is anyone interested in getting together for a wine dinner somewhere? Hopefully each bringing a bottle along a theme.
We're in, just need some details and dates.  We are both currently taking classes during the week, so Tue, Wed, and Thur are not good for us.
4) Any favorite wine stores in the area?
There are a couple, depends on where you are staying and how far you care to travel.  In Charlotte there's Petit Philippe, the Wine Shop at Foxcroft, the Wine Shop Dilworth and Arthur's in the Belk store at South Park mall.  Near us in Huntersville (~10 miles north) we have the Winestore, the CorkScrew (wine bar) and Cork and Cask (wine bar/store and micro-brews).  In Mooresville our favorite wine store is the Wine Maestro. There are also a couple of big box Total Wines in several areas around town if you're into that.
Looking forward to hearing back.
Reply by Bob Fyke, Feb 13, 2014.

Hi V.V., and thanks for the great reply.

So glad to hear that you guys want to meet up. I'll be in the the Research Park area (I think that's what it's called) on the north side. Looks like that's not too far from your location. I get in late Sunday night, and leave Thursday, so it sounds like Monday is the night. Earlier is better for me since I have meetings and presentations early on Tuesday.

Regarding venue, I'm flexible, and don't need anything extravagant; anywhere with good food, and good stems works for me. The North Side places you mentioned sound like good candidates; I'll leave it up to you. Please feel free to invite any other wine folks that you'd like; I'd love to meet them.

Anyone else in the Charlotte area care to join us? -Bob


Reply by vin0vin0, Feb 13, 2014.


Just wanted to let you know that Tuesday will also work for us and is probably better, I have a couple of ideas for dinner but will wait and see if other snoothers in the area want to join in.

Forgot to mention the Wine Vault, which is probably within walking distance of where you'll be staying.

Reply by Bob Fyke, Feb 13, 2014.

Tuesday is definitely better for me; less going on Wednesday morning. Looking forward to it!

BTW, your snow has arrived here today. 12" and still falling. I'm ready for spring!

Reply by EMark, Feb 13, 2014.

Come to SoCal.  It's in the 80s.  

On second thought there are enough people here already--and, probably, not enough water.  I am trying to help.  Tonight, I am drinking Pinot Noir.

Reply by Richard Foxall, Feb 14, 2014.

Maybe some of our Cali establishments will start charging for water and give away wine.

Bob and VV, please give us a rundown on your dinner and what you drink.  I bet others will be down that way sooner or later.

Reply by GregT, Feb 15, 2014.

Bob - I was supposed to fly to Charlotte yesterday. Flight cancelled because both LGA and Charlotte airports were snowed in. I hope you have better luck!

Vino - he likes Brunello for some reason. . .

Reply by vin0vin0, Feb 15, 2014.

Fear not, into the 60's by Tuesday, snow should be gone by mid-week.

Reply by vin0vin0, Feb 16, 2014.
Bob, since you're going to be on the north side of town I figured we could show you a couple nice spots up this way.
How does this sound for getting together on Tuesday February 25th?
Meet at Cork and Cask in Cornelius at 6 pm.
Dinner at Fork! at 7:30 pm.
Start times are flexible depending on your schedule.  The wine bar and restaurant are about a 20-30 minute drive from the University area.
Here's an article from the Charlotte Observer re: Fork! Restaurant.
Of course, any and all other snoothers are more than welcome to join in!
Reply by Bob Fyke, Feb 17, 2014.

Greg T- I'm feeling lucky. :) Still have to apply your pizza wisdom.

V.V. - Mmmm...60's, that sounds nice. Frigid here today...again; the snow just piles up and refuses to melt.. That plan is good to me. The view below is from our front porch upstate.

Fork sounds perfect; I'm a fan of local sourcing, and the article makes it even more enticing.

See you at Cork & Cask, Tuesday at 6PM.




Reply by EMark, Feb 17, 2014.

Awesome pic, Bob.  It looks like it should be on a Christmas card.

Have fun, you guys.  We're looking forward to the report.

Reply by pboss, Feb 17, 2014.

Wish I could make it! Would love to see a trip report.


Reply by vin0vin0, Feb 21, 2014.

Pboss, not to worry, we'll recreate the evening next time you guys are in town.

Reply by clippingpath, Feb 22, 2014.

EMark, give the good answer

Reply by vin0vin0, Feb 23, 2014.
This last post kept me up all night, I know that there has to be something hidden in there.
I love puzzles so I'm going to figure this one out.
first thing I tried was my right handed atomic powered Cracker Jack decoder ring and this is what came out:
"what's the frequency Dan"
Close but I don't think that's it so I put it through my left handed atomic powered Cracker Jack decoder ring and this is what came out:
"llew eht ni llef ymmiT"
I can almost reach out and touch the answer, EMark, stop me if I start getting too close to any NSA secrets.
Last ditch effort, dug out my old Enigma machine and ran it through, almost there:
I h t m t d
v a o u o r
e d o c   i
        h   n
I'm not going to give up until I get to the bottom of this conspiracy.
Reply by EMark, Feb 24, 2014.

Klaatu barada nikto.

Reply by vin0vin0, Feb 27, 2014.

BB, I know I speak for the group when I say we all had a great time the other night!

We started the evening off at the Cork & Cask wine bar in Cornelius with some charcuterie and a couple bottles of Louis Latour Macon-Lugny.  Very nice burgundian unoaked chardonnay, not overly complex but light, crisp, flinty with some hints of soft lemon cream.

We then headed over to Fork! restaraunt where we each unveiled our "brown bags".  D and R started us off with a fantastic 2011 Carneros pinot blanc from Bouchaine. Light, crisp, lemon drops, nice acidity and a very nice finish. I can see this becoming a summer time habit and a nice winter time diversion.  They also provided a 2012 Pio Cesare Dolcetto d'Alba - young and bright with nice red cherry and sleek tannin.  Sorry for the poor quality of some of the pictures, it was a bit dark in our corner of the restaraunt.

B and D brought along one of my newer fav's, a 2009 Ulises Valdez Lancel Creek Pinot Noir.  This is a fairly big Russian River pinot. Juicy, full bodied, vibrant, dark cherry, prune, spicy and dried fig. There's some mouth watering acidity that puts the fruit and spice in a nice balance.

L and I brought along my Snooth Christmas present (thanks again to Napagirl68!), a 2008 Domaine de la Terre Rouge L'Autre.  Excellent rhone blend. Very well balanced with fresh red and black fruit, black cherry, supple and fine tannins, nice round mouth feel and a real nice finish.  Fantastic food wine.

I'm sure you can probably guess what BrunelloBob brought, a 2004 Ciacci Piccolomini d'Aragona Brunello di Montalcino. This is what I think sangiovese should be.  Smooth with ripe stone fruit, fine tannin, a touch of earthiness and a long tongue coating finish that begged you to take another sip.

We are all looking forward to Bob's next visit! I'm thinking maybe we'll do a themed wine dinner similar to the West Coast Pinot throwdown only with a southern twist.




Reply by Richard Foxall, Feb 27, 2014.

Excellent report!  And I'm really glad to get a preview of the Terre Rouge, since I have a bottle of it waiting in the cellar.  One of my fave producers of Rhone blends in California.  I think we all need to pay more attention to those Gold Country wineries.  Land prices are still reasonable, so they make what makes sense, not what sells for top dollar.  They know they won't get Napa Cab prices for their Cabs so they have little to lose and a lot to gain.

I'm hoping to get down to Asheville sometime in the not too distant future, so I'll try to make time for the big city.  But if you get out here--either Bob or VV, give some notice and we'll do an event for you, too.

Reply by vin0vin0, Feb 28, 2014.

Fox, agreed that the Terre Rouge was really, really good.  I am adding a new tab on my wine areas/wineries to visit for the Sierra Foothills, any other rec's for places to visit, eat and/or stay would be greatly appreciated.

Let me know if you are able to visit the Charlotte area, Bob now knows we are a fun and friendly group and would enjoy meeting you and any other fellow snoothers who venture our way.

We currently don't have any CA travel plans on the books but I'm going to try to hold onto some vacation days and see if I can convince L to make the Scherrer Winery open house in November.

One other thing, last time we were in Asheville we had a fantastic lunch at the Fig Bistro.

Reply by EMark, Feb 28, 2014.

I agree that your report was excellent, vv.  It sure sounds like you had a great time.  

Sad to say I was in Charlotte for a couple days last November before driving to Asheville for a wedding.  I wish I'd known you were nearby and were so hospitable.  Maybe some time in the future.

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